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Mr. Shifty Review – In the blink of an eye

With so many excellent games coming out these days, it’s tough to decide what to play, let alone devote time to. Feels like most of what I’ve played this year have ended up being large time investments. From the massive open world of Breath of the Wild or the stressful time-management of Persona 5 to traversing the labyrinthine caves of Hollow Knight or the struggle to survive in Rain World, this year feels like it’s been dominated by games that demand your undivided attention. Mr. Shifty provides a nice break from all that. Developed by Team Shifty, it’s a top-down action game in the vein of Hotline Miami. Only instead of playing some mindless murderer, you’re a thief with the ability to teleport. It’s a breezy game that provides a good deal of fun in short bursts, which makes it a perfect fit for the...
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Breath of the Wild embodies the spirit of exploration

In the time since finishing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I’ve occasionally loaded the game up and just wandered around Hyrule. I’d take a quick survey of where I was and pick a direction to set off in, never using the map to chart my path or scout for any particular destination. I didn’t any specific goals in mind; all I wanted to do was wander aimlessly and relax. Sure I could be hunting down those last few shrines or clearing my quest log of side-quests, but I’m not particularly interested. With the story finished, all I want to do is just spend more time in the world and enjoy it. I can’t think of any other open world games that instill that same desire in me. Usually it’s stuff out of the altgames scene and their particular brand of wander games...
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Surviving the harshness of Rain World

My time with Rain World has been a series of ups and downs. The early hours were rife with frustration as I stumbled around, struggling to gain any sort of understanding of what I should be doing and where I should be going. Every path I took seemingly led to death. I’d explored the entirety of the Outskirts – the first area – and felt no closer to making any kind of progress than I had when I began. Felt like I wasted my time. Hours spent trying to explore every nook and cranny only to have nothing to show for it. As a survival game, I knew going in that Rain World would be difficult. But I didn’t expect it to be so obtuse. For the first couple of hours, I was enjoying what the game had to offer. The world is fascinating –...
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