What’s new and exciting in the gaming world

A periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and a few other things that amuse and intrigue me)

What’s new and exciting in the gaming worldSaddle up – it’s roundup time. I’ll be doing a periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and I’ll throw in a few other things that amuse and intrigue me). This week, we’ll look at games I’m enjoying, big games I haven’t had a chance to play but are…

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcome

This throwback pixel art game honours 1980s cop shows, but it tends to tedium – with some unsettling racist and homophobic elements thrown in

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcomeReview: Beat Cop Developer: Pixel Crow Publisher: 11 bit Studios Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: $16.99 (Steam) Rating: none currently, lots of mature content Beat Cop is a balancing act. Ultimately, the scales of justice tip the wrong way. You play as (now stay with me) a beat cop. You’re a recently-demoted detective, framed for…

There’s nothing empty about Hollow Knight

Perfectly blends challenge with reward, a rich world full of exploration, evocative music, intriguing characters and story, and plenty of combat

Hollow Knight Review Developer: Team Cherry Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch Rating: Pending Price: $16.99 CDN (on Steam) When I plan to review a game, I try not to take in a lot of media on it beforehand. I don’t want to build expectations that may influence my opinion. Occasionally that clean slate leads to a…

Night in the Woods: compelling, heartfelt and scary

Seamlessly weaves one person’s very personal story with a murder mystery, surrounded by some of the most truthful characters you'll ever encounter

Night in the Woods Developer: Infinite Fall Publisher: Finji ESRB Rating: Teen Platform: PC, PlayStation 4 Cost: $20 Night in the Woods is one of the most compelling games I’ve played in a long while. There are so many things to recommend it, I hardly know where to begin. But here goes. This is a…

Destined to take a direct path to the delete bin

Stories: The Path of Destinies has a cool concept but fails to construct the necessary elements to provide a worthwhile experience

Destined to take a direct path to the delete binStories: The Path of Destinies Developer: Spearhead Games Publisher: Spearhead Games ESRB Rating: Teen Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nvidia Shield Cost: $14.99 The core concept of Stories: The Path of Destinies kept me playing, but the pieces surrounding that core felt lacklustre and half-realized. And that made the experience empty and at times frustrating. The game alternates…

Rise and Shine: solving puzzles, paying homage

Review: this video game is engaging and the art is top-notch, but the story borrows a little too heavily from classics in the genre

Rise and Shine Developer: Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team Publisher: Adult Swim Games ESRB Rating: Mature Platform: PC Price: $16.99 Rise and Shine mixes side-scrolling shooter gameplay and some light platforming with a novel approach to puzzle solving. It boasts some very attractive art and the narrative is delivered in slick comic-book style. The…