PAX WEST 2019

PAX West 2019: Journey to the Savage Planet Doesn’t Want to Own Your Life

There are a lot of problems with contemporary video games. One is that so many of them are dark and dreary. Another is that so many of them want all of your available free time for months or even years. Journey to the Savage Planet addresses both of these issues — it’s…

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PAX West 2019: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is For Henson and TRPG Fans Alike

The announcement of a Netflix Dark Crystal series and an accompanying tactics RPG at E3 earlier this year came out of total left field for me. I like the original film but I’m not a huge fan, and I actually find the heroic Gelflings far more frightening than the villainous Skeksis. But…

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PAX West 2019: Streets of Rage 4 is a True Sequel

Video games are all about fantasy. The fantasy upon which beat-em-ups like the Streets of Rage series rest is, what if you could beat the living hell out of an entire city and also, eating whole roast chickens cured knife wounds. Streets of Rage 4 looks to stay true to the genre’s basic formula,…

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PAX West 2019: Disintegration Floats Past Conventional Shooter Design

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of the last 38 days of PAX West, it’s that a video game can always have more “video game” in it. People are putting turn-based fighting games into Metroidvanias, co-operative strikes into character action games. Sometimes these hybrids work – Destiny…

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PAX West 2019: Marvel’s Avengers Brings Destiny to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Going into my demo with Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers at PAX, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But between my half hour of gameplay and conversation with the developers afterwards, I learned a lot about what to expect when the game launches on May 15, 2020. I played through the…

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PAX West 2019: Quantum League is Curling for Shooty Time Travelers

Tucked away in the packed aisles of PAX’s Indie MegaBooth sits Quantum League, an arena-based first person shooter with a temporal twist. The game is the first original release for NGD Studios, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a studio previously known for contract work on other IP. With a look…

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PAX West 2019: Bravery Network Online Evolves Competitive Pokemon

I love Pokemon. But it’s not the creature designs or the vivid worlds that keep me coming back to the series — it’s the battling. The games have a surprisingly deep competitive core, but access to it is gated behind hours of in-game grinding. That’s where battle simulators like Pokemon…

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Late Lunch August 30, 2019: Hard Pans, Soggy Bottoms

Dillon, Andrew, and John check in with merritt and Niki at PAX West. Google Stadia, Spiritfarer, and Cyberpunk 2077 are discussed. New British Baking Show is coming. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm PST on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put the VODs up on the…

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PAX West 2019: Google Stadia Hands-On

Google is giving PAX attendees one of the first chances to play with Stadia, their new streaming game service. Initially announced and detailed earlier this year, Google Stadia promises to provide top tier gaming experiences entirely through the internet, bringing games like Destiny 2 and DOOM to phones and laptops. In our hands-on…

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PAX West 2019: Spiritfarer’s Calm in the Storm

Most demos at shows like PAX are out on the floor, in the midst of the audiovisual chaos that defines game conventions. But when I played Spiritfarer earlier today, it was in a cozy little space behind the game’s booth. I sat on a couch next to Jo-Annie Gauthier, the…

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