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de Blob (PC) review

According to psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, ‘flow’ is the mental state a person reaches when they are fully immersed in a task. Commonly known as being ‘in the zone’, Csikszentmihalyi isolated nine elements that occur when ...

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Forts review

Forts is a game built around a myriad of fiddly parts- where the game’s eponymous strongholds sway in a state of persistent peril. While that might sound like light criticism, it’s anything but. In fact, ...

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NEKO-NIN exHeart review

Purportedly influenced by nekomata, the feline-like yōkai present in Japanese mythology, cat-girls have a fairly extensive history. In the 1960s, manga like Hakaba no Kitarō (Kitarō of the Graveyard) began showcasing a young woman who ...

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Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness review

Production I.G’s 2012 crime-thriller, Psycho-Pass, was built upon a number of thematic elements that might be familiar to western audiences. Recalling the ‘pre-cognition’ motif of Minority Report, the anime transported viewers to a dystopian, futuristic ...

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Mr Shifty review

Gaming often progresses through diminutive steps. In 1978, Taito’s Space Invaders’ antagonists tenaciously marched across monochromatic screens. But a year later, the foes broke formation, attacking players with kamikaze-like vehemence in Namco’s Galaxian. Later, the ...

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The Sexy Brutale review

While cherished by board game fans, Clue’s Tudor Mansion is only an iota as interesting as The Sexy Brutale. Owned by a mysterious aristocrat referred to as ‘The Marquis’, the game’s setting is a sprawling ...

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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition review

Although first- and third-person shooters can be delightfully immersive, there’s a time when circle-strafing and cover-based mechanics can become a bit tedious. Through the late 2000s, a number of developers injected a bit of innovation ...

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A Rose in the Twilight review

Postmodernism, by nature, sidesteps easy classification and universal tenets, shirking the ability to be confined into a convenient little package. But the movement might provide one insight that gamers will likely agree with: every story ...

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