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Hell Let Loose Preview

My first foray into first-person shooters with a heavy focus on strategy and mechanics began with the closed beta of Hell Let Loose, a World War II-era shooter developed by Black Matter and published by Team 17. Their project focuses more on the tactical and realistic aspects of firing a gun, more similar in scope to ARMA 3 and America’s Army than to something like Call of Duty.


This Is Not A Review: Beat Cop

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: Beat Cop, developed by Pixel Crow and published by 11 Bit Studios.


Autism In Games: Who Gets It Right, Who Gets It Wrong

(Content Warning: This piece contains ableist language used by a published game to describe a person with Asperger’s.) One of the brightest moments I’ve felt as a player was when the Xbox Adaptive Controller was announced by Microsoft on May 17th, 2018. It not only allows players with limited mobility […]

A Plague Tale: Innocence Preview

A new entry in the ‘dour and grave’ subgenre of action/adventure games, A Plague Tale: Innocence takes players back to medieval France, when everything was filthy, war was an ever-present threat (and perhaps not coincidentally) a horrific disease was killing people by the millions. Whatever else can be said about the game, it comes by its ominous tone honestly — the setting doesn’t really allow for anything else.


This Is Not A Review: Pikuniku

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: Pikuniku, developed by Sectordub and published by Devolver Digital.


The Division 2 Preview

GameCritics was recently invited to a preview event offering roughly 5 hours of The Division 2, and it’s shaping up well. Based on what I played, it addresses many of the issues I had with the previous title while also seemingly focusing upon the endgame — something that was sorely lacking before.