PREVIEWS 02 Oct 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Crest

A command from the people’s god rings throughout the land, echoing in the heads of all the followers. The citizens stop tending to their flocks, their villages, their farms, all in an attempt to parse its meaning “Young people...eat...old people.” And so, the ritual begins. This is Crest, a religion simulator from Swedish developer Eat…
PREVIEWS 02 Oct 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Phantom Doctrine

The Cold War was rife with espionage, political underhandedness, and secrecy by intelligence agencies across the globe. But what if there was a far more sinister group at work behind the scenes, destabilizing countries and threatening to unleash war across the world? Such is the setup for Phantom Doctrine, an alternate history turn-based strategy game…
PREVIEWS 11 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: EarthNight

Far in the future, hand-painted dragons have swarmed the skies above Earth, forming an all-but-impenetrable barrier. Much of humanity has left for the stars, but for Stanley and Sydney, their quest lies below, and with a lot of dead dragons along the way. This is Cleaversoft’s EarthNight, a game I demoed at the Indie Minibooth…
PREVIEWS 11 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Necrobarista

Melbourne’s cafe scene is hiding a dark secret. Underneath all the bar stools and chattering patrons, dark magic is at work. Magic that brings together witches, spirits of the undead, and yes, necromancers. This is the world that Necrobarista asks you to step into. A kinetic novel set within the urban fantasy arena of Melbourne’s…
PREVIEWS 09 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Keyboard Sports: Saving QWERTY

Remember the mid-2000s era of flash games when creativity and general weirdness knew no bounds? Triband remembers, with their adventure game Keyboard Sports: Saving QWERTY, are hoping to take you on a trip down memory lane as well. I had a chance to chat with Lasse Astrup and Peter Bruun of Triband at the Humble…
PREVIEWS 09 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Shots Fired

What do you get when you combine American pop culture with mass-market media and a slightly irreverent tale of revenge? Shots Fired, that’s what. Where the main, unnamed character speaks entirely in emojis, said character is a photojournalist working for “FuzzBeed,” a social media site, but also a sniper who uses the “huntr” app to…
PREVIEWS 07 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Biomutant

It’s not every day that you’re a mutating fox-like creature hacking and shooting his way across a post-apocalyptic landscape. But when you are, you’re likely in Experiment 101’s Biomutant. Announced in the weeks leading up to Gamescom and shown off at PAX West, I had a chance to talk to Oliver Bolt about distancing Biomutant…
PREVIEWS 07 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2

Remember the opening of Altered Beast? The classic beat-em-up on the Sega Genesis that opens with Zeus saying “Rise from your grave” in poorly synthesized speech? That’s exactly how I felt about seeing Larian Studios’ Divinity: Original Sin 2 at PAX West this year. Kieron Kelly from Larian was on hand to guide me through…
PREVIEWS 06 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!

It’s hard to quantify how alien the world that restaurateurs inhabit are to those who’ve never worked in the food service industry. In all my years spent in fast food, American burger bars, and upscale Italian kitchens, there were some universal truths to be had: stress was expected, learning opportunities were frequent, and fun was…
PREVIEWS 05 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: RUINER

In 2091, technology is inescapable. Years of advancement have coalesced in a post-human society where rogues and miscreants can hack and control unprotected augments, send them into murderous rampages, and generally manipulate them for their own ends. Lives in 2091 are short, violent, and full of vice. This is RUINER, a stylish cyberpunk brawler from…
PREVIEWS 04 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: The Gardens Between

An unkempt island rises from the ocean, seemingly meaningless junk strewn about. An abandoned game console; malfunctioning CRT television; a crude boat now rotting in the water, the island has it all. Two friends navigate the jetsam, picking their way along slopes and across makeshift bridges, all while in the shadow of the oversized electronics.…
PREVIEWS 03 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: We. the Revolution

Paris, 1794: a time of political and societal upheaval marked by incredible violence and brutality. A time when making the wrong enemies could mean the blade of the guillotine on your neck. Far removed from the revolutionary actors on the streets, your own personal struggle plays out in the courtroom, as you sentence defendants to…
PREVIEWS 02 Sep 2017­ by Kyle Johnson

PAX West 2017: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

You know, for having little to no function in either of his legs, B.J. Blazkowicz certainly hasn’t lost a step in killing Nazis. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus opens with the same irreverence that made The New Order and The Old Blood outstanding and perpetuates it throughout the 15-minute demo. Picking up almost immediately after…
PREVIEWS 13 Aug 2017­ by L Coulsen

We Happy Few

We Happy Few is a curious entity. Comparisons to the works of Orwell and Vonnegut are unavoidable, and entirely correct. Set in a dystopian, alternate universe version of 1960s Southern England, it's the story of a society strictly regulated to ensure nobody ever feels any negative emotions. Every good, upstanding citizen of the country takes…