Brakketology Sees Betas and Alphas; Exclaims, “Oh My!”


It’s holiday time here in at NHS, which makes the site pretty much indistinguishable from any other time of year, except that behind the scenes I’m spending money on other people. I do not enjoy this. I like my money. I’d like to have more of it. And then spend it on myself. Alas, that Xbox One my dad is getting the kiddos won’t play itself and that means some games for the kids and a second controller and maybe something for myself along the way. It all works out in the end.


This week’s round-up is decidedly half-assed. Below the fold you’ll find links and videos for Pillars of Eternity, Wasteland 2, and Elite: Dangerous; three games that all look incredibly good. I don’t remember the last time I was well and truly excited for the next year of games. It’s been a long time, but I am wildly excited for 2014. Steam boxes. Dragon Age: Inquisition. Banner Saga. FTL for iPad. About a half-dozen other projects I’m forgetting about. Oooh. Witcher 3, too! I’m definitely into getting my Witcher on. I like this feeling.

In the meantime, I would imagine the site is going to go very quiet for a couple of weeks. I don’t know what, if anything, Matt and Michael have planned, but I’m taking at least the next week off and possibly the next two. Brandon was out for the year a couple weeks ago, claiming nothing new was coming. I call him a shirker. We will have a podcast up next Monday. In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy holiday season and hope you all get a little new gaming goodness under the Christmas tree!


The Pillars. They are eternal.

Obsidian recently announced that the successful Project Eternity Kickstarter will henceforth be known as Pillars of Eternity. To mark the occasion they put out the trailer above and spent a considerable amount of time with RPS talking about pretty much everything under the sun. Wasteland 2 looks good (and beta impressions from the folks in it are generally positive), but this… this is the game to watch if you were a Baldur’s Gate II person. (And who wasn’t? Amiright?) If you’re remotely interested in this game (and any fan of the Black Isle days should be), go read the links. There will be no sleep for the watcher.




And speaking of Wasteland 2. Did I mention RPS was killing it last week? They were. Go here for a host of gameplay videos. Nathan Grayson is pleased. Part of me wishes I had kicked in another $25 on my backer order (I got the $50 boxed edition) so that I could be in on the beta, but alas. That’s a bit too much scratch for the privilege of playing buggy, unbalanced code.

And speaking of betas. Elite: Dangerous has an alpha. Obligatory gameplay vid:

I love how they’re making heat such an important strategic component of flight. And, hey, it looks snazzy too. There’s some more hands-on impressions at, you guessed it, RPS. (It’s the end of the year here, folks. I’m not exactly casting my net far and wide.)

*Originally published at, 12/18/2013
*Updated 2/23/2016 (minor text updates)



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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor, with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and is a 20-year publishing veteran as an editor of books on consumer tech and professional development for educators. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd was a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets from 1997-2015. Follow him on Twitter @toddsfoolery.

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