Mandate Radio: Ep. 54 (10/15/2014)

  Mandate Radio: Ep. 54 (10/15/2014) Welcome back to Mandate Radio! Pete, Frank, and Joe are back to talk ‘Shadow of Mordor’, ‘Magicka’, ‘Borderlands 2’, and ‘A Golden Wake’. Then, the guys talk ‘Dragon Age: Origin’ in news. Finally, Chuck Spendit joins Frank and Joe for a healthy rando segment.

Mandate Radio: Ep. 52 (10/1/2014)

  Mandate Radio: Ep. 52 (10/1/2014) Happy Wednesday and one whole year of Mandate Radio everybody! The guys have been at it for some time and refuse to leave you. So they did 52 whole episodes of Mandate Radio! This week, Pete and Frank are joined by special guest Joe Fisher and very special guest…

‘Destiny’ Review

If you listen to our podcast at all, you know that at one point I was skeptical of ‘Destiny’, and then bought it and remained confused by the product package. Let’s list what we’re looking at here. Sci-fi, Bungie, shooter, MMO, RPG, everything you ever dreamed of, and the best game of 2014 award it…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 50 (9/17/2014)

  Mandate Radio: Ep. 50 (9/17/2014) Happy Wednesday Everyone! and welcome back to Mandate Radio! Pete and Frank are here for some late night action. Pete talks about his younger days as a slam poet. The guys talk about ‘Destiny’, ‘A Golden Wake’, and ‘Virtua Tennis Challenge’. Then, in news Pete talks ‘Super Smash Bros…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 46 (8/20/2014)

Mandate Radio: Ep. 46 (8/20/2014) Happy Wednesday Everyone! and welcome back to Mandate Radio! The guys are here to talk about ‘Divinity: Original Sin’, ‘Splice’, ‘Threes’, ‘Galactic Civilizations III’, ‘Gone Home’, ‘Trine 2’, and ‘Ballpoint Universe: Infinite’. Then, in a combo news rando the guys talk about ‘Pokemon’ on iOS, ‘Hotline Miami 2’, and Playstation…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 43 (7/30/2014)

Mandate Radio: Ep. 43 (7/30/2014) The guys are back and it happens to be Wednesday! They’re here to talk ‘Bravely Default’, ‘Sleeping Dogs’, ‘Tropico 4’, and ‘Destiny’. Then in news, Google buys Twitch for $1 Billion, ‘Bravely Default’ sells 1,000,000 copies, ‘The Swapper’ comes to Wii U, Yogscast’s debacle, the Gamestop Credit Card, and August’s…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 41 (7/16/2014)

  Mandate Radio: Ep. 41 (7/16/2014) Happy Wednesday Everyone! and welcome back to Mandate Radio. Pete, Frank, and Joe are back to talk ‘Mario Kart 8’, ‘Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze’, ‘Bravely Default’, ‘Civ V’, ‘Kami’, and ‘Half Life 2’. Then, in news, the guys talk about the Origin reading your files issue and new…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 40 (7/9/2014)

Mandate Radio: Ep. 40 (7/9/2014) Happy Wednesday Everyone! and welcome to the 40th week of Mandate Radio! The guys are talking about ‘Solforge’, ‘Ultimate General: Gettysburg’, ‘Bravely Default’, ‘Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze’, ‘The Wolf Among Us: Ep. 5’, ‘Kami’, and ‘Thomas Was Alone’. Then in news the guys talk ‘Mario Kart 8’, Cliffy B, Wadjet…

Building with Rares- Armor Slime

Introduction What is happening pretty people! I’m here with my first ‘Solforge’ article! So what is the “Forge Corner” and what is “Building with Rares”? The Forge Corner is where to come for all your ‘Solforge’ needs (or at least my very narrow opinions). The “Building with Rares” column is my little joy in card…

Try to Get Past Level 4 in ‘Speed Trail’

