Sanctum 2 Hands-On Preview (@IGN)


“It’s great to see Coffee Stain Studios is taking a much-needed baseball bat to the ol’ bees nest for Sanctum 2, the upcoming sequel to its cool first-person shooter/tower defense hybrid, upping the danger and the action in the process. For instance, unlike their more docile brethren from the original game, Sanctum 2’s swarms of alien bug creatures want to gnaw your face off and curb stomp you into nothingness. They don’t mind taking a quick detour for a little human snack as they malevolently march towards your power core.”

Check out the full preview here at IGN.

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Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves Review (@GameSpot)

“When you’re in the remote wilderness of werewolf country, hunkering down and chopping up all manner of horrific beasts night after night doesn’t seem like the smartest alternative to simply running like hell, but Canadian lumberjack brothers Jacques and Joseph are made of tougher, more stubborn stock. Their quest to save their sister from the demonic fanged beings of the night in Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves requires careful planning during the daylight hours and precise execution when the sun goes down. All of the neat ideas at play in this distinct tower defense/third-person brawler hybrid ultimately keep the rough edges at bay long enough to let the cyclical blend of strategizing and action take hold.”

Check out the full review here at GameSpot.

Free Bytes: Cursed Treasure: Don’t Touch My Gems!


“Rather than scrutinizing body counts, the number of villages burned to the ground, or the gruesomeness of accumulated battle scars, they say an evil overlord can measure his true worth by the amount of shiny gems he’s amassed. There’s nothing more undignified than having these precious baubles wrenched from your clawed grasp along with the fond memories they represent of victorious conquests long past. No, you’ve worked too hard for your treasure to let it go so easily. When greedy heroes come swarming towards your lair with a little smash and grab in mind, they must be punished most severely.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Review: Desktop Defender

“They say a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind, but what if your work surface is swarming with malevolent creepy crawlies? When the prospect of cleaning your desk is far less exciting than defending it from a virtual battleground full of persistent invaders, it’s time to ignore your clutter piling up around you and boot up your computer. Desktop Defender, the Facebook version of the popular Desktop Tower Defense game, puts you in charge of mounting an organized defense of your blessed mess.”

Check out the full review here at Gamezebo.