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Heat Signature: It’s fun to be bad (in space)

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As of late, there have been few developers on my list of enthusiastic interest. With the industry peddling out asinine games that are sometimes little other than a means to facilitate micro-transactions, unpolished messes of code, or a multiplayer only game with no community; near avoidance of the products output by the behemoths of the industry is a very reasonable notion to follow. The list I have is for quality developers, ones whose works I have played and have not seen a dramatic nosedive of quality from. Suspicious Developments, the studio behind a game I liked called Gunpoint, released Heat Signature in late September and I am glad to see that Suspicious Developments will remain on my list. Heat Signature is a game centered around growing a band of infiltrators who board spaceships for fun and profit. You will play as one of many infiltrators, their only history is related…

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The oddity that is Immortal Redneck

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The concept behind Immortal Redneck likely owes its existence to substances or a fever dream. You are the titular redneck, with no given name, and find a warped reality in front of you as you exit from your sarcophagus. Mummified by a cult after a freak golf cart accident in the desert, you find yourself armed and faced with three looming pyramids. As you walk through the sandblasted courtyard of this unnamed land you are greeted by two stone sculptures, and are permitted to enter the center pyramid. At this point, you leave the only straightforward area of the game, and enter the unknown. The abandonment of straightforwardness is necessary for how the game is structured. Immortal Redneck is a Rougue-Lite game, following some of the conventions of randomized play sessions, but leaving behind complete perma-death. The gameplay of Immortal Redneck follows you ascending the pyramids and clearing out the…

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Development spotlight: ‘Hover: Revolt of Gamers’

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Platform: PC (console releases coming in the future) Periodically, I find myself interested by an Early Access (E.A.) game, such as ‘Hover’, which is uncommon as I generally avoid E.A. games like the plague. For the unaware, Early Access (also known by many other names) games are games that are released early to allow people to play while the game is still in development. This allows for gamers to experience a game early while a developer gets money up front to aid in development. As of late, the category is filled with concept games and shovelware, with no guarantee that any of them will be finished. That possibility could come true (nothing is ever certain) for the game of focus in this discussion, but even if it weren’t completed I’d still say it was worth the time I have spent and continue to spend on it. ‘Hover: Revolt of Gamers’…

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SCSU eSports hosts Spring League of Legends Tournament

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On April 15, gamers took to Atwood to compete in St. Cloud State eSports’ Spring League of Legends Tournament. The event was officially sanctioned by the LoL developer, Riot, who also supplied Riot Points as prizes. With 10 teams of five players each competing, including both SCSU students and community members, the event lasted nearly all day. It was also streamed live on Twitch and in Atwood, where about 100 people tuned in to watch the matches. The “MNSU Chimps” placed first with a roster of feelsbatman, ILoveVarus, Ransackmoose, Gegabyte, and Under 50 Percent (who became the tournament MVP). They received 2017 championship jerseys, mousepads, Red Bull, Riot Points and a plaque for their victory. In second was “St. Cloud 9” and in third place, “JFK was outside of heal range” who also received prizes for their efforts. Both the second and third place finishers were teams made up of…

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“Shadow Warrior 2”: Who knew a ninja could fly?

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There are many moments in the video game industry when irony hits with the force of a megaton bomb. For example, long ago, a company by the name of 3-D Realms owned “Duke Nukem” and its cousin “Shadow Warrior.” “Duke Nukem” gained massive acclaim and controversy from the media and Shadow Warrior had success itself but never surpassed its cousin. Skip nearly 20 years into the future, and we see Gearbox Software releasing an anniversary compilation of “Duke Nukem,” and Devolver Digital publishing “Shadow Warrior 2.” Adding to Gearbox’s ever growing pile of failures, “Duke Nukem’s Anniversary World Tour” sold extremely poorly, while “Shadow Warrior 2” is seeing much higher success in comparison. “Shadow Warrior 2” is a sequel to the 2013 reboot and it brings back the melee combat that was praised by many a gamer. Thankfully for those same gamers, the negligibly damaging firearms did not follow suit. Firearms…

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Grim Dawn: A return to old, fun times

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It is safe to say that I have been on an Action-RPG (ARPG) kick for a good while now. With a multitude of AAA releases trying to pass themselves off as ARPGs, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a genuine ARPG, complete with dungeons, multiple stat categories, and loot of course. This kick of mine did not start with the game in focus, but I am indeed glad I started playing Grim Dawn instead. Recently released in February by Crate Entertainment, this ARPG plants you in the middle of a conflict that has humanity on the ropes. The foray of researchers towards beings composed of aether yielded two results. The first: humans who were possessed by an Aetherial, and then purged of the possession, gained new abilities, such as dominion over magical arts. The second: a breakout by the Aetherials, and subsequent opening of aether portals to the…

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XCOM 2: Quality unknown

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a surprising release in 2012. A reboot to cult-classic strategy games UFO: Enemy Unknown and the X-COM series from the ’90s, it was a strategy game that tasked you with being in command of a secret global military force to defend the Earth from a growing alien threat. In XCOM: EU, you had to put forth your skills in two fields; Turn Based Tactics for the missions off base, and when you’re back at base you have to strategically manage your resources, including soldiers, weapons and equipment, and of course, money. Just remember when you’re fighting a better equipped alien force, you’ve got to do whatever you can to defend the Earth, as long as it’s within the budget. The game boasted a very fun campaign, with some admittedly odd design choices. A steady increase in difficulty was met with an almost equal increase in XCOM’s…

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Darkest Dungeon: Bleak, punishing fun

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“In time, you will know the tragic extent of my failings…”  It is a dark morning when you receive a letter in the post. Being of a noble bloodline, you notice that the letter is sealed with the wax seal of your House. Upon opening the letter and reading its contents, you find a personal account of the fall of a nobleman ancestor. Growing bored of the family’s prosperity and luxury, your ancestor finds the Family Manor to be a focal point for arcane mysteries, and begins excavating below the manor. The family’s fortune is all but expended to finally unearth a portal. Unsettled by their trespass, the portal brings forth madness and things not of this realm to our own. The letter requests you to reclaim your birthright and expunge this evil from the moor where the manor resides. You are on your own, for your ancestor has left…

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Reviews: ‘Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’

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What a wild ride this series has been. Here we are with the 5th numerical installment of the series, and I can’t help but look back at the history this game has made. Being of the original stealth series on consoles, “Metal Gear Solid (MGS)” for the Playstation is fondly remembered for its characters and story, which brings a hefty sense of confusion to those who are outside looking in on the series for the first time. Who is Solid Snake? Is that a sort of euphimism? NO. Why is that guy floating? Why is the game named after a machine part? Unfortunately, most of that confusion will continue into the 5th installment if you decide not to become knowledgeable of the series’ lore. Thankfully, for this installment, you only need to know the details of the follwing games: “MGS 3: Snake Eater,” “MGS: Peace Walker” and “MGS: Ground Zeroes.” There is a Youtube…

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