Cathlin Sentz

Slam Bolt Scrappers Preview

Super Smash Bros, Castle Crashers, Tower Defense and Tetris walk into a bar… Hidden off on one of the Indie Alleys of PAX was Fire Hose Games’ Slam Bolt Scrappers, and like so many indie titles SBS packed all its unassuming charm into a fast and furious battle (and a couple of fireman hats). When you first snag a controller and enter a game it’s easy to crumble under the visual o...[Read More]

NeoDefender 2

I wouldn’t buy it if it was free. Sometimes I’m puzzled by a non-puzzling game, and I start to wonder if I am just plain missing something – like the good times. Back to the menu I go to review the details of How to Play; sadly, they do not explain how to enjoy Neo Defender 2. They do tell me how to control my ship, an immovable sphere (the last surviving ship in your fleet) in the center of...[Read More]

E3 2010: Interview with Perfect World Entertainment

Big thank you to the Perfect World E3 team, and to Product Manager Jon Belliss for taking the time to answer our questions! ZTGD Can you briefly explain the relationship of PWE to PW in China, and the PW game? Perfect World Perfect World Co. Ltd. is our parent company and we work closely with them to publish games that we develop in China and bring them to the Western audience. Perfect World the g...[Read More]

Penny Arcade and Used Games: Legality & Morality

The eternal debate hits home. Full disclosure, I’m a little uncomfortable writing this. I like reading Penny Arcade, I’ve met the people-shaped components that make up the now monolithic P.A., definitely enjoy their company, and frankly, I just plain like getting along with people. Dissonance is upsetting on a fundamental level, especially when it’s made out to be an issue of rig...[Read More]

Torchlight II

Did you play Torchlight? No? Then first things first, go play it. Back? Now you can show the proper enthusiasm: I’m going to tell you about Torchlight II. Developed by some of the same folks that worked on a little game called Diablo, you’re going to see a few of the same pleasing similarities – loot, potions, loot, portals and scrolls, loot. Of course this isn’t Diablo, th...[Read More]


Please be patient, the world is ending. Go take your favorite post-apocalyptic open world game, pick up the crafted universe of Bioshock, make some smoochy sounds and out comes a beautiful screaming baby – with guns. We’ll name it Rage! At E3 we were taken through two different sections of the game, and both supported all the bold claims of the id Software staff on hand to show off the...[Read More]

Dragon Age 2

More than just another digit. Before getting our hands on the game we were given our Dragon Age 2 lessons. Seated in a room at their booth a fresh batch of gamers were taught the three tenets of the game’s sequel, each of them things from Origins that the team said most needed fixing: story, combat and graphics. Dragon Age 2 will cover roughly a decade, or ten times the fictional timeline th...[Read More]


Hands-on with Bethesda’s latest. Going into the BRINK demo at PAX I can’t say I entertained more than an idle curiosity in the game. I didn’t even know much about it, really, and this was the first time I got to dive into actual gameplay. The demo opened with an intro video covering the four different classes and weapons, and gave a glimpse at the character customization – ...[Read More]

Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer

While at PAX I got a second chance to visit the most ill-conceived meeting booth of all time – you know, the one next to the Harmonix booth. This time Funcom’s Craig Morrison, Executive Producer, soldiered on to tell me about the Age of Conan expansion, Rise of the Godslayer. Godslayer is set in Khitai, a Far East location from the imagination of Robert E. Howard, though Howard didn...[Read More]

More Zombies?!

Shred the undead with Bob, the bullet delivery system. Do you find yourself in need of more zombies? Has Pocket Monkey Games got the survival shooter for you. In the cunningly titled More Zombies?! you play as Bob, a.k.a. Bullet Delivery Man, the guy who brings the hurt. I like that Bob takes his work seriously. Clad in a crisp white shirt and a sober tie I can tell he’s all business. The ga...[Read More]

Monkeys in Space: Escape to Banana Base Alpha

I got these monkeys on lockdown. With line-drawing as established an app formula as match-3, it’s nice when one comes on the scene that doesn’t make me want to cry from the pain of bland mimicry. The abundantly titled Monkeys in Space: Escape to Banana Base Alpha stays true to the simple hook of path management. Polished to a sparkling sheen the addictive gameplay is made impossibly be...[Read More]


Fight the Furries! Cast into a 3D storybook countryside you play as John Gore, heavily armed and ready to do battle against…Furries, no, not the pervy kind, the monster kind. Dark, scary and of varying sizes the snarling Furries come at you from all sides as you help the remarkably square John Gore stem the tide in the dark fairy tale land known as the Hardlan. Episode One doesn’t go i...[Read More]

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