You all know how I feel about the Spartacus board game. It came in at number one on my list of the 50 Best Games Of All Time. (It’s worth mentioning that Cosmic Encounter was so high on the list it hovered ABOVE the top spot, as the best board game of all time.) Now, Spartacus was based on a TV show that I’ve never watched. Regardless, it was a slam dunk from the first play.
Now comes Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem. Another board game from the same company who brought us Spartacus. Another game based on a show that I’ve never seen. Can Gale Force Nine do it again?
Adam has left his post, fleeing into the hills above Manchester to wail and leap around, emitting guttural noises which sound like pain but are actually carnal joy. And all because the Pathologic re-make has reached its Kickstarter target. People who have visited Ice-Pick Lodge’s original dark Russian adventure tend not to come back from its plague-infested town the same as when they entered, and now anyone who missed the original in 2005 – or anyone who found its off-kilter brokenness more enervating than engaging – will have a second chance to experience its grand weirdness.
Virginia is an upcoming first-person ‘interactive drama’ infused with unabashed Twin Peaks and X-Files influences, which had already very much piqued the interest of Alice and Adam. I played a short demo build at the EGX games show over the weekend.
It’s not fair on any game that’s primarily about tone and mood to experience it whilst sat a stone’s throw from a man bellowing into a PA system about Street Fighter. That was murder-mystery Virginia’s lot at EGX, sadly, but testament to how well its demo pulls off a languid Lynch-does-police-procedural style is that I nonetheless had a moment when I closed my eyes and let its sounds – and all they meant – wash over me.
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If you've ever lived with one or more roommates, you know that things can get a bit messy and tense. Now just imagine the kind of jerk pranks would get pulled if you both had Portal guns.
The best moments from around the gaming world, all rounded up for you in one video -- Highlight Reel
The best moments from around the gaming world, all rounded up for you in one video — Highlight Reel! Check it out right here .
An occult-themed game of skill where players use magic squares to try to generate real cash all rooted in the developer’s own experiences with Texas hold ‘em poker? Why yes, Jason Rohrer does have a new game in the works, thanks for asking. It’s called Cordial Minuet because an occult-themed game without an anagram would be even sadder than a gaming news article without a pun.
The website for the game itself reads like a cross between a self-help seminar and a grimoire but Kotaku had a play and what they describe is far less demonic ritual and far more numerical mind games for money.
You're buying Smash Bros. for Wii U, so you may as well save some money. Preordering on Newegg gets you $5 off MSRP, and if complete your transaction with Visa Checkout using promo code VISACHECKOUT you'll get the game for 50 bucks. [Smash Bros. Wii U]
It's being developed by the producer behind the Mortal Kombat films from the '90s.
Defense Grid 2 sees you building elaborate mazes of mounted guns which shoot, burn, zap, freeze and otherwise slaughter vast armies of dumb aliens who are attempting to steal ‘cores’ from a techno-thingy at the centre of the level. In other words, it’s tower defence. It’s also the sequel to one of the most-acclaimed and charming tower defence games around. Privately invested into existence after a failed Kickstarter last year, it was released on Steam last week. Here’s wot I think.
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The Dead Space series was riding high after the release of Dead Space 2 in 2011, having become one of the most highly-rated horror series of all time. Even today, people still praise Dead Space 2 as an incredible horror game. Unfortunately, Dead Space 3 was poorly received. What happened? How did Dead Space go from hero to zero?
Android versus Apple, PlayStation versus Xbox...it really doesn't matter. All those arguments usually come out sounding just about as silly as any discussion defending any major corporation would. Which is to say: why?
We should have posted more about Dark Souls II, and our mistake was partially my fault. I had planned another big Dark Souls Nites livestream bonanza with music, guests, phone-ins, and other chilled-out late-night radio fun. Then my Internet connection took a nose-dive and I felt too tired and here we are, five months later, now Dark Souls II has three DLC packs we’ve barely mentioned. Sorry about that. The final chapter of its DLC trilogy ‘The Lost Crowns’ launched yesterday and please, do tell me about it.
People all over the world love looking at and performing cosplay. But it's still relatively rare to hear the motivations and stories that spur folks to craft their elaborate costumes. A new documentary series aims to do just that.
Today's selection of articles from Kotaku's reader-run community: Dex's Review: Genesis of Aquarion & Aquarion EVOL • Protonstorm's Music Awards for Summer 2014 Anime • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1: The TAY Review • Assassin's Creed IV: An Individual Review
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Aka ‘the one where a talking planet joins your party.’ Sure, Deus Ex gets all the Ion Storm cred, but let’s not forget that the other half of the John Romero-founded outfit also pulled off something pretty special, with gonzo roleplaying adventure Anachronox. Robo-chums, malignant aliens and interplanetary detective-work might be the superficial appeal, but it’s the strength of ideas, wit and cheerful weirdness that keeps it an essential part of the PC back catalogue.
Hat connoisseur and vampire songwriter Pharrell Williams, best known for his smash hit "Happy," is also a giant anime fan. Earlier this year he collaborated with the virtual pop singer Hatsune Miku . And today he released this video:
With every new release, the Borderlands universe becomes increasingly ridiculous. It’s been happening for a while now, with the puns, the slapstick and the hidden pop culture references that pepper Borderlands 2 and further season its DLC. I’m hardly complaining, because I’ve gradually disengaged from the first-person shooter over the last few years, confronted again and again by far too many po-faced, monochrome military affairs. Borderlands 2 has been a welcome exception.
Like a sudden burst of ketchup from a thoroughly-spanked Heinz bottle, even more of that often unsubtle flavouring is set to season our PCs very soon. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel comes out in two weeks. Developed in conjunction with 2K Australia, the Pre-Sequel is exactly what you’d expect from the series: more jokes, more cartoonish violence, more character diversity and a further expansion of a gun collection that would already make any Tom Clancy fan spurt like… well, like a sudden burst of ketchup from a thoroughly-spanked Heinz bottle.
The much-anticipated next part of the Longest Journey saga comes out on October 21st. Dreamfall Chapters, Book One will have PC and Mac versions hit Steam on that day, with a PS4 version to follow next year. Find out more here.
Let's see now, there's Assassin's Creed Memories, Assassin's Creed Unity, Assassin's Creed Rogue and the recently-announced Assassin's Creed Chronicles . That's not nearly enough Assassin's Creed. How about a new 3D action-adventure game for the iPad?
Channelman manman's video won't blow away the preconception that Protoss, in the current state of StarCraft II, is overpowered. In his comparisons, he first shows Protoss units attacking as they usually do, and then with their abilities modded and humorously exaggerated.