John Bardinelli - Contributor

John started playing games back in the dark days before the internet. You know, Game Boy link cables, multitaps and all of that. Now, with portable devices dwarfing the power of his first few gaming consoles, John mostly sticks to the PC and mobile worlds and has a particular fondness for retro-themed indie games. That, and Borderlands! Over the past decade John has written for more than a dozen gaming sites, covering everything from browser to mainstream games. Once the day's work has been done, he can usually be found with his nose in some ancient history or philosophy book. Next stop: publishing another game script, or maybe a regular old work of fiction!

When not writing or gaming, John has a summer home on Arrakis where he spends his leisure time wrestling sandworms.

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If you can't cooperate, you'll destroy the world.

Eco Makes Sandbox Ecosystems More Realistic

Eco bills itself as a global survival game, and it takes that label very seriously. Traditionally speaking, it could be called a sandbox survival game with elements of realism tacked on. When we say "realism", we're not talking about realistic jump heights or anything like that. Eco's world is run in a realistic way, making resources hard to get and even harder to get sustainably.

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Random loot, random maps, not-so-random fun.

Open World Co-Op RPG Wanderlust Adventures Finds its Way to Steam

A couple years back, a little online co-op RPG called Wanderlust: Rebirth washed onto the internet's shores. It was well-received, if a bit flawed, but it allowed the developer to focus on what was originally planned as an update to the first game. Instead, developer Chucklefish suggested the procedurally generated open world "adventure mode" be released standalone. Call it, oh, Wanderlust Adventures, why not?

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Because you didn't really slay stuff in the other versions of the game.

Gauntlet Hits PS4 as Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

The Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, and Elf are still at it, hacking away like nobody's business. The modern reboot of the classic arcade franchise was met with more than a few nodding heads when it hit in the summer of 2014. It's a bit late to the party, but the game has finally spread to PlayStation 4 under a new, retooled name: Gauntlet: Slayer Edition.

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All the flavor without the filler.

Get Your Dungeon Crawling Fix in Ten Minutes with Dungeon League

Have you ever wanted to play a dungeon crawler but didn't want to take fifty bajillion hours out of your life just to create a character? Indie developer Archebit knows the feeling. Dungeon League condenses all the fun and excitement of a dungeon crawler into short, bite-sized runs you and a friend can complete in just ten minutes. Who needs epic when you've got intense, right?

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Yes soup for you!

Nom Nom Galaxy Co-Op Review

Soup. It's what runs the universe. In a place where steaming hot monobrew is as good as gold, you find yourself crash landing on a planet ripe with tasty ingredients. Now all you need to do is build a factory, harvest stuff, defend your base, and send your soup creations to other planets so you can corner the market. All in a day's work in ...

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