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A Bright Light in the Middle of the Ocean is a lovely little getaway

I’m standing outside a lighthouse. The sun is setting as I watch a cruise off in the distance sail out of view. It’s only been 15 minutes since I arrived, but it feels like I’ve been hanging out here for far longer. A few minutes prior, I was at the top of the lighthouse scanning the horizon with a telescope. There’s not much to see amid the ocean, but the view is lovely all the same. Watching the day go by as I listen to the calming sounds of the ocean: it’s a nice moment. A pleasant respite from the noise and stress of life. To get away from it all for a time and unwind: it’s what makes A Bright Light in the Middle of the Ocean so effective. Created by Fi Silva, A Bright Light in the Middle of the Ocean sees you...
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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Into the valley of death, rode Billie Lurk

I have found myself a great admirer of the Dishonored series since it sprung from obscurity in 2012. Dishonored is what some call an “immersive sim”, a term I dislike but which is nonetheless a useful means of describing the genre. Immersive sims are played from a first-person perspective where you live the role of the protagonist and borrow many elements from RPGs, stealth and sometimes horror games. But the defining characteristic of the genre is the fact that the gameplay is so open-ended and multifaceted. True immersive sims allow you to choose the way you play them, not force you down one route or the other. The Deus Ex series has historically been especially good at doing this, allowing you multiple options to tackle an objective along with a variety of ways to incapacitate or avoid enemies. Dishonored takes inspiration from both Deus Ex...
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Ruiner is a demanding, difficult, and absolutely relentless isometric shooter

There’s something about Ruiner that will click with a particular sect of players. The kind that enjoys games are demanding, extremely difficult, and absolutely relentless. Ruiner is all of those things, and while it does its best to be appeal to casuals with an impressive visual aesthetic and presentation, there’s no denying who it’s really aimed for. Still, if you come in with the right mindset to Ruiner, even if you’re not among the hardest of the hardcore shoot ‘em up fans, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the game. Even though you might not get to the end, especially if you follow the developer’s recommendation of playing on the hard difficulty setting. On normal, Ruiner is already very challenging, not pulling any punches right from the very beginning. Ruiner is an isometric dual-stick shooter set in a dystopian future where people can have their...
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