An early but comprehensive look at the online fighting RPG Absolver. Your characters’ moves are separated into stances that can flow into each other. There are also dodge, parry, feint, and absorb moves that add depth to the combat.
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Ahoy’s ongoing series about real life weapons and their roles in video games takes on the big daddy we all immediately run for in FPSes – the deadly rocket launcher. While it’s not exactly surgical in its approach, there’s no denying the effectiveness of this ranged explosive device.
Paradigm is a hilarious point-and-click adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutants, including a pug with a mullet, a giant sloth, a human duck, and whatever its eponymous protagonist is supposed to be. PC & Mac demos available here. Drops 4/5/17.
Fans of the original ToeJam and Earl games will be excited to see the progress that’s been made on the latest game in the series. While it’s completely new, it borrows heavily from the mechanics of the original two SEGA Genesis games. Hyper Funk Zone FTW!
An upcoming RPG about the “human side” of samurai, with pivotal dialogue choices and what sounds like an Infinity Blade-like progression system. It has simultaneous turn-based combat and an art style inspired by ink wash painting. Coming to PCs, Xbox One and PS4.
In the early ’80s, spurred by the success of Dragon Quest, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Koichi Ishii and Akitoshi Kawazu came up with a roleplaying video game inspired by Western tabletop RPGs. The result is a series that, while not always brilliant, is never afraid to reinvent itself.
(PG-13: Language) Videogamedunkey shows us one of the reasons why The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best video games ever made – its physics, tools and weapons let you find joy in coming up with different ways to kill enemies. And yourself.
When we played the new version of DOOM, the barrage of creepy monsters, environments, shrieks, and splatter sounds stressed us out. But it’s amazing how much more playful the game seems when you replace the sound effects with goofy cartoon ones like Petronius did.
Console modder Ed Zarick made a replica of the Iron Man-themed Xbox One that Xbox France gave away in 2016. He designed and 3D printed the raised parts as well as the arc reactor. Check out his build log here. You can grab the design and 3D files on his blog.
A $10/mo. video game subscription service for Xbox One. Unlike PlayStation Now and other similar services, Xbox Game Pass will let you download games so you can play offline. If you want to own a game that’s in its catalog, you can buy it at 20% off. Launches Spring 2017.
Talion and Celebrimbor team up once again, this time to take on Sauron himself. The sequel to Shadow of Mordor promises to expand on the series’ Nemesis System. You will be able to turn orcs into followers, but enemy strongholds will adapt to your tactics. Drops 8/22/17.