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Joseph Sale
Joseph Sale is a novelist, creator of dark twines and a gamer. He loves RPGs, open worlds and survival horrors (the latter of which he used to play in an old shed in his back garden - because apparently Resident Evil wasn't atmospheric enough). He looks out for games with a strong narrative; he's a great believer the very best games long outlive their console, and those are the classics he holds on to.

The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] Review

The Eternal Castle [REMASTERED] is both hyper-modern and old-school, horrifying and uplifting, rich with detail yet surprisingly concise.

An Ode To The Super Best Friends

Earlier this month, the Super Best Friends Play YouTube channel ceased, and has left a hole in the gaming YouTube sphere.
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Does For Honor Still Have Honour?

For Honor is one of those weird games where, by all accounts, it should have probably died by now, but it simply refuses to go down.

Deep Sky Derelicts Review

Everything about Deep Sky Derelict seems to have been done right, from the synthwave soundtrack to the lore to the unusual combat system.

Gift of Parthax Review

An action-arena game based around spellcasting, Gift of Parthax has a simple but great premise. Unfortunately, it's just not magical enough to stand out from the crowd.

City of the Shroud Review: Story is King

Stephen King once said ‘Story is king’. City of the Shroud epitomises this approach, putting narrative at the heart of what it does, and emerging triumphant as a result.

Trago Review: An Endless Loop Packed With Creativity

Trago is an intriguing and unique narrative-driven game about four nights in a bar, and one drunk loser’s dawning realisation about the true nature of his friends.
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For Honor is Making a Comeback With Season 7 – And I Can’t Wait

Since Marching Fire was announced at E3 2018, interest in For Honor has soared. And Season 7 is just around the corner, launching in August.

Hero’s March Might Be For Honor’s Best Update Yet

Season 6: Hero’s March looks to be the best update yet, taking For Honor to a new level.

Judgment: Apocalypse Survival Simulation Review

Judgment: Apocalypse Survival Simulator is a very successful attempt to revitalise an exceedingly difficult genre.

3030 Deathwar Redux is a Space RPG With a Lot of Heart

3030 Deathwar Redux promises a lot, but it delivers on those promises. I can’t remember the last time I played an open world game that sucked me in so quickly.
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Bringing 1980s Horror to Videogames: A Conversation With Puppet Combo

Puppet Combo – or Ben – is bringing back retro PS1-era aesthetics and survival horror, but with a unique psycho-slasher twist.

4 Indie Games That Are Changing Videogame Storytelling

Videogames don't have a great reputation for telling captivating stories, but there are plenty of games in the indie space alone that are challenging that notion head-on.

The Potent Mythology That’s Shaping Death Stranding

The three trailers we've seen so far of Death Stranding may seem confusing and incoherent, but paying attention to their ties to Japanese mythology reveals a lot about what Kojima is trying to say with the game.

How For Honor is Keeping Old-School PvP Culture Alive

We take a look at For Honor's unique player-led culture centred around honourable conduct and why this sets it up as a PvP benchmark.

The Last and Most Hidden Secret of Dark Souls III

I’ve now had a while to process my thoughts about Dark Souls III, to reflect on the ending of The Ringed City and what it means for the series as a whole, and in doing so, I've encountered a startling revelation.

Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court Review: A Glorious Return to Madness

Red Hook boasted some of the most "complex mechanics yet" in its announcement, and Crimson Court has certainly delivered.
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Games That Changed Our Lives #36: Metal Gear Solid 4

When I was a teenager, I was a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid series. I completed Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater about...

In Between Review

In Between is something rare indeed: a platformer with emotional storytelling that synthesises gameplay mechanics with its themes. Focusing on a dying man struggling to accept...

Bridge Constructor Review

Bridge Constructor is a game in which, you guessed it: the player constructs bridges. That’s pretty much all there is to say on the matter. While...

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