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Old Will be New (and Epic): ‘Ion Maiden’ Out of Early Access and on Consoles in 2019

As someone who grew up playing way too much Duke Nukem 3D and other timeless classics of the era (Doom, Quake, Heretic, etc.), Ion Maiden is a match made in heaven: Build - the engine that powered Duke Nukem 3D, Blood and Shadow Warrior - also runs this one. That's right, a game due in 2019 on an engine almost 25 years old. Doesn't get more old-school, or awesome, than this!
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Wii U Exclusive No More: ‘Swords and Soldiers 2’ Tweaked ‘n Tuned For Upcoming Ports

It's been a long time coming, ports of the once Wii U exclusive Swords & Soldiers II, although I suspect it will have been worth the wait. Especially for those who have already enjoyed the original, treacherously tactical 2D turmoil and all. Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon will after all feature many an enhancement/addition over the 2015 original (hence the title changes), when it hits PC, PlayStation 4 and Switch.
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Construct a World With Card Houses in ‘Where Cards Fall’ to Strengthen Fragile Memories

Ah, to be young again, building card houses to create a world full of puzzl-- wait, what? Oh right. Video game. Forgot for a second that Where Cards Fall is in fact a video game, likely due to how amazing it would be to experience something like this in real life: a trip down memory lane through... actual card houses. Confused? Me too, but darn if this game doesn't have immense potential.
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Take up the Mantle as an Old Berserker in ‘Fimbul’ This November… to Save Midgard!

Normally when someone falls in battle, that's it. No more. But for Kveldulver, death is not the end. His revival - courtesy of the sisters of fate - does come with a task attached to it, however: this old berserker must find the strength... to prevent Ragnarök. Nothing, neither man nor beast (or worse, trolls) shall stop him, in the action-adventure that is Fimbul. So take up the mantle and fight. Fight like never before.
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The Search for Long-Lost Pets in ‘Love is Dead’ Proves That… Zombies Have Feelings?

To the best of my knowledge, zombies can't feel anything. That's what we've been lead to believe throughout numerous portrayals across all kinds of media, at least. But what if we're wrong? Love is Dead certainly seems to think so, featuring an undead couple still very much in love, longing to be together again. Oh, and with their pets too, while you're busy puzzling their path towards a happily ever after, anyway. Ah, nothing quite like zombie romance.
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‘Parsec Rivals’ Impressions: In Space Soccer, With Lasers We Thrust

These days there exists a multitude of ways to play soccer in video game form: from the traditional way in FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer to blazing fast RC cars in Rocket League. But how about... in space, only one player on each team, movement controlled entirely by thrust, ball moved by shooting it? Crazy? That's what I thought too, but Parsec Rivals is actually an amusing take on the sport.
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Eat to Grow, Barf to Shrink: Size Does Truly Matter In the Twisted World of ‘Pig Eat Ball’

I don't know what it is with monarch and their crazy crusade to force their daughters into marriage, rather than letting them choose - you know, like normal human beings. Although in Pig Eat Ball, king Cake's daughter, princess Bow, is... well, not human, as you can surely tell from her father's name. Oh, and she's also not interested in an arranged marriage. Smart girl. So, time to embark on a relentless mix of eating and barfing, to thwart the king's plans!
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Cooperation With Nyah’s Spirit Is Mandatory In ‘Little Bug’ If She’s to Ever Get Back Home

Ever walked home from school to suddenly find yourself in a strange dimension, one quite unlike your own, dangerous spirits lurking everywhere? Well, I should hope not, but unfortunately for Nyah, that's the very conundrum she's faced with in Little Bug - and all she wanted was to... well, go home and relax. No such luck, but at least she won't have to embark on this peculiar journey all by her lonesome.
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Rewrite History in ‘Timespinner”s Gorgeous Tale of Metroidvania Revenge

You know what the most useful thing is, for those seeking revenge in a tale of murder most foul? The ability to rewind time of course, and such is exactly what Lunais, Timespinner's protagonist, has. Well, that and a strong desire for adventurous exploration; two things that will most certainly prove beneficial throughout this tale, as she attempts to get justice for her parents. Who were killed right in front of her. Yup.
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‘Battle Brothers’ Set to Expand Soon With ‘Beasts & Exploration’ In Same-Titled DLC

