Fossil Echo Is A Ghibli-Inspired Stunner

We’re a bit late to mention Fossil Echo [official site], as it actually came out in July, but it’s still summer outside so it’s still topical and we can still enjoy cooing at its sunny stylings. The platformer is replete with desert beaches, temple ruins reclaimed by deep jungle, icy stone towers, and dazzling midnight skies. Paired with an aching orchestral soundtrack that will do a number on your heartstrings, Fossil Echo looks like a challenging platformer with plenty of atmosphere.

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Ian Milham Is Tomb Raider Series’s New Game Director

Crystal Dynamics recently welcomed Ian Milham to their team. While no new Tomb Raider game is announced yet, he’ll be assuming the role of game director for the series. Don’t worry, he’s got the experience to back it up. Milham has been in the business for twenty years, including time as an environment artist, the art director for the Dead Space games, and the creative director of Battlefields 4 and Hardline.

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Game of Thrones Composer Twangs On Gears Of War 4

I know what you all might be asking. “Game of Thrones in my Gears of War?” Well, it’s more likely than you think. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has joined up with The Coalition to create the score for Gears of War 4 [official site]. “I certainly wanted to stay in the direction fans know, but at the same time, I wanted to bring my own style to it,” Djawadi has said.

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Have You Played… Battlefield 1942?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

We take it for granted now, but in 2002 I was still impressed that Battlefield 1942 was a multiplayer game that let you fly planes and drive tanks and jeeps. I was even more impressed that, unlike the previous year’s Tribes 2, it was possible to have fun in BF1942 without weeks of practice and planning.

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ToeJam & Earl Gets a Funky New Sequel In 2017

ToeJam & Earl are back for another crack at some old school roguelikelike shenanigans and funky grooves. Aided by a Kickstarter in 2015 and now publishers Adult Swim Games, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove [official site] is due on PC sometime in 2017. Back in the Groove will see the Sega Mega Drive cult classic’s stars crash land back on Earth, where they’ll have to do their best to fit in with the locals while they try to piece their ship back together.

You can see for yourself how the revival is shaping up in a new, nostalgia-laden teaser released this week.

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for the same thing as every other Sunday. That’s not so bad. Let’s begin the traditions by rounding up the week’s best writing about videogames.

Apparently some people are living in vans and making videogames while travelling around. This is interesting, though these stories (person does X and makes games) are going to gradually become plentiful as a natural side effect to more people making games. Good lede:

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Colonize An Asteroid In Offworld Trading Company’s Latest DLC

Soren Johnson’s ace outer space economy sim, Offworld Trading Company [official site], has some new DLC this week. Titled The Ceres Initiative, it adds a fresh location with some extra challenges. The DLC is set on a frozen asteroid, where a new colony is being developed. It’s a promising money making venture, if the colonists can survive the er…rocky conditions.

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