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This Is Not A Review – Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)

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: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, developed and published by Marvelous and played on Nintendo Switch.


Little Nightmares: The Hideaway Review

A Recurring Dream

HIGH The furnace room is a hub, and it was satisfying to repeatedly return to it.

LOW This time around, the “Inside-lite” label is earned.

WTF Interacting with the Nomes is the core mechanic — the AI should work better than it does.


Interview: Alec Stamos On Low Poly & Renegade Sector Games

When you think of retro games, you’re probably picturing a pixelated 2D platformer or JRPG. That’s starting to change and Alec Stamos is among the next generation of indie devs aiming to shake things up.

Stamos is one of a new breed of indie devs that have an appreciation for the game industry’s earliest attempts at action and 3D gaming. He explores a world where textures warped along the edges of CRT monitors, polycounts could fit on two hands, and controls were as strange as the games they were built for.


Super Beat Sports Review

Background Music

 

HIGH Using items like a garden gnome as a baseball bat!

LOW Never wanting to play more than a few songs at a time

WTF The monsters were originally into soap operas!? I want to play that game!


League Of War: VR Arena Review

How Did You Wind Up There?

HIGH Watching my group of long range artillery effortlessly wipe out a tank army.

LOW The randomness of the outcomes.

WTF This game is dying for an online multiplayer mode.


Gorogoa Review

Perpetual Motion

HIGH Impressively intricate parts coming together in neat ways.

LOW Flipping between screens for long periods without finding a solution.

WTF I have absolutely no idea what the story is about.