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There was a LOT to see at PAX. If you don’t believe me, just go look at their schedule. Go ahead. I’ll wait here. Here are a few games that I spent time with or that stuck with me after the show.

Dragon Fin SoupDragon Fin Soup-This one is a rogue-like, plain and simple. But not so plain. Very beautiful art and a real sense of a world gives this game some surprising depth of character. Already ran a very successful Kickstarter, this will be one to watch for the dungeon-crawl fan.

Orcs Must Die

Orcs Must Die: Unchained-The sequel to Orcs Must Die 1 and 2, this one is a big shift for the series. This time, things are focusing on 5 on 5 PvP in a very MOBA-esque format, but with the distinct traps and tools of OMD. I’ve had very limited time with the beta and it is, to put it mildly, chaotic. Definitely will be spending more time with it. If you liked the first two or other MOBA games, worth a look for sure.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!-Its more Borderlands. After two games, you know what to expect. Crazy FPS with RPG elements but this time in a low gravity environment. Looks like a lot of fun, as always!

Tales from Borderlands

Tales From the Borderlands-Another Borderlands game? Yes and no. This one, as you might have noticed in the logo, is made by Telltale who is famous for The Walking Dead adventure games among other point and click masterpieces. This looks to be another in a long line of great, story driven adventure games.


Pokemon: TCG Online-Its the Pokemon TCG and you play it online. Having played the actual TCG, I can highly recommend it! I’m looking forward to some down time spent playing it.

Evil Within

The Evil Within-And now for something completely different! The latest horror game by Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil fame. Didn’t see much, but you couldn’t go anywhere at PAX without seeing it mentioned.


Chromancer-As it says, browser based card game. Also uses field positioning and tactical combat. Got to sit and play the tutorial and it is on its way to being one heck of a game!

Super Comboman

Super ComboMan-Retro action game with modern graphics. Combat depth would give Devil May Cry a run for its money despite this being a sidescroller. Very beautifully done hi-def 2D graphics.

Swords and Soldiers 2

Swords & Soldiers 2-Side scrolling RTS. This is a rare breed. You don’t see many games in this genre and this one played fast and furious. Great art direction and animation with mechanics that work surprisingly well on the WiiU control pad.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon-Despite seeing this at two PAX-es running, I still have no hands on time with this. It is, from what I can gather, a side-scrolling rogue-like dungeon crawl. The art is striking and definitely grabs you when you see it. I’m just going to have to break down and buy it.

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Never Alone-An absolutely stunning side-scrolling adventure game. Very reminiscent of Limbo, Braid, Trine or even Lost Vikings. Based on stories of the Alaskan Inuit, the game project was actually started by a tribal group looking to preserve their stories interactively. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.


Shadowgate-Remake of a classic point and click adventure game. The new graphics are just beautiful. If you like these classic point and click games, you owe it to yourself to get this one! Absolute stunner.


There are so many ways to show you love people. During the holiday season people are focused on giving gifts. Well, if you have someone nerdy in your life, chances are they play or have played video games in the past. Maybe there is an old game they miss or a new game they want. You can’t always get out to Game Stop, or sometimes you just refuse to give them your money. There is an alternative way to give your friends and family a game, digitally.

Using Steam, Good Old Games and the Humble Bundle you can pretty much take care of every geeky nerdy need this holiday season. Not only is this convenient but environmentally friendly.

Good Old Games

Good Old Games has some hum dingers. They specialize in conversions and updates to older games. That way you can keep playing your favorites from the 90s or older.

1. Alpha Centauri – this was Sid Meier’s space version of Civilization. It had a cool back story involving different governments with opposing goals and back stories. I bought this and played it… alot. It’s actually the third time I’ve owned this game.

2. Septerra Core – An action RPG, Septerra Core stared a female lead character that has to fight through a world divided into seven floating rings around the planets core. It’s Sci-fi and steam punk before steam punk was really a thing. I love the story and game play. My favorite character was Led, a female engineer with robotic legs.

3.  Phantasmagoria and Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh – These were puzzle games where they actually filmed actors and then put them in digital environments. There was a huge industry that was involved with making these sort of games. They are not kid friendly through. The first one is about a married couple that moves into an old mansion. Her husband slowly gets possessed by the ghost of a former owner who killed his multiple wives.

The Humble Bundle

The Humble Bundle started as random charity for Child’s Play. They sold a bundle of games for whatever you wanted to donate. You could download them whenever. They started with indie games but they’ve had themed packs and expanded into a bundle, a weekly sale and a store. The main Humble Bundle is still pay what you want and goes to charity. It’s really heart warming. Keep an eye on this though, they change frequently.


Steam can be accessed two ways, through their website and through their program. Either way you can buy games online and download them. They constantly have sales and do a mid-week special on Wednesday. They added a feature when you buy a gift game, you can specify the date your friends can receive their gifts. It has a card where you can add a message as well. They have a lot of great big games like Team Fortress and they have indie games like Don’t Starve and Super Meat Boy.

1. Don’t Starve – You are stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothing on your back. You need to collect food, make tools, build fires and erect shelter before you starve. This is an addictive grinding game with random events and weather. Weather is vicious man, it doesn’t care that you have bad time mangement skills and forgot to build a tent.

2. Super Meat Boy – Super Meat Boy needs to save his girlfriend from an evil fetus wearing a tuxedo. This game is a fun physics platformer game. You can play it with a keyboard or a controller.

3. Deadly Premonition – Deadly Premonition stars Agent Francis York Morgan, of the FBI. You can call him Agent York. He’s brought to the small town of Greenvale investigating a brutal serial killer. On your way into town your car crashes and you find yourself stranded far from the highway and wandering through the woods haunted by ghosts. See my review of this hilarious game.