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'Eternal Threads' review: a time travel jump that just almost makes it

time travel mechanics can make for some unique experiences, like the narrative puzzle game Eternal Threads. It follows Agent 43 as they are tasked with traveling back in time to 2015 in order to prevent six people from dying in a house fire. However, it’s not that simple. Agent 43 can’t stop the event from happening but has to engineer a series of events that enable all six housemates to survive the inevitable blaze. • READ MORE: Uematsu’s prog-rock influences are what makes ‘Final Fantasy”s mus

The Live-Action ‘Halo’ Series Delivers High Impact Sci-Fi Storytelling

Taking video game plotlines and adapting them for television has had a shaky past. What kind of story should the series portray? Should it be an exact retelling of the source material? If so, why not just play the game itself? For gamers and television fanatics, it’s important that a new experience is created that’s appropriate for the medium. This challenge is what Paramount+ has taken on with the critically acclaimed Halo series (streaming now on the platform). Taking the iconic Xbox franchise

How Chinatown Detective Agency is making a cultural impact

Chinatown Detective Agency is a point and click adventure game that takes place in Singapore in the year 2037. It follows a young detective named Amira Darma as she starts up her agency to solve cases. While futuristic Singapore has secrets hiding at every corner, the case she ends up working on takes her all over the world. I spoke with Mark Fillon, creative director at General Interactive Co., about the inspiration behind the game’s themes, characters, and scope.

'Rune Factory 5' review: a fantastic transition with some growing pains

Rune Factory 5 belongs in the genre of farming sim games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. However, what makes the Rune Factory series stand out is its RPG elements. Rune Factory 5 has a great blend of features from both genres and is a game that can be played at any comfortable pace. • READ MORE: ‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ preview: an ambitious package of galactic fun Rune Factory 5 starts off with the player losing their memory and finding themselves in a town called Rigbarth

'Ghostwire: Tokyo' is Bethesda's latest terrifying tourist trap

When I beat the final boss of Ghostwire: Tokyo, I was bewildered by a rushed and unsatisfying conclusion. Ghostwire: Tokyo’s vision of Shibuya is eccentric and captivating. Exploring every nook and cranny to learn more about the Japanese myths and legends that inspired the game makes for a compelling gameplay hook. It’s a shame that despite some interesting ideas, parts of the story campaign feel like they were left on the cutting room floor.

The best PC games you need to play right now

PC is the most versatile platform within the gaming ecosystem. The best gaming PCs and gaming laptops can deliver exceptional performance that bests even the latest consoles in some scenarios, and the variety of titles on the platform is mindblowing. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best PC games you can play now, from the latest triple-A blockbusters to innovative indie experiences that’ll work on just about any machine. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the highest-rated and acc

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin review

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an incredibly fun game, filled with bombastic combat, which also expands on the existing lore of the original Final Fantasy. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an incredibly fun game, filled with bombastic combat, which also expands on the existing lore of the original Final Fantasy. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a modern interpretation of the original Final Fantasy for the NES. The game follows a man named Jack Garland a

'Shadow Warrior' tries to mend its flawed history with race by recasting its hero

Shadow Warrior 3 is the latest in a series of blood-soaked action games following assassin Lo Wang. It's got plenty of gunplay, sword fights, and fantastical monsters, but for the first time in its 25-year history, it now features an Asian actor to voice its Asian protagonist. For years, Lo Wang was played by Jason Liebrecht, a white man, but for this title, publisher Devolver Digital and developer Flying Wild Hog tapped Hollywood actor Mike Moh for a more authentic cultural portrayal.

Review | ‘Triangle Strategy’ is a worldbuilding wonder let down by lousy voice acting

The story unfolds on the continent of Norzelia, which is divided into three countries: Glenbrook, Aesfrost and Hyzante. Thirty years ago, the three nations warred over the land’s precious iron and salt resources. Their rocky truce is jeopardized when one nation, seemingly out of nowhere, decides to invade another. Protagonist Serenoa Wolffort and his companions must navigate the delicate power structures and political influences of each nation to restore peace; acting on behalf of House Wolffort

Atelier Sophie 2 Review: The Best of Both Worlds

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream is a fantastic sequel to 2016’s Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book. It utilizes many of the new mechanics found in more recent Atelier titles while also keeping its own identity within the franchise. It’s surprisingly deep and offers a bright new adventure that builds upon the first game. It follows Sophie Neuenmuller and Plachta following the events of the previous title. They both get sucked into a mysterious wormhole a

Elden Ring Review: "Difficult But Rewarding, Exhilarating And Giant"

When stumbling across the first optional boss, the Tree Sentinel, within the first 10 minutes of starting Elden Ring, I knew I was in for a wild ride. I died during my first encounter, but I managed to sneak past the boss and continue my journey, hoping to return when I got stronger. Elden Ring is everything players would expect from a FromSoftware game: difficult but rewarding. It’s an exhilarating and giant game where players can craft their own adventure at their own pace.
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