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This new battle royale is an FMV game

Just when you thought we’d seen every possible permutation of battle royale, here comes the strangest form yet: a movie. An interactive movie, specifically. Bloodshore will drop our laaad onto an island to fight for big money in murderous reality show Kill/Stream, with our decisions pushing the story down different paths and affecting relationships with other contestants. What’s next, a battle royale novel? Read more

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Frankenstein and Dracula are roomies in this moody narrative adventure

“Dracula and Frankenstein are modern day 20-something flatmates who never see one another and only exchange sticky notes. Also they are both very sad. Also Dracula wears puple shades,” is the kind of message I’d expect to see from one of my writing acquaintances with the timestamp [2:15am]. It’s also the kind of thing I’d respond to with a “yes, do it,” eager to find out exactly how the hell they would. That’s the energy that I downloaded Frank And Drake‘s demo with, and it sure is a moody, somber narrative adventure about two unlikely housemates. Read more

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Boyfriend Dungeon broke my heart, and I’m glad it did

Kitfox’s recently released dating sim Boyfriend Dungeon has a novel premise. In Boyfriend Dungeon you date sword people: humans who transform into weapons that you can take dungeon crawling. And no, not sex dungeons. Classic video game dungeons with loot and monsters. On paper, Boyfriend Dungeon sounds like the best six-ish hours you could have in a game, combining the endorphin rush of monster-slaying with a cast of hotties that’ll make your heart flutter. Sounds like a great time… except one of these hotties slid a sword right through my heart. Read more

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Life Is Strange: True Colors review: a more mature LIS, but one still beset by narrative growing pains

Whenever a new Life Is Strange game comes out I sometimes wonder how my life would manifest as an ironic and metaphorical super power. I usually stop quite quickly, because I have a feeling the answer would be somewhat disappointing. In the first game, Max Caulfield discovered she could rewind time or travel back to the past via photographs. In Life Is Strange 2, we shaped the outlook of young Daniel Diaz and how he used his somewhat fraught telekinetic powers. Now, in Life Is Strange: True Colors, we step into the shoes of Alex Chen, who can step into…

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Here’s the first 15 minutes and six choices of Life Is Strange: True Colors

Empathy overdrive adventure Life Is Strange: True Colors is headed to launch next week and hey, Deck Nine have shared some more gameplay. If you don’t know yet how you feel about this next narrative choice game, come and take a look. Supernaturally gifted 20-something Alex Chen knows a thing or two about hearing and influencing emotions. She may just convince you that you’re psyched about her move out to small townsville. The first 15 minutes of the game show off introductions to several characters, the first six choices Alex has to make, and the ridiculously pretty Haven Springs. Read…

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Here’s 13 minutes of new Life Is Strange: True Colors gameplay

Deck Nine’s next supernatural drama ’em up Life Is Strange: True Colors is just about to land in September and Square Enix have now queued up a longer look at an early part of the game while you wait. The new 13 minutes of gameplay show off protagonist Alex Chen’s first meeting with two other main characters—and potential romantic interests—at the local record store. Perfect place for a bit of bants about Smash Mouth and Kings Of Leon, naturally. Read more

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Life Is Strange Remastered Collection is delayed until early 2022

Life is going to be slightly less strange this September, it turns out. Real life will stay weird, I have no doubt, but Deck Nine’s adventure dramas are getting a bit spread out. While Life Is Strange: True Colors will still be launching in September, the Remastered Collection planned for the end of the month is now being delayed to avoid putting too much pressure on the development team. We can now expect the remastered bits to come in early 2022. Another trailer for True Colors will land tomorrow as well. Read more

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Life is Strange: True Colors trailer introduces you to the town of Haven Springs

By Stephany Nunneley 30 July 2021 19:21 GMT A new trailer for Life is Strange: True Colors has been released by Square Enix and developer Deck Nine Games.The new Life is Strange: True Colors trailer is called Welcome to Haven Springs. Narrated by the character Steph Gingrich, it basically introduces you to the town in which the game takes place.Watch on YouTubeIn the game, Alex Chen has the power of empathy, which she considers a curse. With this power, she is able to experience, absorb, and manipulate the emotions of others. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, she…

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Last Stop review impressions – Why isn’t my life living in London this exciting?

