Nathaniel Berens

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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

>observer_ review

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
Cradle review Article

Cradle review

Post-apocalyptic Mongolia never looked so beautiful, but this exploration-based adventure babies players a bit too much on the gameplay front.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Sep 21, 2015
The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna review Article

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna review

Croteam's excellent puzzler paved the way for a funny, challenging, and highly rewarding downloadable expansion.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Aug 14, 2015

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