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How Xbox won back the indie devs

ID@Xbox is about to turn two years old, and it’s already clear that the program has radically changed since its inception. European manager of the scheme, Agostino Simonetta, spoke to us about how far the program has come, how it’s shaping the identity of the Xbox One, and where it...

Her Story review
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Her Story review

Her Story burrowed into our brain and dug right in there, buried itself like a tic. It made us compulsively obsessed with small details, it made us listen intently to the sole character’s voice, replaying bytes of sound over and over again as we scanned for a crack in the...

Sunset review
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Sunset review

Sunset has a lot to say. It talks of war, of art and culture, family, home and responsibility. It talks of race, gender, wealth, privilege and society as a whole. It talks of love. In a fashion comparable to Gone Home, Sunset is less a game and more an interactive...

Invisible, Inc. review
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Invisible, Inc. review

Your main enemy in Invisible, Inc. isn’t the goons that populate the levels, it’s time. Typically, you think of stealth games as sluggish – you’ve got to wait, examine your surroundings, move at the optimum times. That’s only partly true with Invisible, Inc.; sprinting is your friend, you want to...

Have triple-A games lost their ‘wow factor’?

ook to the movies, and the blockbuster is dying. Check out sport, and football’s showcase Premier League isn’t what it used to be. Think about triple-A gaming, and the lustre seems to  have faded somewhat. We’re living in a period of flux; people are being drawn into the bombastic and...

Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out Of Time review
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Life Is Strange, Episode 2: Out Of Time review

The Japanese language has a phrase – ‘mono no aware’ – that refers to the feeling you get when you realise every moment is fleeting. Life Is Strange is all about that feeling, using time and photographs as recurring motifs. In the first episode, we were uncertain whether Life Is...

Ori And The Blind Forest review
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Ori And The Blind Forest review

Ori And The Blind Forest might be the most deceptive game ever created. Just look at it. Gorgeous, cartoon visuals. Lovably cuddly characters. Fairies. Trees. It’s a kids’ game, right? That’s what Moon Studios wants you to think, because Moon Studios is comprised of sadists who take great thrills in...