I’m all for frustrating games, but this is even too much for someone like me. I mean, I’ve beat ‘Dark Souls’ and ummm…. really enjoy point-and-clicks? I’m a wuss for the most part when it comes to difficult video games. So I can’t do ‘Speed Trail’, but maybe you can. Essentially each level is a…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 37 (6/18/2014)

Mandate Radio: Ep. 37 (6/18/2014) Welcome back to Mandate Radio! It’s Wednesday! The guys are back to talk games. Topics include ‘Retro City Rampage’, ‘Kentucky Route Zero’, ‘Ultimate General: Gettysburg’, and ‘Watch Dogs’. Then, in news, ‘Watch Dogs’ gets a PC makeover by modders, Nintendo had a E3 showing, and there is a portable Steam…

Mandate Radio: Ep. 33 (5/21/2014)

  Mandate Radio: Ep. 33 (5/21/2014) Welcome to another edition of Mandate Radio! Pete and Frank are back to talk ‘Scrolls’, ‘Dota 2’, and ‘EVE: Online’. Pete and then discuss the ‘Dota 2’ International Qualifiers in news as well as the rumor of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’. Then, in rando the guys have a serious…

It Might be Time to Give COH2 Another Shot

A few weeks ago, after months away from COH2, I sat down and jumped into a game as my beloved Germans. I was rusty at first, but gradually my build orders and capping strategies came flooding back, and I was once again in my groove. MY GROOVE! I inwardly exclaimed. TIS BACK! MAKE WAY, SOVIET…

Review: Blackwell Epiphany

“I can’t believe it’s all over.”  That was the only thought my mind could produce after I finished Blackwell Epiphany from developer Wadjet Eye Games.  I was left confused, sad, happy, and a host of other things, but I knew one thing for sure: Epiphany is the intense, beautiful, and refined ending that Blackwell deserves.…

Indie Taste Test- ‘Lemma’

On this week’s Indie Taste Test Pete plays Lemma, a first-person parkour game. First of all, go help out developer Evan Todd on Kickstarter. It’s the last day for Lemma on Kickstarter so hurry up. Otherwise, check out the demo and take a look at the official website.

Mandate Radio: Ep. 27 (4/9/2014)

Mandate Radio: Ep. 27 (4/9/2014) Happy Wednesday Everyone! and welcome to Mandate Radio! Pete and Frank welcome back special guest Joe Fisher for a week’s worth of gaming. The guys jump into conversation about ‘Dark Souls’, ‘WizFight’, ‘Let There Be Life’, ‘Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming’, ‘Loadout’, and ‘Dark Souls 2’. Then, in news, the…

Preview: Blackwell Epiphany

If you’re a die hard Mandate Radio fan, you’ve surely heard me gush about the Blackwell series from developer Wadjet Eye Games.  Being the resident adventure game/Blackwell expert, I was given the privilege of spending some quality time with a preview build of Blackwell Epiphany, the fifth and final installment in the series.  The game…

Pete’s Top Ten Games of 2013

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I’d start out the year by telling you my favorite games I played last year. Most of them were released last year. I’d first like to start by listing some games I omitted from the list due to not playing or not playing enough of to fairly judge. Games…

‘Intake’ Review

Let me prepare you for ‘Intake’ with two quick words: WUB WUB! That’s right my friends, you’re about to go Dubsteppy. Nope, it’s not the Dubpocalypse, it is just ‘Intake’, an at first unassuming arcade effort from he dudes and ladies at Cipher Prime. They’re the people who made ‘Splice‘ and ‘Fractal‘, two fantastic games. Needless…

‘InFlux’ Review

A few weeks ago I received a copy of ‘InFlux‘.  I had been craving a puzzle game for a while, so I dove right in.  What I found was a unique mix of environmental platformer and puzzler that left me confused about my feelings, my expectations, and a host of other things.  This confusion stuck…

