2011: The Year in Pleasant Surprises

2011 saw its share of disappointments, but it was also a year that contained a good number of nice surprises. Some were games we just didn't see coming—they snuck up on us and grabbed us with their excellence. Others were games that we thought were going to be terrible or at best so-so, but which would up being… » 12/29/11 10:00pm 12/29/11 10:00pm

The Game Formerly Known As Trenched Will Forever Be Iron Brigade After …

Double Fine Productions excellent World War I era tower defense-style third person shooter Trenched is getting two notable updates. One, we're not going to call it Trenched anymore. Now it's Iron Brigade. And not just in Europe. Two, SURVIVAL MODE! » 9/12/11 6:20pm 9/12/11 6:20pm

The Rollicking Pulp Magazine Covers of Trenched

The loading screens for Double Fine's triple-fine Xbox Live Arcade mech game Trenched are spot-on parodies of early 20th-century pulp magazine covers. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they go by too quickly to be properly enjoyed. Double Fine kindly provided all but one cover—that one had a spoiler—so that you can… » 7/12/11 10:00am 7/12/11 10:00am

Our Weird Video Game Summer Has a No-Strike Madden, a Kooky Catherine, …

Blockbuster video games rarely released during the summer. But scale is no measure of quality; and while not all are of AAA-proportions, we'll demonstrate that this summer's schedule could include some of the strangest and boldest titles of the year. » 6/24/11 11:00am 6/24/11 11:00am

This Is Trenched, A Game That Seems To Have Everything Going For It

How best to explain the wonderfully unusual Trenched? It's true that it's a tower defense game. It's also a third-person shooter, a deeply customizable war game with loot drops and online player progression. This is World War I-era trench warfare, only this time, the good guys have giant gas-powered mechs and the bad… » 3/09/11 9:00pm 3/09/11 9:00pm