I stumbled across a game on Kickstarter the other day, and it's beautiful; Hex Heroes is, in their words, a Party RTS (or par-tee-ess) for the Wii U, with a PC version also in the works and music by Grant Kirkhope. It uses the gamepad to bring a new depth to the RTS genre; one player on the gamepad does your standard construction and RTS commands, while up to four people on the wiimotes control units that gather resources, explore, fight enemies, and so on.

The trailer they released doesn't show the prettiest game; it was thrown together in a matter of hours, and as such the models are rough. However, the finished models they've been showing in Kickstarter updates have been gorgeous, and what the trailer does show is the innovative kind of game that the Wii U was made for. It also contains a lot of cameo characters, such as Shovel Knight and the Game Grumps crew. It's nearly funded (73k out of 80k at the time of this article) with 24 hours left in the campaign.

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We finally get to see Dragon Age: Inquisition in action after knowing about the game for over a year. We've seen a bit of video and some screenshots previously, but now we have a release date and a bit of an idea of what exactly this game is going to be about. Head inside to see it for yourself.

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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I doubt anyone will be surprised that Wolfenstein: The New Order will have some censorship when it hits Germany next month. The only major change that is happening within the game is that the Nazis will instead be referred to as "The Regime." The Nazi symbol will also be taken down due to the sensitivity of the topic for the country. Pete Hines, a marketing executive for Bethesda, talked in an interview with GameSpot about this censorship before going on to discuss another controversy the game has on its plate—no multiplayer. For the most part, every shooter these days comes with some form of multiplayer or is all about the multiplayer. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be a single player only game.

Jump to see what Pete Hines has to say about the censorship and the multiplayer being left out of the game.

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!

With the recent announcement that Gearbox Software and 2K Australia are working on a pre-sequel in the Borderlands franchise that takes place between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, we have gotten plenty of information about where the game will take place, the characters, the plot, a release time, and what consoles it will be on. Some people were a little confused by the announcement, especially why it would only be released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, but others are excited nonetheless. Randy Pitchford, the President of Gearbox Software, has recently talked about where they are right now in scaling how big the world of the pre-sequel will be, and deciding a price point for said game.

Jump to see what Randy Pitchford has to say!

We are not short on horror games being made by small developers. How about we add another one to the list and put it on the Xbox One? Well, now you can! While this new horror game called Grave is still on Kickstarter, it has recently been announced that in addition to coming out for the Oculus Rift, it will also be released on Microsoft's Xbox One. For the people that don't know about this game, Grave is an open world surreal horror survival game where you are in a persistently changing world with light as your only weapon. The game needs $30,000 to reach it's goal, still requiring $18,874. If you want another first person horror game to add to your Oculus Rift library, hopefully you'll support Grave.

Boy, we have had a lot of news stories about resolution recently, haven't we? The recent rumors that the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will run at 900p on PlayStation 4 and 720p on the Xbox One means that we are not going to hear the end of this resolution debate anytime soon. The recent victim to this news fad is Ubisoft's Trials Fusion, the next game in the popular Trials franchise. A Ubisoft rep told Venture Beats that the game will run on the PlayStation 4 at native 1080p while the Xbox One version will run at 900p. The game is also coming to the Xbox 360 and PC and Ubisoft has confirmed that all versions of the game will be able to run at 60fps.

The game is available now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

PC and strategy gamers should all be familiar with Sid Meier's Civilization series. This franchise has been around since 1991 and has won many gaming awards, considered one of the best strategy franchises in the gaming industry. Recently, Fireaxis Games, the team behind both the Civilization series and the recent reboot of the XCOM franchise, have revealed that the next game in the popular Civilization franchise will take players back into space and will be a spiritual sequel to Civilization: Alpha Centauri. The game will be called Civilization: Beyond Earth. The game will have a revamped system for simulating the technological progression of in-game societies. It will take place during a time in the future where Earth is basically screwed and the human race ventures out into the stars to find a new home. Civilization: Beyond Earth will be coming out for the PC sometime this year.

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I think for awhile now we've known that the AAA industry seems to have a heavy focus on a select few genres, and among that, making games that seem to be all too similar. We've found plenty of avenues to place the blame for this, but chief among them is the AAA marketing teams. Jim Sterling, review editor of The Escapist, had a chance to sit down with developers and other such folks within the AAA industry to talk about this very issue.

Unfortunately, he can't say who he talked to because they would lose their jobs, but he has a very saddening yet very pointed quote that explains practically every issue we see with AAA games. Head inside.