Stranded Deep
If you've ever seen the movie Cast Away, then you'll be familiar with the story of Stranded Deep. At the beginning, the game gives you a very brief crafting tutorial by telling you how to make a flaming martini. Once you go back to your seat, the plane you are on suddenly begins to crash into the ocean. You must swim you way out and onto the ocean's surface and hop in a life boat, which has a paddle. You will then find yourself facing a small island, which you can paddle to (hold the left-mouse button to constantly paddle instead of continuously having to click it).

When you open your inventory with the Tab key you'll see you have some basic survival tools, a paddle, pocket knife, lighter,... [Read All]
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The release date of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be March 10th. I've been waiting for this since I heard the news drop that we were getting a level editor out of PAX East last year. The above review video is of the first three levels of the game and they look like everything I loved about the original with some new goodness tossed in. I still head back to Hotline Miami and have a blast so the included difficultly modes seem like a welcome addition.

Mark your gaming calendars as Dennation Games will release Hotline Miami 2 on PC, Mac and Linux at launch on March 10th.
Broken Age
As I travel the expanse of the information superhighway I read many words and see lots of things. Some of it incredible, some meh and occasionally things too dastardly to express with casual words. I took part in a Double Fine Bundle that included funding Broken Age to get access to documentaries of it's creation and development. As part of that I get emails about the games progress from Double Fine and the most recent video(shared above) I thought was worth sharing.

Tim Schafer industry legend and proprietor of great hair mentions that Broken Age part two is in beta and nearing release. This is great news as I wanted to wait till the entire game was released before I dove in. To the end... [Read All]
Mother 4
As a big fan of Earthbound I have been really excited for Mother 4. Since Nintendo doesn't seem interested in making a new Mother game, fans took it on themselves to work on something new. The Mother 4 team has been busily working on the game and last year mentioned a 2015 release date. Today they dropped a new trailer and a tentative release date of June with the new trailer game footage. I like how similar the feel is to Earthbound while proving a more modern take on the classic pixel art.

Oh and Mother 4 will release for free on PC, Mac and Linux.

"Mother 4 follows the journey of three kids and the leader of a biker gang. With dark rumors of "Modern Men" running wild, these unassuming... [Read All]
Grand Theft Auto V
Unfortunately, GTAV has gotten delayed again for PC players. April 15 is the new date. From Rockstar:

"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online."

I'm glad they're delaying it, if not delaying it means that we get a buggy game.

In better news, online heists are hitting March 15!

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General Discussion
Some new info straight from the horse's mouth...

"Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we’ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system."

This is exactly what I wanted to see from Valve, in addition to new games. Maybe... we can hope right?
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
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Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
Jack and Rich are back with a new episode of Previously Recorded that discusses quick time events, cut scenes and game immersion. They note that when you drop instructions on screen to press buttons you remind the player they are playing the game instead of being the character on the screen. This is a good point and I think that it often gets worse when you are playing a PC game that asks you to press a button on a controller that you are not using.

What do you think, is Super Mario Brothers more immersive than Call of Duty? Do quick time events ruin game immersion? Are Jack and Rich horrible frauds?
Pioneers is a brand new exploration strategy game in alpha development by Eigen Lenk. In Pioneers you take the role of an explorer leading a party to make a name for yourself in the new world. If you ever wanted to play a game where you could be Lewis and Clark, Francis Drake or Edmund Fanning this game is it. It also has a really unique painted pixel art style that I find really refreshing.

You can get Pioneers on now for as much as you want to spend on it on Mac and PC. If you play it let me know what you think of it in the comments!

"Pioneers is a turn-based exploration/adventure RPG where you lead a party of travellers in search of treasure-rich... [Read All]
As I mentioned in a post on the forum, I've been regularly watching a favorite YouTube channel by Paul Soares, Jr. Months ago, I noticed an interesting new game on his Indie Game Test Drive playlist called "Salt." I didn't really get into it at first, but recently, I though I'd check it out a bit more and watched the rest of his videos on this game. While I installed the demo months ago, I didn't start playing it until recently and after catching up on his Salt videos. (See links at the end of this post.)

That's right, here is an Early Access game that has a free demo! The demo doesn't seem to be very limited, but by purchasing the full version of the game, you will have access to a much... [Read All]
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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Terraria Otherworld
From the official site:

Re-Logic and Engine Software have combined forces to develop the next progression in the open world/sandbox arena: Terraria: Otherworld.

Set in an alternate dimension within the Terraria universe, Terraria: Otherworld places the player in a life-and-death struggle to restore a once-pristine world – now overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself – to its original splendor.

Combining elements of sandbox gameplay with role-playing and strategy elements, Terraria: Otherworld explores the Terraria experience in an innovative and unique way - providing a fresh approach to the “open world” genre.

This must be the secret project we've been hearing inklings... [Read All]
I remember playing Doom in the '90s, and loving every minute of it, but there was always something missing. What if I wanted to make Doom look like a photograph from the 60s? What if I wanted to take a picture of myself to remember the moment forever?

Well, now my prayers have been answered.

As Kotaku has said, "After almost 22 years, Doom is finally finished."
Sword Coast Legends
"Set in the lush and vibrant world of the Forgotten Realms, Sword Coast Legends offers an all-new way to enjoy the time-tested magic of playing Dungeons & Dragons as a shared storytelling experience. With a deep narrative developed by a team of long-time industry veterans and a partnership with Wizards of the Coast, the single player campaign of Sword Coast Legends brings the world of Faerûn home like never before."

When I heard about the brand new D&D game Sword Coast Legends I was pretty excited. A few of us on Cheerful Ghost have been playing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic as part of the Cheerful Games Club and i've really enjoyed the turn based D&D hack n slashing. We don't get... [Read All]
Broforce continues it's Steam Early Access domination in the form of an all new update featuring Zenomorph Aliens. Fight these iconic Aliens as Indiana Brones, The Brominator, Cherry Broling and the rest of the Broforce crew! Free Lives have treated the Broforce Early Access well and the great updates just keep coming. If they continue on at this rapid fire pace I imagine Broforce will launch some time this year!
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