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  • published the article How to Play Artifact, Valve's New Hearthstone Challenger

    Valve's brand new card battle game, Artifact, is already turning heads. Its unique ruleset and daring departures from card game norms is making it the talk of the town. Even though it's not hard to learn, it can be difficult to get everything you need to know in your head after just one game. Hopefully, this guide can help you get your bearings.

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  • published the article Artifact is a Revolution in Digital Trading Card Games

    Richard Garfield is one of those names you never knew was as important to gaming as it is until you point out all the projects he was involved in. Netrunner, the Battletech CCG, the Star Wars TCG, are just a handful of the many games he's overseen. He also created a little card game called Magic: The Gathering, so we can assume that he knows a thing or two about the genre. So when DOTA2 developer and video game tycoon Valve announced they were teaming up with this legend to make a new card game in the form of Artifact, people started talking.

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  • published the article Master Your Farmstead in Farming Simulator 19

    It's mind-boggling how widely appreciated games in the Farming Simulator franchise are. They’re a cult hit that keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. Maybe there's just something about how farmers live that attracts gamers. Whatever the reason, Farming Simulator 2019 looks to take advantage of this growing market share by taking the series to a bigger scale than ever before.

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  • published the article Use Both Brains and Brawn in Underworld Ascendant

    Remember Warren Spector? He's quite possibly the inventor of the immersive sim subgenre. If you don't remember him, I'm sure you'll remember his legacy: Ultima VIThief, Deus Ex, System Shock, etc. If any of those names fill you with fondness, then I have some good news for you. Warren Spector is back, and at the helm of a brand new game that's cut from the same cloth of all of those gems. Underworld Ascendant has come to put the immersive sim back on the map.

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  • published the article The Cold War Rages in Armored Brigade

    It seems forever ago now, but the Cold War was one of the longest, most influential quasi-conflicts in world history. From the mid-60s to the early 90s, people in Europe, Asia, and North America woke up every day not knowing if the next would be the day the nukes fell. It was a tense time period that is often fodder for a lot of fiction, especially spy stuff. That being said, for a time period where there wasn't that much all-out fighting between global powers, there are a lot of war games about that very thing. Armored Brigade adds to the pile of games that ask "what if the Cold War heated up?"

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  • published the article The Walls Can't Hold you Back in GRIP: Combat Racing

    Remember Rollcage? This 90s deep cut, brought to life by the creators of other such classics like Wipeout and Lemmings, was a racer where the track literally came at you from all angles. You raced double-sided cars across exotic landscapes, while pelting other racers with heavy ordinance to a soundtrack that Blade would kill vampires to. Falling off of the track was equally as dangerous as getting stuck behind off road terrain. At the very least Wired Productions remembers, and figured "what better time than right now, in the Year of our Lord 2018, to bring that experience back?" And thus, GRIP: Combat Racing was born.

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  • published the article Band Together and Survive in Overkill's The Walking Dead

    You are probably familiar with The Walking Dead by now, as it is a global property that can't stop being everywhere at all times. But I don't mean the TV show with the guy who hallucinates and the lady with the katana that's been on for what feels like 20 years. I don't even mean the series of hit adventure games developed by the recently shuttered Telltale Games, or the comics which inspired it all. This new Walking Dead, Overkill's The Walking Dead, is a different animal completely.

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  • published the article Saddle Up and Rule the West in Red Dead Redemption 2

    Rockstar is one of the biggest development studios on the planet, known for a little game you may of heard of by the name of Grand Theft Auto V. Their next epic, however, might be the studio's most ambitious project yet. The sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed games of the last decade finally arrives with the western epic Red Dead Redemption 2.

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  • published the article Red Dead Redemption 2: What We Know Ahead of Launch

    We are approaching the final days before the launch of easily one of the most anticipated games of the year in Red Dead Redemption 2. As a sequel to one of the most well-regarded games ever, it has a lot to live up to. But it seems like developer Rockstar is up for the challenge, and in the process may just raise the quality bar for the entire game industry.

     

    There had been almost no talk about the game before two months ago. Then, suddenly a tidal wave of info flooded the internet, hoping to fill in some (but not all) of the blanks regarding the next entry. We’ve rounded up some of the need-to-know items to help get you prepared for it.

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  • published the article Take Your Toy Ships Into Digital Space in Starlink: Battle for Atlas

    Toys-to-life games, games that have both a digital and physical components, had quite a moment earlier in the decade. After the closure of the studio that made Disney Infinity a couple of years ago, the sub-genre has been on ice. Until now, that is! Ubisoft Toronto, the studio that brought us Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal, looks to shoot the genre in the arm with a heaping helping of... Star Fox? Starlink: Battle of Atlas thinks it's possible!

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  • published the article A Beginner's Guide to Deep Sky Derelicts

    Deep Sky Derelicts, Snowhound Games' grim sci-fi RPG, is a dense beast. To find an alien mothership you can cash in for a reward you can't refuse, you must delve deep into hostile environments in search of clues — hey, if it was easy, everyone would do it. In a situation like this, help is always appreciated. This beginner's guide will put you in a position to get the most out of everything you'll encounter in your journey.

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  • published the article Craft Your Own Corrugated Adventures in CardLife

    Open-world survival is one of the most iterative genres in video games. There's always a new way to collect, craft, and create — and a new way to present it all. Enter CardLife, by Freejam (Robocraft), who takes a game formula that on the surface you might recognize and covers in it layers of corrugated cardboard.

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  • published the article Jeet Kun Do and Dungeons in Absolver: Downfall

    Sloclap's kung fu simulator, Absolver, brought a fresh approach to hand-to-hand combat in video games when it launched last year. A new expansion, Downfall, is now available for free, so now is as good a time as any to get back into fighting shape or to jump in for the first time. That said, there's a lot to learn about Downfall and how it turns the Absolver experience on its head.

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  • published the article Automate Sci Fi Chaos in Nimbatus

    Space is the final frontier for several reasons. Primarily it's because there are floating chunks of rock out there holding really neat space elements that would be much more useful not buried in their cores. Nimbatus, a new indie engineering sim, understands that it's only ethical for us to extract these rare resources and use them for the ultimate benefit of our species. It's the right thing to do. But how to do it? With meticulously constructed space drones, of course!

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  • published the article Climb Into Madness in Let It Die

    Grasshopper Manufacture is a studio defined by making weird, weird games. Killer is Dead, Shadows of the Damned, No More Heroes, and Killer 7 stand-out as some of the strangest games to ever hit mass market. Yet, somehow, Grasshopper may have out done themselves in the “weird” domain with Let It Die, now available on PC for the first time.

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