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All Cards On Deck: Nowhere Prophet’s Post-Apocalyptic Road to Release Begins With ‘First Access’

These days it seems like every other game enters a lengthy Early Access period prior to reaching that fabled 1.0 milestone. There are many reasons for this, some good, other... pretty bad. But that's a topic for another time. Oh, and Nowhere Prophet is going to do something similar. Only, it's kinda different. See, this particular roguelike deck builder (there's a weird hybrid for ya!) is going for something called... first access? Wait, what?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted (With Demo): Dark Devotion

Only doom and gloom awaits in Dark Devotion, as each encounter will put your abilities to the test; knowing when to strike, dodge, block, and perhaps even run away, is essential to surviving the temple. And not just its denizens either. No, this pesky place is also determined to end your existence, and if the first trap doesn't work... maybe the next one will? One should hope not though, as that would mean the game has won. Which would be rather... unpleasant.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Dating, witches, food and guitars!

The rate of Steam additions slowing down? Not even remotely, as the list below this lengthy paragraph certainly proves (and those are simply personal favorites). From a rhythmic affair that's absolutely rockin' to running your own restaurant with a dragon or two for good measure, there's a lot to like here. I mean, if you're into dragons that rock dinner templates. Or something. I'll try my darnest to make more sense in my notes regarding each pick. Maybe. Probably not.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: The Devil’s Eight – Stylish Music Driven Boss Rush

Seeing how The Devil's Eight revolves around the nine circles of hell (starting with Limbo, ending with Treachery), that 'eight' part has me ever so mildly confused. Will players be skipping a circle in this relentless musical boss rush, or are we in for some kind of clever twist as we, well, dance with the devil? Either way, according to the developer, this is not your typical rythm-based fighter, in that the player is able to move freely... the music relating more to the actions of one's opponent instead. Rock and roll!
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Avernum 3: Ruined World to Conclude the Exile Trilogy’s Second Remastering in 2018

At this point I'm starting to wonder if there's some unspoken rule regarding fantasy RPGs, how they must take place in a crumbling world. Because that's been the case for so many I've stumbled upon in recent years, and Avernum 3: Ruined World is no exception. It is also the end of Spiderweb Software's Exile trilogy though, so who knows - maybe this one is wrapped up with a 'happily ever after'? Then again, maybe not. Anything is possible in a world this vast.
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All You Can Meat: Klei Reveals Don’t Starve: Hamlet and Don’t Starve Together… Events?

If nothing else, at least we can always rely on Wilson to, well, get into trouble in new places? I mean, his trip to the high seas is a prime example of that (as well as fun times, of course), and now he's stumbled upon a portal to the Pigmen. What could possibly go wrong? Unless of course, everyone's favorite Don't Starve character gets the munchies for some bacon...
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The Fate of Xbox Live Indie Games Is Sealed (and Dated)

Almost exactly two years ago, I shared how Microsoft would be shutting down Xbox Live Indie Games this year. Incidentally, it was revealed just yesterday that the same month - this one, for those of you without a calendar (wait, what?) - will feature that dreadful day. The day after which Xbox 360 owners will no longer be able to purchase games on the platform... and it's right around the corner!
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Zombie or Ghost? Well, in Over My Dead Body (For You) You’re Both… at the Same Time!

I tell ya, video games get weirder every single day, zombies pretty much being part of every other title released. That said, it is pretty rare to actually step into the shoes of one (like in Infectonator : Hot Chase), and even less so, far as ghosts are concerned. But there's hope yet, as Over My Dead Body (For You) solves this particular conundrum... by having the player partake in the role of a zombie and a ghost... at the same time! So groovy.
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On Steam, the Week Prior: Cold War, door knocking and crumbling empires!

So... the flood gates have officially opened on Steam, it seems, given the amount of releases in the past couple of weeks. While it is great to see so many new games released, unfortunately, the rate does create a major problem: visibility. Right now I'd wager that once your game has been on Steam for 24 hours - maybe even less! - it's pretty much buried, long gone from the front page. Fast-forward a full week, and people are going to have to do some serious digging through several pages to stumble upon it, most likely. A problem I aim to solve, or at least alleviate, with this particular article series.
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This Fall, Interactive Fiction Will be Settled On the Fields of Battle In Dust and Salt

Welcome to Dust and Salt's Sin Lands, a locale in dire need of someone powerful enough to rid it of the Seven High Lords of Murk. Are you going to that would-be hero, or will you fall, leaving your father's death forever unavenged? Every choice you make matters, whether it be on the battlefield or during travels, in this constantly changing classic tale of good against evil. One man - and whatever army he can build - against seemingly impossible odds. Sounds pretty groovy to me.
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Don’t Starve Together Character Addition Revealed, Xbox One Release Imminent

A lot has happened to Klei's horror-esque multiplayer survival hit, Don't Starve Together, since its early days, including the addition of, well, an inn. No really. Oh, and of course, a PlayStation 4 port. This, in no small regard, left Xbox One owners wondering when they would get to experience the awesomeness of working with their friends or, you know, work towards getting them killed. Because the latter is totally possible, and soon... the Xbox crowd will finally be able to experience such fun times. Also, new playable character!
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Not Enough Steam Reviews! March ’17 Edition

Six months ago the month was March, the year... well, 2017, because math. Or something. What I'm getting at is that it's time to look among March's potentially overlooked Steam releases, and give my opinion - briefly - on each. Each of those that not only match specific criteria, but also managed to catch my eye in some way or form. And as always, Early Access and Virtual Reality titles will not be included.
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Get On the famicase: A Game By Its Cover 2017 Begins In Less Than 24 Hours

