Offworld Trading Company Rewards Ruthlessness & Economic Savvy

What if you could play Civilizations without the war? What if the infamous Blizzard RTS games allowed you to only focus on resource gathering and base optimization? Offworld Trading Company saw a gap in the strategy space and has built a unique experience for capitalist moneyhounds like yours truly. First of all, this game isn’t nearly

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I Almost Missed It: 12 Monkeys

“Amanda, you have to watch this show.” I have been accosted with that line a lot over the last ten years, what with the influx of well-written, expertly-directed, and artistically-executed television. I almost gave this show a pass. Almost. I mean, the 12 Monkeys movie was okay, but I didn’t think that it would be

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Oxenfree Explores Teenage Grief with Ghost Stories

Teenagers are curious, misunderstood creatures. They’re often dismissed as angst-ridden monsters, even when it’s grief that’s tinted their worldview. In Oxenfree, we follow Alex, a grief-stricken high-school senior, around Edward Island as she unravels both the mystery and the madness that has surrounded the island for many years. Oxenfree begins slowly, much as most ghost

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PAX East Preview: We Happy Few

Denial. Drugs. Dystopia. We Happy Few explores the disturbing theme of government-mandated utopia and the consequences of daring to rise above (or fall below, in this case). I had the opportunity to sit down and preview We Happy Few with the game’s mastermind (and Compulsion Games’ founder), Guillaume Provost. The game takes place in Wellington Wells,

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PAX East Preview: Expeditions – Viking

Logic Artists’ historical RPG, Expeditions: Viking, has been on my radar since I met two members of the team at PAX Prime last year. Expeditions: Viking has come a long way since that initial demo over coffee at the Sheraton. If I was excited back then about the possibilities, I am over the moon about

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PAX East Preview: Betrayal at House on the Hill – Widow’s Walk

It’s been twelve years since the original release of Betrayal at House on the Hill by Avalon Hill. Twelve years of dark basements, unexplored hallways, haunts, and betrayals. Twelve years to wander through the fifty original haunts, scaring up trouble and narrowly escaping death. On October 14, Betrayal at House on the Hill will debut

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PAX East Preview: Ruiner

Ruiner is an adrenaline-fueled nod to anime-laced cyberpunk, with a combat system that teeters on the edge of challenging meets masochism. And while my wrists didn’t thank me for the wild click-fest, I couldn’t get enough. Cyberpunk is a beloved genre of mine. My roots stretch way back to Neuromancer, Idoru, and Shadowrun, after all. To tether Ruiner with

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PAX East Preview: Dead by Daylight

If I had a nickel every time someone asked me to play a deranged serial killer in a video game… I’d probably be broke. It’s not often that I’m asked to take up a meat cleaver and raise bloody hell against four potential victims. Dead by Daylight, Behaviour & Starbreeze’s terrifying brainchild, sets one player against

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Why You Should Give SW:TOR Another Look

Star Wars: The Old Republic is heading into its fifth year on the market. With the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion came a renewed commitment to storytelling, accessible gameplay, and streamlined systems. As a “founding” subscriber — I pre-ordered the game in 2011 and participated in a number of closed-betas throughout — I’ve picked

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