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Night School Studio's Oxenfree stuck with me throughout 2016. I couldn't get its unique story and tone out of my head for months. One of the things I loved most about it was its characters' irreverent attitudes in the face of...   read
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  Watch Video Nasscom, India's biggest game development conference, had some impressive projects on display this year from its rising game dev scene. Among those that stood out was Raji: An Ancient Epic, a title that already...   read
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  Watch Video I sometimes wonder where I'd be if I had channeled my passions and energy into something more productive as a teenager. Maybe I could have written a book by now. Development duo Mridul Pancholi and Mridul Bansal don't have to...   read
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  Watch Video Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death is an upcoming adventure game about two immortal characters from Arthurian legend. In an interesting twist on history, you'll find Sir Lancelot Du Lac and his elegant canine partner, Morgana L...   read
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Like roughly 90% of the rest of the world, I spent the days leading up to Halloween watching the second season of Stranger Things, which takes place in 1984. Nintendo didn't hit North America until 1985, so kids like the...   read
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  Watch Video Infinite Fall's endearing adventure Night in the Woods is getting a director's cut titled Weird Autumn Edition, an expanded version of the original featuring "a whole bunch of new content." From the looks of the trailer,...   read

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In a Dead Space developer diary, executive producer Glen Schofield used a good example to illustrate how audio is integral to fear: "We've turned off a scary movie -- the picture -- and just run the audio and it's very s...   read
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  Watch Video If you're into Final Fantasy at all, you'll likely be well acquainted with the ethereal artwork of Yoshitaka Amano. Final Fantasy VI was my introduction to the series, and I was obsessed with the character sketches in the gam...   read

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  Watch Video Yomawari: Midnight Shadows begins with a simple instruction: "Focus only on this screen. From this point on, do not divert your eyes from this screen." My initial response was something like, "Suuuuure, okay, game." Six hours...   read
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Logan might have spelled the end of the road for one of its stars, but it looks like it is indeed only the beginning for another. Director James Mangold has confirmed that a script centering on Dafne Keen's Laura, also k...   read
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  Watch Video In Party Hard, you break up raucous parties by committing mass murder. Party Hard Tycoon is a spin-off taking place in the same world with the same irreverence. Although I never got to see the knife-wielding ma...   read
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  Watch Video I never know what to expect with Kitfox Games and I love that about them. Their last offering, The Shrouded Isle, was a sim game that let you manage a cult, sacrificing your subjects one by one to a Cthulhian sea god. It was good at being that very specific thing and I enjoyed it a great deal. I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy this one even more.    read
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  Watch Video You know the feeling of popping bubble wrap? Stepping on an extra crunchy leaf in the fall? I've found that certain mechanics in games are comparable to those small tangible pleasures in life. Wall jumping in Super Metroid, f...   read
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A few weeks ago, the 1.3 update for No Man's Sky inadvertently displaced several players who had painstakingly built an outpost for themselves among the stars. One of those players, who goes by the handle UniDestiny, spoke to...   read
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  Watch Video Morphite looks really similar to No Man's Sky at first glance, but it seems to have enough key differences to set it apart, including '80s movie references and animals that look more like actual animals than th...   read
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Yoji Shinkawa's art is immediately recognizable. When Square Enix's upcoming shooter Left Alive was announced, one of my first thoughts was how familiar -- and beautiful -- its promotional art was. Shinkawa's illustratio...   read
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Final Fantasy IX has been rated for the PS4 by the Pan European Game Information Board, which means we could be getting a port to the console soon. FFIX, first released in 2000, has already had a solid PC port ...   read

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  Watch Video Phantom Halls may be in Early Access, but it already oozes coolness. It's a procedurally generated game based on horror B-movies with appealing papercraft graphics. Developer Incendium Games is run by Llexi Leon, who's also D...   read
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  Watch Video I often play horror games, and while I enjoy them, they tend to leave me feeling tense and in need of something much lighter to take away the stress. After the crazy WTF-filled ride that was Observer, I was itching for someth...   read
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  Watch Video 13AM Games has announced that their frantic platformer Runbow is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. It will also make an appearance at Tokyo Game Show later this month, where attendees can give its unique color-based...   read

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  Watch Video Last week, Kevin reported on a surfacing trend of indie games finding success on the Nintendo Switch as potential players move toward it and away from the Nintendo 3DS. The handheld's eShop might not be the best place fo...   read

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Does everything have a Funko Pop! now? Will everything eventually be a Funko Pop!? Am I a Funko Pop!? What is life? I have to admit I've fallen victim to the Funko craze, but mostly only when it comes to Star Wars. These, though... I might have to get one or seven of these.   read
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  Watch Video I'm glad point-and-click adventures still exist, and I'm glad Ron Gilbert is still making them, especially when they spoof X-Files and feature a chronically cursing clown. It seems like only yesterday Gilbert was giving us a vague clue about what might be in store for Thimbleweed Park, and now it's arriving on the Switch next week. They grow up so fast!   read

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  Watch Video Sci-fi 4X game Endless Space 2 launched its "Target Locked" update today, adding much-anticipated fighters and bombers to the fray. These smaller ships will give you an edge over bigger cruisers, and they'll look good do...   read

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Polish studio Bloober Team has a knack for making things come alive that aren't supposed to. In Layers of Fear, paintings distort in front of you. In Observer, digital advertisements do the same, and eventually, so do th...   read
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  Watch Video In a crossover no one expected, Nintendo joined forces with Ubisoft to bring us one of the year's most talked about games, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, which plays like a demented XCOM. Aaron Linde of ArenaNet recently tweeted a question in light of its success.   read
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  Watch Video [Warning: Mild Hellblade Spoilers] When Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was released, the internet exploded over its permadeath mechanic -- die too many times and your save is wiped. Then, the internet exploded again when it fou...   read

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  Watch Video Failbetter Games' sequel to Sunless Sea launches today on Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development. Sunless Skies is a top-down RPG with a literary twist -- think FTL with more story. It takes place ten years afte...   read

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  Watch Video The Kickstarter that launched for Hiveswap back in 2012 was as popular as the webcomic it's based on. Homestuck creator Andrew Hussie raised an astounding $2.5 million to turn everybody's favorite comic about a computer ...   read

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The past few years have seen a rise in PC gaming and digital distribution in Japan, partially due to the success of Dark Souls, as PC Gamer reported a few months ago. Seeing how well the Souls franchise performed on PC, ...   read

 

About Alyssa Hatmakerone of us since 12:52 PM on 08.12.2016

I'm here to write about games, not make hats. I used to go by Lysness in the community, where I represented Alma Armas and gushed about Crash Bandicoot. Horror and management sims are my jams.

I'm also an occasional writer for Flixist. I'm probably thinking about Star Wars right now.

Projects I've backed: Agony, Southern Monsters, Du Lac & Fey, and A Profound Waste of Time

5 of my favorite games: Bloodborne, The Binding of Isaac, Night in the Woods, Super Metroid, and Final Fantasy IX

5 of my favorite films (besides Star Wars): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, It Follows, Alien, Whip It, and Inside Llewyn Davis




Thanks for the gif, Angie!

 
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