Set in an alternate-history timeline in which Germany not only wins World War II, but goes on to systematically conquer the entire world, longtime series protagonist BJ Blaskowicz has his work cut out for him in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Far outshining previous attempts to modernize the franchise, developer MachineGames absolutely knocked it out of the park here, delivering a campy and wildly entertaining love letter to the classic that started it all.
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Phoenix Online Publishing has just released their new archaeological thriller, Lost Civilization, for iOS devices, challenging players of all skill levels to set off on an adventure that takes them to all corners of the globe, solving interactive puzzles and searching for clues that will lead to the discovery of a lifetime.
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The Valiant Universe RPG, published by Catalyst Game Labs and set for release on July 5th, is a role-playing experience set in the Valiant comic book universe with pre-constructed scenarios based on established story arcs. Leading up to its launch, Catalyst has announced its Digital Initiative – a digital-first rollout featuring quick-start rules and select characters and settings from the upcoming title.
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Newly updated as a universal app on iOS, TownCraft is the first effort from Australian developer Flat Earth Games. Taking cues from titles such as Animal Crossing and MineCraft, it drops players into an expansive landscape with their only guides being a simple objective and a lot of creativity.
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The booth that 2K had set up for their AAA title, Evolve, at PAX East may have commanded the most attention and attracted the longest lines at the convention. Whether it was to get a bit of play time in at their thoroughly well-designed gaming stations or simply for a photo opportunity with their enormous monster statue, fans swarmed to the booth non-stop the entire weekend.
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One of several playable titles being shown off by Ubisoft at PAX East was The Crew, an open-world racing title which combines arcade-style driving action with large-scale multiplayer and role-playing elements. After spending a bit of time with the current build of the game though, I left with mixed feelings.
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Officially announced only days prior to the convention, 2K hosted a 20-minute long gameplay demo ofBorderlands: The Pre-Sequel at PAX East 2014 and fans lined up for hours to catch a glimpse of what the next entry has in store.
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Developed by Square Enix Montreal, Hitman GO was likely the biggest surprise on the floor at this year’s PAX East. When a Hitman mobile game was first announced, many were likely a bit apprehensive that the medium simply couldn’t properly capture the nuance of the beloved franchise. The playable build on the convention floor shattered all expectations however, delivering an elegant, unique take on Hitman that fans can truly appreciate.
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More than two decades ago, Wolfenstein 3D paved the way for modern first-person shooters. Now, Wolfenstein: The New Order, the ninth installment in the franchise and the first since 1992 to be developed by a studio other than id Software, is primed to bring the series back to the forefront of the genre it once created.
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Directed by Shinji Mikami, the renown creator/director of Resident Evil and several other survival horror titles, and developed by Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within was presented to PAX East 2014 attendees who braved the lines to catch a glimpse of its gameplay.
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Every so often, a mobile game is released that warrants recommendation. Monument Valley is one of those rare treats for the genre – applying the simplest mechanics to an experience altogether fresh and original.
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Just in time for the obligatory horror movie marathons that film lovers are sure to be running up through Halloween, Scream Factory (an imprint of Shout! Factory) have released a box set featuring the first three theatrical releases in the seemingly never-ending Amityville Horror franchise.
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Shout! Factory’s horror-focused imprint, Scream Factory, has given a long-overdue blu-ray treatment to John Carpenter’sPrince of Darkness. Featuring a pristine transfer, excellent audio options, and a ton of bonus features that are actually worth watching, this collector’s edition disc is a fan’s dream (or nightmare?) come true.
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Originally released nearly a decade ago by German publisher Amigo, and seeing an initial domestic release in 2006, The Downfall of Pompeii has become a sought-after gem after having gone out of print some time ago. Now, Mayfair Games has brought this fantastic title back with several tweaks and a cheaper price point.
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Ystari Games, partnering with Asmodee, debuted Spyrium at GenCon 2013, offering demos and a small number of units for purchase. The buzz surrounding this title has been based almost entirely on the fact that it was designed by William Attia, the mind that brought us what is still regarded as one of the world’s finest games, Caylus. Luckily for us, Attia has delivered a new experience that’s completely worthy of the hype and an excellent reason not to judge a book by its cover.
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