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King’s Bounty: Legions open beta on Facebook

King's Bounty: Legions, the Facebook free-to-play version of 1C Company's role-playing game, opened the doors to its beta realm this week. From early impressions of Legions, the free browser-based version proved surprisingly robust, and might be the best video game using the Facebook platform to date.

inFAMOUS 2 Review

Perhaps it came out too close to Activision’s Prototype, maybe a superhero-who-isn’t was not a marketable enough concept for people to latch on to, but whatever the reason may be, folks just don’t seem to talk about the original inFAMOUS on the same level they do Uncharted, or even Sucker Punch’s own Sly Cooper. inFAMOUS 2 hopes to drive it all home, carrying the pulse of the first and wrap up both the narrative and the possibilities rooted in the first. Is there chain-lightning in the follow-up, or is there not enough power to keep this engine running?

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday: Ponycorns, Pixels & Grids

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday is a new weekly feature on the site. Every Tuesday, we will endeavour to encapsulate all the latest and greatest goings on in the local indie game scene, from news and trailers, to playable demos, download codes, events and more!

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Review

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition won't get new players interested in the fighting game scene any more than the latest map pack will for the Call of Duty franchise. But anyone who's sunk dozens of hours into the game over the past three years would do well to upgrade for roughly the price of two pints.

Bioshock Infinite E3 Demo

Irrational Games' Bioshock Infinite, the spiritual-but-maybe-not-really sequel to 2007's Bioshock, won multiple Best of E3 awards last month. Now the entire 15-minute demonstration has been posted to the public, and...well, maybe all those journalists and bloggers were right.

Video Game Armageddon

It is time to dust off your old consoles, its time to regain your muscle memory. We here at the Underground are opening our doors and plugging in some classic systems!

Team Fortress 2 is Now Free To Play!

Everyone's favourite "war-themed hat simulator," Team Fortress 2, released its "Uber Update" yesterday. Aside from bringing a lot of improvements and additions to the 2007 first person shooter, the game's developers have announced that it will shift to a free-to-play model which is driven by micro-transactions.

The North American Starcraft League

In South Korea, Starcraft players have attained levels of prestige the equivalent of North American sports stars, including six-figure incomes, hordes or fans and recognition on the street. Real-time strategy has become a sport unto itself: a digital chess match that requires intense clicks-per-second and incredible observational skills. Tournament after tournament presents players going head-to-head – for cash. The prestige in North America is nonexistent by comparison, the money less and the fanbase not ready to making gaming more than a casual pastime. The North American Star League is trying to change that.

MIDSUMMER ROCKSHOWCASE

SHOWCASE: TORONTO’S DIY VIDEOGAME COMMUNITIES As you may already know, the city of Toronto is home to a patchwork of vibrant, friendly creative communities – this is a city where people who are passionate about film, comics, art, design, technology & music seem to hang out together on a regular basis, producing some cool things […]

Nintendo’s StreetPass Day at A&C Games

Nintendo is promoting its 3DS by dubbing Saturday, June 25th StreetPass Day, when meetups all around the world are held to get 3DS owners together. Toronto's A&C Games is joining in on the fun from 2pm to 8pm on the 25th. 3DS owners are invited to bring their games and virtual goodies to share with each other, and regular ol' Nintendo DS and DSi/XXL peeps are welcome to get one big LAN-a-thon going to celebrate all things two-screen-one-stylus.

Metro: Last Light Trailer

Torontonians might think they have problems with their subway service, but they’ve got nothing on the citizens of Metro 2033, a sleeper hit of a game based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name. Now, developer 4A Games has released their first trailer of the sequel, dubbed Metro: Last Light.

Batman: Arkham City Catwoman Trailer

Rocksteady Studios certainly know how to make an announcement. At a pre-E3 showing of Batman: Arkham City, details emerged about a second playable character. In addition to beating up thugs as Batman, you’ll spend some time as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman.

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer

Electronic Arts and DICE yesterday released a spectacular 12-minute gameplay trailer for their upcoming Battlefield 3. The military first person shooter (shocking, we know!) is being touted as EA's answer to Activision's incredibly popular Call of Duty franchise.

IGDA Toronto Open Mic Night Rants

Here is the raw audio from the last half of tonight’s IGDA Toronto Open Mic Night. Stay tuned for our video recap of the entire night. Download: IGDA Toronto Open Mic Night Part 2 Listen:   FROM AROUND THE WEB

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Review

Once upon a time, a triumvirate of local talent assembled in an attempt to create something. That something is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, as much an interactive art installation, music album and bit-nostalgia trip as it is an Apple iDevice game. No one was entirely sure what to expect from Sword & Sworcery, but the fact now remains that the "brave experiment" undertaken by Superbrothers, Capybara Games and Jim Guthrie is nothing short of a stunning success.

Fortress of Baller-tude: Episode 2

Fortress of Baller-itude is the video blog of Gavin Stephens Canada's best Nerdy comedian and co-host of the popular G33K N3RD D0RK podcast. Twice a month Gavin shares his opinions and perspectives on pop culture and fandom. Episode Two - Gavin breaks down the best video game soundtracks to get your nerdy partner in the mood.

Batman: Arkham City Gameplay Trailer

Over a year after the then-unnamed sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum was announced to a chorus of applause, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Rocksteady Studios have finally released a trailer for the sequelArkham City that includes sweet, sweet gameplay for fans to devour and analyse.

Bulletstorm Review

So what is Bulletstorm? Originally hyped up due to the presence of developers Epic and People Can Fly, many folks expected a heinously cheeky, violent slaughterhouse that only a name like Bulletstorm could suggest. But as time went on, evidence started to mount that there was going to be something special about Bulletstorm, once again hard to pin, but unmistakably present.