You know how some game jams feature overly complex rules, very specific details as to what participants are to create, how to go about it, and so on? Yeah. Not quite how A Game By Its Cover does things - at least, for its 2017 iteration. This time, both the concept and rules are extremely basic... while still ensuring it doesn't simply become a 'create whatever' jam. It's also starting in less than 24 hours at the time of writing, so I'll try to keep it brief (yeah right!).
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Off-Topic: Why it’s been months since my last review/impressions piece

As the title says, it's been several months since my last review/impressions piece (Sabre), and there's a reason for that. A good one, too. See, what should have been a simple hardware upgrade (I3 to I5, complete with a fancy new cooler) went horribly wrong, somehow. So, what happened? Well, CPU socket decided to call it quits, essentially leaving me without a computer - if not for a borrowed laptop that is. Unfortunately, said laptop's not really made for gaming, packing a rather lackluster onboard GPU, making it hard to play - and as a direct result, write about - most games. But now there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel...
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World to the West on the Go: Switch Port Revealed Ahead of Nindies Summer Showcase

Earlier this year, four unlikely heroes set out on a journey, one which would not be a success without everyone somehow figuring out how to work together. As a team. As a single unit. As... well, you get the point, and even though the premise isn't the most original ever, the adventures of Lumina, Knaus, Miss Teri and Lord Clonington still managed to woo players and critics alike, across PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But hey, what about the Switch? And... dare I ask, Wii U?
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Epic Tavern Will be Built by Adventurers, Glorious Exploits and Grave Misfortune Alike

Chances are, if you've played more than a handful of fantasy RPGs, you've visited a tavern at some point, be it to grab a drink, bolster your ranks, or something else entirely. But what if, just this once, you were to stand on the other side of the bar? What if you were instead the one running the place? Because in Epic Tavern, you'll be doing just that, recruiting adventurers, sending them out on incredibly hazardous quests - all to make your tavern grow! Sounds like a grand ol' time to me...
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The Gardens Between: Time Travelling Tales of Childhood, Friendship, and… Growing Up

You know what best friends like to do? Go on adventures together, and the two in The Gardens Between - Arina and Frendt - are certainly no different. Well, except for the fact that their latest features mystical, yet absolutely beautiful, gardens and... time travel. More or less. Just don't forget about the butterfly effect (no, not the movie) as you leap back and forth while controlling this particular duo. Oh, and did I mention how lovely it all looks, not to mention... sounds?
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Fast-Paced Platformer Velocity 2X Reaches Critical Mass and is Named Accordingly for Retail Release

The Vokh are a bunch of bastards, there's no way around that, and if Lt. Kai Tana has any say in the matter, their plans to rule the universe will be... thwarted. With authority. That said, her action platforming adventures do date back several years at the time of writing, and I doubt the exclusive content in this upcoming retail version of Velocity 2X will provide her with any actual benefits. So... what good is it then, and to who? Well, let me tell ya!
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Be the Bard: Get Ready to Spread Word of Heroes’ Heroic Heroics In Forever and Ever

When all is said and done, whichever princess managed to get herself kidnapped this time or evil demon showed up at the wrong time... who do we turn to? I mean, besides the heroes. Who indeed, but the mighty bard, chronicler of grand heroics and all such things, helping ensure we never forget about those who helped usher in a new era of peace. Or something along those lines. Oh, and you get to play as one of those guys in Forever and Ever! Groovy, ain't it?
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Yuri Game Jam 2017: Make Games Focusing on Relationships Between Women

Back for a sec-- wait, this is actually the third Yuri Jam? Crap. Missed one then. Huh. Well, anyway, it's almost time to once more embrace relationships between women - in video game form! And I'm not talking 'besties' here either. No, this is about the romantic aspect, involved parties being - as stated on the official site - "lesbian, bi, trans, non-binary, aro, ace, pan, any female-identified LGBTQIA characters". What's not to like?
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Exception Is Almost Certainly the Flashiest 2.5D Platformer You’ll Play… Later This Year

It's been almost three years since my initial coverage of Exception, at which point development was in pre-alpha stage and the game... well, let's just say it looked a lot less. Just less. I don't know how else to describe it. Or do I? Ah yes, the super flashy colorful effects are nowhere to be found! And that's just the beginning. Everything just looks more complete, more finished, more refined, more... well, crazy. Best of all, the game is finally being prepped for launch, world flipping action and all!
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(Almost) Unlimited Power: Unity Adds Xbox One X Support Ahead of Launch

Smoother gameplay, bigger worlds, life-like detail, faster load times... and so on. This is pretty much how Microsoft would describe their upcoming Xbox One overhaul/remake/revision/something, Xbox One X. Oh, and Unity just added support for it, which means - among other things - 4K HDR rendering, as well as "increased power". As for exactly how little/much, who knows? Who indeed.
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It’s Almost Time For PAX West, Which Means… Indie MEGABOOTH and PAX 10!

With September creeping ever so nearer, tickets to Seattle are flying off the digital shelves. Or something along those lines. What I'm trying to say is that it's almost time for this year's PAX West, and based on the Indie MEGABOOTH and Pax 10 lineups, attendees are going to have a grand time. Yes, I know that there are other things to experience at PAX West. But as you may have guessed, this isn't really about them (sorry, other events/exhibitors).
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