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PixARK Preview

PixARK makes a strong case that developers should start with a tutorial. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive – games can have layered systems, and it’s fine for players to be learning new things right up until the credits roll. However, if they can’t explain how to get through the first couple of hours of their game, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.


Etherborn Preview

Gravity has had an odd place in gaming history, often serving as a secondary embellishment to the action in brawlers or platformers instead of earning its own place at the forefront as a central mechanic. Not so in Altered Matter’s puzzle-platformer Etherborn, where the entire game design revolves around the manipulation of gravity, both figuratively and literally.


This Is Not A Review: I, Hope

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: I, Hope, developed by Kenny Roy and published by Double Plus and Good Games.


This Is Not A Review: Football Manager Touch 2018

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: Football Manager Touch 2018, developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega.


Amid Evil Preview

Two years ago, the overwhelming reaction to id Software’s amazing Doom reboot confirmed that there is a very real thirst, in this day and age, for old-school, fast-paced, no-BS shooters. No more huddling behind the nearest waist-high wall and occasionally popping my head out to fire at a distant gunner. I want to get out there, feel the wind in my face, and look my enemies in the eyes before I gib them messy. I’m still waiting for the rest of the triple-A industry to catch up in this regard – even Bethesda’s own Wolfenstein series leans a little too heavily on stealth and other such nonsense – but in the meantime, a number of indie devs have heeded the call.


New Accessibility Info For All Future Reviews

Here at GameCritics, we believe in accessibility and inclusion.

For years, we’ve been adding audio information at the end of all our reviews as a way of serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities, letting them know which games were safe to buy and which ones might present barriers.


Planet Nomads Preview

While I can’t say for sure what’s going on inside the developers’ heads, it’s impossible to look at Planet Nomads’ aesthetic and not come away with the impression that – at least on some level, the game exists as a way to make good on No Man’s Sky’s promises. It’s a game matching NMS’ 70s sci-fi look but keeping the scope to a single planet. Will setting more modest goals lead to a better result?


Downward Spiral: Horus Station Preview

I’ve been the owner of a Vive for little more than a week so forgive me if I’m stating the obvious here, but I’m noticing that the games most well-suited to VR are the ones where the developers don’t need to contrive some bizarre replacement for walking. By and large, if the main character doesn’t have an excuse to be standing or seated, we’re forced to either teleport around awkwardly or risk motion sickness.


The Challenging (But Not Frustrating) Bosses Of Celeste

A heavy, wrought iron gate slams shut behind as you enter an empty, circular arena. Control is wrested from you as an unskippable cutscene introduces an unspeakable, screen-filling horror. Its name slowly scrolls out along the bottom of your TV, a chyron forecasting your death. You’ve done this enough times to know that the only way out is through.