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  • 3 awesome pixel art games from the first months of 2018

    The entertainment industry is currently obsessed with anything and everything retro and pixel art video games are certainly no exception. We have barely reached the end of 2018’s first quarter and already there is a plethora of nostalgia inducing and pixel art-infused titles flooding the marketplace. While a great deal of them are nothing to write home about, we’ve managed to find a few that certainly deserve your attention. Crossing Souls With Crossing Souls, developer Adult Swim shamelessly takes advantage of the current retro-nostalgia trend (think Stranger Things, colourful neon lighting, VHS tapes, etc.) while throwing in some of its own distinctive humour....

  • 5 shocking games based on real life events

    Video games are a medium we use to escape the harshness of reality, providing gamers with a plethora of fantastical digital worlds and magical creatures beyond our wildest imaginations. But sometimes the truths behind these fictional works are stranger, and often considerably more terrifying, than you could have ever imagined. What follows is a list of five games inspired by shocking realities. Note: This article contains sensitive subject matter concerning death and murder. Proceed with caution. Kholat - The Dyatlov Pass Incident Kholat is a beautiful but terrifying indie survival horror game based on the eerie and unsolved Dyatlov Pass Incident. In the...

  • Overwatch fans think Brigitte looks like Mercy, raises awkward questions

    Overwatch's new off-tank-cum-support Brigitte might look similar to characters in Hi-Rez Studio's Paladins, but fans of the former suggest there are similarities with another particular character in Blizzard's hit shooter. Brigitte has Mercy’s face. from r/Overwatch Yes. Mercy. Now, this does beg a few questions: Is Blizzard that lazy to rehash assets already in-game for new characters? Are all of Overwatch's female characters basically the same model? And perhaps of more concern, did Torbjorn -- Brigitte's father -- and Mercy perhaps have a relationship beyond the lore? Either way, the conspiracy theories are extremely creepy, considering Mercy was 14 when Brigitte was born... "Oh...

  • Better Late Than Never: The Observer and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the terrifying psychological cyberpunk thriller, The Observer, and the equally menacing Viking adventure, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although these two titles are set ages apart, they both explore the wonders and dangers of the human mind. If you're looking for a truly unique, polished, and thought-provoking experience, both these titles should be the top of your list. The Observer Ever since Blooper Team SA announced their latest cyberpunk title, The...

  • Destiny 2 [PS4] review: go into the light

    Destiny 2 was my first proper introduction to the Destiny franchise. Although I had a brief spell with the first game, I could never find myself enjoying it -- yet now the sequel is all I seem to be playing. Usually, a sequel has more to prove than the first iteration in a series. But this always-online FPS developed by Bungie and published by Activision did well to not only expand on the first instalment, but also improve it. For starters, Destiny 2 actually has a story -- albeit slightly cookie-cutter. Dominus Ghaul, the story's villain, is a fearless conqueror trying to capture the traveller's...

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Episode 1 review: hella origins

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm leaves behind the supernatural elements of its predecessor and delves deeper into the mysterious and perplexing realm of adolescence, a time when every emotion and experience is amplified by the naïveté and entitlement of youth. It personifies the emotions we have unofficially declared as taboo, and allows us to wear it as a badge of honour. Although a handful of games deal with similar subject matter, it's more often than not decorated in some extravagant dressing. The recently released Hellblade explores the extremities of mental illness, but you're still a badass Viking demon slayer....

  • Your SA Game Jam 2017 winners

    As some of you may know, local Cape Town game devs, Free Lives (Broforce, Genital Jousting) hosted and sponsored the second annual “SA GAME JAM” from 1-4 September. For those of you who are not familiar with game jams, it is an event where game developers, be it aspiring or established, are challenged to create a game around a certain theme and within a specific time limit. The SA Game Jam 2017 gave its participants between 48 and 72 hours to develop a game around the theme of "collections". Now, this might seem like quite a standard practice in the world...

  • Tacoma review: time is oxygen…

    Tacoma is a sci-fi narrative-exploration game developed by Fullbright, the same Portland-based indie studio that brought us Gone Home, one of the very titles that started the trend of this genre. Tacoma is a considerably more ambitious title than Gone Home. Jumping from one voice actor and a 90s American Home to a cast of seven on-board a floating space station in the year 2088, the Fullbright team have definitely gone for a much larger experience. But now the question begs: is this for the better? At first, I didn’t like this new approach. I was a massive fan of Gone...

  • UFO 50: indie dev stars to release 8-bit collection

    A group of indie developers, responsible for smash hits such as Downwell and Spelunky, have joined forces to release UFO 50, a collection of 50 8-bit video games. Set for a 2018 release on PC, the collection spans numerous genres, from platformers and RPGs to puzzlers and shooters. In an FAQ on the collection's website, the developers reassure consumers that the games, while somewhat shorter than many proper 8-bit titles, are full titles rather than minigames. "Completing the entire collection could easily take over a hundred hours," they add. UFO 50 will see 50 original 8-bit games being made by indie devs "The story...

  • Indie spotlight: five intriguing indies games you may have missed

    Once upon a time indie games were part of an extremely niche market, but they've increasingly expanded their influence and fanbase -- creating some of the best titles we've come to love. In that spirit, it is only natural that we explore the indie sector to find some more interesting titles emerging. Here's a look at five lesser-known indie games from the past few months that we've had the pleasure of trying out… Among The Innocent: A Stricken Tale The first game on our list is a proudly South African product created by former NAG Magazine editor Geoff Burrows. Not only created by...