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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LawBreakers

LawBreakers (LB) is the first project from “legendary” game designer CliffyB and his newfound company Boss Key Productions, so it goes without saying the outspoken studio head and Twitter comedian has some pretty big expectations to meet after departing Epic Games and the Gears of […]

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

The first season of The Walking Dead (TWD) blew me away. I thought Telltale had absolutely nailed the heart-string twang that came with TWD’s reputation for handling characters. It was that style of narrative that helped me to ignore the design and gameplay foibles that […]

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Nidhogg 2

Is it reasonable to judge a sequel under the spectre of the original? I’ve been thinking about this a lot when it comes to Nidhogg 2. It’s a game that has quite a bit going for it, but it would be easier to celebrate its […]

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Pyre

Much like its predecessors Bastion and Transistor, Pyre is a game built upon a highly moral and philosophically thought-provoking narrative – the kind of story which makes you consider your thoughts and actions, not just in the game, but as a human being with emotions […]

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Tacoma

While there is a sizeable portion of the gaming population who seemingly dislike “walking simulator” type games, I’ve always liked them for the storytelling and relatively short length they offer that make them a perfect match for beer and rainy Saturday nights. Gone Home, by […]

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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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