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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Preview

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

By and large, I am not a card game player.

All of my experience with card games comes from a brief attempt at Magic: The Gathering in high school and a lot of bored Saturday mornings with Yu-Gi-Oh! when I was too lazy to change the channel.

Random attempts to enter the genre have usually defeated me with dense rules, obtuse jargon, constant mechanic changes, and the prospect of buying hundreds of dollars worth of cards. None of these things attracted me as a potential new player.

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.

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.

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.

Saints Row IV Hands-on Preview

Saints Row IV Screenshot

Previewing Saints Row IV is a tricky proposition. There's a number of things I'd love to talk about, while at the same time understanding that these things are best experienced fresh.

Coin Opera 2: Poetry in video game form (or vice versa?)

Coin Opera 2: Fulminare's Revenge Image

Video games struggle with transposition. There have been some great games made out of films, but the statement seldom holds the other way round. There are some novelizations based around the more successful sagas, but these rarely reach out to an audience beyond the original fans. Other than that, few books are written which communicate with the gaming world.

State of Decay Hands-on Preview

State of Decay Screenshot

Several sites including GameCritics.com were invited to a preview event for the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title State of Decay. The gathering took place at Undead Labs, located in Seattle Washington. I attended, and was able to spend about four hours with a near-final build of the game. In addition, several of the developers were nearby throughout the day to answer questions.

Dark Preview #2

Dark Screenshot

Kalypso Media recently invited GameCritics to take a second look at the upcoming vampire-themed stealth game Dark, from Realmforge Studios. It was originally covered by Brandon Bales, but it's been a while and we were interested in seeing how it's progressed.

Ascend: New Gods Preview

Ascend: New Gods Screenshot

Today I had the chance to visit Signal Studios located in Kirkland, Washington, and I spent about three hours talking with the good people hard at work on the upcoming free-to-play Ascend: New Gods coming to XBLA and other platforms to be announced.

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