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Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty - Overview video

Many, many Mudokons died to bring you this Overview video.I mean, it's not really our fault; in Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty, those little guys are squirreled away all over the place. Also, if they step on one landmine, they're toast. Drop one crate on 'em, and they're goo. Shoot them just a few times with a possessed enemy, and they drop like a sack of bricks. It's like, come on, Mudokons! It's like you're not even trying to get rescued. To see our absolute failure as saviors in action, check out the Overview video posted above.
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The Crew closed beta - Overview video

Grab your Funyuns and your Yoo-hoo, because we're going on a road trip. There's a lot to do in Ubisoft's open-world driving game The Crew — even in the game's closed beta test, which went live earlier this week. You can buy cars, equip them with different specialties and performance-boosting upgrades, and plaster them with tribal tattoos. You can go through story-based missions, or drive around looking for the dynamic challenges that pepper the nation's roadways. My favorite activity, though, is just driving through our hyper-condensed country, and seeing what cities made the cut. (Congratulations to Greenup, Illinois!) In the half-hour Overview above, Chris Plante and I hit the open road, taking a leisurely drive from Detroit to St. Louis. If our chattering is making it difficult to...
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Abyss Odyssey - Overview video

Abyss Odyssey doesn't really apply to labels, y'all.It's found inspiration from beat 'em ups, fighting games, role-playing games and Metroidvanias in equal measure, making it a tricky title to define. That's kind of Ace Team's style though — it's not like Zeno Clash or Rock of Ages squeezed comfortably into any kind of classification, either. To see Abyss Odyssey's monster juggling, character customization and infuriating spears in action, check out the Overview video posted above.
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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake - Overview video

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake's motivations are straightforward — get cake! — but little else about the game is.It starts out slow, tasking you with pushing blocks over switches in order to clear paths towards cake; easy enough. Each level, though, throws a new playable character, a new puzzle mechanic or a new objective into the mix, enough to keep you on your toes, or on your claws, on the off chance you're controlling a toe-free character. In this Overview video, Chris Plante and I take a stab at a few early levels in Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake. Make sure to take time to really enjoy that soundtrack — as much as you can, at least, with us squawking all over it. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is out now on Steam, as well as iOS and Android.
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Gods Will Be Watching - Overview video

Some decisions are harder than others.Determining whether that unboxed Hot Pocket hiding in the back of your refrigerator is beyond its designated eating-age is a tricky one, but it's doable. Choosing which of the hostages you've wrangled to sacrifice in order to buy yourself time to complete your world-saving mission — that is considerably more difficult. It's also something you'll be doing every ten seconds or so in Gods Will Be Watching, which can be, as you might imagine, a pretty stressful experience. Check out the Overview above to see Justin and I give the game's first level a (spoiler: horribly failed) attempt.
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Action Henk - Overview video

Action Henk is about two things: Going fast, and not going slow.The recently released Steam Early Access title is about speed, sure — but it's more about the acquisition and maintenance of that speed though momentum. You've got to know when to slide, when to run and when to jump, as doing the wrong action at the wrong time can bring your cannonball-like pace to a grinding halt. Or a burning halt, if your error sends you careening to the lava-covered floor. Check out the Overview video above to see Justin and I run through a few levels in Action Henk while controlling a living, breathing trademark violation.
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Dota 2 - Overview video

Hey, have you all heard of this Dota 2 game?Well, of course you have — we all have, and we're all super familiar with how it's played. We all know what its enormous roster of characters is capable of, and we know how to decipher its alien vernacular as though it were one of our normal, human languages. But assuming there are people out there who don't know how Dota 2 works (can you even imagine, if people like that actually existed), you can get educated in time for The International championship by checking out our Overview video above.
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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition - Overview video

It's been a little over a year since Guacamelee first hit PS3 and Vita, so allow us to jog your memory: That game was pretty great.A lot has happened in the games industry since last April, so I couldn't really blame you for forgetting its charms, its refined Metroidvania structure, its accessible but rewarding combo systems. Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition takes that delightful package, bundles it with the game's hyper-punishing El Diablo's Domain DLC, then tosses a couple new areas, a new ability and a new boss in there for good measure. Essentially, we're talking about a seven-layer dip situation, now. In this Overview, Chris Plante and I chat about some of Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition's additions, and attempt to generate as many lame Tex-Mex-based puns as...
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War - Overview video

Let's get sad together!That was our intention when starting this Overview of Valiant Hearts: The Great War — sometimes a good, cathartic cry is just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, nothing during our short play sessions stood out as being too terribly tragic; we're betting they save all the really, really good stuff for the ending. What we did see is some of the game's clever 2D adventure game mechanics, gorgeous art style and bizarre social media functionality. (Ever wanted to Tweet facts about trench foot? Here's your chance!) In this Overview, Danielle and I play through a bit of the beginning of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, and discuss the proper method of clearing out your upper Chakras. We also take a break from the rigors of war to cook up the nastiest soup imaginable.
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WildStar - Overview video

