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Nathaniel Berens

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Articles by Nathaniel Berens:


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Golden Treasure: The Great Green review Article

Golden Treasure: The Great Green review

Its survival elements can clash with the leisurely visual novel-style adventuring, but this complex genre-blending dragon simulator really soars in its world-building and storytelling.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 21, 2019
Layers of Fear 2 review Article

Layers of Fear 2 review

The horror sequel gets a slick new setting but feels like more of the same house of horrors experience with little story clarity and even less gameplay.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jul 5, 2019
Lucius III review Article

Lucius III review

Marked by narrative, design and technical issues alike, the son of Satan's series finale is doomed from the start.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Jun 5, 2019
Hypnospace Outlaw review Article

Hypnospace Outlaw review

Don't sleep on this thoroughly unique, often hilarious, meticulously crafted ode to the early days of the Internet.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » May 13, 2019
Return of the Obra Dinn Article

Return of the Obra Dinn review

This unique minimalist adventure is sure to float the boat of anyone looking for a compelling narrative puzzle to unwind.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 9, 2018
INFRA review Article

INFRA review

This lengthy environmental puzzler is cleverly constructed though partly undermined by a few key structural design flaws.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Feb 14, 2018
Observer review Article

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A horrific future has rarely looked so good in this intense, richly atmospheric cyberpunk mystery.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 17, 2017
Stories Untold review Article

Stories Untold review

This four-part anthology of horror vignettes blending '80s-era environments and text is one of the stranger things in the genre these days.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jul 17, 2017
Event[0] review Article

Event[0] review

The abundant potential of this atmospheric sci-fi adventure just doesn't fully compute due to its abbreviated story and limited gameplay.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 4, 2016
Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV review Article

Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV review

The magical realist journey continues to drift along in a meandering, melancholy way in the long-awaited penultimate episode.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Aug 29, 2016
Layers of Fear review Article

Layers of Fear review

Although slick-looking on the surface, this psychological horror adventure paints itself into a corner by slathering on the shallow jump scares.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jul 22, 2016
The Beginner’s Guide review Article

The Beginner’s Guide review

The Stanley Parable's Davey Wreden leads a thought-provoking, experimental reflection of games-as-interactive-art.

Review score - 4 Read the review » May 18, 2016
Firewatch review Article

Firewatch review

Be on the lookout for this rich character-driven journey, even if some of its smouldering promise is snuffed out along the way.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Feb 10, 2016
SOMA review Article

SOMA review

Delving deep into complex ethical issues at the bottom of the ocean, the creators of Amnesia have brilliantly fused sci-fi and horror together in one.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Oct 19, 2015
Until Dawn review Article

Until Dawn review

The teen slasher formula is brought to life (and grisly death) in this gripping choice-driven, multi-path PS4 exclusive.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Oct 2, 2015

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