Aaron Giddings

Aaron is proof that while you can take a developer out of the game industry, it’s much harder to take the game industry out of a developer. When not at his day job, Aaron enjoys teaching Axis & Allies to his kids, writing sci-fi stories, playing classic space sims on Twitch, and riding around the American Midwest on his Harley.

Symphonic Rain HD Remaster Arrives on Steam

There aren’t very many games that combine the visual novel and music genres. One of the best from the early 2000s was Symphonic Rain, which just got a remaster and Steam release! Featuring visuals remastered by the original character artist Siro, and with an official English translation, this HD translation is one fans of visual novels won’t want to miss.

The Crew 2 Open World Racing Announced at E3

Among their slate of new games announced at 2017’s E3, Ubisoft introduced The Crew 2, sequel to 2015’s The Crew. Featuring a fully redesigned map of the United States, The Crew 2 builds on the experiences of the first game, while adding boats and aircraft to the mix of cars, motorcycles, and trucks.

704Games Announces Additional Racing Series for NASCAR Heat 2

704Games announced today that NASCAR Heat 2 will not only feature the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, but also the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ vehicles and tracks.

EVERSPACE Launches for PC and Xbox One

ROCKFISH Games announces that their hybrid roguelike/space shooter EVERSPACE has officially launched. After hitting Steam Early Access and Microsoft Game Preview in September 2016, the v1.0 game is now open, and available on Steam, GoG.com, Xbox One, and the Windows 10 Store.

Happy Wars Announces Biggest Battle Ever with World Alliance Mode

Toylogic, developer of the Happy Wars game announced the start of their biggest battle event ever, with the introduction of the new World Alliance mode for Happy Wars. Taking place across all three platforms where Happy Wars is available, this challenge calls on all players to unite around a single goal: defeating all Bosses.

ARK: Survival Evolved Update Brings New Music, Creatures, and Gear to Xbox One and PS4

Popular dinosaur-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved received a new update from developer Studio Wildcard introducing some new gear. The news also includes four new creatures, new music tracks, additional player character hair customization options, and a revised volcano. Other updates include adding full console-style gamepad functionality to the Steam version of the game, a welcome addition for ...[Read More]

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 announces its intention to be different from other Marvel Universe movies with its opening fight. As the majority of our heroes (Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Gamora, Drax, and Rocket) take on a giant tentacle creature seeking some interstellar battery things, Baby Groot connects the two wires to start a music track. As the fight rages on around him, the camera follows Ba...[Read More]

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Diluvion (PC) Review

From 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to The Hunt for Red October and even Down Periscope. There have been numerous submarine movies over the years, but far fewer games. With Diluvion, developer Arachnid Games aims to place a new entry in the pantheon of undersea adventure games.

Backlog Burndown #22 – Highschool Possession

Greetings Backloggers! While I struggle through thirty-five year old shareware classics, this week I also took on one of Dharker Studio’s Visual Novels. Highschool Possession is one of their earlier titles released in 2015, and has been in my backlog since February 2016.

Backlog Burndown #21 – Invisible Knight

Greetings Backloggers! A new month always means new freebies from various game services; to keep pace, I needed to finish three games this week to compensate for April’s Games With Gold offering. Appropriate then, that first up would be another Games With Gold acquisition: 2014 top down brawler Knight Squad.

Backlog Burndown #20 – Flicky Bird

Greetings Backloggers! Nearly thirty years before Flappy Bird tapped its way onto phones and tablets around the world, a different semi-flightless bird bounded her way through the world’s arcades. Starring a blue bird named Flicky trying to rescue her chicks from the predations of cats and lizards, the eponymous game would be ported to a number of systems including the SEGA Genesis.

Backlog Burndown #19 – Kansei

Greetings Backloggers! This week I covered another Visual Novel, Kansei. The sequel to Jisei, Kansei picks up the story of our mysterious protagonist the day after the end of the previous game.

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