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Elderborn Preview

First-person games these days seem to have one of two presentations — they either feature a gun and gallons of blood, or a person walking peacefully though scenes while picking up objects. It’s easy to see that Elderborn gets its inspiration from the former, but in a twist, it takes the gun out of the equation. Instead, players will pick up a series of melee weapons to fight evil, striking, parrying, and kicking their way through an ancient Egyptian-inspired dungeon while searching for gold along the way.


The Subtle Morality Of Far Cry 4

Far Cry is a diverse series that has varied wildly across its sequels. Far Cry 4 broke this trend by not only being in the same universe as Far Cry 3, but by reusing a majority of the same gameplay ideas. Another way it broke the cycle? By adding choice.


This Is Not A Review: Distrust

 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: Distrust, developed and published by E-Home Entertainment Co., Ltd


Warframe Update: Mask Of The Revenant

On September 13, Digital Extremes released new content on PS4 for their hit MMO, Warframe. This update focuses on the new addition to the cast, the playable character Revenant. A new gun and a few minigames came bundled in the patch as well. The patch is available for free to all players.


Steel Rats Preview

I know it’s reductive to not think of the Trials series as ‘real games’, but the complete lack of a story or context for the stunts and timed runs has always left me cold, despite how much I’ve loved the super-tight gameplay. So, it’s possible that I was unusually well-primed to find Steel Rats a delight since it takes the core concept of Trials – stunt biking through crumbling urban spaces – and adds gunplay, robot invaders, and what can be best described as ‘bike-fu’. The combination is a glorious one.


Interview With Swery65 — PAX West 2018

This year at PAX West 2018, I had the chance to sit down with one of my favorite game developers, Hidetaka Suehiro — better known as Swery65. At the show he was promoting his Kickstarted project The Good Life, where a playable demo was on the show floor. Immediately before the show, he also announced a surprise second project, The Missing. We had a brief conversation about these two games as well as other topics with the help of an interpreter onstage at the Unties booth, and here’s what he had to say…


This Is Not A Review: Little Dragons Café

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: Little Dragons Café, developed by TOYBOX, Inc. and published by Aksys Games.