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Review: Outward

During my first ten hours in Outward, I was mauled by wolves three different times, kidnapped by bandits twice, and left shanghaied on a magic-infused mountain by a mysterious stranger. I fought subterranean monsters and laid tripwire traps...

 
 
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There's something strange happening in Someday You'll Return

Someday You'll Return hinges on every parent's worst fear: a missing child. It's a primal, feel-it-deep-in-your-bones kind of terror that serves as a compelling hook for a psychological horror game. Daniel, Someday You'll Return's protagoni...

 
 
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Corporate horror game Yuppie Psycho releases next month

Most people are quick to tell you how much their job sucks. Maybe it's because of some issues with their superiors. Or a deluge of annoying small talk grinds their gears. There's no shortage of potential complaints: a terrible commute, unco...

 
 
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Part seas of swarming rats in A Plague Tale: Innocence

The first three chapters of A Plague Tale: Innocence paint a harrowing picture. Its vision of a 14th-century France is full of violence and death.  The Hundred Years' War and the Inquisition's looming shadow stand poised to unspool a w...

 
 
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Warsaw's vision of World War II channels Darkest Dungeon

Warsaw has the benefit of hindsight. The upcoming role-playing game throws players into the chaos of life within the Nazi-occupied city during World War II. Scheduled to release later this year - 75 years after the tragic events that inspir...

 
 
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Ape Out pushed back to late-February release

Ape Out, a Devolver Digital joint that puts players in the skull-crushing hands of a big ol' gorilla, will release on February 28 instead of next week. It's coming to PC and Switch.  Look, I could sit here and smash my fingers all over...

 
 
 
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Use your Switch to summon a sleeping god in The Shrouded Isle

In the latest edition of the games industry's collective campaign to release every game ever made on the Nintendo Switch, developer Kitfox Games announced that The Shrouded Isle is headed to the console later this month. That's great news f...

 
 
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So, did you buy any games during Steam's Winter Sale?

Fourteen days is a long time, especially when you're inundated with deals, discounts, and bargains. And for game-hungry consumers, Steam's annual Winter Sale seems to stretch on forever. From the week before Christmas to the yawning, early ...

 
 
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Celebrating 20 years of Suikoden II, the best game ever made

I'll never love a game more than Suikoden II, and I'm okay with that. It's twenty years old now—a wisened, elder statesman of the console role-playing cannon. But even two decades after its initial release, Suikoden II still feels fre...

 
 
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Video games I forgot released in 2018, ranked

Here's a funny thing about covering games: you either play a lot of them or you don't play enough of them and either way, everything blurs together. Every week, dozens -- if not hundreds -- of new games come out. Most of them aren't anythin...

 
 
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Dark Souls characters, ranked

To play Dark Souls is to seek victory in a land defined by failure. Lordran, the game's fictional kingdom, is dying. The once-great gods have abandoned their bastions, fleeing a world in desperate need of a savior. Every crumbling city stan...

 
 
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Review: Donut County

Holes get a bad rap. Their existence signifies an absence; the appearance of a hole means something can never be whole. Losing a loved one leaves a hole in our heart. Perceived gaps in storytelling are called "plot holes". Places that peopl...

 
 
 
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Steam's Summer Sale is over, what games did you grab?

It’s impossible for me to think of the summer months without my mind wandering towards the cover of These Days are Just Packed. It’s my favorite of the Calvin and Hobbes collections, a series that holds the distinction of being ...

 
 
 
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Tony Hawk's Underground is pretty cool for a teenager

[It's Go Skateboarding Day! And to celebrate, we're publishing this story about Tony Hawk's Underground. It was originally meant to run on the game's thirteenth birthday, but somehow got lost in our CMS. Two years later, here it is. Fuck Er...

 
 
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Phantom Doctrine lets you run a rogue intelligence agency

"We weren't really satisfied with Hard West's depth; it always felt rushed. So this time around, we were constantly afraid of making a game that felt too shallow. Sometimes, I think we overdid it." Kacper Szymczak finishes his statement wit...

 
 
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Forget Rico Rodriguez, a tornado is Just Cause 4's real star

Avalanche Studios' Just Cause games are chaos incarnate. The open-world action series packs more explosions and high-speed stunts in a single hour than most titles manage during their entire runtime. Rico Rodriguez always felt more like a h...

 
 
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Project 1v1 is a 'gladiatorial' shooter from Gearbox Software

A few minutes before I played my first match of Gearbox Software's Project 1v1, I was informed that Randy Pitchford refers to the game as "gladiatorial." Pitchford's ability to describe his studio's games with over-complicated, hyperbolic m...

 
 
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GTFO is a co-op horror shooter built on communication

After a hands-on demo with 10 Chambers Collective's GTFO, I'm not sure how anyone could expect to complete a level on their first try. The four-player cooperative shooter is punishing; its twisted, deformed enemies charge at you in packs, a...

 
 
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World War Z pits players against 500-zombie swarms

We've all killed a lot of zombies. They're video game fodder. Entry-level enemies. Shambling corpses with no discernible traits other than an unfortunate pallor and a penchant for human flesh. Zombies suck. Licensed games also tend to suck....

 
 
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The Surge 2's combat is all about violent self-expression

Things aren't going well in The Surge 2's dystopian landscape. Jericho City is a far cry from the dimly-lit industrial buildings that dominated so much of The Surge's runtime, but it's hardly a happy place. A mysterious storm lingers overhe...

 
 
 
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Metro: Exodus is big, challenging, and beautiful

It's easy to assume the heart of the Metro series lies in the tunnels that snake below Russia's irradiated surface. They're the capillaries through which both Metro 2033 and Last Light's story unfolded, claustrophobic veins occupied by...

 
 


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