Author: Gareth Payne

This Is Not A Review: Katana Kata

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Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.

The subject of this installment: Katana Kata available on PS4, PS5, XBX/S, XBO, Switch and PC. Developed and published by Stas Shostak, Stanislav Shostak and Samustai Limited.


Conarium Review

Made With Plenty Of Love And Craft


HIGH It nails that Lovecraft tone.

LOW An annoying chase sequence sucks the atmosphere out.

WTF The protagonist sounds like Paddington Bear at times.


BioShock: Revisiting Rapture

Spoiler warning: This article discusses key aspects of BioShock’s story and the infamous plot twist.

Bioshock is one of the most well-regarded games in the medium, but when I played it on the Xbox 360 many years ago, it didn’t grab me like others did.


Maid Of Sker Review

Lacking Skers

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HIGH The visuals are often a thing of beauty.

LOW The inconsistent and infuriating central mechanic.

WTF Making the game harder when the player has low health.


Ion Fury Review

Misguided Homage

HIGH Classic fast FPS gameplay.

LOW Has there ever been an enjoyable sewer level?

WTF Did I just hear a line that references… Dirty Dancing?