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It is with a heavy heart today that I must inform you that the website and community will be shut down soon. You can find more information in this post here. and its free Steam content is the reason I first took out an Internode ADSL subscription, all the way back in 2008. I had no idea at the time that I would end up in charge of the site, or that I’d meet so many amazing people along the way.

(In fact, when an email first arrived from a stranger who told me they were my mum’s cousin, asking me if I could help out her a “friend who was looking for game reviewers”, I thought mum had passed my email address to spammers. Again.)

This job has taken me across the country. This job has made me dozens and dozens of new friends, and hundreds more community mates, whose well-aimed bullets have killed me far too many times on far too many servers to possibly mention. This job has allowed me to interview CEOs about whether their laptops will make me sterile, to trick developers into playing D&D, and to post absolute garbage every April Fool’s day (and sometimes on other days, too).

This is a good job. I am going to miss it. I am going to miss you all.

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Life Is Strange

The Telltale model of episodic adventure gaming, which focuses on story choices over puzzles, seems to be here to stay. Life is Strange, like The Walking Dead before it, asks you to make some pretty serious moral and emotional choices while never asking you to attach a rubber chicken to a pulley or create a makeshift moustache out of cat fur or any other adventure game tropes. The puzzles that do pop up exist to serve the story, rather than the story existing to justify the puzzles, which is fine – Life is Strange is one of those rare games that’s actually worth playing for the narrative.

There’s something inherently, immediately refreshing about playing as a young woman in a game, especially when their world is taken seriously.

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Halo 5: Guardians

It is rare to come across a game so uninspired as Halo 5. I won’t placate ravenous fans with platitudes regarding the ‘halo-ness’ of the game this time — if Halo 5 were a cheese it would be “American sliced cheese substitute”. It bears all the hallmarks of a modern Halo game — massive super-soldiers, unending genocide, seemingly complex (but actually tame) enemy AI — so as to qualify as a Halo, but it is as bland as a game could be.

Even Halo 4 attempted more, what with its new enemy type and epic setpieces — Halo 5 can’t even manage those.

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