Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Affectation is something we don’t often expect from video games due to their history of mechanics mostly being rooted in arcades – amusement centres with toys for children and those who refuse to grow up. Those games then that do attempt to tell an emotive […]

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a whimsical open-world adventure game. It has no combat and no puzzles; instead, progress comes purely from exploration and by finding, trading and crafting items. It was developed by Prideful Sloth, a self-described “micro-AAA” studio started by some industry […]

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Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator grabbed my attention when I was mindlessly flicking through Steam’s upcoming games list (AKA the no-frills abyss of shovelware, missed chances, and broken dreams). “Yes,” I said to myself, “A coffee shop simulator! That’s exactly what I want to play […]

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Darkest Dungeon is such an excellent game in so many ways, and I’ve spent a disgusting amount of time with it despite the way it punishes me. Like a battered lover, the only thing keeping me from calling the authorities is my belief that the […]

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Nex Machina

Nex Machina roughly translates to Death Machine in English, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting name for this game. It’s an incredibly fast-paced twin-stick shooter developed by Housemarque, whose previous projects have proven them to be the king of this particular genre. After […]

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Outlast 2

Outlast 2 is a game I had been impatiently waiting for since the first teaser trailer. I think what I was most excited about was the fact that Red Barrels Studios had decided to move on from the Miles Upshur/Waylon Park story. This meant players […]

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Rakuen

If I were to pinpoint the moment where I first developed an appreciation for indie games, it would almost certainly be during my time playing To The Moon. While basic in many of its core components (16-bit graphics, limited gameplay elements, etc.), the game managed […]

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Yooka-Laylee

Banjo-Kazooie is a nearly 20-year-old game that is still such a joy to play. Of course, a spiritual successor built by the same key creatives wouldn’t have any trouble being crowdfunded. Yooka-Laylee’s gladdening origins as a rebelliously independent rebirth of a long-lost franchise doesn’t just […]

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

I’ve played many a strange and lurid game before but nothing quite on the level of Torment: Tides of Numenera. It’s a melting pot of science-fiction, fantasy, theist philosophy, RPG player agency, and a dash of “Sweet Jesus, what the hell is that thing?” The […]

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Urban Empire

Games are remarkable in that they can make repetition enjoyable. Whether it’s jumping in Mario or running missions in XCOM, games are capable of warping tedious activities into engaging ones. Urban Empire, however, somehow makes the exciting world of administrative approval so mundane tha- eh, […]

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