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This Is Not A Review: Plague Road

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: Plague Road, developed and published by Arcade Distillery.


Everybody’s Golf Beta Preview

Sony offered a beta-test weekend showing a small snippet of what to expect from the full game when it releases in August, and while the golf is as good as it’s ever been, much of the final product remains a mystery even after a couple days of tinkering with it.


First Look: Far Cry 5

Freedom. Faith. Firearms.

It’s upon these tenets that the citizens of Hope County, Montana have built their lives. These are the pillars by which they live, work, and teach their children. These are the fundamental convictions that the residents of this small, middle-American county turn to for guidance in how to come together as a community. They are also the tenets that a dangerous cult twists and perverts for their own ends in Far Cry 5.


Dead Cells Preview

Stop me if you’ve heard this before — a 2D platformer borrowing from Metroid and Castlevania which also has roguelike elements just hit Steam Early Access. This time, though, the game already feels finished, and has been nearly impossible to put down for the past week. Dead Cells manages to go beyond genre pastiche and freshens up one of the most crowded spaces in gaming. It’s well worth checking out even in its “unfinished” state.


This Is Not A Review: STRAFE

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: STRAFE, developed by Pixel Titans and published by Devolver Digital.


Dreadnought Preview

When I was growing up, everyone wanted to be a TIE Fighter or X-Wing pilot. Not me. I always had my eye on the larger ships — I wanted to be in command of the Star Destroyer. Those mammoth vessels were crewed by a few hundred people and bristled with enough firepower to annihilate a small fleet. The developers at Yager seem to have shared my affinity for capital ships in their upcoming game, Dreadnought.


Raiders Of The Broken Planet Preview

Raiders of the Broken Planet is an interesting proposition. Self-funded by Spanish Developers MercurySteam (a team not known for their online skills) the game is an asymmetrical multiplayer third-person shooter that tries to set a balance between guns and melee. The beta itself does a lot to give me hope for the full game, but that hope comes with caveats.


Solstice Chronicles: MIA Preview

There’s something to be said for going with what works. Solstice Chronicles: MIA is, if nothing else, a prime example of a developer taking tried and true elements and using them to give players exactly what they want. The developers behind The Red Solstice have moved their Sci-fi RPG franchise into a new genre – the twin-stick shooter – and it absolutely works.


Slime-San Preview

Dodging!

When one is looking for inspiration, it’s always a good idea to aim as high as possible. Whether or not one manages to equal (or even surpass) the piece of art that served as impetus, simply having something amazing to aspire to can lead to great things, especially when developers take bold new directions rather than simply copying everything that worked in the original.