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Be born a hunter, die to be prey in The Deer God

The Deer God, a game that originally came out in 2015 and is now making its way to the Nintendo Switch, is a lot like 2012’s Tokyo Jungle. That is, they’re both about animal survival. But unlike SIE Japan Studio’s cult favorite, though, The Deer God is much more straightforward in its approach. It’s a seemingly endless platformer set in a pixel art backdrop that looks beautiful, but tends to get in the way of the action. You play as a downed hunter who’s been punished by a deity to reincarnate as a buck in order to go on a journey which hopefully will teach him a lesson and allow him to become human again. Things aren’t so simple as they seem, though. There’s plenty of opposition along the way, in the form of other animals and even supernatural beings, as well as friendly elk...
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Callum’s Top Games of 2017

It feels weird to celebrate how good a year 2017 was for videogames when it was a disaster in just about every other respect imaginable. It all feels so frivolous, you know? But then, given how truly awful and exhausting 2017 was, a distraction of any sort is exactly what we all need. I’ve tried to write my thoughts on 2017, but I feel like a lot of what I said in 2016 still applies. Things are bad, and they’re probably going to get worse before it gets better. For as difficult as 2016 was, 2017 was somehow worse. I expect 2018 will be the same. Much as I want to hope things will begin to turn — the constant tide of activism around the country has been a constant source of hope — I feel like we haven’t gotten far enough for it be...
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Gareth’s Top Games of 2017

If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back for making it through 2017. It hasn’t been easy; a lot of the time it has been an uphill slog. And signs are 2018 isn’t likely to get a whole lot better. But we’re eventually going to get there, together, and along the way we’re going to play a load of fantastic video games. Here are my personal highlights from this year. Most Unique Game Everything Philosophy is something I like to imagine I know something about considering I did a degree in it, and Everything is a fascinating game examining the Buddhist-inspired philosophical outlook of British philosopher Alan Watts. With accompanying audio snippets of several lectures Watts gave, you explore a delightfully whimsical world where you can become more or less everything, from objects and animals to clouds, planets, germs and atoms. While...
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