Author Archives: Austin Garcia

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Austin is a 20 year old engineering student from Miami, FL who embarked on an epic quest to overthrow the Galactic Empire. It didn't work out so well . . . so he decided to spend his time here instead. He enjoys games such as Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Pokemon, Mass Effect, and any other game where he can get easy achievements/trophies. He fervently wishes he could be adopted by Drew Brees and Stephen Colbert while fulfilling his lifelong dream to become a caped crusader and instill fear into the hearts of the criminals of Gotham.

LEGO The Hobbit Review – Going on an Adventure

Over the past 9 years, the LEGO series has evolved into an established franchise in the same vein as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed. Annual installments may have diminished the original luster of the series but each one is still a great game on its own. Developer Traveller’s Tales follow their established formula of taking a popular entertainment franchise and “LEGO-fying” it into a family-fun experience that captures the spirit of the source material. And just like the last [...]

PAX East – Strife Hands-On Impressions

As a complete newcomer to the MOBA genre, there was a large intimidation factor that prevented me from trying them. The wealth of information and the intensity of other players gave me the feeling that I’d have to study the game like a final exam before I ever loaded it up. Fortunately, Strife is made for players just like myself who have never tried a MOBA but are willing to try. Years ago, the developers at S2 Games set themselves [...]

PAX East – Game of Thrones: Ascent Hands-Off Impressions

When I saw the words “Game of Thrones” written down on the schedule for PAX East, my eyes widened and I rushed to the computer to sign up. The day came and I ran down to the showfloor to Disruptor Beams’ booth…. and I was sadly disappointed. Game of Thrones: Ascent is a social strategy game that is set in the realm of Westeros that has players take on the identity of a lowly noble in a minor house. Your [...]

PAX East – Valiant Hearts: The Great War Hands-On Impressions

While most associate Ubisoft with big blockbuster franchises like Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Watch Dogs, they recently gave the greenlight to two smaller passion projects from their internal staff. Child of Light has received high praises recently and its counterpart, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, deserves just as much. A 2D puzzle adventure, Ubisoft Montpelier’s latest work has charming gameplay. While a bit too simple to offer any sort of challenge (most likely due to the nature of the [...]

PAX East – Wolfenstein: The New Order Hands-On Impressions

An interesting alternate history bent, Wolfenstein: The New Order seems to be a good game but perhaps a bit too similar to the other comparable FPS’s on the market. In the world of Wolfenstein, General Deathshead is a scientist who provides the Nazis with remarkable advanced technology. Advanced weaponry, cybernetic soldiers, giant mechanical dogs and even bigger robots rain fire and death on the allied forces. Playing as Captain B.J. Blazkowicz, your goal is to eliminate General Deathshead in order to halt [...]

PAX East – Dyscourse Hands-On Impressions

The greatest part about being an indie developer is the the ability to take an idea that you like and just run with it. You can focus on the game aspects that you want without being bogged down by any other constraints. Developer Owlchemy Labs took the idea of narrative choices, and they’ve gone further with it than others dare to even try. Dyscourse is a game that is all about narrative choices. As a victim of a plane crash, [...]

PAX East – Imagine Me Hands-On Impressions

Born out of a colorful story, Imagine Me is a beautiful action platformer that provides a simple and fun experience that holds great promise. Imagine Me actually started as a solo passion project of Christopher Figueroa when he was an employee for Activision. After he posted the game on Kickstarter, Activision asked him to take it down but he decided to leave the company so that he could continue his project. After working on the game and receiving positive feedback, [...]

PAX East – Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants DLC Hands-On Impressions

After I was introduced to Don’t Starve by PlayStation (the game is free for PS+ Members), I was instantly in love. Don’t Starve is challenging and addictive with a twisted sense of humor. Think Minecraft with a Tim Burton art style except where you’re constantly under threat of being killed. Besides the obvious danger of starving to death, Don’t Starve features enemies and environmental elements that persistently aim to kill you and it is up to the player to manage [...]

PAX East – Evolve Hands-On Impressions

Evolve is freakin’ awesome. Walking toward the Evolve booth and seeing the gaping jaws of the Goliath certainly sends a chill down your spine and sets the tone for the game you’re about to jump into. Evolve‘s gameplay is fast-paced, requires an enormous amount of strategy and/or teamwork, and is an exhilirating experience. Alex and I actually got to play the game hands-on and walked away with our jaws on the floor. Here’s a character breakdown below the jump.

 

LEGO: The Hobbit Launch Trailer – The Journey Begins

The latest in the line of hit adaptations, a new trailer accompanies today’s launch of LEGO: The Hobbit. Inspired by the first two films in The Hobbit Trilogy, the game has players join Bilbo, Gandalf, and the Dwarven company as they adventure across Middle Earth to reclaim the lost Kingdom of Erebor from the villainous dragon, Smaug. Players will utilize and combine the Dwarves’ unique abilities to vanquish enemies and solve puzzles as they travel towards the Lonely Mountain. LEGO: The Hobbit is [...]

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