SteamWorld Dig 2

I can’t say that I was ever expecting a sequel to SteamWorld Dig. While Rusty’s adventure into the depths beneath Tumbleton is an absolute blast, I couldn’t imagine a sequel being anything but a rehash. Not to say I didn’t want one, just that I […]

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

XCOM 2 was a fantastic game (though fraught with technical problems) and ended up being one of my favorite games of last year. Those technical problems are still mostly present, apparently not having been fixed up or patched out in the time since its release, […]

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

As a relatively active gamer, I always marvel at those series which reach the high sequel numbers without catching my attention previously. Not to say I’ve played them all; for example, I’ve never tried out the Dragon Quest series, but I’ve at least heard of […]

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ARK: Survival Evolved

That’s it. We’ve reached peak game. At last, after more than two decades of gaming, we finally have a piece of software where you can tame and ride dinosaurs. I can already hear Blizzard closing up shop, because let’s admit it, there is no better […]

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StarCraft: Remastered

Ah, StarCraft. Perhaps the original eSports phenomenon. Twenty years on, it’s a whole thing unto itself that its creators at Blizzard could hardly have foreseen: a competitive RTS defined as much by its flaws as its innovative asymmetrical design. The fact that it has retained […]

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Agents of Mayhem

Can you believe that Agents of Mayhem (AoM) has been in development since Saints Row IV was finished? Because I sure don’t. How has this game been in development for four years, basically stealing Saints Row’s design as a base, while still turning out to […]

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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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