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Klaus Review – Chasing the past

Klaus begins on a familiar note. A man wakes in a basement with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The name “Klaus” is written on his arm, which he assumes must be his name. You then go on to guide him through several floors of levels, working your way through puzzles to reach the exit and maybe figure out what’s going on. It looks to be a standard story about amnesia wrapped in a rudimentary puzzler platformer package, at first, which holds true to for the first several levels. But it soon reveals itself to be far more complex and clever. The story revolves around Klaus’ growing identity crisis as he learns the truth about himself. The major beats are explored as you naturally progress, largely through Klaus’ commentary that’s plastered on the walls, but the finer details are locked...
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Life is Strange Review – Strange but beautiful

When it was originally released, the film Donnie Darko didn’t do very well. Opening in cinemas just a few months after 9/11, it only managed to recoup $500,000 in general release. However, over the next few years it slowly gathered a cult-following, and when the Director’s Cut was released in 2004 it gathered widespread praise for its uniqueness. Set in 1988, it follows 28 days in the life of teenager Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal), as he interacts with his friends and family while strange occurrences happen in his home town, including an aircraft engine dropping from nowhere onto his house and a man dressed as a giant rabbit who tells him the world is about to end. Life is Strange, the episodic adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment (of Remember Me fame) is cut very much from the same cloth as Donnie Darko, both in terms of...
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The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human Review – All is lost

It’s hard to avoid talk about how the world is doomed due to global warming these days; feels like every other day some news network is talking about it. Rising water levels, increasing temperatures – signs that science says point to some potentially dangerous outcomes. Some people dismiss it as hogwash, but it’s hard not to look at the circumstances and wonder could happen if we don’t do something. The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human is set in a world where we failed to address those concerns. It begins upon your return to Earth a thousand years after your departure. You are one of many people sent out into space to look for a new viable planet to move to in the wake of Earth’s dwindling resources. The game opens with your ship entering a wormhole in the hopes of traveling deep into outer...
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