Horror Hits Home in Call of Cthulhu

Nothing gets closer to the feel of the pen and paper paranormal investigations role-playing game like the new Call of Cthulhu videogame. Even Lovecraft would be proud of this mythos-steeped, sanity check inducting adventure game.

 
 
An Alluring Alternate History with The Fated Sky

Picking up the tale of Elma, the Lady Astronaut from the Calculating Starts novel, The Fated Sky focuses on humanity’s efforts to jump from the moon to Mars. Author Mary Robinette Kowal again masterfully focuses on the problems in her fantasy worlds, while also unmasking faults in our own.

Call of Duty Gets a Black Magic Shooter

Overall, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a very competent shooter that knows what it’s doing. Single player is stripped out in favor of one of the most in-depth multiplayer experiences you can find. If you are into that kind of competitive shooting, Black Ops 4 will really shine.

 
 
Bloodborne NES is a Poor Demake

Billy is checking out another demake for the Time Waster this week after enjoying the Resident Evil one, but he can’t quite get behind Bloodborne NES.

Wasting Away with Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut for Switch

Originally releasing in 2014, Wasteland 2 finally makes its way to the Nintendo Switch. And it brings a lot of improvements along for the ride. Now the game can be played with the Switch in portable mode too, letting players bring the hellish wastes along with them anywhere.

 
 
Horror Done Right With Predators Novel

Even our GiN Book reviewer with a distaste of all things in the horror genre came to love the new thriller Predators by veteran sci-fi and horror author Michaelbrent Collings. Pick this one up if you want terror done right.

A Bright Ending for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The third game of the new trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider ends the rebooted and re-imagined origin story of perennial adventurer Lara Croft. Shadow comes closest to the classic gameplay of yesteryear, where environmental puzzles ruled over intense combat and fighting.

 
 
What is Deltarune?

The Time Waster this week is a surprise game called Deltarune that is connected in some way to the viral game Undertale from 2015.

An Epic Odyssey For Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is among the best that the series has to offer. It features a humongous world, plenty of fighting action and a powerfully compelling plot set in the often-storied world of ancient Greece.

 
 
A Masterfully Told Master Chief Backstory

Author Troy Denning is best known for the many great D&D Forgotten Realms novels he’s written. In Halo Silent Storm, he takes on sci-fi by delving into the pivotal character of Master Chief, and giving us an exciting origins story that is every bit as good as his Dungeons and Dragons work.

Dying to Have a Good Time with Dead Cells

Dead Cells is flat out difficult, but it’s the good kind of difficult. It punishes poor play, rewards skill, and most importantly, never makes you feel as though you’re stuck. This all makes for a highly enjoyable experience where you wont mind dying again and again.

 
 
Exploring Ruins in Labyrneath

The Time Waster taking up Billy’s time this week is a 2D platformer game that has a nice mix of puzzles called Labyrneath.

The Devil is in the Diablo Details

News that the next Diablo game, Diablo Immortal, will be a mobile-only title, and one with likely microtransactions based on the developer’s talk at BlizzCon, is not sitting well with fans who think that this will corrupt a classic series. It even got booed at BlizzCon, truly a first.

Video Game Tuesday: Setting Expectations

Michael’s back with a look at one of the most important points of marketing games for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. It’s all about Setting Expectations!

Bad News for Final Fantasy XV Fans

Fans of Final Fantasy XV probably aren’t taking the news about the Final Fantasy XV cancellation well, but is it really bad news?

Baltimore Comic Con: Hunting for Black Lightning’s Creator

GiN Reporter Michael Major had one overarching goal at the Baltimore Comic-Con: to find the creator of a most beloved comic book series, Tony Isabella of Black Lightning fame. Find out how his noble quest unfolded. Spoiler alert: Tony is a great guy who happily granted us an interview after we caught him.

Gothic The best Gothic games according to me

It’s the reason for the season. With Halloween just behind us, trees dropping their leaves and a chill in the air, Chella celebrates with her top three Gothic games. With a huge list to choose from, gamers do love their spooky titles, will she pick ones that are also on your favorites list?

Gothic in Games An exploration of the Gothic in games

Halloween special examining the Gothic and how it is represented in video games. Sheffield Gothic academics Emily Marlow and Lauren Nixon join Drew and Chella for a podcast on all things Gothic.

Interview with a Baltimore Comic-Con Cosplayer

As in previous years, cosplay is huge at the Baltimore Comic Con, a show that keeps comics solidly at it’s heart. We met Brandon Bazemore, a first time con-goer to ask him about cosplaying Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man.

 
Department of Education Funds and Supports Educational Games

Dr. Edward Metz leads education technology programs at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. In addition to promoting educational and learning games, he is always on the lookout for worthy programs in need of government funding.

 
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