Some eighteen months ago, give or take, Battle Brothers left Early Access (remember?) behind, and there was much rejoicing. Since then it has garnered one positive review after another, as well as a vast and thriving community. What's a developer to do then? Why, work hard on the game's first expansion, of course, and mere days ago we were finally treated to the release date for Beasts & Exploration. Groovy stuff.
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Swipe Left or Right to Determine the Fate of Fan Favorites in ‘Reigns: Game of Thrones’

Winter is coming to Reigns: Game of Thrones, and if you want a chance at being more than a corpse with the arrival of spring, you'd do well to choose wisely in the time leading up to said potentially disastrous event. That is to say, swipe left or right to make increasingly difficult decisions, as you attempt to rule from the Iron Throne as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow and other characters from the popular HBO series. Just keep mind, as you do, that every action has a reaction... and upsetting the wrong people can be costly.
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‘Return of the Obra Dinn’ – In Which a Merchant Ship Returns On Its Own, No Crew in Sight

In 1803, the good ship Obra Dinn disappeared, declared lost at sea, goods and all, having not reached its destination some six months later. Quite a lot of money went down with it, or at least, that was the case until recently - one fateful morning in 1807 - the Obra Dinn mysteriously drifted into port. On its own. Crew? Nowhere to be found. Time to step into the shoes of an insurance investigator and, well, investigate... the Return of the Obra Dinn!
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‘The Hex’ Is Hiding a Would-Be Murderer Amongst Its Video Game Protagonist Patrons

Ever wanted to be a video game protagonist? Well, if you ask the patrons of The Six Pint Inn, it's not worth it. Not even remotely, each of this particular lot weighed down by a dark past. Something they just want to forget. But alas, this place has a way of bringing back old memories. Not good, and it gets even worse: apparently... one (or more) of them is planning a murder! Cue dramatic music and flashbacks aplenty, in The Hex.
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‘Bad North’ Places Vicious Vikings Between You and the Tactical Journey to a New Home

Across many an odd video game, war against vikings has been waged across many an odd terrain, but none quite as unique as the islands in Bad North. See, while the lot may seem like sizeable battlegrounds, you'll soon come to find that they are actually pretty darn tiny. There isn't much room for maneuvering your armies and few if any places to hide against the opposition, ensuring that bouts will be quick... and absolutely brutal. Truly, genuinely, brutal.
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‘Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle’ Is Almost Ready to Brutally Slide-and-Slaughter on Switch

Earlier this year, fans of gory sliding puzzler Slayaway Camp was treated to a somewhat similar - yet at the same time, quite different - experience in the form of a new game. One starring everyone's favorite slasher, Jason Voorhees. You know, the guy from Friday the 13th. Oh, and the initial release of Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle happened on... Friday the 13th. Yeah. Won't be the case for its upcoming Switch port though, and that's not the only difference either.
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‘Snow Nor Rain Nor Living Dead’ Impressions: Mailman With a Shotgun, Coming Through!

The dead have risen and now roam freely on the surface, and just like last time this happened, society collapsed. Completely. Or did it? Wait, no, because... for some reason, there's this idiot running around, determined to deliver mail. In spite of everything that's happened/happening. Zombies? Not a problem - dude's packing a shotgun with unlimited ammo! Everyone's dead? Who cares! There's mailboxes to fill, and not Snow Nor Rain Nor Living Dead shall prevent this guy from doing his job.
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Discord Store (Beta) Makes a Groovy Bunch of Indie Games Available via Subscription

It feels like forever ago when Discord marched into the hearts of gamers everywhere, providing an incredibly solid piece of software with quality voice and text chat... and that was just the beginning. Since its early days the client has evolved rather significantly, now featuring fun things like screen sharing and video calling; although for many, I suspect its most recent addition - which arrived earlier today - is its most important to date: the Discord Store!
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