Kicking it with Dan Rickmers
Lessons on Being Significant
Significant Games funded its flagship title "Insignificant" through Kickstarter Aug. 22. Blowing past its original goal of $1,760, backers pledged a whopping $12,447 by the deadline, unlocking nine stretch goals including a composed soundtrack, alchemy, underwater locations, and houses. "Insigificant" started as a one-man operation developed by Dan Rickmers, a New York University graduate now based in Pasadena, Ca. Read more »
Throwback Thursday: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
The Space Between Heaven And Hell
After several years of a friend’s insistence, I decided to take a look at "Disgaea: Hour of Darkness." "Disgaea" games are still being developed by Nippon Ichi Software to this day. This week marks the 10th anniversary of "Disgaea’s" North American release. Read more »
Diablo III Expansion Revealed
Blizzard Unleashes the Angel of Death
Today, Blizzard revealed the next expansion for "Diablo III" "Reaper of Souls". Read more »
Digging in the Mines for Treasure with Spelunky World for PC
If you kill the shopkeeper, you’re a terrorist
When Player Theory discovered that there’d be a new installation to "Spelunky" I was excited. I like platformers, and I like them more when they’re different or challenging in new and innovative ways. The only thing that made me nervous is being a PC gamer through and through. Although I have a USB controller for games that require them, I prefer my keyboard. But I was so excited for "Spelunky" that I made an exception. Read more »
Sony Announces PlayStation 4 Launch Date
Sony announced today that the PlayStation 4 will be available for sale on Nov. 15 (Nov.29 in Europe) with a $399 price tag. This news comes alongside significant price cuts for the PS Vita and the 12 GB model of the PlayStation 3, both of which will sell for $199. Vita players will also enjoy reduced prices for all memory cards. Read more »
Straight to the Mun
Of Kerbals and Space and Programs
In June 2011, an unassuming sandbox game was released as a public alpha. It was called "Kerbal Space Program." The goal was to build a rocketship, put a green guy called a Kerbal into it, and try to get them into space. That was it. No campaign. No money to worry about. Just an unlimited number of thrusters, fuel tanks, and overly-enthusiastic Kerbals. Read more »
Is that a knife strapped to your leg, or are you happy to see me?
It’s difficult to say what is so gripping about "Papers, Please." The game isn’t especially fun in the traditional sense, but there’s something to it that keeps pulling you back, some sense of needing to improve performance or something about letting the right people into your country while keeping the wrong ones out. It’s best described as a puzzle game, and the game’s trailer calls it a "Dystopian Document Thriller" if that gives you a sense of where this is heading. Read more »
Kicking It with Saulo Camarotti
Chroma Squad, Activate!!!
Everyone probably remembers that one show that they would rush home after school every single day to catch the last half of their favorite TV show. Or if the bus was going particularly fast that day, you might have even gotten to watch the whole thing. For me, that show was the "Power Rangers," and I'm sure I was not alone in that boat. In the early- to mid-90's, "Power Rangers" was the show to watch; it had superheroes, giant robots, aliens, monsters, and too many cheesy special effects and one-liners to count. Even though each episode was essentially the same thing, the show had an energy that captured the imagination of any kid that watched it. Read more »
BioWare’s Hepler Quits BioWare
Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3 writer pursues other projects for family reasons
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Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
How will the change in business model play out?
After many years, we finally have a sequel to the beloved "Plants vs. Zombies" tower defense game. However, does the game still retain it's original feel under a new publisher? I eagerly dive in to find out. Read more »
Rockstar Reveals Multiplayer Component to Grand Theft Auto V
Killing hookers was meant to be a group activity anyway
Rockstar Games made good on their promise to release new details about the latest installment of the "Grand Theft Auto" series today by revealing a new multiplayer component. Read more »
GenCon: Firefly Board Game Reveal
You Can't Take The Sky From Me
GenCon is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America, and it's taking place right now in Indianapolis. Being the upstart gaming reviewwebsite that we are, it was right up our alley, and while an official staff writer couldn't make it up there (this year), we still have eyes everywhere. Keep checking back with Player Theory to see our GenCon updates!
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Throwback Thursday: Myst
There’s no better game to play when you’re feeling asocial
I didn’t finish "Myst" last night like I wanted to, but I got significantly farther than I did when I originally played the game at seven years old. The original run took me a year with help from my mom. I’m proud to say I played this save all by myself this time. Read more »
Blizzard Registers Trademark for "The Dark Below"
It's time for some speculation!
When Blizzard registered a trademark for the name "The Dark Below" today, it unleashed a tidal wave of rumors and speculation from excited gamers about which long-standing IP the title is intended for. Although there are no official statements from Blizzard yet, "The Dark Below" is so far assumed to be an expansion pack for either "Diablo 3" or "World of Warcraft". Read more »
Step One: Build Fences
I thought long and hard about whether or not it was fair to target "Prison Architect" for a review. The game is still largely in development - only an alpha. How can I put this half-made, indie game up against multi-million dollar, triple-A titles and rate them on the same scale? Well, this past Summer Steal sale, "Prison Architect" was selected as one of the official summer trading cards for the entire sale. Out of the hundreds of fully developed games available, a small indie game was the one that stood out and became one of the 10 coveted trading cards to represent one of the biggest PC sales of the entire year. Read more »
Rockstar Confirms Grand Theft Auto V Multiplayer Preview Coming this Thursday
Promises a "Revolutionary" Experience to be Revealed
Until now, the seven seconds concluding Rockstar’s first gameplay video was all we saw regarding "Grand Theft Auto V’s" multiplayer component. Rockstar has since released a statement promising a followup video revealing multiplayer details this Thursday, Aug. 15. Rockstar promised the fifth installment’s multiplayer component (simply titled "GTA Online") will revolutionize online gaming just as "Grand Theft Auto III" transformed the single-player experience. Read more »
GameStop Corp. Sued for Deceiving Players on the Cost of Used Games
Gamestop finds themselves in hot water for anti-consumer practices … again.
A federal judge granted three South Jersey gamers the right to sue used game peddler GameStop this this week for overcharging on games. Read more »
Nintendo’s Wii U Woes
Nintendo's Latest Financial Report Begs the Question, "What Went Wrong?"
These days, you would be hard pressed to find gamers – or anyone over 18 for that matter – who don’t fondly recall long nights playing Nintendo classics like "Mario Kart 64," "Super Mario World," "Metroid," or any other time-honored titles. It is exactly this nostalgia that Nintendo recently preyed on in their newest financial report. Read more »
Kicking It with Ryan Raner
"7 Days To Die" in its final week on Kickstarter
Zombies have infiltrated modern day popular culture and taken over so many different aspects of it that it's hard to remember a time when they weren't already everywhere. One of the most popular shows on television right now is about zombies. Every couple of months, another zombie movie is churned out and devoured by undead-hungry fans. Some of the most popular books recently have zombies as a main, central theme. But video games ... video games are something that zombies have completely taken over. Even if you take out the games that deal with a straight-on zombie setting, you still have DLC being whipped out to satisfy players' zombie-killing urges in games that don't even really need zombies to begin with. Read more »
Xbox One vs. PS4: Game Sharing and Streaming
Sharing Headshots Might Cost More than You Thought
Information from the official Xbox website starts to paint a grim scenario for those holding out hope that Microsoft would at least try to close the gap between Sony's offerings and their own. Read more »