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SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works

Why is the Dreamcast still held in such high regard? That’s one of the questions that SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works attempts to answer, through a mixture of editorial, contributions from key personalities – including Yu Suzuki, Tetsuya Mizuguchi and Peter Moore, among many others – and a whole...

Five reasons to be excited about Dragon’s Dogma on Switch

Capcom’s hack ‘n slash role-player Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen arrives on Nintendo Switch this April. As one of our favourite games of the last generation, which we sunk well over 60 hours into, last week’s announcement was a cause of celebration around these parts. Don’t let the fact...

2018: The bad, the ugly, and the broken

There was a time when we’d use Metacritic to compile our annual round-up of terrible games. As popular as these pieces were, in terms of page views at least, we’d always hit bumps along the way. Scores varying between formats were the least of our problems. In most...

2018: Six games you may have missed

Of all our yearly features, our look back at games that were overshadowed is easily our favourite to compile. We often champion ‘hidden gems’ on Twitter, particularly when they’re discounted on the digital stores, but here we’re able to discuss them in full. We’ve opted for six overlooked...

NAIRI: Tower of Shirin developer Q&A

HomeBearStudios are currently wrapping up work on NAIRI: Tower of Shirin, a story-driven puzzle adventure for Switch and PC, featuring hand-drawn 2D visuals and a cast of curious critters. It stars Nairi, a troubled upper-class girl who’s forced to abandon her luxurious way of living after discovering the...

Why do terrible N64 games live in infamy?

Terrible games are relatively few these days. Publishers have so much riding on big releases that to put out something sub-par would only result in poor sales, consumer backlash and angry shareholders. It wasn’t always this way. Years ago, publishers were rather fond of releasing utter tripe in...

Japan’s Arcades in 2018: A photo essay

No trip to Japan would be complete without spending a fistful of Yen in the country’s many, many, arcades. The arcades I visited even began to make me envy Japanese culture. It was social, fun, and most had scores of games – often spread over several floors –...

Plagiarism through the ages

The creators of the vastly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds made gaming news headlines last week, taking legal action against a handful of games mimicking PUBG a little too closely. One clone features a frying pan as a melee weapon, while another uses the term ‘Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner’...