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3 weeks ago
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Preview: Shattered Heaven

More and more, I feel like the most important thing in a game’s genre is how it decides to defy it. The way developers take the broad strokes and general idea of the genre and present you with something that feels fresh and new, or at the very least hasn’t been seen in a while.
3 weeks ago
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Preview: Saints Row

Santo Ileso was brought to life in Las Vegas last week as select media was invited to experience Saints Row – the reboot from developer Volition being released next month on August 23. Saints Row comes nine years after the last release in this series, and more than fifteen years after the original – so what
1 month ago
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Preview: Cult of the Lamb

It’s not often that I love a game at first glance, but I’ve always been a fan of that “dark cute” aesthetic. Of taking absolutely cute and saccharine critters and putting them in a situation that’s more than a little bit messed up. That contrast of something that wouldn’t look out of place in a
1 month ago
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Preview: Spirittea

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you added ghosts to a game like Stardew Valley? More specifically, if you used a backdrop like the one found in the movie Spirited Away (the whole bathhouse for ghosts part) and coupled it with typical life sim elements? This just about sums up Spirittea, a new
2 months ago
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Preview: Power Chord

First and foremost, I think it’s important to look at Power Chord as it presents itself compared to what Power Chord actually is. Because I believe that it’s easy to get swept up in the game’s presentation in such a way that you lose sight of the fact that the game itself is actually simpler
2 months ago
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Preview: Soulstice

There are several matters of debate when it comes to the character action game, with discourse of the categorization often ranging from defining the term in the first place to establishing which title incepted the genre as we know it. And yet whether you think the genre began with the 2001 release of Onimusha: Warlords
2 months ago
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Preview: Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed

Of all the titles unveiled at publisher THQ Nordic’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed was the one I found myself the most excited to get my hands on. Through their 2020 remake of the first game, developer Black Forest Games has already shown a deep appreciation for the heart of the
3 months ago
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Preview: My Time At Sandrock

My boyfriend often asks me why I am such a huge fan of life-simulation games. My response is usually something like, “they’re cute,” or “I find them relaxing.” While both of these answers are true, I think what I like most about this genre is how addicting it can be when done right. I actually
4 months ago
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Preview: Turbo Overkill

The importance of a good title cannot be overstated. Given that it’s highly likely to be the first thing a prospective player sees of a video game, the ability for a developer to decide on a proper one—one that both grabs the viewer’s attention and implies its general feel—is a vital part of the process.
5 months ago
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Quick Look: Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed

IllFonic is a studio that’s been actively pushing back at the negativity that surrounds the idea of licensed games. While their two previous licensed titles – Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Grounds – received middling reviews, both maintain dedicated fanbases, with the latter still receiving updates even now in 2022. Now with
5 months ago
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Preview: Trek to Yomi

The melding of videos games and cinema is a tall order. It’s a difficult fusion that developers the world over have attempted to reach from the moment that games became something more than simple shapes sliding across a black background, and to varying degrees of success. Trek to Yomi, a game in development by Leonard
5 months ago
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Hands On: 30XX February 2022 Content Update

Surprise! Early Access games are often pegged as messy/buggy works in process, but sometimes you come across games like Batterystaple’s 30XX and the steady updates that it’s been receiving since it “dropped” on Steam a year ago. We got the chance to check it out around that time, and even in that state I felt
6 months ago
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Preview: Rogue Command

So, confession time. I am terrible at real-time strategy games. I know this intellectually, but I also know that every time it comes up I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I can’t help it. Ever since I played Warcraft II I have a deep-seated need for these games to be shot
6 months ago
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Preview: Achilles: Legends Untold

There’s no shortage of games that have taken inspiration from From Software’s Souls series. Following the breakout success of its second title, Dark Souls, many developers have crafted titles of similar feel and seen them across not only unique boundaries of gameplay, but unique boundaries of setting as well.
7 months ago
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Preview: The Anacrusis

Well, it’s time to reset the clock since I last enjoyed a horror co-op experience. Left 4 Dead and its sequel spawned a genre of co-op shooter titles. They and games like them have you take on the role of a party of characters to get them out of some dire situation. I’ve enjoyed the
7 months ago
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Preview: Infernax

I’m one of those “90s kids” that grew up with games of the 8-bit and 16-bit generations. I have a lot of nostalgia both for the art style and game design of that era, and I am absolutely LOVING the resurgence of retro throwbacks. The latest in this trend is Infernax, a monster-packed side-scrolling action
8 months ago
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Preview: Dolmen

I swear to whatever deities you care to name, there was a time when “action RPG” did not mean that you were making a game specifically to take on Dark Souls. And I’m going to be honest here when I say that the flood of these particular titles is starting to wear on me. Now,
8 months ago
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Preview: Wartales

RPGs have been among my favorite games for a long time, and today we have the chance to take a look at a fairly interesting one in Wartales, by Shiro Games, now in Early Access. My quick first impression is that it leverages some elements I really like from some unlikely other games I’ve played
8 months ago
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Preview: ELEX II

In October of 2017, German developer Piranha Bytes asked a question: “What would an open-world RPG that mixed worldbuilding elements of both fantasy and science fiction look like?” The provided answer to this question was ELEX, an acronym representing the words Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, and Xenial.
9 months ago
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Preview: Weird West

If you’ve been a semi-casual Gamer Escape reader this past summer (which you should be, duh), you’ve probably come across our past coverage of Weird West, a top-down cel-shaded action RPG developed by some of the core staff behind Arkane Studios and games such as Dishonored. Published by Devolver Digital, it drew me in since