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Morrowind and The Memory Stone

Andrew King extolls the virtues of The Memory Stone — a wonderful quest tucked away inside Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind. Read on and see why sometimes leaving “the fun” hidden is the best decision a director can make.


All Walls Must Fall Preview

In All Walls Must Fall, the new timebending turn-based strategy/dating sim from inbetween games, time is the only currency that matters. Set in a version of 2089 where the Berlin Wall never fell and Cold War tensions remain high, All Walls puts players in the role of an East German secret policeman on a quest to stop a catastrophic explosion that’s going to level the city in three hours. Or perhaps cause it.


Interview With Asobo Studios on… A Plague Tale: Innocence

Asobo Studio’s A Plague Tale: Innocence is morbid modern fairytale in the making. Set during the Black Plague, it centers on sister and brother Amicia and Hugo as they evade the Inquisition, the plague, and other treacherous trials. Taking as much inspiration from Thief: The Dark Project as it does Hansel and Gretel, Asobo’s work may be one of the quietest sleeper hits announced at this year’s E3. Interviewer Elijah Beahm reached out to the development team to hear more about this beak medieval stealth game.


This Is Not A Review: Nioh DLC

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: Nioh’s first two DLC packs, developed and published by Tecmo Koei.


Interview with Akira Yamaoka – On GungHo


In this piece, Darren sat down to talk with renowned videogame sound director Akira Yamaoka, who is incredibly well known for work on many titles ranging from the classic Silent Hill series to more recent titles like Shadows of the Damned and Killer is Dead. Darren took this chance to find out from the man himself how he views his role as a sound director, how he feels about being tied so strongly to his work on Konami’s seminal horror series, and a number of other topics besides.


Fortnite Early Access Preview

Announced several years ago, Epic’s Fortnite has finally made its way through some extremely protracted development launched with an early access build on July 21. There are currently several paid ‘founders’ packs to choose from, in addition to a basic free version on PS4, XBO and PC.


This Is Not A Review – Herald: An Interactive Period Drama

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: Herald: An Interactive Period Drama, developed and published by Wispfire.


Interview With GungHo Online On Let It Die

This article is the third installment of Darren-Kun’s Magical GungHo Adventure! If you haven’t read the introductory piece, you can find it here and the second, an interview with GungHo president and CEO Kazuki Morishita is here.

In this piece, Darren was joined by director Hideyuki Shin and producer Shuji Ishikawa, talking about their work on Grasshopper Manufacture’s free-to-play PS4 exclusive Let It Die. Anyone following the game’s updates will undoubtedly recognize Shin from his developer streams, and I’ve a strong suspicion that Ishikawa-san is the man behind the mask during these same broadcasts.


Xbox Live Recommendations For June 27, 2017

Xbox Live recommendations for June 30th 2017

Microsoft is doing a Summer sale (starting on the 30th and ending on the 10th of July), and there are some pretty good ones in there. People have probably already decided whether they want the big sellers like Gears of War and Dark Souls III, so my list focuses primarily on games that I’m guessing most people haven’t checked out, or may not even have heard of. Below is a brief blurb for each, and a link to a review (where possible) that should help with decisions.