Tag: crafting

Windbound Review

The Nautilus’ Garden In The Sun

HIGH Perfecting my all-bamboo watercraft.

LOW Dying because I was too weak from hunger to hunt for food.

WTF Seriously, how is there not a hunger meter separate from Stamina?


Smoke And Sacrifice Review

Swunge-ing In The Deep

HIGH Finally getting to an environment that isn’t swamp or snow.

LOW The first time I fast-traveled at moderate health and got killed by enemies before the world finished loading.

WTF How does this arrangement of swamp, blazing hot coal fields, and bitterly cold snow zones even exist?


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?


This Is Not A Review: Solace Crafting

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: Solace Crafting, developed and published by Big Kitty Games.


Subnautica Preview

As someone who spends a lot of time reviewing games, reading about games, talking about games, and keeping up with game news, it was more than a little surprising to me to get a hot tip from… my eight-year-old. I’m not exactly sure how the pre-teen grapevine works, but apparently someone watched some YouTube somewhere, and that led to telling someone else about an early access game, and then that person told friend A, who told friend B, who told friend C, which eventually culminated in me hearing about Subnautica. It’s not my normal method of getting the scoop on something to watch for, but hey, I’ll take it.


Impact Winter Review

If The Cold Doesn’t Get You…

HIGH Figuring out my rifle and executing that damn wolf.

LOW Having to restart after three in-game days because the food system wasn’t well-explained.

WTF Dear Main Character: Please put on pants. It’s freezing out there.


Lego Worlds Review

Poorly Constructed

HIGH The randomly-generated planets look cool.

LOW Feels barely functional, has huge performance issues.

WTF No creative mode or free-build mode.


Die Young Preview

Die Young takes players to a mysterious Mediterranean island and sets them loose in a parched playground packed with wild dogs and scythe-wielding executioners. It offers a stellar opening – the main character awakes at the bottom of dry well, almost dead from thirst. A cover is removed from the top of the well, and instructions are dropped down by a mysterious benefactor, or possibly the villain responsible for the dire situation.