We've had ample time now to give WildStar a second, more comprehensive Overview — but we find ourselves hung up on a single facet of it.It kind of seems like developer Carbine Studios shot itself in the foot — WildStar is an immensely content-rich game, with huge areas to explore and a wide variety of activities to take part in. We haven't even come close to experiencing the full breadth of what the game has to offer; but that's really our own fault. Once we unlocked customizable player housing, we didn't really need to do or see anything else. In today's Overview of WildStar, Phil and I fling psychic energy-eagles at our enemies, bounce twenty stories into the air on hovering trampolines, and then we spend like 15 minutes decorating a room. Sorry that we don't get to the exciting...
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Spintires - Overview video

Spintires is, oddly enough, one of the most calming games I've played this year. Which is surprising, considering how infuriating it is.Sure, in those moments where your truck and its cargo folds in on itself like a dying star, sending you careening irretrievably onto your side, it's a genuine, grade-A jerk. The rest of the time, though, it's just slow, methodical movement through beautiful, albeit muddy environments. It's like fifteen minutes of meditative off-roading, and then two seconds of "Oh, come on, that bush was totally small enough for me to drive over!" In today's Overview, Chris Plante and I tackle the unpaved paths of the great outdoors, and learn a little bit about ourselves in the process. The thing I learned? I am not very good at Spintires.
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Murdered: Soul Suspect - Overview video

We're probably never going to get that game adaptation of Ghost we've been dreaming about, but Murdered: Soul Suspect will do in a pinch.The game is kind of like a noir detective version of the Swayze classic — a man is murdered, and attempts to thwart the killer using all manner of spectral powers. There aren't any erotic pottery sequences (that we've encountered), as the game focuses more on investigation and crime-solving mechanics, with the occasional Ghost Trick-esque environmental puzzle thrown in for color. The more I'm describing it, actually, the less it sounds like Ghost, though maybe there's a Whoopi Goldberg cheat code just waiting to be discovered. In today's Overview, Danielle and I attempt to guide our fedora'd hero through the haunts of Salem, Massachusetts, as we try...
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The Forest - Overview video

The Forest leans heavily on the "survival" half of its survival horror structure.Imagine if, in games like Resident Evil or Silent Hill, you had to build your hiding spots, or craft your weapons using natural resources. Those games probably would have been a lot, lot harder — which, as it so happens, The Forest is. Don't mistake it for a long-running persistent experience, like a Minecraft; you're going to die a lot in The Forest, and be forced to start over, yet again, from scratch. Well, not exactly from scratch. You get an axe and some Pepsi Max to start out with, but those won't get you nearly as far as you might assume. In today's Overview, Justin and I go lurking in The Forest, attempting to build an unassailable fortress to protect us from our maneating adversaries. We end up...
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1001 Spikes - Overview video

1001 Spikes is a game about memory, mastery and cursing like a sailor.It is an immensely punishing game, forcing you to take on trap-filled screens as you endeavor toward a distant exit. Even if your platforming skills are super on point, you're still going to chomp it, and frequently — oftentimes after forgetting about that one spike pit that you swore to yourself you would never, ever forget. It's a game in which you'll get killed right next to the finish line, then die inches from the starting line on your next run. It is ... it's just so hard, gang. In this Overview, Justin and I dial into the Dracula Gaming Protips Hotline to help get ourselves through 1001 Spikes, which ends up being a pretty bad investment of time and money. Also, fair warning: This video is not especially...
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Where is My Heart - Overview video

Playing Where is My Heart feels like getting hugged by a puzzle.That doesn't sound especially pleasant at first blush, but believe me — it is. Especially when that puzzle contains adorable monsters, and charming pixelated environments and a soothing soundtrack. The game, which started life as a PlayStation Mini and arrives on Steam today, is like a tall glass of chamomile tea, only the barista makes you solve a tricky spatial puzzle before you're allowed to drink it. In this Overview, Griffin and Megan give Where is My Heart a spin, and ponder the existence of pants in the in-game universe. Are they no longer required? Are our heroes some kind of weird, pantsless deviants? If so, are they on to something?
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Watch Dogs - Overview video

What if our smartphone apps could do more than just let us send birds through pipe-filled obstacle courses?That's the fantastical premise behind Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's new open-world franchise, in which a smartphone can be a device of tremendous power, rather than a platform for downloadable fart pianos. Protagonist Aiden Pearce can use his cell to raise drawbridges, jack into cameras or — our personal favorite — activate grenades hanging on an enemy's belt. Hey, future grenade manufacturers? Why are your grenades internet-enabled? It kind of seems like you were just asking for it. In today's Overview, Chris Plante and I go full-blown Swordfish on some lowly grunts as we hack and blast our way through Watch Dogs. We also give a moose a stern lecture about his distasteful sense of humor,...
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