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Decarnation (Ghastly PTSD Adventure Horror)

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Decarnation (Ghastly PTSD Adventure Horror)

  You’d think it wasn’t at all possible to bend a genre in a new direction, but here we are, with Decarnation. When I first got a glimpse of the visuals in the promo, I thought immediately of the classic JRPGs and action-adventure titles localized by Square/Square Enix for the SNES back in the 1990s. […]

Cult of the Lamb (Cutesy Cultist Simulation)

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Cult of the Lamb (Cutesy Cultist Simulation)

  Oh Devolver Digital, you will forever be more interesting than any other publisher to date, continuing to release weird, wacky games that beg the question “How cute can we make human sacrifice?” The answer: adorable. From developers Massive Monster, Cult of The Lamb was a game that I thoroughly enjoyed. Not only is it […]

The Medium (Supernatural Psychic Dead World Survival Horror)

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The Medium (Supernatural Psychic Dead World Survival Horror)

  This one been around a bit, but the nice devs at Bloober Team sent me The Medium for review and, well, I sat on it awhile lol. About a year, maybe two? Luckily, the cloud version is dropping for Nintendo Switch tomorrow (June 29th), and now I can act like there’s something new to […]

9 Years of Shadows (Colorful Music and Flying Bear Ghost Metroidvania)

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9 Years of Shadows (Colorful Music and Flying Bear Ghost Metroidvania)

  There are a few necessary features for any title claiming the “metroidvania” tag to succeed. Let me lay them all out, alphabetically: difficulty, mechanics, plot, and themes. They need to be challenging, yet not infuriating, feature multiple avenues of development, item unlocks, and non-linear play. a sick good plot, and overreaching themes that give […]

Supplice (Retro Sci-Fi Horror FPS with Various Monstrosities)

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Supplice (Retro Sci-Fi Horror FPS with Various Monstrosities)

  Nothing hits better than a game made by gamers familiar with the game they’re about to make you game. And if there’s one community known for that kind of repetition, it’s the Doom modders. Put a bunch of those people together, tap into that retro 1990s FPS action, pixels and all, mix it up […]

Atomic Heart (Russian FPS with a Protagonist Who Should Have Been Silent)

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Atomic Heart (Russian FPS with a Protagonist Who Should Have Been Silent)

  Atomic Heart is almost the kind of game it wants to be. That being a Bioshock-inspired, Russian-art-directed, cyberpunk-esque, dystopian, thought-provoking murder-simulator, but misses the mark in one key area: it doesn’t let you think for yourself. Instead, the protagonist annoyingly spews opinions at every little thing he could possibly have. Therein lies its biggest […]

Barotrauma (Claustrophobic Navigational Incompetence Simulator)

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Barotrauma (Claustrophobic Navigational Incompetence Simulator)

  Barotrauma is nothing if not claustrophobic. From the fact that your characters’ heads are mere inches from the ceiling, to the tiny control rooms sectioned off by manually operated doors, you’re instantly set with a sense of dread. A sense of unknown vastness for you to explore in this flimsy, tiny little claustrophobic pillbox. […]

Darq: Ultimate Edition (I’m a Sick Kid with a Weird Obsession with Walls Vertigo Simulator)

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Darq: Ultimate Edition (I’m a Sick Kid with a Weird Obsession with Walls Vertigo Simulator)

  I think Darq is one of those bite-sized experiences that can either take a few months or be finished in a single sitting. It harkens back to puzzle games of an older era where hand-holding is at a minimum, and confusion is at the maximum. The game begins with no introduction, no tutorials, only […]

Blacktail (Slavic Dark Fantasy Arrow Combat)

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Blacktail (Slavic Dark Fantasy Arrow Combat)

  Here’s a game that’s simply amazing. Little else needs to be said, but here goes. I hadn’t heard word of Blacktail until I saw it drop on GeForce Now, but the premise intrigued me, as it’s essentially billed as an origin story of the legendary witch of Eastern Europe, Baba-Yaga. Taking place in a […]

Pronty (The Worst Part of Zelda as a Setup for One of the Best New Metroidvanias)

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Pronty (The Worst Part of Zelda as a Setup for One of the Best New Metroidvanias)

  I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a water level. I personally believe that every mediocre game has to check off the “water level” box to make it feel true. Yet Pronty, a seemingly cutesy indie metroidvania, took that and made it the sole focus. But, in the end, they blew me out […]