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Drunk Blondes and Space Turtles: PAX East 2014 Interview with Grimm Bros.


Drunk Blondes and Space Turtles: PAX East 2014 Interview with Grimm Bros.

Dragon Fin Soup is not just a retro RPG hybrid with modern graphics, drunk fairy tale babes, and roguelike features…well, alright those are the primary aspects that comprise the game but we assure you there is a ton more! We here at the Abyss have been drinking this kool-aid for a while now and we were excited to finally try out the game at this year's PAX East! After all we had to make sure our kickstarter moneys were wisely spent. Spoiler alert: they were. Matt, our senior editor...

Lost Voices, Lost Life: PAX East 2014 Indie Podcast


Lost Voices, Lost Life: PAX East 2014 Indie Podcast

Not to be out-gamed by the likes of Evolve, Heroes of the Storm, and Watch_Dogs(?), the Indie MegaBooth at PAX East 2014 was in full swing this year and featured some of the most engaging and entertaining games of the entire. In this first in a three-part series dedicated to the gems of the indie scene at PAX East, Andy and I discuss just how much we were moved by This War of Mine, Last Life, and Transistor. Join us as we take break from all that AAA game hype and turn our attention to the...

I'm A Monster!: Evolve PAX East 2014 Hands-On Impressions


I'm A Monster!: Evolve PAX East 2014 Hands-On Impressions

You know, that title just isn't as effective without this to go along with it…oh well. Greetings, fellow Games Abyss listeners and PAX East 2014 attendees. Now that the dust has settled on the annual Boston convention, and the gamer collective has parted ways, it's time to discuss what games were on the show floor and if they are worth keeping your eye on. In this super-sized podcast (not really – it's only about 20 minutes long) Matt and I get together to talk about...

Four Ways In Which Dark Souls 2 Is Superior To Its Predecessor (And Five Ways It's Not)


Four Ways In Which Dark Souls 2 Is Superior To Its Predecessor (And Five Ways It's Not)

At Games Abyss, we are rabid fans of the Demon’s/Dark Souls games. Amongst the editors alone, our combined number of New Game +'s  is more staggering than a two-handed R2 blow from a +10 large club. For the better part of the past year, we awaited the arrival of Dark Souls 2 with bated breath. First came the CGI trailer, promising more lore and more death. However, we soon grew concerned when we learned of the departure of Miyazaki-san, the director of the prior souls games. Would the...

Seeing Red Again: PAX East 2014 Floor Interview with Supergiant Games


Seeing Red Again: PAX East 2014 Floor Interview with Supergiant Games

At last year's PAX East I had the pleasure of playing the first public build of Transistor, the next game in the repertoire of the studio that brought us Bastion. Creative head of Supergiant Games Greg Kasavin spoke with us about the game then, and this year we bring you a show floor interview with the man himself to talk about what's new in the build and even more importantly, when the game will officially drop. We were so excited that it was playable once again this year but we...

The Real Super Meat Boy Starts Here: Fenix Rage PAX East 2014 Hands-On Impressions


The Real Super Meat Boy Starts Here: Fenix Rage PAX East 2014 Hands-On Impressions

Fenix Rage, a 2D platform game which combines Super Meat Boy, Flappy Bird and Sonic the Hedgehog into one  aggravatingly addictive experience, made its debut at PAX East 2014. Judging by its influences, Fenix Rage is putting itself alongside some pretty heavy hitters. Developer Green Lava Studios (based out of the beautiful Costa Rica) certainly has its work cut out for itself if it hopes to distinguish itself from hundreds of indie platformers.  Fortunately for them, Fenix Rage was all it...

Unbridled Magic: PAX East 2014 Floor Interview with Xaviant Games


Unbridled Magic: PAX East 2014 Floor Interview with Xaviant Games

Do you love mages, western style RPGs, and crushing your foes with fiery blazes, icy chills, and other mystical forces of destruction? Chances are you'll fall head over heels in love with Lichdom Battlemage. To say this game came out of nowhere wouldn't be completely accurate, but certainly nobody expected them to have the prominent presence they did on the PAX East show floor. We had the privilege of speaking with design director Tim Lindsey of Xaviant Games about their convention...

Hyper Light Drifter: A Pixel-Lover's Paradise


Hyper Light Drifter: A Pixel-Lover's Paradise

Last year, an independent developer known as Heart Machine launched a Kickstarter campaign for Hyper Light Drifter – a 2D action RPG which likened itself to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo. Asking for a modest $27,000, the project went on to amass an impressive $645,000 and has easily become one of the most anticipated games to grace the crowd-sourcing platform. Nostalgia being the powerful force that it is, it didn't take much for me to become one of the...