Fight Your Friends is a new Tabletop One-on-One Card-Battling Game from Cold War, Inc. In Fight Your Friends, you’ll try to build the ultimate crew from a deck of cards, play them against your opponent, who is trying to do the same and then see what insanity ensues as your crew’s abilities stack.
There has been a movement of late in regards to old-school video games. Mainly, ever since Shovel Knight came out, there’s been a desire to try and “recapture” the old days of video games. This has led to various games like The Messenger, Katana Zero, and now, Jump King. But whereas those other games had very simple yet deep gameplay, this one focuses on one very simple thing…jumping.
One of the most loved elements of Dungeons & Dragons, even among those who have never played the game, is the art created for the series. An upcoming documentary called Eye Of The Beholder: The Art Of Dungeons And Dragons covers the history and humans behind the phenomenon. It’s informative, fascinating and entertaining even if you know nil about D&D.
There are many familiar staples of gameplay we think of when we hear “RPG.” Menu-based battles. Exploration. Visiting towns, staying at inns, and gathering money. The new indie game Lucid Path, now available on Steam, breaks all those rules — and in the process, proves why we have them in the first place.
The original Runbow came out on a lot of platforms in 2015, and has subsequently been put on even more platforms since then. And on July 3rd, the game will arrive on Nintendo Switch and PS4. I had the honor of playing it on the Switch, and I must say, that while I don’t approve of how its modes are balanced in certain regards, whether you play alone or with friends, you’re likely going to have fun.
Tangledeep is a very beautiful game that hides a harsh and punishing difficulty curve. It appears to be a paradise at first, but the game’s true nature rears its ugly head quickly.
I will say one thing about Cuphead — it is incredibly easy. In fact it must be the easiest game ever made. I beat the first twelve bosses blindfolded, operating the controller with my feet while on Ambien. My cat beat the next five. There are games starring Elmo that are harder than this, especially Letter Adventure. Of course you don’t believe a word of that…Cuphead kicked my butt too. it is exactly as thumb-punishing as everybody says it is, but that’s not a bad thing.
I am often amazed by how some of the simplest games possible are in fact some of the most fun to play. For example, if you have a simple shooter with a bunch of classes and items to get, throw that into some diverse modes, and you technically have hours of fun. Such is the case with Ultimatest Battle. Which is available now for Steam.
In today’s media, one of the harshest critics out there are…well…critics. It’s their job to assess a movie, TV show, video game, or even books and comics to see whether they’re “good” or not. And while everyone is entitled to their opinion, certain professional reviews are held up more than others, and they can directly influence how well a show or movie or game does. This especially goes for media that are adaptations of beloved stories, such as The Dark Tower.
One of the things I love about video gaming is that people sometimes forget that the most intense (and fun) games are the ones that have the simplest of concepts and mechanics. Yes, there are sprawling epics that test your mettle in multiple venues, but also, there are ones that test you in one faculty, and do it very well, This is the case with Archaica: The Path Of Light, which is available now on Steam.
Nintendo is a very strange company. They operate by their own rules and work by their own invented logic. This kind of strategy would sink most corporations quickly, but Nintendo has always survived — to make more mistakes. And whenever they do address a mistake and correct it, they usually make several new ones in the process.
I have a tremendous respect for side-scrolling platformers that try to do things differently. Recently, both Limbo and Fez became two of my more favorite modern side-scrollers; Limbo was one of my favorite creepfests ever and Fez actually made me use my brain and after completing levels, I felt pretty good about myself. I accidentally stumbled about Black Knight Sword a few months back and was deeply bummed at the lack of attention that was brought to a game with, in my opinion, one of the best presentations of 2D gaming in recent years.