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'Cannibal Abduction' Console Review: PSX Lo-fi Horror Done Right

Suppose the spike in the popularity of analog horror has taught us anything. In that case, it’s that AAA polish and achingly realistic gore are far from the only ways to achieve video game greatness. While I and many others could wax lyrical about the chilling, cinematic beauty of fresh releases like Alan Wake 2. That doesn’t discount the appeal of the classics. In fact, many horror lovers like me also actively seek out titles that can emulate the gritty, lo-fi feel of 1990s survival horror.


Sea Of Stars (PC) REVIEW - A Shining Example

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Drawing on the visual language of everyone’s favourite titles of yesteryear is one of the most surefire ways to capture an audience. Like food from your childhood, retro-inspired games just seem to offer a comforting sense of familiarity for many people. By the same token though, you can become blinded by nostalgia. Sometimes, you take a moment to properly examine the Lunchables you were so excited about as a child and you realise its sad, wet ham is pretty gross.

Review┃Venba (PC) - Short but Sweet

Memory is our only real defense against loss. Moment to moment, we scramble to capture whatever imperfect little snapshots we can of the people, places, and things that threaten to pass us by. Venba is a game which explores cooking and eating as rituals used to form and access our memories.

As the domestic culinary world is traditionally a matriarchy, it makes sense that the game would center mainly around the life of a woman. This woman is the titular protagonist, Venba. Across seven chartered

Red Dead Redemption (Switch) REVIEW - Flawless Execution, Flawed Concept

When Red Dead Redemption was released in 2010, it was met with passionate acclaim from critics and players alike. It’s not hard to see why. It offered a narrative leaden with grit and humanity; a powerful score; and an expansive, picturesque open world. It put you in the cowboy boots of one of gaming’s most compelling anti-heroes. The gameplay was engaging and you were presented with more than enough mini-games and side quests to keep you sinking hours into it.

13 years and one stunning sequel

Review | Videoverse (PC) - What's Happening, Forum?

There’s a youthful energy imbued in every part of Videoverse. Its most obvious source is the youth of our teen protagonist, Emmett. Youth also emanates from the early internet age faithfully recreated in Kinmoku’s sophomore release. Back in 2003, the internet was in an awkward in-between stage – its own kind of adolescence. It was a wild-west really only properly inhabited by passionate communities of nerds and fanatics.

Long Gone Days (PC) REVIEW - Wide of the Mark

Director Steven Spielberg once said, “Every war movie, good or bad, is an anti-war movie.” Can the same be said about games? Titles like This War of Mine and Spec Ops: The Line sure make a compelling case. Unfortunately, Long Gone Days is an ‘anti-war’ visual novel/RPG that’s so aloof to the horrors of war that it entirely fails to conjure the same effect.

In Long Gone Days, you play as a sniper named Rourke. Raised within an underground nation called The Core, he’s a soldier primed for combat

Fort Solis PC review – Shoots for the stars, crashes back to earth

Stare into the black expanse of the night sky and try to deny that outer space is an absolute treasure trove for horror media. Beyond the physical concern of being whacked by an asteroid or suffocating in a vacuum, the vast and unknown cosmos can send you into a total existential tailspin. It can remind you that you are small and you are utterly alone. This is the premise of Fort Solis, a 3rd person thriller, which takes place in this very void.

What a surprise that the opening cutscene of Fort