Birthdays the Beginning

Birthdays the Beginning is a sandbox game where you manipulate a flat landscape on a cube world to evolve and propagate different species. It’s Sim City meets Viva Piñata, but with an array of organisms taken from Earth’s fossil record stretching way back to the […]

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Prey

Arkane’s latest game is one with a complicated heritage and not the first to be conceived under the circumstances of its own namesake. The first Prey was released over ten years ago, and it too was birthed out of a cancelled project. While this Prey may bear […]

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Dragon Quest Heroes II

If Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End was personified, it would be the second child of a successful doctor-lawyer union, who is expected to attend Harvard and is being pressured to study multiple languages, excel at all sports, and be an […]

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Dreamfall Chapters

When The Longest Journey appeared almost a decade ago, I was immediately drawn to it. It had the kind of dark fantasy plot I typically enjoy, a female hero, and it was listed as an “adventure” game. That was a long time ago in gaming […]

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Old Man’s Journey

Old Man’s Journey is an instructively titled puzzle adventure game about an old man who goes on a journey. You don’t know where he’s going, only that he set off after receiving a bit of mail containing surprising news. He carries a rucksack and seems […]

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Strafe

Two and a half hours. That’s a new record of how quickly I’ve given up on a game. Yes, in the same time it would take you to watch Inception, Strafe managed to bore me enough to stop playing. The game is an utterly draining […]

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Bulletstorm is a great game, and one I think didn’t receive the kind of praise and note that it should have at the time of its initial release. It was released at a time when the idea of an eight-hour shooter campaign on its own […]

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

Games offer escapism like no other medium can. You can be thrust into the middle of a battlefield or spend a day in the exhilarating life of an accountant. Games offer up power fantasies, and what better power fantasy exists than to be the lone […]

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Designing Dawn of War III (DoW3) was always going to be a divisive challenge as the previous Dawn of War games were very different to each other. Rather than incorporating the best elements from both or providing a true sequel to one of them, DoW3 […]

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Little Nightmares

I have found that, in general, the puzzle-platformer genre is an excellent place to look for a particularly unique experience. A set of well-designed puzzles can alone make for an enthralling experience, but when you add a player avatar and theme, elements that come so […]

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