You Can’t Trust Everything You Hear In Returnal, Devs Tell Us

Returnal, the upcoming PS5 exclusive from Housemarque, takes the typical conventions of the roguelike genre and turns them inwards. The game examines the roguelike from a psychological point of view, converting the whole experience into a thriller as opposed to a horror. “We don’t go out of our way to scare players,” narrative director Greg Louden says. That being said, […]

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Pokemon Black & White’s First Gym Is Still Amazing

There’s been a burgeoning sentiment among Pokemon fans over the last decade or so that purports to confirm the series’ slow descent into games built for toddlers. First of all, you – like me – probably started playing Pokemon as a child. Sorry to break it for you, but it’s always been a kids’ game. Second of all, what? I […]

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Answering The All-Important Question: What Do Pokemon Smell Like?

This morning, as I was sipping lukewarm coffee because I hate pleasure and gazing into the abyssal void of existence in an attempt to comprehend at least part of the immense vastness of the human condition, a thought struck me: Lycanroc, while modeled after a dog, probably smells like dirt. Slightly stale and undeniably earthy, but still regular, ordinary dirt. […]

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Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey Takes Aim at Oculus Quest in May

It’s amazing to think that Puzzle Bobble (a.k.a. Bust-a-Move) is now 35 years old, providing decades of addictive puzzling across almost every videogame platform imaginable. Soon it’ll be the turn of virtual reality (VR), with Taito and Survios announcing that Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey will be making its way to Oculus Quest next month. Since the initial reveal of the VR […]

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Gravity Rush’s Kat Is A Gaming Heroine We Shouldn’t Forget

Gravity Rush is a franchise I wish more people paid attention to. It had a passionate community of fans and the second entry tried its best to enter the mainstream, but Japan Studio’s ambitious new IP never received the limelight it truly deserved. This is such a shame, since it boasts one of the most unique worlds of the past […]

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Trials Of Fire Review – Constantly Burned, Never Shy

I find myself praying that the rotten Ratling currently skulking across the hexagonal segments of a grid-based map loses its momentum. Being the benevolent soul that I am in this war-ravaged world, I decided to save a couple of innocents from the clutches of this band of nefarious rodents – although being the the impulsive idiot I am, I did […]

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The essential Xbox Game Pass games

Microsoft changed the tenor of the console wars when it introduced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, its subscription service that gives you access to a huge selection of games you can install and play on your Xbox consoles and Windows PC, and even stream to your phone or tablet in many cases. If you’re a new Game Pass Ultimate subscriber and […]

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