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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.

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...

Death Stranding’s New Trailer Looks Spectacular

The new trailer for Death Stranding has been unveiled by Hideo Kojima, and boy, is it spectacular. At five minutes long, it shows us...

Super Dungeon Bros Review

Super Dungeon Bros is a dungeon-crawling brawler that claims rock influences. Whilst Super Dungeon Bros sports welcome design decisions which cause it to stand out from many...

Xanadu Next Review

Xanadu Next is a labyrinth of concealed treasures: its title is derived from Kubla Khan, a famous poem written in a dream state by...

Oh… Sir! The Insult Simulator Review

The rumour goes that Oh...Sir! was developed at a gamejam where copious amounts of alcohol fuelled its creation. Whether or not that’s true, the end...

Preview: Is Yesterday Origins Too Linear to be Intriguing?

We managed to get our hands on an exclusive preview copy of Yesterday Origins, the new point and click game coming next month to PS4, Xbox...

Earthlock: Festival of Magic Review

Earthlock: Festival of Magic marks the glorious return of the heartfelt, story-driven, turn-based JRPG; the kind of game we haven’t experienced since the era...

Games That Changed Our Live #32: Heretic II

In 1998 Raven Software released what would be a genre-defining, revolutionary title, one that virtually no one has heard of nowadays except hardcore fanatics...

Worms W.M.D. Review

Team17’s Worms: Armageddon was one of the first PC games I ever owned: strategic in the most illogical ways possible, addictive, and with a...

Kingdom: New Lands Review

My first experience of Kingdom was at EGX Rezzed 2016. I’d spent a rather happy morning at the independent games expo on the bottom floor, chatted...

Slain: Back From Hell Review (PC)

Slain: Back From Hell may open with a line as bombastic as its title - "Bathoryn, awake" - but this pixelated wonder earns its right...

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