Author: Mel Callender

Review – Breached (PC)

Somewhere in my pre-review scouting around I found a comment that essentially boiled Breached down to “an existential sci-fi survival game.” That remark convinced me to throw my hat in the ring and give the game a ride. After all, I’m a huge fan of the movie Interstellar. I even liked The Fountain—it doesn’t get more existential and science-fictiony than that, right? I have a Bachelor of Arts, I can do artistic– my expensive slip of paper says so. Having completed the game twice now (a three-hour endeavor for those counting) “an existential sci-fi survival game” is probably the best phrase I could borrow to explain Breached in TLDR; as well. Breached introduces you as the survivor of a loosely-explained cataclysm on a generally-unnamed extra-terrestrial planet. You wake up to find yourself punted from hibernation sleep due to a broken oxygen generator and lack of any fuel left to power it. With both critical parts non-functional of the whole you have but eight days to salvage and craft your way towards functional life support. So really just like any other Monday after a long holiday weekend. In those eight days you must utilize remote drones from the relative safety of your hibernation pod to scour the nearby land to find the parts and raw minerals you need to not only fix your oxygen generator, but create the correct blend of fuel to power it. This...

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Early Access Impressions – Endless Space 2 (PC)

“What do you know about a game called Endless Space 2?” I turn around, an Amplitude Studios cap on my head, sipping tea from an Amplitude Studios coffee mug. With the other hand I quickly minimize my Steam client showing an embarrassingly large number of hours spent in-game. “A bit.” I respond coolly, trying not to give up the ruse. “Did you know it released today on Steam?” I quickly close Chrome, wondering if his eyesight is exceptional or if he’s just reading my mind. “It came to my attention, yes.” “What would you think about taking a look at the early access version and writing down some of your thoughts?” Air hisses through my teeth—there, he said it: Early Access. The word that strikes fear into the heart of many a PC gamer. That’s really the rub isn’t it? After nearly 4-5 years of miss-use by game developers, Early Access is a term that’s come to be feared. Nothing will make you dislike your most sought-after game than playing it in its Alpha stage. Early Access is something I try and sidestep like it’s my day job. However, Amplitude Studios has a solid track record for doing Early Access right. They might not make the headlines alongside games like Minecraft or Kerbal Space Program, but they have done their part in pioneering Early Access as a cooperative platform between...

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Community Spotlight: Meghan Elizabeth and Meagan Ansley

We at PSVG are always amazed at the talented young gamers who have been able find both fun and success by streaming their game-play.  In some cases, young gamers (EthanGamerTV, anyone?) have gained over one million subscribers on YouTube in a few short years of streaming. Two up-and-coming gamers who are bound for success are sisters Meghan Elizabeth (12) and Meagan Ansley (13) of Kennesaw, Georgia.  Their Minecraft creations (examples pictured below) have already begun to generate buzz among friends and family, who report that they enjoy playing Mario Kart, Roblox, Sims, and Game Dev Story, as well. Meghan and Meagan have high hopes of streaming their game-play in the future. But wait….there’s more! We heard that fellow gamer and YouTuber Meghan Elizabeth is celebrating her 12th birthday! So, we at PSVG have posted a special demo course of a game we think she will love: Super Mario Maker.  Meghan, check it out! We think once you dive in, you’ll be able to build some great levels and post them to YouTube for us to see.  After watching, hit us up to let us know what you think! Happy Birthday from the PSVG...

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