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Bitsy Makes It Easy to Design Small Narrative Games

Games—whether it’s the act of making one, or the thought of playing one—can be overwhelming. It’s impossible to play them all. I’ve tried a few times …

‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm’ is a rare occurrence — a game built around a relatable young woman

<b>Life is Strange: Before the Storm</b> <b><br>Developed by:</b> Deck Nine <b><br>Published by:</b> Square Enix <b><br>Available on:</b> PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox one<p>I’ve long believed that over time the emotional reach of video games would increase, just as it did from the inception of film to Expressionism, Neorealism, and beyond. When I …

Enix

The Polybius Conspiracy — mind-altering video game or urban legend?

When Bobby Feldstein was 14 years old he was taken from his house in Portland, Oregon, by strange, suited figures and later woke up in an underground …

Stranger Things

‘Cold Iron’ is a Puzzle-based Shooter Coming to PSVR, Vive & Rift January 30th

Virtual reality is a great medium for shooters. The problem is, because it’s so natural to virtually transform motion controllers into pistols, the …

Virtual Reality

Best Sonic The Hedgehog Games

There are a number of Sonic The Hedgehog video games available in the market, but not all of them have been hits for Sega. Despite its flops, Sega …

Retrogaming

Video games where the story unfolds like an Oscar-nominated film

To help craft the story for 'The Last of Us Part II,' Neil Druckmann recruited 'Westworld' writer Halley Gross. (Photo: Naughty Dog)<p>From 'The Last of …

Mass Effect

In Defense Of: "Silent Hill" (2006)

Whether you’re an avid cinephile or a hardcore gamer, it’s safe to say that the adaptation of video games to movies has been a somewhat tumultuous …

Horror

15 Best RPGs of 2017

Has there ever been a year full of so many games where the majority not only delivered but over-delivered on expectations? This was never more …

Indie Gaming

Friday the 13th: The Game devs confirm Evil Dead homage

The team behind Friday the 13th: The Game are confirming that one of Jason’s special abilities in the game is a direct homage to the Evil Dead series.<p>…

Horror

GOTY 17: Narrative

Stories that had us hooked from start to finish.

Murder Mystery

LiS: Before the Storm Story Struggles Due to Unneeded Drama

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Shows Why Not Every Game Needs Life or Death Drama<p>December 21, 2017Written by Tyler Treese<p><b>Note</b><i>: This article</i> …

Purrfect Date Review: Come For The Pussy, Stay For The Seriously Dark Plot

I really enjoyed <i>Purrfect Date</i>. I knew I would — although it turned out to be for completely different reasons than I'd anticipated.<p>Dubbed as a cat …

Video Game Review - Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero

<i>Harrison Abbott reviews Resident Evil 7: Not a Hero…</i><p>Whereas <b>End of Zoe</b> had a somewhat hefty price tag associated with it, <b>Not a Hero</b> has no such …

The Awe-Inspiring Gorogoa Is a Beautiful End-of-Year Surprise

<i>Gorogoa</i> is one of those wonderful, must-play games that just may have slipped past my radar if not for strong word of mouth. While I love puzzle …

Video games and the power of winter

Every season has its own distinct landscape look, feel and characteristics. This has permeated into game design incredibly pleasingly. It is easy to …

The Elder Scrolls

Ash of Gods Mixing Disney Inspired Art and Deep Storytelling This March

Russian developers Aurum Dust announced their next game <i>Ash of Gods</i> will launch in March 2018. This tactical RPG mixes hand-drawn characters and …

Audio Mixing

A virtual reality news game teaches the public about the Coventry Blitz

Coventry University in partnership with the Coventry Telegraph created a virtual reality news game that enables members of the public to experience …

Virtual Reality

Eric's Top 10 Games Of 2017

In 2017, I played a lot of games, but only 10 could make the cut for this blog. Culling the herd to just 10 was heartbreaking and required intense …

Top 10

Designing narrative experiences which suspend the player's disbelief

Games featuring character interactions with believable dialogue, discoverable story anecdotes impacted by the player, and responsive interaction …

Life is Strange prequel co-director talks telling a tale without time travel

This year, while <i>Life is Strange</i> developer Dontnod kept chipping away on a sequel to their critically acclaimed teenage time travel drama, developer …

Big Bad Wolf Reveals Narrative Adventure Title The Council

<b>Episodic games are a major</b> part of the gaming world nowadays, though very few studios have been able to break through to the top with them. The …

Game Of The Year 2017 – Best Narrative

<b>There’s something about a well-crafted story</b> that can really grab your attention and not let go. We see fantastic and meaningful narratives told in …

Persona (Video Game)

Video Game Creators Seek Out Hollywood for Robust Narratives

When Pete Samuels, a founder and the chief executive of Supermassive Games, began working on a survival horror adventure video game called Until Dawn in 2015, he knew he wanted the story to unfold like that of a horror film.<p>So he turned to Hollywood. Mr. Samuels sought out Larry Fessenden, an …

Star Wars Anthology Series

Gorogoa Review: Art Over Gameplay

<i>Gorogoa</i> is a weird game to talk about.<p>In fact, it's probably unfair to call it a "game" at all. There are <i>some</i> gameplay conventions, sure, in the form …

The top 10 game developers of the year

The year is drawing to a close, and with it comes the tricky business of selecting ten game makers to celebrate as Gamasutra's Top Developers of the …

A level designer's guide to the art of making great puzzles

What's so appealing about puzzles?<p>For level designers, at least, puzzles are a great tool you can use to give players a means of acting on your …

Night in the Woods for Xbox One review: A compelling adventure game with an impactful narrative

Story-based games usually try to make their narratives feel relatable, and Night in the Woods is no exception. Through strong writing and clever use …

‘Champions’ Ballad’ Adds More Puzzles Than Story to ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

When Nintendo revealed <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> would be getting a DLC expansion focusing on Princess Zelda‘s Champions, fans …