2 months ago
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Aetheryte Radio 279: PAX 2024 Dawntrail Recap

Last weekend at PAX East, Yoshi-P gave a quick summary of the dev team's impression of how FFXIV's been doing over the past 10 years, then got down into the nitty-gritty with some new info from Dawntrail. And now... it's our turn! Join us as we recap!
2 months ago
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PAX East Hands-on: Visions of Mana

It’s been more than 30 years since the Mana series debuted with Final Fantasy Adventure, and in that time more than a dozen entries in the series have been released on a variety of platforms, but Visions of Mana – the new offering from Square Enix scheduled to be released later this year – is
2 months ago
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Final Fantasy XVI DLC “The Rising Tide” Previewed at PAX East

During a stage panel at this year’s PAX East show, Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida joined Takeo Kujiraoka, the director for the upcoming DLC The Rising Tide, in showing off the coming content and update to the game overall. During the hour-long panel, Kujiraoka and Yoshida showed off the different elements of the new
6 Apr 2020
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Interview with Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida and Yusuke Mogi

About a month ago, we were set to sit down with Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida, as well as Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi to chat while at PAX East. However, with things being the way they are at the moment, the team ended up cancelling their appearance at the show.
12 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Fall Guys

At times there are games that get made – and that we test – that are technologically impressive, visually stunning, or maybe even have some new and groundbreaking mechanic… but are nevertheless not fun. From Developer Mediatonic and Publisher Devlover Digital comes a new battle royale game – Fall Guys which, at the end of
12 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Disjunction

Developers Ape Tribe Games set out with a mission: evoke the feeling of classic RPGs while allowing players true agency of choice and strategy. This focus became the heart of their upcoming Cyberpunk title, Disjunction, set to release summer 2020 and published by Sold Out. The year is 2048 and the city of New York
10 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Disc Room

What kills you only makes you stronger. The above words set the stage for Digital Devolver’s latest project Disc Room, a collaboration between Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Terri Vellmann and Doseone coming to PC and unspecified consoles in 2020. I had the pleasure of trying the Disc Room demo at PAX East 2020 this
10 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Streets of Rage 4

Developers Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games are reviving the renowned Streets of Rage series in a beautifully animated fourth installment. Published by Dotemu, Streets of Rage 4 is coming to PC and major consoles in Spring 2020. I was able to sit down for some co-op with developer Cyrille Lagarigue of Guard Crush at PAX
10 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Ghostrunner

Ghostrunner, the new Cyberpunk title from developers One More Level and publishers All In! Games is redefining what makes for a satisfying challenge in the action-platformer genre. At PAX East 2020, I had the chance to take up the sword and launch myself through the fast-paced, no holds barred demo, and I have to say,
9 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: A Fold Apart

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yet, even with technology making communication easier than ever, long distance relationships are rife with their own complications, joy, and heartache. Lightning Rod Games is seeking to explore love from this perspective in their imminent 2020 release A Fold Apart. I had the pleasure of playing through the demo
9 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Radical Rabbit Stew

Radical Rabbit Stew is a wacky, nostalgia packed homage to old school games releasing July 16th from developer’s Pugstorm and publisher Sold Out. I was able to play the demo at PAX East 2020 on the Switch, which felt like a natural choice for this easily digestible romp of a game. The premise is simple:
9 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Key We

The first ever Kiwi employees have been hired at the Bungalow Basin Post Office and it’s up to you to help them make a good impression. Key We is a charming new two-player co-op title coming next year from developers Stonewheat & Sons and published by Sold Out. Both Joel and myself were able to
9 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Hardspace: Shipbreaker

How should one describe Hardspace: Shipbreaker? At its core, this is a first-person simulation. It’s just not really like any simulation we’ve seen before.  As described in its press release, the story is as follows: Welcome to LYNX, the galaxy’s leading ship-salvaging corporation! Across your career, you’ll have the privilege of paying your debt to us by
9 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Paper Beast

From legendary designer Éric Chahi and his independent studio Pixel Reef, comes Paper Beast – an absolutely mesmerizing PSVR experience. After three years in development, this game is so indescribable that I am going to suggest watching the below teaser trailer to fully appreciate what this game is about. There are two full modes available
6 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Dungeon Defenders: Awakened

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is the third game in the Dungeon Defenders franchise. More notably for fans however, it is only the second made by the original developers of the franchise, now organized as the new independent studio: Chromatic Games. As a dungeon defense title, you do what you would expect: set up various fortifications in
6 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Project Witchstone

From Spearhead Games (Stories: The Path of Destinies and Omensight) comes a very early look at their next game, Project Witchstone, an RPG very much inspired by pen and paper games of yesteryear. This top down, turn-based RPG thrives on flexibility. The premise is well-worn: the continent that you find yourself on is rife with
6 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Curse of the Dead Gods

Curse of the Dead Gods is a fun rogue-lite action game developed by Passtech Games and published by Focus Home Interactive. We had a chance to sit down a give it a spin last week – and generally experience death… and more death… and even more death. The core of the game is perhaps not
5 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Hindsight 20/20

Don’t be fooled by the fact that Hindsight 20/20 – Wrath of the Raakshasa is developed by a small studio – Triple-I Games. The studio is made up of former Bioware and Sucker Punch veterans and Hindsight 20/20 was designated as “Best Action Adventure” by DreamHack and was selected as a PAX Rising title for
5 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: Young Souls

“Jenn and Tristan are two teenagers who find themselves suddenly abandoned and without a family until a good-hearted scientist adopts and brings them into his home settled within a small port town. Life in Portsbourgh for Jenn and Tristan proves uneventful. Uneventful, that is, until they uncover a portal to another world which threatens the
4 Mar 2020
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PAX East 2020 Hands-on: The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk

Developed by Artefacts Studio and published by Dear Villagers, The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos is a tactical (i.e. turn-based) RPG based on existing, and widely popular, French IP.  Your party consists of 7 characters: the Ranger, the Elf, the Dwarf, the Magician, the Ogre and the Thief, and while based on stereotypical