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‘Eastern Exorcist’
Action RPG Review

Developed in China, ‘Eastern Exorcist’ is a hand-drawn 2D Souls-like with plenty of RPG elements that draws inspiration from Chinese folklore and theater & opera.

July 26, 2021 — The most recent release from Chinese publisher Bilibili, Eastern Exorcist is a hack-and-slash RPG that somewhat surprisingly does not make use of Free2Play mechanics — the established business practice in China for most games. Eastern Exorcist instead offers a more traditional approach to monetization — players pay once, as with a typical western title.

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Forthcoming: ‘Pathfinder:
Wrath of the Righteous’

June 28, 2021 — In 2018, Pathfinder: Kingmaker became the first video game set in the Pathfinder universe. Later this year, fans will be able to continue their Pathfinder adventure from where the first game left off, as a direct sequel titled Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is in the works. FULL STORY »


‘Resident Evil: Village’
Video Game Review

May 25, 2021 — Let this sink in: the Resident Evil series has now been around for a full quarter-century, launched on the PlayStation 1 in 1996 more or less exactly 25 years ago.

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‘Lost Soul Aside’ Gets 18 Min of Gameplay Footage

April 27, 2021 — In the summer of 2016, Chinese solo developer Yang Bing released a concept trailer of his Lost Soul Aside project, which has clocked up nearly 4 million views since. FULL STORY »


‘Hood: Outlaws and Legends’ First Impression

April 20, 2021Hood: Outlaws and Legends is a seasonal multiplayer PvPvE heist game developed by former CCP Newcastle in England, a developer acquired by Sumo Digital back in 2018. French mini-major Focus Home Interactive has taken on publisher duties and confirmed a May release. FULL STORY »


How ‘Resident Evil: Village’ Ties Into Previous Entries

March 24, 2021 — Capcom’s legendary Resident Evil franchise, having celebrated its 25th birthday on March 22, has never been afraid to experiment with its formula. The much-anticipated entry into the horror series, Resident Evil: Village, looks to be no different, with a heavier focus on action — FPS-style — compared to its predecessor, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. FULL STORY »


Introducing ‘Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace’

March 21, 2021 — A spooky new launch trailer has dropped for the upcoming indie game, Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace, ahead of its March 23 release. The trailer showcases a variety of Lovecraftian horror to inform what players can expect, and it also implies the inclusion of jump scares and a plethora of psychological elements. FULL STORY »


Rogue-Lite ‘Curse of the Dead Gods’ Is Habit-Forming

February 25, 2021 — As with most rogue-lite games, players fight their way through randomly generated levels while collecting weapons and upgrades. Death is more than common in Curse of the Dead Gods and players must often restart from scratch. Hardly news for those familiar with the genre. FULL STORY »


How Important is Historical Accuracy in Video Games?

February 25, 2021 — Some game developers strive hard for historical accuracy when including settings and characters from the past. While others allow themselves creative freedom in their depictions of history. FULL STORY »


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