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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III

If you’re going to discuss great efforts at Diablo-esque dungeon crawls, you’re going to talk about Torchlight and you’re going to talk about the Van Helsing titles. The first of these, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, was a genuine surprise – an out-of-nowhere dungeon-crawling monster-slaying romp, and it distinguished itself with an excellent soundtrack, and a really neat Lovecraft-meets-Steampunk aesthetic. The second was more of the same but in a way that was easy-to-swallow – it didn’t reinvent the wheel because the wheel was more than good enough to pass muster. It simply added classes, combat options, and a little polish to a formula that already worked just fine. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, on the other hand, is an odd duck. Bewilderingly, it does try to reinvent the wheel; it attempts to fix a formula that wasn’t broken, and in so doing it significantly reduces the depth of the game-play, and mars the overall experience.

 

This is a loading screen. If you're interested in the co-op, you'll get used to it.

This is a loading screen. If you’re interested in the co-op, you’ll get used to it.

I’d like to get the positives out of the way – it’s a good-looking title, and it runs well. It possesses the same sense of humor as the previous incarnations of the franchise, and it certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a lot of variety in the game-play – the classes are clearly distinguished from each other, and there’s a mix of dungeon-crawl, staff management, and tower defense, though not as much of the latter two as the former, and this is a rather large misstep. There’s a good bit of min-maxing to be done if you’re into that sort of thing, but Van Helsing III removes both the ranged vs. melee option from every class and reduces the complexity of the classes that were carried over from the previous titles.

 

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Fallout 4 – Official Trailer

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Fallout 4 – Official Trailer

Great news for fans of the Fallout franchise – yesterday, the following image was posted at Bethesda’s Fallout webpage, with a timer counting down to 10:00am EST on Wednesday the 3rd. Fallout 4 has been one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, and there’s little question that the timer will end with a reveal of the upcoming title.

 

We've been standing by for 5 years.

We’ve been standing by for 5 years.

A little earlier today the website went live for a very brief span of time, and the following image was displayed, in addition to a video link, almost certainly the first teaser trailer for Fallout 4.  The page also confirmed that the upcoming Fallout title will be on the PC, PS4, and XboxONE platforms.

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #17 – The Australian Thunder

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #17 – The Australian Thunder

This week the guys talk about a ton of smaller news stories and yet they still manage to ramble for an hour. For the first time, however, we do a product review live. Also, Resident Evil 0 Remaster, SOMA and Until Dawn release date, Twitch controversy and more! Read On

Support Your Local Bard

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Support Your Local Bard

Not-too-terribly long ago we brought you news of the Return of the Bard. Today, June the 2nd, the Kickstarter for inXile’s The Bard’s Tale IV will go live. This is important mostly because you’re morally obligated to support your local bard, but if you’re on the fence, inXile has got you covered: if you commit to funding the Bard’s comeback in the first 24 hours, you’ll get a free copy of either Wasteland 2, The Witcher, or the Witcher 2.  

Here's hoping it all looks this good.

It could look this good. If you help.

So, in short, if you decide to help inXile out with funding A Bard’s Tale IVinXile being the ladies and gentleman responsible for Wasteland 2 and the upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera – you’ll get to pick one the three best RPGs of the last decade. That’s an RPG two-for-one that’s awfully hard to argue with. Check out the official press release below.

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TriPod! 5.26.2015 – Leaks!

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TriPod! 5.26.2015 – Leaks!

Welcome to TriPod! – the weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

TriPod!, hosted by long-time Pixelated Geek sass-master and afficianado of all-things-geek James Huneycutt, the ineffable Johnathan Crass – whose Fu-Manchu is as impressive as his categorical knowledge of indie-gaming – and the ceaselessly cranky but inarguably analytically accurate Taylor Tate, is a weekly video podcast featuring the latest news in geek culture and the last word in real-talk analysis of geek trends.

Pixelated Geek Presents TriPod! Season One Episode 9 – 5.26.2015.

This week TriPod! covers the circus surrounding the leaks of the Supergirl pilot and Star Citizen assets.

This is our most important episode to date. We are very, very serious about the content contained within, and we would be very interested in feedback on the points we make.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

It’s a wonderful time to be a PC-centric gamer, particularly if you got your start in the nineties. Many of the best franchises of that era are seeing a sweeping resurgence, either in the form of remakes, sequels, or spiritual successors, and many of the leading genres of that time are coming back in an equally big way. Between the smash-hit Pillars of Eternity and the upcoming Legends of the Sword Coast, old-school RPG fanatics have a lot to look forward to this year, and chief among the field is inXile‘s Torment: Tides of Numenera.

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An Interview with LOOT Interactive

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An Interview with LOOT Interactive

Recently I had the opportunity to interview David Sterling, the Co-Founder and managing director at LOOT Interactive, as LOOT Interactive recently announced their first foray into publishing indie games on the PS4. Due to schedule constrains we weren’t able to have a one-on-one conversation, so we did the interview through e-mail; I sent questions and the answers were sent back. Judging by the responses, Mr. Sterling seems like a really passionate and awesome person. Hit the jump to check out the full transcript of the interview! Read On

LOOT Interactive becomes an indie game publisher

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LOOT Interactive becomes an indie game publisher

In a press release sent to us here at Pixelated Geek, LOOT Interactive, known for being a porting studio and streaming App creator, has taken the leap into indie game publishing. At E3 2015, LOOT Interactive is going to unveil their first three indie games to be published to the Playstation 4. The games, Velocibox, Whispering Willows,  and Back to Bed are available on Steam right now, and if you look them up, you’ll see that they’re all very different kinds of games. Personally, things like this are exciting to me because it means a wider variety on PS4. Now hopefully some of these titles will go to Xbox One and Wii U. In any case, hit the jump to check out the release. Read On

Pixel Clicks Podcast #16 – Disregard News, Acquire Witcher

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #16 – Disregard News, Acquire Witcher

This week the guys kind of ignored all of the news during the week just so they could play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Granted, they did get around to talking about the Need for Speed reboot, Destiny’s newest expanision, and the confirmed Bloodborne expansion. Also, The Witcher, they talked a lot about The Witcher. Read On

Two Geeks and a Podcast #Five – Enter Player Two

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Two Geeks and a Podcast #Five – Enter Player Two

After a magical day at Disneyland celebrating their one year anniversary, Anthony and Ashley are back from the happiest place on Earth to bring to you come great ideas for fun games to play with your significant other.  From Magic: The Gathering to Jenga, plenty of ideas are thrown into the wind including our review of Just Desserts from Looney Labs (the makers of FLUXX).  Listen in as they break down the game play, the art, and the fun of this delicious game of cards and find a perfect place for it on their game shelf.

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