By Dorrani Williams 21 July 2021 17:01 GMT I recently got a chance to check out an indie game called Last Stop by developer Variable State. It’s a story-heavy supernatural adventure game set in present-day London.As the only person of the VG247 team who lives in London, I was the most qualified to give it the Londoner stamp of approval. Check out the video below for my first impressions.Watch on YouTubeYou play as three different characters (John, Meena, and Donna) whose stories all weave together one way or another. You can play any of the three characters in any order…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer still sees a future for story-driven games

By Jeremy Signor 13 July 2021 13:12 GMT Risky projects like narrative-focused games are not being left behind in Xbox’s strategy.It’s no secret that live service games are the big money makers right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more traditional story-driven games, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the head of Xbox laid out how narrative single-player games are part of the platform’s strategy going forward.Watch on YouTube“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer told The Guardian, emphasising…

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Resident Evil Village PC crack fixes shuttering issue, claims hacker

By Dom Peppiatt 13 July 2021 10:50 GMT It turns out that Resident Evil Village‘s DRM may be causing its stuttering issues on PC, and a hacker believes cracking the software completely fixes the issues.One of the biggest bugs that has been affecting the PC version of Resident Evil Village since its launch on the platform is its traversal stutter, caused by moving through the level or triggering certain events, such as zombie kills. Only by turning off ray-tracing could you mitigate the stutter (which causes huge frame drops fairly often in the game), and even then it wouldn’t eliminate the…

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Check out the latest System Shock remake teaser trailer here

By Dom Peppiatt 4 July 2021 20:29 GMT Nightdive has released a new trailer for the System Shock remake, and it’s a seven-minute-long deep dive into the game and its iconic world.“How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?” asks the new lengthy trailer, which takes us through the research section of the Citadel Station in the game. If you’ve wondered what this long-in-development game looks like in terms of its exploration and its combat, you’re going to want to wrap your eyes around this.Nightdive is giving the game a full makeover, bringing all-new HD visuals, updated controls, revamped hacking,…

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Detective RPG Gamedec shows off its very branch-y investigations

In upcoming cybercrimes RPG Gamedec you’re a video game detective. As in, a detective in the game but also a detective about games. As you’d expect from a sleuth ’em up, Gamedec’s story can twist and change based on your detective’s choices, background, and more. Or, as we say in this here world of video games, it has a branching narrative. How many branches? According to Gamedec’s new trailer, it has all of the branches. You’re bound to hit a few of them on the way down when it launches in September. Read more

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A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been uncovered on the PlayStation Store

By Dom Peppiatt 23 June 2021 12:36 GMT A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been discovered on the PlayStation Store thanks to the efforts of a dataminer combing through Sony’s database.Twitter user PlayStation Game Size – an account usually dedicated to cataloging game updates and file sizes – managed to uncover the mysterious file on the PlayStation Store, and its existence points to something happening at the EA Play Live event that’s cracking off in July (thanks, GamesRadar).The tweet, embedded below, suggests that the store may be updated with something in July – whether that’s some sort of vertical slice demo, a trailer or…

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Have You Played… When The Past Was Around?

If I’ve learned one thing from Mojiken Studio’s beautiful hand-drawn point and click puzzler When The Past Was Around, it’s that I should never strike up a relationship with a violin-playing owl man unless I want my heart to get smashed into a thousand tiny pieces. Despite its bright and breezy art style, When The Past Was Around hits hard, wallopping your emotions with all the feels at every gosh-darned turn. To be honest, even if I wasn’t getting all teary-eyed at Owl and Eda’s blossoming romance, I’d probably be equally upset about having my lovely neat apartment trashed by…