Duello wants to be a realistic sword fighting game, but mostly it’s funny

Any videogame that aims to represent the things we can do with our bodies (i.e. attain realism) has to bring in some kind of abstraction to make it look or feel familiar. Take, for example, the Assassin’s Creed games, in which combat isn’t really meant to be realistic as much as it’s supposed to capture the frenetic fights of action movies—full of brutal sound effects and finishing moves with sweeping cameras. Likewise, there is Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (2012), one of the few games with first-person sword fighting, whose goal is to provide a robust and competitive multiplayer arena. As in a lot of multiplayer games,…


Three new games to dig into this week

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. ALIEN: ISOLATION (PC, MAC, PS3/PS4, XBOX 360/XBOX ONE) BY CREATIVE ASSEMBLY Ridley Scott’s seminal space slasher Alien and the tension of a survival-horror game are such a perfect pair that it’s a xenomorph-worthy shock it took this long. Alien: Isolation cops the sweaty, cramped vibe of Scott’s lived-in future, rather than the guns-blazing tone of James Cameron’s sequel. We hear it’s darn-near impossible, too—sorta like outsmarting an alien designed to kill. Perfect for: Haunting Ground diehards, stowaway androids, Jonesy. Playtime: Fifteen-odd hours, or an eternity spent cowering in a locker.…


Museum of Contemporary Art, LA is doing a YouTube series with all these awesome devs

Add The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles to the list of respected art institutes that are recognizing games as the beautiful design objects that they are. Well, at this point we don’t really need to keep a list anymore. But you should still check out MOCA’s fantastic looking, 13-part web-series that will feature conversations with notables such as Jenova Chen, Kellee Santiago (both of Journey), and Mark Essen (of Nidhogg). Plus, Kill Screen bossman Jamin Warren is in the first episode right off the bat.  Be sure to tune in.