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From E3 2017: Highlights from Gambitious’ lineup

Devolver Digital may have its name on the parking lot it rents out each year, but it always ends up host to a variety of games and publishers. Gambitious Digital Entertainment was one of them, hosting a wide variety of games on the lot. Here’s what I saw: Machiavillain Like Aven Colony from earlier in the show, Machiavillain was a base-building game I did surprisingly well at despite having basically no experience with the genre. Inspired by the film Cabin in the Woods, Machiavillain sees you building a monster house in the woods with the goal of drawing in unsuspecting humans to feed your group of horrors. The game begins by making you choose your initial group of monsters. You’re given a small pool of candidates to choose from, each with their own stats, strengths, and weaknesses. Once you’ve got your crew, it’s time to...
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From E3 2017: Highlights from the Devolver lot

Though Devolver’s never been at E3 proper, they’re own showcase across the street from the convention center always hosts a wide variety of games, ones that often provide a nice change of pace from the usual crop you find on the show floor. Here’s some of the highlights we saw from Devolver themselves. Absolver Absolver was by far one of the biggest surprises of last year’s E3. A martial arts fighting/adventure game, Absolver drops you into a sprawling, interconnected world where you can randomly run into other players at any time (a la Journey). I’ve been eager to get my hands on it again ever since, and this year’s demo didn’t disappoint. This year’s demo focused more on the co-op and PvP aspects. I was quickly given a rundown about how the game works – how to build your own combos, how stance modifies attacks,...
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The Surge is a step above Lords of the Fallen, but lacks the refinement of Dark Souls

The Surge is certainly a step above Deck 13’s previous outing Lords of the Fallen, but it still lacks the refinement and balance of From Software’s beloved franchise. It’s clear that Deck 13 really wants to make a really good rendition of Dark Souls to call their own, and as The Surge shows, they’re almost there. Almost. What their latest game misses in polish, which it tries its best to make up for with a gritty atmosphere. Set in a not so distant future where Earth’s resources are scarce and the environment is going to shit, we play as a disabled man who’s a new test subject willing to put himself through an experimental procedure that can give him the ability to walk again — by bolting an exoskeleton directly and painfully into his body. Things go wrong as expected, and we find ourselves among...
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