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As we head to the halfway point of this year, I decided to make another list of some more games to be on the lookout for. If you haven’t already seen my list of my most anticipated games of this year or the downloadable games to be on the lookout for, go check those out since I won’t be adding those games to this list. How about we get right to the point? Here are some more big budget and indie developed games to be on the lookout for this year.

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It seems like every big name in certain franchises are leaving to either find their own place in the industry or to take a break from it for a little bit due to how stressful working in the industry can be. Ted Timmins, who was the manager for the Fable franchise, is now leaving Lionhead Studios. Timmins started out working on the original Fable, and the library of games he help make include the entire Fable franchise with the main games, the spin-offs, and the anniversary edition of the original Fable.

Jump to see what he has to say about his departure from Lionhead Studios!

PAX East 2014 enjoyed the expo’s largest turnout of indie developers to date, and marked the year where, in my mind, indies definitively trumped the AAA publishers. While many of the better known games had lines far longer than I could wait (I’m looking at you, Below), some of the show’s smaller titles left me the most excited.

Head inside to have a look at some of the titles that I found the most exciting!

Every year, since I usually have a pretty good idea of if I'll like a game or think it a massive failure, I make it my goal to find a game that can surprise me. Of course, with all the research in the world, the game could still end up as a massive failure. For example, let us take a look at one of Nintendo’s first entries into the free-to-play realm of gaming: Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for the Nintendo 3DS, free-to-play tactics and sports games, two things about gaming that I am usually not super fond of. I have gone on record before about sports games being way too focused on having super realistic movements. and all of them being the same with no innovation thrown into the mix. Now, free-to-play sucks, since the business model can be easily abused and has been abused from Final Fantasy: All the Bravest to Dungeon Keeper Mobile. It is awful that companies have put a sour taste in everyone’s mouth with these bad examples of free-to-play, while games like Loadout, which is a great example of the same model done well, get overlooked. Anyway, back to Rusty’s: what do you get when you combine arcade-style baseball mini-games and a surprisingly good free-to-play model? Well, read on to find out.

Nintendo aired the Smash Bros. Direct last night, an entire forty-minute stream of nonstop news for the next games in the Super Smash Bros. series. We've filled up nearly four pages of stories just with the information in that one video—but that's a ton of stuff for you guys to look through, so we decided to gather it all up in one easy-to-read index.

Head inside to find everything you'll ever need to know about last night's Smash Bros. Direct!

NIS, or Nippon Ichi Software, is an interesting company. This is the alternative company you look to for niche titles when Atlus isn’t doing anything else besides Persona-related games. They have released a lot of their games over here in the states, and a couple of their games have fan followings. Like I said however, they are pretty niche titles. Some people will enjoy the Disgaea’s high level of difficulty and weird quirky worlds, and some people won’t. I haven’t played too many of the games released by the company, but one of their more recent titles has caught my eye, The Witch and The Hundred Knight for the PlayStation 3. While an action-oriented dungeon crawler is nothing new, since we have seen a few of those kinds of games do well, it is definitely not the normal kind of game the Disgaea creators usually make. For an attempt at a different genre, this game isn’t that bad. It has some big pros, but like any game, it has its flaws. Let’s put on our swamp boots and pick up your +1 fire sword and read on about this little action RPG.

The Mario Kart 8 news flood was coming at some point, and it appears that last night and early this morning is when the NDA has lifted on what many folks played at a Mario Kart 8 preview event. Earlier this morning we gave you a brand new trailer, and now we're back to present you have detail we could possibly find based on the event, along with new screenshots, a couple mystery items, and a list of all 27 confirmed characters (with more to be revealed at a future date). What are you waiting for... head inside!

So, since I reviewed Lords of Shadow 2 and gave it a high score, I thought I would do a quick little review of the only DLC story add-on for the game. I really liked Lords of Shadow 2 despite some issues with certain levels and how, in my opinion, some characters in the overall story got the short end of the deal. This DLC add-on is called Revelations, and it focuses on Alucard before Dracula wakes up. Let us not waste any time and get started with this quick little review!

The wildly acclaimed, ridiculously entertaining franchise we all know as RollerCoaster Tycoon is celebrating their fifteenth anniversary today, and you can get in on the fun! CD Projekt, the developer behind The Witcher, is celebrating by offering all three games in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series on their website, Good Old Games, for $8.17. If you don’t need all three, you can also score Roller Coaster Tycoon: Deluxe, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack, and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum for $1.19, $1.99, and $4.99, respectively. This anniversary deal ends Wednesday, April 2, at 9:59 AM GMT, so you’ve got a little more than 16 hours to take advantage of this offer!

Planning on making a purchase? Or will you hold out for RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 coming soon for mobile devices and PC? Be sure to let us know!

A lot of franchises have recently been going through some changes. Maybe it’s a change-up in the overall game design or an entire facelift. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it doesn’t. It really does depend on who you ask. Ninja Gaiden, along with Tomb Raider, felt like the right candidate to get these changes made. Let’s focus on Ninja Gaiden for this review since this will be all about Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. I definitely thought Ninja Gaiden needed some drastic changes to the franchise. It didn’t help that Ninja Gaiden 3, even with the updated version, was not a well-loved game. It had some cool elements, but a majority of its gameplay felt stale to me. It doesn’t help that, in my opinion, the 3D games had a lot of flaws in terms of design and gameplay. It also hurts that we have seen much better action games than the 3D Ninja Gaiden games. Luckily, it was nice to see that the next game was going to be a little different. It had a new main character, it was going to have more colorful graphics, and it looked like it was going to take its over-the-top nature and increase it tenfold. How does the end product hold up? Well, let’s find out.