Review: Necrobarista is a Cool Concept with a Lukewarm Execution

Review: Necrobarista is a Cool Concept with a Lukewarm Execution

As someone with both a deep love for the misunderstood art of necromancy and a couple unfortunate years of barista experience, Necrobarista was a title I couldn’t ignore. The description from the game’s Steam page promised everything I could want: “In a back-alley cafe, the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living. Necrobarista follows a dynamic and diverse cast of characters as they navigate Melbourne’s hipstery coffee culture, the questionable ethics of necromancy, and the process of letting go.” Awesome, I’m here for it, let’s go. (more…)

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

Review: Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect Doesn’t Get Away with Anything

I don’t like visual novels. They’re usually not fun or entertaining for me. They don’t have enough choices for my liking, and I often find that they’re poorly written, or riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, often due to the fact that their platform allows them to sidestep the traditional editorial process of a longform narrative. Consequently, I am not generally the person to review them here. I do, however, love a good bit of gossip, so when I heard that the game Crime Opera: The Butterfly Effect had been rejected by Valve for their Steam platform, well… I had to at least look, right? (more…)

Review: Create a New World and Do it Over (and Over) Again in Mythic Ocean

Review: Create a New World and Do it Over (and Over) Again in Mythic Ocean

After an apocalyptic vision of the universe ending, you awake and find yourself swimming in an ocean with no memory of who you are. You meet a cryptic eel named Elil and are taught that this is all going according to plan: every time the world ends, everything resets into this place and must start again. Elil prods you into meeting the other aquatic creatures of this ocean, suggesting that they are actually gods and that one of them will have dominion over the new world. The catch is that none of them are aware of that. With your own role and fate in question, you must befriend and indirectly influence this underwater pantheon to shape the creation of the next universe.
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Review: Simulacra 2 Is More Silly Than Spooky, But Still Intriguing

Review: Simulacra 2 Is More Silly Than Spooky, But Still Intriguing

Detective Murilo suspects foul play in the mysterious death of social media influencer Maya Crane. Fearing the response he might get from his colleagues for his outlandish theories on the case, he enlists the help of the player instead. Risking his position, he compromises evidence and assigns you, playing as either his protégé or a thrill-seeker in search of their next big scoop, to investigate Maya’s phone. It doesn’t take long for you to discover that the circumstances around her death are not only beyond strange, but potentially paranormal.

Content warning: this review will discuss allusions to murder and violence and online harassment against women.
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SuperEpic Is More Innovative Than Epic: A Review

SuperEpic Is More Innovative Than Epic: A Review

In SuperEpic: The Entertainment War, RegnantCorp is the one video game company left behind after a series of hostile takeovers and mergers across the world. A huge enterprise run by a literal monopoly of greedy pigs, RegnantCorp is bent on mind-controlling the masses with its intrusive products. Responding to a mysterious distress signal, Tan Tan the raccoon and his llama steed prepare to invade RegnantCorp headquarters to end the company’s tyrannical rule once and for all.
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