Tag: PC Gaming

Laura Shigihara’s Rakuen Trailer is Utterly Charming

Posted on October 8th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments

I’m totally charmed by Rakuen. This upcoming adventure/puzzle game is being headed up by Plants vs. Zombies comoposer Laura Shigihara and it looks like a fantastic time for old-school gamers. On the gameplay front, Rakuen looks like a classic RPG, but the focus is on exploration and puzzle solving. The graphics also feature old-school flair, but use a distinct color palette. The music I’ve heard so far is lovely and totally works for the game’s dreamy tone.

Speaking of dreamy, I believe that the word rakuen is Japanese for … continued


Fenix Rage Preview Interview With Ted Lange

Posted on August 25th, by raymond padilla in Interviews, PC Gaming, PlayStation 4, Videogames, Videos, Xbox One. No Comments

If you’re looking for an old-school hardcore platformer then you should definitely check out Fenix Rage. The game is being developed by Green Lava Studios and published by Reverb Triple XP. Fenix Rage is a relentlessly difficult platform game that’s extremely addictive and has lots of replay value. Some gamers that have watched videos of the game believe that it’s the next Super Meat Boy.

In addition to the brutally challenging main game, there are a few things that help Fenix Rage stand out. If you get tired … continued

Endless Legend Preview

Posted on August 8th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Previews. No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I caught a demo of Endless Legend, an upcoming 4X strategy game (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) for PC. The game is being developed by Amplitude Studio, the creators of Endless Space. Endless Legend takes place in the same universe as Endless Space, but is set during an earlier time period. As you’d expect from an experienced 4X strategy game developer like Amplitude Studio, Endless Legend is shaping up to be a deep, cerebral, and engrossing experience.

Versatility is one Endless Legend’s fortes. … continued


Arena of Fate E3 2014 David Bowman Interview (Crytek)

Posted on June 16th, by raymond padilla in Interviews, PC Gaming, Previews. 1 Comment

Arena of Fate is an upcoming multiplayer action game that’s being developed by Crytek’s Sofia studio. It features five-on-five battles with characters from different eras and cultures (both historic and fictional). On the practical side, Arena of Fate skirmishes can be completed in 20 minutes or less, making it ideal for gamers with tight schedules. On the cool-as-hell side, it’s awesome watching Little Red Riding Hood vs. Jack the Ripper, Nikola Tesla vs. Frankenstein, Baron Münchhausen vs. Robin Hood, etc.

In the E3 2014 interview above, Crytek publisher producer David … continued

Coffee Talk #629: Random Thoughts on E3 2014

Posted on June 14th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, PlayStation 4, Videogames, Wii U, Xbox One. 2 comments
Now that we've all had a few days to absorb the multimedia assault that was E3 2014, let's talk about the show! I was working for two outlets during E3 2014, so my schedule was all over the place. I did see a lot of great games, but it's likely that you guys and gals were exposed to more from reading various articles and watching different videos. The thing that surprised me the most about E3 2014 was that there were a lot of mainstream games that excited me. For the last couple of years, independent games like Journey, Sound Shapes, and The Unfinished Swan were my big favorites. While I certainly enjoyed several indie games at E3 2014, there were a lot of mainstream games I had a blast with too. Here are some random thoughts on the show...continued

Coffee Talk #628: What You Want From E3 2014

Posted on June 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments
E3 2014 is just around the corner. Honestly, I've been avoiding thinking much about it. My June is pretty nuts -- E3, The Vape Summit, hosting a pair of store grand openings, family visits, and more. Obviously E3 shows are something that I always look forward to; they're wondrous events that are unlike any other trade show I've attended (and I've attended a ton of 'em). It's always awesome seeing new games, seeing how other games are coming along, watching the press conference spectacles, watching the publisher pissing contests, and (most of all) catching up with longtime colleagues in the gaming business. Still, I'm so detached from the industry at the moment that I don't...continued

Coffee Talk #625: Videogame Journalists Done Good

Posted on May 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 1 Comment
StarWars.com recently announced that Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Gary Whitta will be working on the first Star Wars standalone spinoff movie. The second name took me by surprise (gleefully). You see, Whitta is a former videogame journalist. He was the editor of several gaming magazines for Future US and was quite popular within the business. Since (mostly) leaving the business, Whitta has written the screenplays for The Book of Eli and After Earth. Working on a Star Wars movie will undoubtedly take his success to new heights. Hearing about Whitta's Star Wars news reminded me of Kieron Gillen. Another...continued

Kingston HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review

Posted on May 14th, by raymond padilla in Not Reviews, PC Gaming, Videogames. 3 comments

Millions of consumers know Kingston for its memory products. Most of you have probably purchased PC RAM or a memory card from the company. Kingston is trying to make a name for itself in the gaming world and one of the company’s latest gaming-focused products is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset. I’ve been using a pair for the last few weeks and while it’s not the best gaming headset I’ve used, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset offers a lot for a sub-$100 set of cans.

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Coffee Talk #622: Seeing Stupid Things While Gaming

Posted on April 17th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. No Comments
As many of you are (or were) hardcore gamers, I'm certain that you've had gaming sessions that have left you so mentally drained that you start seeing silly things. This has happened to me a ton while playing Heroes of Dragon Age. I've been playing the hell out of the game since October, initially for work, eventually for fun, and currently out of habit. Over the last three months, I've spent dozens of hours farming the "Dalish Challenge" node in order to add Merrill to my party -- she's really difficult to obtain (without spending money) and crazy powerful. After thousands of attempts, I finally have Merrill. Along the way, my eyes played tricks on me and I saw some really stupid things...continued

Coffee Talk #619: When In-App Purchases Go to Heaven

Posted on March 19th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 1 Comment
As many of you know, I've been playing the hell out of Heroes of Dragon Age. Part of it has been for work, part of it has been for fun, and part of it has been habit. I've also been lurking in the Heroes of Dragon Age forums. Reading about the in-app purchase adventures of many players has been a revelation. I'm astounded by how much money some players drop on in-app purchases and how frequently they do it. In the immortal words of Brian Fellow, "That's crazy!!!" As a longtime Pokemon fan, I totally understand how addictive collectibility in videogames can be. Mobile games exploit that addiction and mask the habit in clever ways. Like several of its competitors...continued