First Impressions


First Impressions
Lords of the Black Sun
Beta

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 21st, 2014

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Rituro is our go-to guy for 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games. However, not willing to let him have all the fun, I decided to claim the beta access for Arkavi Studios’ Lords of the Black Sun. The title entered Steam Early Access towards the beginning of the year, and has gained a little bit of a following. Arkavi seems to be trying to appeal to a wide audience with this one, by keeping things simple for the less-experienced while simultaneously trying to present depth and challenge to those who have been around the 4X block a few times. It’s a noble goal – but it’s a lot to juggle. I’m going to break down what I think of the beta so far after the jump.

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First Impressions
Surface Pro 3

By Evan Bergstra - July 10th, 2014

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A little while ago I was invited to attend a media preview of the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at their pop-up café in downtown Toronto. We were treated to coffee and snacks in an elegant and quietly tasteful space before being broken into small groups and given a hands-on walk-through with the new device. My group sat down with Marc Aube, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Windows Canada, and he gave us his spiel. Surface has hit a few snags since the first version launched a couple of years ago, but Marc and the rest of Microsoft are pretty proud of this one; and frankly, it seems like they have good reason to be.

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Tiny Realms

By Rituro - June 29th, 2014

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Not long after my interview with TinyMob Games’ Jamie Toghill, I was contacted by the team with an offer to come down to the studio and get my hands on an alpha build of TinyMob’s debut game, Tiny Realms. As someone who has been a fanatical devourer of video games since my first crack at Zaxxon for the ColecoVision1, the chance to get a sneak peek at a game from inside a developer’s walls is something of a giddy thrill for me. So it was that, nerdy glee barely contained, I hunkered down in TinyMob’s downtown Victoria studio with an iPad and a hot chocolate2 for a test drive of Tiny Realms.

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Endless Legend
Video Preview – Part 3 of 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 25th, 2014

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The final chapter in the three-part series of Rituro’s look at Endless Legend alpha, a 4X game from the makers of Endless Space.


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Endless Legend
Video Preview – Part 1 of 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 21st, 2014

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Rituro dives into the alpha of Endless Legend, the 4X game from the makers of Endless Space in this first of three posts.


First Impressions
Quest for Infamy (Demo)

By Jorge Figueiredo - June 20th, 2014

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Humour has always been a part of role-playing and adventure games; those of us who ever sat down to games in the King’s Quest series can attest to that. Quest for Infamy, developed by Infamous Quests for the PC, is a point-and-click adventure that employs the use of clever writing and yesteryear-styled graphics to deliver a very enjoyable experience – at least so far. The game is still not properly released as of yet, but a second demo is available for people to try out. Believe me, it is totally worth it.

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E3
Day 3
Part 1 – Sony

By Malcolm Inglis - June 19th, 2014

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Malcolm’s last day at E3 was just as eventful as the previous days. In this post, he recounts his experience at the Sony booth. -ed.

I was on the home stretch of E3; so far it had been an exhausting, but fun trip. Work hard and play hard – late nights with publisher and media parties and early mornings with a fully-packed schedule for the day. On the last day, I had a solid block set aside to spend time at the Sony booth to check out all of the great things that I had heard about from their press briefing.

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