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6 days ago
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Preview: God of Rock

Rhythm games are kind of my passion. If I’m not busy pouring time into a JRPG (or wasting away my days in Final Fantasy XIV), you can usually find me jamming away in some sort of musical experience. Project Diva, DJMax, Taiko no Tatsujin…hell, even music adjacent games like Tetris Effect get a ton of
6 days ago
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Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

Are ya ready, kids? Met with mixed reception though it was, the 2020 remake of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom served as a much welcome return for fans of the cult classic platformer. It seems it was quite the lucrative one as well, given that we’re now staring down the barrel for the release
1 week ago
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Review: A Space for the Unbound

I am in love with the fact that indie developers have begun to unabashedly explore stories that were not at all common 20 years ago. There is something so refreshing about seeing an obscure narrative come to life and I hope with all my heart this trend continues.
1 week ago
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Review: Season: A letter to the future

There are two kinds of video games: Some emphasize the “game” part and are all about a thrilling challenge, novel mechanics, or otherwise giving you an experience that’s simply fun. Others are perhaps better described as interactive narratives, primarily about the story but presented in such a way that your own choices are pivotal to
1 week ago
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Review: Mahokenshi

As a game reviewer, I often have a number of coverage offers in my inbox. I don’t specifically look at or choose them with any expectation that they are going to be good (or bad), but I do notice when a particular game is trying to stand out with a particular feature or concept to
2 weeks ago
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Review: The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow [Switch]

There’s something to be said about the hook of a solid narrative, especially with the Telltale-led resurgence of the adventure game genre far in the distance. Aside from the impending release of The Wolf Among Us 2, some in the collective gaming community might hold the notion that adventure games in general have gone back
2 weeks ago
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Review: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Patch 6.3 Gods Revel, Lands Tremble

The critically acclaimed MMO continues its patch cycle for Endwalker with Patch 6.3: Gods Revel, Lands Tremble. We get a continuation of the alliance raid that pits us against the Twelve as well as the next chapter in the MSQ that tells the tale of Golbez and the Four Fiends. This review was conducted by
2 weeks ago
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Preview: Tchia

My favorite types of games to write about are the ones that you can tell have been made with love. I know that sounds a little obvious, but not every game gives off that specific aura. Because of that, the ones that do tend to shine all the more. Tchia, a new open-world adventure title
3 weeks ago
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Review: Colossal Cave

The year was 1976. The first VHS cassettes and their accompanying VCRs were newly available for purchase, everyone was dancing the night away to their favorite disco tracks, and programmer William Crowther had finished developing Adventure (later Colossal Cave Adventure): one of the earliest text adventure games ever made. Crowther, an amateur cave explorer, based
3 weeks ago
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Review: Kandria

Let me start with an anecdote: Kandria, on both its official website and right as the first thing on its Steam page, proudly boasts that the game has zero ability gating and you can go anywhere you want right from the start of the game. The same blurb expresses glee that finally, you will be
4 weeks ago
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Review: Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider

I’d really like to be able to say that when we got the full review build for this particular title, my experience of playing through the demo for Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider had already slipped through my memory and faded into half-remembered ephemera. Because that’s exactly what this game feels like it’s emulating right down to
1 month ago
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Gamer Escape’s Top 5 Reviewed Games of 2022

As the sun rises on the final day of 2022 (at least, at the time we’re writing this), it’s now the time to keep a Gamer Escape tradition alive. You know it, and you love it. It’s what you’ve been waiting for, the only end of the year list on the internet that matters: Gamer
1 month ago
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Review: Panda Punch

Retro-style games are all the rage these days. And side scrolling platform games were one of the things retro systems were best at, right? I know I like them, at least. So it only makes sense that lots of these are still being made today. And just like the old days, there is a wide
2 months ago
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Preview: Frontier Hunter: Erza’s Wheel of Fortune

I forget exactly when it was I stumbled across Tower Hunter: Erza’s Trial on Steam long ago, but it was at least at a point when the odds of getting new metroidvania titles seemed… not great. So it was a while ago, and it definitely predates my working here. The game launched into early access,
2 months ago
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Preview: Forspoken

At least as far as pre-release reception is concerned, Forspoken has something of a hill to climb with its release. Despite flashes of an expansive open world and impressive-looking magical combat, the marketing focus highlighting protagonist Frey’s reactions to the world around her occupied a majority of discourse surrounding the game. Now, after being the
2 months ago
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Review: Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent

If you’ve caught the subtle mentions of it many times over the course of the years I’ve been reviewing here, you probably have a vague sense that I actually really like turn-based strategy games. Heck, I like strategy games in general, hence why I keep trying to play RTS games despite being demonstrably bad at
2 months ago
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Review: Astronite

The longevity of the metroidvania continues to impress. It feels as though every new year brings with it an ever flowing stream of new iterations to the genre that expand on its staples while throwing their own flavors into the mix. Astronite, releasing November 30th, 2022 from developer Dume Games Studio and publisher JanduSoft, is
2 months ago
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Review: The Knight Witch

William Goldman wrote the novel The Princess Bride inspired by stories that he told to his two daughters, who at ages 7 and 4 requested a story about “princesses” and “brides” respectively. That’s the origin of that title. Yes, an excellent novel which was adapted into an amazing film came from just slamming two concepts
2 months ago
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Offworld Industries Announces “Starship Troopers: Extermination”

The war on the Arachnid menace continous and looks to you to pick up your arms and join the Starship Troopers Forces. The newly announced game made in a collaboration between Offworld Industries and Sony Pictures is coming to Steam Early Access in 2023 with Starship Troopers: Extermination. But this war cannot be done alone,
2 months ago
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Review: Gungrave G.O.R.E

About a month ago, I took a brief look at the resurrection of yet another long-dormant franchise. I walked away thinking that the opening hours in that preview meant that the comeback of Beyond the Grave was in good hands. Because of that positive first impression, taking on the review for the final build seemed