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I tweeted about this last week, but this is the first time I'm posting this news here at the blog, and it seems a little more real as I'm doing so… After many ups and downs and a ridiculously extended delay (which was totally my own fault) I'm happy to announce that my upcoming Urban Fantasy book, Speaking In Forked Tongues, will be available for purchase on March 25, 2014.

Rise of Venice Preview

Rise of Venice Screenshot

Should I invest in expanding my warehouses, or should I increase the number of ships in my merchant fleet? Do I sell this massive pile of lumber now, or wait for a disaster to drive up prices when people need to rebuild their homes? How much would it take to bribe a city leader instead of following the official channels to establish a branch in a new city? These are the questions asked in the upcoming Rise of Venice, the next trading sim from those behind Port Royale 3.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Wrap-up

PAX Prime 2013 Logo

So, PAX Prime 2013 is now over—and man, what a terrible, sh*t-tastic way to end it. Although it wasn't my favorite PAX, there were definitely some high points like seeing people whom I would otherwise never run into, and getting the chance to play games that I had been looking forward to. Some good times there, for sure. However, things really ended on a sour note once I got home.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day Three

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies Screenshot

Today was day three of PAX 2013, and although I did see some good things, my sense of the show overall is that the industry is holding its breath a bit. With the impending release of both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, it seems pretty clear that a big chunk of people are still trying to figure things out—while the indie scene was fantastic and the PC side was strong as well, there wasn't a lot on consoles that impressed me this year. It makes perfect sense, but I left the show floor with a vague "is this it?" feeling.

Nukes and planes and tanks... Oh my!

Nuclear Union Screenshot

GameCritics was recently invited to take a look at 1C Company's upcoming catalog over the next year. The Moscow-based publisher, most famously known for their IL-2 Sturmovik series of World War II fight sims, showed off some of their other Soviet-tinged games.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day Two

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Screenshot

Today was the second day of PAX Prime 2013, and I'm a little sad to report that it's been a bit disappointing.

PAX Prime 2013 Report: Day One

Dying Light Screenshot

Between the exhibitors, the play areas, the panels and everything else that happens, PAX 2013 takes up the entire building, and another one across the street. PAX 2012 had approximately 70,000 attendees, and although I haven't heard any first-day attendance figures yet, today's floor felt incredibly crowded and tight—even more so than last time. In fact, it was jam-packed to the point that it was often physically impossible to get through the halls and see the things I wanted to see.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam Preview

Air Conflicts: Vietnam Screenshot

Air Conflicts: Vietnam hopes to buck the trend of mediocre Vietnam games by taking the action from the sweltering jungles of Southeast Asia to the hostile skies above them.

SMT IV, Steamworld Dig and Orange is the New Black

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screenshot

Although I count myself a Shin Megami Tensei a fan in general, I had some hesitation about jumping into SMT IV on 3DS. I haven't been the biggest fan of the portable SMTs and nothing about the previews was really grabbing me. However, the Nintendo offer of $30 eShop credit when combined with purchase of Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I already had, and loved) was too much to resist, especially since I had a couple of games to trade in for credit.

Scratching Infinite, War Logs and Faery

Saints Row IV Screenshot

In case you missed it, here's my full review of Saints Row IV and the Second Opinion from Sparky Clarkson. Personally, I had a blast with it and it more than made up for the nonsensical patchwork that SR3 was. However, I've been hearing some grumbling from others (a good number who came aboard the series with SR3) who didn't find it the same enjoyable experience that I did. Tastes certainly vary, but I think in this case it seems that a person's expectations are somewhat defined by what their first experience with SR was.

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