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Chaos Reborn, from the maker of X-COM, is playable now

Chaos Reborn, the latest entry into the tactical turn-based strategy genre from Julian Gollop, creator of the X-COM series, is now available for early access Steam. The current lineup of features in this boardgame-meets-Magic: The Gathering title is austere, as only online multiplayer is available. However, each of the modes not yet unlocked show a text explanation, with one glimpse highlighting possibly the game’s most interesting feature. While players start as a lowly apprentice wizard, through hard work and effort, they can attain the first social rank, “Wizard Lord.” From there, they can ascend further by collecting “artefacts,” winning multiplayer…

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Notch’s new one is either satire of Steam Early Access, or just a game about horses

Cliffhorse—Notch’s new horse-trotting sim where all you do is run over green hills—is perhaps a riveting work of irony ridiculing lazy, unfinished games on Steam Early Access. Or maybe the Minecraft creator just has a thing for horses walking sideways on cliffs. Either way, it’s a new game from Notch, so we should pay attention.  Admittedly the first theory is more interesting. Nothing against strong, solid-hoofed mammals. It’s just Notch’s message on the Cliffhorse domain jests about buying “early access’” and that there’s no guarantee of future updates, seeming to call out the newfangled service that lets eager beavers pay…

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It’s like No More Heroes and Bushido Blade had a baby

Blade Symphony has everything to do with blades and almost nothing to do with symphonies, which is probably for the best since there aren’t many good games about orchestral compositions. What makes this blade game refreshing is that it’s a full-on, strategic, sword-fighting, well, um, fighting game. The one-on-one, 3D, arena-based swordfights recall something between the hectic boss fights of No More Heroes and the big elegant duels of Bushido Blade. The game has been available in early access for a while, but as we see in the new trailer, it’s now polished and spit-shined and wiped clean of blood.