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Team Sonic Racing breaks the sound barrier in trailer

Mr. Sonic the Small Blue Animal Guy With Good Rings is back into the racing circuit. It's certainly one of the lesser beloved game franchises, and I can't help but think that's because it would be ridiculous for a character whose super-power is being super-fast to trade that power for driving cars that are equally fast to all of his competitors. It just doesn't make…

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Shin Megami Tensei comes to PC as a free Metroidvania

The long-running Shin Megami Tensei series has worn many strange hats over the years. From singular (and now defunct) PC MMO to handheld dungeon crawlers and even spinning off into the mega-popular multi-genre Persona line, there are few unifying elements behind the series outside of adorable snow-sprite Jack Frost. To promote the upcoming 3DS re-release of SMT: Strange Journey, Atlus pushed out a fake trailer for a…

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Rock of Ages 2 boulders onto Steam

Rock of Ages was a mad, brilliant game about rolling a boulder through historic scenery, bashing down turrets and avoiding cannon fire until you careered into your enemy's base. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder [official site] – which came out this week – is a more extravagant take on the same formula. Its new boulders have special traits (one glows red hot and then explodes, for example), the…

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Rock of Ages 2 rolling out later this month

"I wanna rock!" sang Twisted Sister. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder [official site] will deliver the rocks that Dee Snider so desires. Queen will have their own interest, having sung "O Rock of Ages, do not crumble, love is breathing still". But they will be less pleased by ACE Team's game, where players roll huge buildings down gorgeous obstacle courses, smashing through defenses,…

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Rock Of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder Rolls Out This Year

It's quite nice when a videogame comes along with a pun smack bang in the middle of its title - it makes crafting a witty/cringy/puntastic headline that wee bit easier. It's also quite nice when that game is a sequel to boulder-rolling comedy action-puzzle-strategy sort-of tower defence 'em up Rock of Ages. Five years on from the release of its forerunner, Rock of Ages 2:…

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ACE Team’s Deadly Tower Of Monsters Due In January

I adore the stuttering, frame-stepping animation on the giant gorilla and pterosaurs in The Deadly Tower of Monsters [official site], like stop-motion clay figures brought into an otherwise-smooth 3D video game. That's the point, see: developers ACE Team (them lot behind Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages, and Abyss Odyssey) are framing their shooter as a cheesy old sci-fi movie, so you'll also fight monsters which…

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ACE Team’s The Deadly Tower Of Monsters Announced

I like that I can never guess what ACE Team's next game will even be, let alone look like. What might the folks behind Zeno Clash, and Abyss Odyssey, and Rock of Ages make next? A clip art second-person murder mystery. A monster movie fight up a vast tower with hokey physical special effects. A pixel art Batman FPS. Ooh! The middle one! It's the…

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Pinball Wizards And Warriors: Rollers Of The Realm

I spent most of the weekend lying in bed with a maelstrom in my innards, feeling sorry for myself and occasionally checking the news on a laptop, which made me feel sorry for everyone else in the world instead. To bring the misery back home, I'd occasionally rewatch the trailer for Rollers Of The Realm, a fantasy RPG in the guise of a pinball game.…

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Ruddy Women! Watch 7 Minutes Of Abyss Odyssey

"This is no place for a woman! Get outta here!" a soldier cries in the opening seconds of Abyss Odyssey. Really, a hellish abyss opened up in 19th century Chile is no place for anyone, and she certainly fares better than all those poor chaps. So begins Zeno Clash chaps ACE Team's procedurally-generated punchy platformer, as shown off in a new seven-minute gameplay video. Or…

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Likeable Roguelike-like: Abyss Odyssey Begins On July 15

I do have a soft spot for studios who started in modding, but I look forward to ACE Team's games for more reasons than Batman Doom. From the first-person face-punching of Zeno Clash to Rock of Ages' competitive tower defence/demolition, their games have been weird and interesting and fun and ambitious and surprising and attractive. So I'm pretty pleased to hear that Abyss Odyssey is…

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Tesla Affected: Tex Murphy Delayed And Demoed

You know how Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure was supposed to launch yesterday? It didn't. "In order to," in the words of Tex Murphy co-creator and uncanny lookalike Chris Jones, "make sure this game is as clean and tight as can be," it's been pushed back at short notice. The crowdfunded revival adventure game is now due on May 7, developers Big Finish Games…

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Political Reprieve: Citizens Of Earth Coming This Year

Chin up, little buddy. Maybe you fell off the monkey bars, weren't selected as the Presidential candidate, got turned down by that sapient life you deem attractive, or perhaps your Kickstarter fell short of its goal, but that doesn't mean you give up. Two of those apply to Eden Industries and by Jove, if they weren't crushed by disappointment then you shouldn't be either. The…

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Zeno Clash 2 review

Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel I always wished would come to fruition, but never dared hope for. I mean, if you look at the Call of Duties or even Grand Theft Autos of the world, there's no real intrigue amongst all the announcement glitz and glamour. We already know roughly what we're in for. But the original Zeno Clash opened this swirling, cream-colored Pandora's…

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Ernst And Jung: Zeno Clash 2

Zeno Clash 2 will most likely contain many remarkable sights but the latest video, showing six minutes of the game's opening section, isn't particularly potent. There's mention of larger areas, more freedom of movement and side quests, but it looks more like the beginning of a Let's Play series than a trailer. Maybe that makes it the polar opposite of a live action trailer, in…

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The Brothers Gibs: God Mode Released

Old School Games' "retro"-TPS God Mode, which was announced last year, has suddenly appeared on the short-range radar of release. The game is on Steam, where it asks: "Do you like running? How about gunning?" Well, okay. But actually I like sitting and drinking tea quite a lot more. There's a gameplay trailer below, so you can raise your eyebrows, make some kind of judgement.…

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Yessss: Zeno Clash II’s Trailer Looks Crazier Than Ever

In Zeno Clash II, there is punching and uppercutting and kicking and kneeing and winged lion people and juggle combos and bird men and claw guns and cities that look like the industrial age as imagined by a sentient piece of chewing gum and a case of severe underbite that probably wasn't fixed because dentists rarely work with those wooden things people put paint on…

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IDDQD: God Mode Announced

Atlus have released a video to promote their new title, God Mode, which doesn't look entirely dissimilar to Serious Sam and Painkiller. They player, armed with guns rather than swords, is marching through Hades killing hordes of monsters, accompanied by a spirit guide whose running commentary made me hate the very concept of audio before the end of the minute long trailer. He does have…

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All In All: Game Of Thrones Beyond The Wall DLC

When the game of the TV series of the book A Game of Thrones was released this summer, Alec vanished for a few days. When we next saw him, he had the look of a man who has seen terrible things, all haunted and hollow. Turns out it's a very long game and full of nastiness, although mostly of the intentional scripted sort. He said…

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Hieronymus: ACE Team Explain Zeno Clash II

Carlos Bordeu from ACE Team is excited about being able to talk about his new game, Zeno Clash II. And that makes for good reading. We talked to him about open worlds, new technology, and how a game inspired by "the punk fantasy art of John Blanche" is going to play. Read on for elucidation.

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