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1 month ago

Feature: We hate the technology

Eliza review

Eliza is a visual novel about Evelyn, a woman starting work as a 'proxy' for the eponymous service. The service is counselling by algorithm. The proxies sit and listen, while clients say whatever they have to say, and the system takes measurements of things like heart rate, vocal stress and such, before analysing keywords used and delivering a reply. You read the script it generates,…

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Football Drama is a management game with personality

Football Drama is out now. You're the new manager of a struggling football team - they're all fictional, thankfully - and must survive the season. Not the team (although winning matches obviously helps), but you. Part of that means guiding the team to victory, and part of it means navigating the politics and interpersonal drama your influential position attracts. It's pretty weird. I sorta like…

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Resi-inspired zombanger Daymare: 1998 is out now

Daymare: 1998 is the zombie survival horror shooter from the team who started out with a fan remake of Resident Evil 2, before getting an awkward "could you not" from Capcom in 2015. The premise is similar, and given the game's roots it'd be mean spirited to give it a hard time for being a case of "investigate the mystery oubreak, but oh no! It's…

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A Knights And Bikes cartoon is in the works

Delightful friendship-'em-up Knights And Bikes has been blessed by the television gods, as Tiger Aspect Productions have picked up the rights to develop an animated series based on its unsupervised 80s childhood adventures. Tiger Aspect are a pretty huge production company, and listing their programmes would take a while. Most notably, they've adapted both Aliens Love Underpants and Charlie And Lola, the latter making an…

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Chernobylite enters early access next month

Since their succesful Kickstarter bagged double their target, Poland-based The Farm 51 have announced that their ambitious Stalker-esque survival horror Chernobylite will enter Steam Early Access on the 16th of October, with a full release an estimated 10 to 14 months later. It's a game, not a mineral or a low-calorie power plant. By 2030, 12% of people on Earth will have worked on a…

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American Election is a harrowing political horror

American elections take exactly one hundred years, and by the final day everyone's so sick of it that they just vote for the most recognisable name to get it over with. American Election, on the other hand, is a work of interactive fiction that estimates its own run time at one hour, but if you're anything like me you'll take at least two, and then…

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Feature: Swing low, Iscariot

Unknown Pleasures: recovery position

It's been a tiring week, viewers. Lying on the floor going "uuuugh" all weekend, instead of merely for most of it, was not enough to dispel the curse I placed on myself last Friday. I did not know I was still able to dance for that long and not die. So. I don't know about you, but I've been particularly sedate this week. Which is…

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Men Of War: Assault Squad 2 – Cold War is out now

War-themed hat scavenging simulator Men Of War is a series we haven't talked about for a while, but it's taking another foray beyond the bounds of its traditional World War Two setting today. Men Of War: Assault Squad 2 - Cold War, a title I long to sarcastically add more punctuation to, is out now, and promises singleplayer, cooperative, and competitive yankee/soviet warbangs, and a…

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Feature: Stumble in the void

Starborne is a calmer kind of multiplayer space skulduggery

It's been six weeks since I started my space empire. I've gone from the one-thousand-and-somethingth strongest player to an agonising 102nd. My territory spans nine space stations and two sectors, my ships number in the tens of thousands, and I have put enough of my spare (spare!) resources into an alliance project to start building a Dyson sphere. Yet somehow, I don't really know what…

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Unrailed! enters early access, places awkward punctuation in headline

The up-to-four-friends scene is having a good time these days, with no end of brawlers gracing living rooms across the land. Should you tire of knocking each other about in arenas though, blocky co-op train-enabling sim Unrailed! might be a nice change now that it's entered early access. Players carve a path and build a track for their wee train as it chugs across a…

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2 months ago

Feature: The kids are alright

Children Of Morta review

Games about families are pretty uncommon. Ignoring the state of games about dads (because they're about dads, not families, which is sort of accidentally on point), can you even name the parents of more than a couple of game characters? There are probably more about orphans than about someone who, even in passing, has parents. Children Of Morta is all about the family. It's a…

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Feature: Hurl the churl

Have You Played… Pillage The Village?

It's 2010 and you've just come back to the city where your friends (your real friends) live, after a terrible experience undid the happiest time of your life. Things have changed. You've changed. You're out of the loop with everyone's lives and worries, and starting to realise you can't go forward any more than you can go back. But then you remember the villagers. The…

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Feature: The best unknown games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Find your windmill

Somehow, bank holidays always sneak up on me. You'd think after years of working for councils and universities I'd have figured them out by now, but nope. I remain completely flummoxed by the concept of time this week. What year is it? What are mornings? Why is everything in Britain still open exclusively when you can't bloody get to it? Games, of course, do not…

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Feature: Not all dogs go to heaven

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, finale

Previously on Hounded Out: I have brought food, and have made peace with the townies. But after spending the night in the cursed place, my precious dog, Goat, has been taken to Hell. I'd never been to Hell. It seems obvious, right? I never go to hell because of course I don't. Why would I want to? Spare me your "endgame" nonsense. My endgame is…

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Feature: Fool fathom five

Man Of Medan review

The difference between horror and comedy is largely a matter of timing. For example, when Alex was caught in a storm with his hands tied, trying to dodge sudden flying objects was frightening. A second later, when I realised one of the objects was a frying pan, I determined that my next playthrough would involve a lot of amusing bruises for him. The Dark Pictures…

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Feature: Credit where it's due

The Joy Of audio logs in System Shock 2

"Audio logs", said a game designer, eliciting a chorus of involuntary groans from absolutely everyone. They're clumsy, they're silly, and they're usually badly done, to the point where it's tempting to insist that they be consigned to history altogether. That would probably be overkill.

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Feature: Tillage the village

Hounded Out: The adventures of a Minecraft hermit, part three

Previously on Hounded Out: My dogs and I narrowly survive a heroic rescue of the townies in their sinister underground excavation. Our generosity rebuffed, we head North, seeking peace in the wilderness. Travelling with three easily distracted dogs makes it difficult to get lost, as you retread your path every few minutes to retrieve them. This has probably saved me from getting lost for months,…

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