Resident Evil 7 demo puts the evil back in Biohazard

Debate’s long raged/wanked on about whether we in the West should really call the Resident Evil series by its Japan-given name, Biohazard. With the demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 7 [official site], that debate is over. There could be no more fitting name for its new house of horrors than Resident Evil.
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IF Only: Looking back at 2016 in Interactive Fiction

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We have, at last, reached the end of 2016. I’m not going to do a top-ten list — both because a lot of the games I might put on this list are things I’ve already covered elsewhere in previous columns, and because I think some of the most interesting things to happen in 2016 were about trends rather than single hits. But here are a few highlights of the year past. Read the rest of this entry »

War Thunder leaves open beta, officially released

Back when simulated man Tim Stone declared War Thunder [official site] one of the best sims, it wasn’t even out of beta. Now, after four years in open beta, Gaijin Entertainment have declared their free-to-play aeroplane-a-tank battler is… well, not done, but officially ‘released’ and out of beta. War Thunder is still missing several long-planned features, like proper shipfights, but they are coming. Read the rest of this entry »

Gwan Play… Dracula Cha Cha!

Gwan Play is an endful stream of game retrospectives. One a day, on one day, perhaps for all Wednesday.

Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without Dracula Cha Cha, I said in 2014. Dracula goes for a stroll on a chilly Winterval day, collecting presents, smashing snowmen, deploying his Dracula Karate against Christmas trees, and bopping to Green Door. Ah, it’s all so merry! I always play it round Christmas. But I never did mention that a new version followed in 2015 to add more levels and such traditional Christmas activities as bowling and defending your thesis. G’wan, play it. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything must go in room-rotating puzzler Empty

Send your sofa to oblivion, leave your lamp to the void, cast your fridge to nothingness, and generally have a pleasant little time with Dustyroom’s puzzle game Empty [Itch page]. Each level presents a pretty diorama of a room filled items you must make vanish. This is done, cleverly, by making them look like they’re not there. Rotate the diorama so that yellow lamp turns invisible against the yellow ceiling and – poof! – it’s gone. Sounds easy, isn’t necessarily. Read the rest of this entry »

Have a pleasant dander around the Alien Caseno

We have long suspected that the gambling institutions of our planet are strange and silly places, where nothing makes sense. But for an alien race, these dens of coinage and colour might be stranger still. Alien Caseno lets you explore a meteoric establishment set up by extraterrestrials to mimic the betting behaviour of the “humens of Erth”. Notes inscribed on the wall explain these otherworldly customs. There’s “ponker” and “peetser” and that game where the small sphere travels around inside a tray. “humens get alarmed,” notes one scrawl, “if they don’t like where it stops on the tray.”
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Resident Evil 7 demo now spooking PC

The Resident Evil 7 [official site] demo ‘Beginning Hour’ is now out on PC after six months of haunting consoles. RE7 looks a curious one, ostensibly returning to the series’ roots in spooky mansions but with hillbilly horror and an Amnesia-ish, PT-y first-person style. Most of what Capcom have shown so far is set inside one derelict spookhouse, and now we can visit that place ourselves in the demo. Beginning Hour isn’t the game’s first hour but rather a mood-setting piece, confusingly. As our Adam has written, It’s certainly interesting to see such a bloated series stripped back. Read the rest of this entry »