June 2010

Staff writer Eric Schabel took a look at Frozen Synapse, an upcoming PC strategy title from Mode 7 Games.

Welcome to the world of Frozen Synapse, a neon-colored SWAT strategy simulator. Synapse, a turn-based strategy  PC (and Mac) game, is the newest indie endeavor from three-man development team Mode 7 Games. The game is kind of like a turn-based version of the Rainbow Six titles viewed from a top-down perspective. Players control a squad of soldiers with various types of equipment that must track down and eliminate the enemy threat, hopefully without losing any of their own team in the process. 

As with most PC games, you have the option to go up against a CPU enemy, or face off against other players. In some ways, Frozen Synapse feels fast-paced for a turn-based strategy game, but that really depends on how players choose to play. Against a computer, the time between rounds is only a matter of seconds, but fighting it out with other human beings can be quite a different experience. Depending on how involved each player is, a match can be over in minutes or it can span hours; this is because if a player happens to drop out of a match for any reason, the rounds can continue via email notification. READ MORE

Big announcements. Big games. E3 2010 was enormous, and we did what we could to cover even a slice of the show. Check out our coverage below.


EA: We have games to show you

Microsoft: Kinect-ing the dots

Nintendo: A new perspective

Sony: Making Moves

Ubisoft: Assassins, Rayman and “Innergy”


Big news:

Microsoft Kinect launch titles

Project Natal is now Kinect, games revealed

Nintendo 3DS hands-on impressions

PlayStation Move launch titles

PlayStation Move hands-on impressions



Pre-show and Day 1 gallery

Day 2 and Day 3 gallery


Hands-on game impressions:

Dead Nation (PS3)

de Blob: The Underground (Multi)

Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

Fable III (360)

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)

Mario Sports Mix (Wii)

NBA Jam (Wii)

Rock Band 3 (Multi)

Sonic Colors (Wii)

Twisted Metal (PS3)

Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP) 



Observations from the show floor

Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet was fun, and players embraced it, but after two years, most of the gameplay potential has been explored. It’s good, then, that a sequel’s on the way, and the focus is on additional creation tools. READ MORE

Camelot’s Golden Sun series was gone for a while, and thought dead until last year’s E3, when the game was revealed. It was only marginally playable then, though, with no puzzles or combat. Everything’s falling into place now, and we looked at how it’s coming. READ MORE

David Jaffe’s long-anticipated Twisted Metal followup is almost here. We got a taste of it at Sony’s booth, and there’s one word to describe it: familiar. READ MORE