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Diablo 1 Anniversary Patch: Blizzard of The ‘North’

If you are an avid Diablo 3 player then you damn-well know that Blizzard has released the Diablo 3 content patch 2.4.3, which introduces a wide variety of changes that improve and streamline the company’s action RPG, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. The most painful thing about this long-awaited update is that it cannot really be described as actual content. Don’t expect new characters (or old ones) or any dialogue (apart from a few narrated scripts lurking around the levels). Blizzard is paying homage to its legendary RPG and polished Diablo 3 in the process. At times, it does feel too much like a gimmick, so we sincerely hope you didn’t anticipate some sort of remastered edition of Diablo 1, because that’s not what this…

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INTERVIEW: Omnidrone (Titan Brawl)

For the past couple of weeks, our free time was consumed by Titan Brawl, a bite-sized MOBA for Android and iOS devices, developed by a young studio that like to call themselves Omnidrone. We had a little chat with this Spanish studio about their game and what the future brings. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how the studio was founded? Omnidrone is Game Studio founded by veteran and and talented developers from all around the world that wanted to make a difference in the gaming industry. We are committed to change the mobile space with “Social from the Core” games! We go for autonomy and flexibility and We work as small nimble teams of creative game crazies. What would you…

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REVIEW: Logitech Pro Gaming Mouse

The latest editions of Logitech gaming mice have been really good but it seems that they have gone more in to the territory of over complex devices of custom shapes and many buttons. Obviously a large part of the gaming crowd have noticed this and have come to seek a more simple yet effective mouse and Logitech has listened to that giving us the Pro Gaming Mouse. Look and feel Even looking at the box we notice a more toned down appearance then before – there are no doors that open to reveal the mouse or other more or less excessive extras, it is all very simple and functional, even on the sides you just have an inscription “PRO”.  Opening the box you will find…

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5 Biggest Mistakes Video Game Publishers Keep Making

Video game publishing and distribution is one of the most lucrative businesses today. There are multi-million dollar video game projects that require more work, greater production value and a larger workforce than some major Hollywood movies. At the same time though, and much like Hollywood itself, greed and cold-hearted business strategies often get in the way of quality. Time and again, publishers will endeavor to find some shortcut to swift profit, and they would do that sooner than pushing for more creative and original ideas. Even if we take into account just how much effort goes into most big-budget video games, that still doesn’t justify what certain video game companies are doing these days. All those words you keep hearing like ‘DLC’ or ‘microtransactions’ have…

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PLAY! Zine #98 – October 2016

Hello everyone, Last month hit us with a flurry of RPG titles, coming in all shapes and sizes and designed for every flavor. We’ve returned to Azeroth for the seventh time, this time on a quest to repel the Legion from our world and gain even more power for our characters. Of course, we’re talking about the newest expansion for World of Warcraft, also called Legion, that’s been bringing back MMO veterans for another tour of duty. In the sci-fi world, Deus Ex saw the continuation of its story with Mankind Divided, which explores strife and divisions between regular humans and augmented people. Also God Eater 2 spins a more action-oriented take on the genre, challenging both old and new players to try it out.…

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REVIEW: Overcooked

They say that too many cooks may spoil the stew, but in Overcooked’s case there is no such thing as too many. That is, no more than four, because this is a cooperative game for just that many players. In Overcooked you and three friends will take on the roles of chefs who need to coordinate perfectly around the kitchen in order to fulfill as many orders in a short period of time. Through the campaign you go through progressively bigger challenges so in time you’ll have to juggle more and more ingredients, dirty plates and kitchens with inconsistent layouts. The final goal is to bring your cooking skill to a high enough level to save humanity from a hungry beast. In order not to…

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REVIEW: RunGunJumpGun

Come on; come on come on comeoncomeoncomeon….. If videogames could talk, this would be heard from the space on your hard drive where RunGunJumpGun is installed, a small indie title that succeeds where many have failed over the years in the oncoming title wave of „ruthlessly difficult indie games“. Since the Kickstarter boom till today, the market has been overflowing with games that try to deconstruct elementary gaming concepts and try to distill the gaming experience and then forcefully feed it down players’ throats in hopes of becoming the next instant phenomenon or at least a cult classic. However, they mostly end up as showcases of how difficult that task is. Many of them under-deliver, and gnawing on their bones is something that‘s not really…

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REVIEW: Guards

Here we have an indie game from Battlecruiser Games studio that could at first glance be categorized as a simple mobile port with tower defense or turn-based gameplay. However, that’s not entirely true, and Guards conceals a considerable strategic element to it. When you start the game, you’ll find that there are no options or story to speak of. But Guards doesn’t linger there for long, instead immediately throws you into a pretty simplistic, genuine and easy to understand turn-based gameplay. You’ll be introduced to four heroes, initially a Peasant, Healer, Archer and Witcher, while random enemies appear on the other side of the screen, progressively growing in difficulty, and it’s up to you to use your heroes to stop enough of them to force…

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REVIEW: Clustertruck

A bunch of slackers sat down at the local tavern with pitchers of suspicious beer and shouted their opinions of the Belorussian Squash Cup semi-finals match. Suddenly, one of them bellowed: “Let’s make a game in which we jump from truck to truck, while avoiding falling trucks, and the trucks crash themselves or get rammed by other trucks, or a meteor, or maybe a flying hammer…” And so it was… Earlier this year one game received all the accolades as a minimalist-sprite graphics “most creative shooter in years”, i.e. SUPERHOT. Well, ClusterTruck’s trying to do something similar. Let’s tweak the gameplay a bit, we won’t be shooting, we’ll jump instead… From truck to truck… at full speed… driven by probably the worst drivers in the…

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REVIEW: Grow Up

After the huge success of last year’s Grow Home, we now can enjoy the sequel to the botanical robot’s adventure! Bad is back with an even bigger new adventure. During his journey through space on a mission to collect as many plant species to bring back to his planet, Bad and his mother ship M.O.M. crash onto a moon in a hilarious chain of events and the ship is scattered all over the planet. It is up to us to find all of the scattered pieces in order to assemble them and continue building our cyber herbarium. To prevent Bad from falling into despair on a strange planet, a funny little satellite Pod comes to the rescue, who somehow managed to stay in the planet’s…

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