Vampyr is not the game I thought it was going to be. I was expecting the ability to choose which kind of vampire I’d be evolving into, be that the monstrous Nosferatu model, or the posh Count Dracula type, and everything in between. This is not that game.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 611

Hollow Knight, Octopath Traveller, Xenonauts 2, Lieve Oma, Cultist Simulator, State of Decay 2, How Expectations Change Your Threshold For Game Mechanics, Your Emails and More!
GWJ RPGs

Heroes of The Realm - Episode 17

Welcome to Heroes of The Realm, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Karla Andrich as she takes Cory Banks, Amanda Knowlton, Ariel Jaffee and Michael Zenke from the real world and back into The Realm.

June 25 – July 1

I’d ask, “Would you believe that I owned a PSP but never owned Lumines?” but I suspect the answer would be a shrug that said “Well, of course you didn’t.” With the game coming to the Switch, also known as the Bizarro World version of the PSP (I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to answer which one marries Lois Lane and which one wanders the galaxy saying “ME AM A PORTABLE CONSOLE!”), this m
I don’t throw the word “literally” around lightly, but I quite literally don’t know what to say about To The Moon. It’s not that the game has rendered me speechless, it’s just that I don’t know what I’m allowed to say about it. It’s only a few hours long, short enough that I inadvertently finished it while trying to figure out what to write about it.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 610

Prey: Mooncrash, Jurassic World Evolution, Hollow Knight, Some E3 Stuff, Game Mechanics, Your Emails and More!

June 18 – June 24

Didn’t Minecraft already come out on the Switch? I could have sworn I barely failed to double-dip on that when the system launched. Maybe I’m thinking of some other voxel-based survival-builder game. Goodness knows there’ve been enough of them.
Utopia literally means “not a place.” I’m just enough of an etymology nerd to want to make the joke that Startopia means “not a space” but too much of one to let myself do it. (A better title would have been Diastopia, but only about three people in the world would have known what that meant.)

GWJ Conference Call Episode 609

Vampyr, State of Decay 2, Detroit: Become Human, Conflict Engines in Storytelling, Your Emails and More!

June 11 – June 17

With E3 coming out, most of the major developers are punting this week, and I don’t blame them. Anybody who would write something that could have a significant impact on mass purchasing decisions isn’t talking about games that are coming out this week. I suppose my pick is something of a punt as well. I first played Flashback – AKA "Total Recall: The Game" – on my Atari Jaguar.

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