Pete’s Minicast: Episode 1

Download: Pete’s Minicast: Ep. 1 (10/10/2013) Welcome to the first episode of Pete’s Minicast! A delicious mixing of musings and sketch comedy about games, Pete’s Minicast is a short podcast for gaming fans who want some variety to the typical talky gaming podcast. Episodes will be available every Thursday here on IndiegamesAAA.com and eventually be…

Indie Taste Test: ‘Drifter’

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2HlfsicFqw&feature=youtu.be] Welcome to the second week of Indie Taste Test, where Petey tries out an Indie Game to give you and him a taste of what it has to offer. This week Petey tries out ‘Drifter’, a space exploration game. For more on ‘Drifter’, head to the official website.

Mandate Radio: Ep. 2 (10/2/2013)

Mandate Radio EP 2 Hey Everybody! Welcome to week two of Indie Games AAA’s premier podcast MANDATE RADIO! Frank Collins jumps back into the host seat to meet with a cavalcade of guests. Joining host Frank Collins is Pete Mascio, who brings his general sense of unease again this week. The gents are also joined…

‘One Finger Death Punch’ Review

“Haste makes waste,” so the saying goes. I’ve never believed in that. Haste makes Ludum Dare games. Haste makes your ‘Magic: The Gathering’ creatures much better.  Haste is what makes games like ‘One Finger Death Punch’. Let me explain. You know that pervading sense of rush you get when you watch a well-made kung-fu movie? When Jackie…

So…You Might Actually Be A Dashcam

In the article I wrote about ‘The Light‘, I briefly mentioned that you play as a dashcam.  The humble dashcam has become synonymous with Russia because nearly every vehicle (so it seems) in the motherland is equipped with one of these.  All those cameras are primed and ready to record all of that hot Russian…

Valve Unveils Steam OS

Today Valve made a potentially groundbreaking announcement by announcing SteamOS. Their foray into the world of Operating Systems. SteamOS will be a Linux-based Operating System, with the ultimate interest in bringing Steam to living rooms. The OS will be free to download for users. Other features included in the SteamOS will include Family Sharing, In-Home…

‘Heroes of Loot’ Review

Dungeon games used to be a grim affair. They were dark, scary, and intensely challenging. Games such as ‘Baldur’s Gate’, a hallmark in early PC dungeon crawling, come to mind. In the modern day, however, dungeons have taken on a lighter feel. Now dungeons aren’t so horrifying! They can even include a sense of humor,…

‘Rogue Legacy’ is 2D ‘Dark Souls’

I bought ‘Rogue Legacy’ in what common-folk would call a “digital sale” and Microsoft would consider “uncharted territory.” I played about 2 hours and was thoroughly enjoying myself before I had a sudden realization: this was all eerily familiar. I was dying constantly, but didn’t care. Every time I died it was my fault. Classes…

Interview With ‘Steam Marines’ Developer James Seow

Rogue-like. Squad-based. Brutal. Deceptively addicting. Worthless Bums‘ ‘Steam Marines’ is all of these, and unashamedly so. While spending a few hours with ‘Steam Marines’ over the past week, I found myself repeatedly coming back despite many, many failures. Its been a while since a game has punished me so severely for missteps I didn’t even…

Blinded By ‘The Light’

If you’re anything like me, whenever you think of Russia your mind immediately conjures images of onion domed buildings, beautiful ballerinas, furry hats, vodka, and of course, dashcams.  Now, what if I were to tell you that a game straight from the motherland allows you to play as a dashcam?  Too good to be true,…

Pondering ‘Scrolls’, Despite Its Generic Nomer

I wish ‘Scrolls’ wasn’t so unfortunately named. I guess it fits. Its named ‘Scrolls’ because it’s built around using scrolls. But, oh well, I suppose the nerdy stereotypical obsession with having some kind of power through magic needs to continue to exist so as not to upset the powers of the universe. We should continue…