E3 2015 – The Games I saw (updates)

Just to be clear I wasn’t there, but these games were presented to me in some form or other over the internet, and these are my impressions of them. You can take the rating as an expression of interest, mixed with a sort of detached…

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Hektor and Horror games

First-person horror games mostly consist of lonely exploration – long empty corridors or landscapes, often dimly lit and gloomy, where nothing happens a lot of the time. A ghostly wail from somewhere, some sort of scratching in the walls, perhaps a few violas or cellos sounding…

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A Bird Story

A Bird Story is a terrific experience. Like Freebird’s previous game, To The Moon, it has the homebrew aesthetic of the popular community engine RPG-maker, but the presentation is just absolutely top notch, and several steps above almost any other game of its type. I…

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Notes on Life Is Strange Episode 1

Life Is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Don’tNod entertainment (respect the apostrophe). You walk about and speak to people and examine stuff and make decisions. I think I’ve written these notes for people who’ve already played the first episode. I recommend the game…

Some games from Rezzed 2015

Rezzed is a vaguely indie-themed games festival that took place at Tobacco Docks, London, this last weekend. The docks area, part of a North-bank area of the Thames that continues to be redeveloped massively, is in theory a really nice, placid area of London –…

Notes on the latest Uncharted 4 footage…

– An even cleaner GUI than before. With gun drawn there’s just a simple icon and an ammo indicator. Elegant and restrained. – More seamless integration of cut-scene moments and gameplay, as seen at the start where the camera pulls out from Drake’s face to…

The Best Games of 2014 (According to ME)

Here’s my favourite games of 2014 so far. I usually find that about half of the great games in any year I only discover later, so this is the half that I have found so far :). Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments. By far my…

They Breathe

A sinister trip to a mossy underwater underworld as what looks like a little green frog, who needs air supply from the bubbles while swimming to avoid these nasty mollusc-like creatures. There are other frogs swimming too – I treated them as enemies but actually…

Thalamus Hunter

Mind: Path to Thalamus (PC, 2014). I can barely think of a worse title for a rather terrific game. They spell their own title wrong on their site! Here’s the blurb on the game from the website, so I don’t have to describe it :). “Wrapped…

Anything But Elementary

I really loved my experience with the new Sherlock Holmes game, Crimes and Punishments. Despite much of the actual gameplay being quite shallow, and a lot of the stories quite linear in plot, I think it’s one of the deepest, most adult adventure games I’ve…