Not For Broadcast is bringing its broadcast-room shenanigans to console this March.
Well, we say “shenanigans”, but while there’s plenty of humour in evidence, this FMV-based news game definitely gets a little dark in places. We reviewed Not For Broadcast in January of last year, calling it “Entertaining, funny and thought-provoking in all the right places.” So we’re glad to see it getting an even wider audience on console.
Going by the trailer, Not For Broadcast remains much the same on console. Aside from just keeping the show running, dealing with technical issues and the like, you also decide what kind of message goes out. There’s a definite propaganda factor at play here.
Do you paint one of the country’s new leaders as a straight-talking but competent character? Or do you make him look like a drunken fool who’s just stumbled into power? As the game progresses, the decisions you make carry even more weight. No pressure. The whole thing is bolstered by some excellent performances all round.
One notable difference is that, since you’ll be controlling the game via joypad, you have to flick between controls. There’s no clicking directly on a button and we hope the game will compensate for that extra degree of difficulty.
On top of the game itself, developer NotGames and publisher TinyBuild are also releasing their Not for Broadcast: Live and Spooky DLC the same day, available on both PC and console. So, once you’ve finished the main game, or soon if you prefer, you can watch presenter Patrick Bannon investigate a haunted studio. What could possibly go wrong?
Not For Broadcast arrives on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 this March 23rd. Or if you can’t wait, you can pick it up on Steam right now.