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Automata Empire Review: Automata for the People

Automata Empire first popped up on our radar after a most unlikely demo – we saw it at an afterparty during PAX South 2016. It took home our Pleasant Surprise award at the con for popping up out of nowhere and stealing our hearts. Automata Empire released last April, but somehow we lost track of it until we bumped into Nonadecimal Creative again in an unlikely place – the Black Ice booth at PAX South 2017! We’re not letting this one get away again – let’s nail down these little fuzzy monsters before they head off in a random direction. It’s time for our Automata Empire review!

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LucidSound Drops the Bass at PAX South 2017

Here at Without the Sarcasm, we like to keep tabs on all the up-and-comers of the gaming hardware scene. On our latest trip to PAX South, we were invited to come check out a relatively new brand of gaming headsets that launched just last year. At the LucidSound booth, we met with CEO Chris Von Huben, who walked us through his company’s current lineup as well as their vision for the future of gaming headsets.

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Nefarious Review: Crime and the Payment Thereof

After decades of cheesy “bad guy steals girl, good guy saves her” tropes in our video games, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in the mood for something… fresh. Nefarious dropped in our lap during PAX South, and it promises to finally break us out of our rut and poke fun at video game history along the way. It’s tricky to spin a tired concept and find a fresh angle – does Nefarious manage to nail biting satire or go directly to jail? It’s time to find out in my Nefarious review!

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PAX South 2017 Con Awards

Mr Shifty PAX South 2017

PAX South 2017 brought its “A” game. A huge increase in exhibitors, more space, sweet new events… and great games! Let’s break down the best of the best!

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10 PAX South 2017 Must See Games

Night in the Woods at PAX 2017

In order to feed my hype addiction, I made a list of 10 PAX South 2017 Must See Games. If you are attending the con, you have to check these out!

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Beginner’s Guide to Civilization 6

The Civilization series has provided me with countless hours of turn-based strategy pleasure. With every new edition to the series, though, the game changes in fundamental ways that can take time to adapt to. If you’re just getting started and having trouble figuring out a strategy, this guide to Civilization 6 should be a good starting point. I’ll cover the major new ideas in this installment, and provide you with the basic strategy that will allow you to dominate!

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Fallout 4 (+All DLC) Quickstart Guide

Fallout 4 is an absolutely massive game. It’s easy to get lost in the sheer quantity of places to go, stuff to do, and things to shoot. After playing it for literal days of real-life time, I’ve compiled my “must know” tips, hints, mods, tricks, and other assorted interesting stuff.

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Destiny Rise of Iron Review: Not Enough Rising

After having a little time to return to space wizardry, we are now getting back into the swing of being Guardians, exploding alien heads, and complaining about a game we’ve probably played more than any other.

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Inklings Review: Lemm-inks

Inklings is a physics puzzler released this week by Applepine Games, and is the studio’s debut game. It combines elements of physics puzzle games, Portal-style portals, and Lemmings inspired gameplay, with a few Incredible Machine twists to boot. It’s bold and artistic, but is it good? Find out in my Inklings review!

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Star Vikings Review

Star Vikings is a sort of turn-based strategy game developed by Rogue Snail, a Brazilian studio helmed by Mark Venturelli. Mark has been active in Brazil’s indie scene for several years, and worked on Relic Hunters as well as WOTS-favorite Chroma Squad. Star Vikings pits the titular spacefaring nordic heroes against a legion of relentless space-snails, with a mysterious artifact in the center of their conflict. It’s billed as “casual,” but just how casual are we talking? Find out in my Star Vikings review!

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