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Danny is a Contributing Editor for Joystiq. He specializes in indie games and retro things. He holds a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Danny Cowan's Latest Posts

Costume Quest 2 goes trick-or-treating with bigger worlds, goofier costumes

Double Fine's catalog is defined by eclectic variety, with its previous efforts ranging from alternate-history tower defense games to RTS-infused brawlers. To date, however, none of the studio's games has seen a sequel. What, then, made the Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest a standout candidate...

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Take a tour of Destiny with Planet View

Destiny players can get an early look at the game's sprawling otherworldly environments with Planet View, a Google Street View-like feature powered by Google's technologies. In addition to offering combat-free tourism, Planet View catalogs the game's enemies and makes it easier to find hidden...

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Never Alone blends clever platforming with cultural insight

I like to think of Never Alone as a less depressing version of 2011's indie hit, Limbo. It features similar environment-based puzzle-platforming in an unforgiving world, but its buddy-system mechanics give an encouraging sense of optimism throughout. This isn't to say that you won't be...

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Dragon Quest Heroes coming to PS4 from Dynasty Warriors devs

Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to the PlayStation 4 in Japan, marking the first time the series has appeared on a Sony platform since 2005's Dragon Quest 8. Helmed by Dynasty Warriors series developer Omega Force, Dragon Quest Heroes is an action-oriented spinoff in the same vein as the upcoming...

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Senran Kagura making PS4 debut with Estival Versus

Marvelous' portable action series Senran Kagura will make its first console appearance with next year's PlayStation 4 release of Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, as revealed during Sony's pre-TGS press conference today. While many series entries have made their way stateside courtesy of publisher...

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Upgraded PS4 port of Earth Defense Force 2025 in development

Sony announced during today's pre-TGS press conference that an upgraded PlayStation 4 version of D3 Publisher's bug-blasting third-person shooter Earth Defense Force 2025 is in development. The Japanese edition, Chikyuu Boueigun 4.1, is launching in 2015. A North American release date was not...

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Spry Fox explores the joy of flight in Free-Range Dragons

After challenging players with the uncompromising high-stakes roguelike Road Not Taken, Spry Fox is taking on more lighthearted fare with Free-Range Dragons, an action-oriented game in which players pilot flying dragons across fanciful 2D worlds. There's a hardcore streak underneath Free-Range...

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BioWare's Shadow Realms is 4-on-1, action-RPG mayhem

"We're focused on delivering the unexpected," Shadow Realms Senior Producer Dallas Dickinson said during a demonstration event at PAX Prime this weekend. After seeing the game in action, "unexpected" doesn't even begin to describe the chaos that will soon be unleashed by a developer rooted in...

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Don't Starve Together is for people who 'just want to watch their friends burn'

Klei's cooperative Don't Starve expansion, Don't Starve Together, has the potential to bring you and your friends closer than ever before. That's when they'll least expect an axe in the face. Don't Starve Together is unique in that it encourages both cooperative and competitive play. Plopped...

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Seen@PAX: The Behemoth's arcade

Above is the massive control panel that powers The Behemoth's untitled fourth game, currently codenamed "Game 4." After organizing their troops across a hex-based field, players confirm their selections with a tantalizing glowing green button, and send out orders by pulling an unusually shaped...

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