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ARK Park Review

Ark Park is a jack of all trades, but master of none. Resource collecting is the thread that attempts to tie several dissonant gameplay mechanics together but it’s not nearly deep enough or engaging enough to be successful at it. Any enjoyment that could be had by observing dinosaurs and wild jungles is marred by blurry graphics. This is one title that ought to go extinct.

Duo Mode Now a Permanent Part of Darwin Project

After two test sessions, Scavengers Studio is excited to make Duo Mode a permanent part of Darwin Project on Steam. Joining its standard free-for-all game mode, Duo Mode allows combatants to team up with friends or strangers as they stake their claim on the snow-covered battlefield. The developers stated they welcome player feedback as they work to improve Duos even further.

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Three for Frostpunk: OPN Dev Talk with 11 Bit Studios

11 Bit Studios was founded in 2009, and since then we've released six games. This War of Mine was the latest and Frostpunk is the next. In the early years we had a philosophy of making games that mix genres or turn genres upside down. For example, inverted tower defense became tower offense, which was the idea behind Anomaly Warzone Earth. The philosophy evolved into making innovative games with a focus on thought-provoking topics and that's what drove us into creation of This War of Mine. The further step is Frostpunk. This is a game that questions morality as you play as the leader of a society in the last city on Earth, in an alternate history where the whole Earth freezes in the XIX century.

Dead Maze Review

Dead Maze is worthwhile. The fact that it’s free makes up for the fact that it looks free. It’s hard to appreciate this game for its art, and while it does suffer from some pretty bad frame rate drops, it’s easy to forgive Dead Maze because it provides a fun, genuinely free-to-play experience that doesn’t require you to pay for in-game currency.

Darwin Project Early Access Launches March 9

You survived the Alphas. You survived the Betas. Now, get ready to fight on a whole new platform! Scavengers Studio is excited to announce that Darwin Project will launch on Steam Early Access  on Friday, March 9, 2018, retailing for $14.99 USD.

Frostpunk Details Revealed

11 bit reveals a brand new developer update video that asks how much the world’s current political climate has in common with the highly anticipated, Frostpunk. When life imitates art, where do the boundaries of human morality fall?

They Are Billions Early Access Review

They Are Billions isn’t your father’s RTS. Sure, you still build a base and armies, but you don’t use them to go out and conquer your enemies. Instead, you minimax your way through, clinging to survival as “billions” of zombies assault your colony.

TARTARUS Review

TARTARUS is a unique concept in that it makes computer puzzles come alive with realistic representations, where most titles try to make abstract mini games out of “hacking.” The plot and overall horror atmosphere don’t come together, however. Overall, this is a solid attempt at making light programming puzzles interesting, but more work needs to be done in this area before we see a title that is truly free of tedium.

Have you heard about DIE YOUNG?

I’m sure you’ve already heard about DIE YOUNG, the visually impressive first person open world survival game set in an island in the Mediterranean Sea featured by Daphne, a brave heroine who tries to escape from this dangerous place.

Bomber Crew Review

Bomber Crew is a rich strategy sim that gets you into the action quickly. The low poly art style will make more bearable the tremendous death of your crew’s airmen, as your plane falls to pieces around them. As for the repetitive nature of missions, it will either become old hat, or, a necessary grind to get the most out of your plane and deal head on with the game's growing difficulty.

TAURONOS Review

Tauronos promises an intriguing story, but since running out of lives forces you to start your journey again from the beginning, few players will have the patience to persevere and experience more than a fraction of it. Even so, the perfectly fitted aesthetic supports a minimalist but hardworking narrative, guaranteeing that players who grow frustrated enough to walk away still do so with regret.

ICY: Frostbite Edition Review

ICY: Frostbite Edition takes you hostage with a compelling narrative rife with tragedy, mystery, treachery, and danger.  With an extensive variety of story arcs, endings, and random encounters, IFE offers excellent replayability.

The Long Dark Review

The Long Dark is imperfect, but it could be one of the best experiences in the survival genre. For the impatient, single-player gamer, The Long Dark holds little promise. However, if you relish the challenge of isolation and the feeling that you’re fighting against an environment that isn’t trying to kill you, but rather just doesn’t care about you, then you must try The Long Dark.

Funcom Announces Conan Exiles Frozen North Expansion Details

Funcom summarizes the journey Conan Exiles has made in the first six months of Early Access, detailing all the new content, features, and the significant improvements the team has done to create a bigger and better game.

Gorescript Review

With sparse environments that burst into color as the action unfolds, solid level design, and a low hand-holding, high satisfaction difficulty curve, Gorescript is already a title worth picking up, but with the fast-paced, visceral combat of its early nineties inspirations and the tight, responsive controls of a modern engine, this release becomes the rare homage of spirit over form that understands what made the arcade FPS of yesteryear great, and adds only the modern amenities that make it better. Definitely worth a try.

The Long Journey Home Review

What The Long Journey Home lacks in originality in its gameplay, it makes up for with realism in its characters and extensive narrative. It draws the player into a harsh, unforgiving universe that is as strange as it is beautiful. Wit, skill, and determination are needed to survive, but even with these, success is not guaranteed. Gamers who enjoy a challenge and the thrill of the unknown will get the most out of The Long Journey Home.

Impact Winter Review

Impact Winter may have just a few too many issues now, but the real reason it isn’t a must-buy is that it would be much more fun if you were just a lonely man wandering the wasteland for items to make your church better. Instead, you must keep wondering if the campfire burnt out, and if the nearly-useless compatriots huddled around it are slowly dying now because no one knows how to throw another damned baseball bat into the embers.

Out Now: Dead by Daylight Spark of Madness Chapter

Starbreeze together with Behaviour Digital, released a new Chapter for Dead by Daylight, titled “Spark of Madness”. The chapter’s new Killer is the Doctor - a former employee of a secret government black site who excelled at extracting information using the most twisted experimental interrogation methods. He uses electroshock therapy to make Survivors go insane, causing them to doubt everything around them. The new environment is an ever changing version of the facility in which he terrifies his victims.

P.A.M.E.L.A. Early Access Review

P.A.M.E.L.A. is one of the most visually solid games on Steam today, in the indie market — and possibly including AAA as well. There was a rash of bad reviews for crashing and loading issues, but the issues were fixed very quickly thereafter. Even with a small development team, NVYVE Studios has produced one of the most polished Early Access games I’ve seen, and it bodes well for the future of the title and the studio.

Planet Nomads Early Access Review

Given that Planet Nomads is in alpha, some of the issues get a pass, but there are other, more serious optimization problems with this title, and the building mechanic is borderline terrible. Movement felt delayed, graphics looked choppy more often than not when moving, and the game went through a serious bout of crashing until I switched to a windowed-only view.
There’s a lot of room for improvement for this title, but the foundation the devs have built is workable. Keep your eyes on Planet Nomads going forward, but be wary; your expectations might not be met if you jumped into the game now.

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