What Microsoft and Nintendo’s Partnership Means For The Future

What Microsoft and Nintendo’s Partnership Means For The Future

With the announcement of Cuphead on the Switch, the gaming landscape has been well and truly shaken going forward. Nintendo used to be the dominant force in gaming, revitalizing a whole industry that had collapsed upon itself. They went head to head with Sega and Sony in a brutal, no...

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Difficulty in Video Games: An Ode to Easy Mode

Difficulty in Video Games: An Ode to Easy Mode

Games like From Software’s Dark Souls and Bloodborne have always interested me on the basis of their unique style alone, but unfortunately, there’s always been this wall up between me and getting into them. The difficulty. Now that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is out, I’ve been forced to revisit that...

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Overwhelm is a Frustrating but Beautiful Twist to the Metroidvania Genre

Overwhelm is a Frustrating but Beautiful Twist to the Metroidvania Genre

Progression in a game is so important. That inspiring feeling of getting stronger as you overcome obstacles can feel so rewarding. But what if instead of you getting stronger, the world around you and the challenges became more and more extreme. Overwhelm, the new “anti-metroidvania”, tries to take that concept...

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AI: The Sominum Files Interview Featuring Guest Contributor Spencer Legacy

AI: The Sominum Files Interview Featuring Guest Contributor Spencer Legacy

At GDC 2019, we got the chance to interview director Kotaro Uchikoshi and designer Akira Okada about their upcoming investigative adventure game, AI: The Somnium Files. Interestingly enough, they had both me and Managing Editor of MonsterVine, Spencer Legacy, conduct our interviews at the same time allowing us only to...

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Interview with the Dev of Black Future ‘88 — A Melt-your-Face-off Cyberpunk Roguelike

Interview with the Dev of Black Future ‘88 — A Melt-your-Face-off Cyberpunk Roguelike

(Graphic yet extremely rad wordage imminent. Viewer discretion advised…) Tough as nails, unforgivingly punk, you ugly cry every time you watch Rutger Hauer’s “tears in rain” monologue at the end of Blade Runner — if this describes you, you’re probably fierce enough to make it through the blistering 18-minute climb...

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Yoshi’s Crafted World Demo: What We Learned

Yoshi’s Crafted World Demo: What We Learned

To begin, let me say that I was a big fan of Yoshi’s Woolly World and how Nintendo has been taking a little break from Mario to shine some light on his mighty dinosaur friend in yet another exclusive game. Although we have just been given access to a demo,...

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The Aging Gamer: What Happened to Games Just Working

The Aging Gamer: What Happened to Games Just Working

I am still struggling to enjoy Anthem. It is not because the combat is dull or that the world is stale to look at. I actually really enjoy flying around and shooting baddies. And the world is gorgeous to look at and traverse through. No, the thing that is hindering...

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Thunder Lotus on Translating Great Literature into Video Games (Part Two)

Thunder Lotus on Translating Great Literature into Video Games (Part Two)

We recently published the first half of our interview with Thunder Lotus. Here’s the second, in which we discuss how Sundered is inspired by the fictional universe of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror. Last time, Thunder Lotus shed light on the creation of Jotun — their action-packed, top-down adventure game — and...

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Thunder Lotus on Translating Great Literature into Video Games (Part One)

Thunder Lotus on Translating Great Literature into Video Games (Part One)

We touched base with the studio behind Jotun and Sundered to find out about how Norse myths and horror stories by H.P. Lovecraft inspire their games. The best stories tend to get retold over and over again, becoming translated into emerging mediums for new audiences over time. Nothing embodies this...

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Beat Cop Review
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Beat Cop Review

Laying down the law one ticket at a time WARNING: This game is rated M for Mature, and includes harsh language, sexual content and explicit information related to drugs and crime. If you’re looking for a trip down memory lane, deep into the childhood dreams you had about being a...

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