STORE COMMUNITY ABOUT SUPPORT
Login Store Community Support
View desktop website
© Valve Corporation. All rights reserved. All trademarks are property of their respective owners in the US and other countries.
Neo Cab is that game you ve seen about being an Uber or Lyft style gig-economy driver, set in a dystopian sci-fi future. It has been described as neon-drenched because that is the only way we have thought of to describe thing that is cyberpunk so far.
We don t actually self-identify as cyberpunk, said Patrick Ewing, creative director of the developers Chance Agency, and not a retired basketball player. We call ourselves nowpunk . Neo Cab is, he explains, about a world where we just continue on our current trajectory. I do think that’s the job of dystopian sci fi, is to warn you of something while there’s still a chance of changing it.
While I was playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, I thought out loud, Man, do I have a lot of questions about surgery in feudal Japan. Less about how you operate on a man so that he wakes up and suddenly finds himself with a prosthetic, having remained peacefully unconscious throughout the entire procedure, and more about how feasible the shinobi prosthetic in Sekiro really is>. Thankfully I have a place to ponder all these questions. (more…)
What mysteries lurk in all that ocean water? If Like Gulls Crying At The Dawn is anything to go by, you might not actually want to find out. On its surface, it s a game about finding washed up messages from a shipwrecked traveller, but, just like the ocean, there are currents of deeper themes underneath. It also has less tortured metaphors than I do.
Like Alice B, I ve been playing Ritual Of The Moon for the past few days. In case you somehow missed it, she s been keeping a diary of her adventures as an exiled space witch in the game, which is designed to be played for a few minutes every day for a month. The game was released on Friday and I like it very much.
I also like the bits of developer Kara Stone s other work that I ve played. Much of it has similar themes to Ritual Of The Moon, including both astronomy and astrology. As such, here s a recommendation of one of her games to play, based on your star sign.
Screenshot Saturday, a lovely showcase of all things upcoming games. Screenshot Saturday Sundays, where I pick just a few for us to gawk at, in the full knowledge that making games is hard and anything could happen to change, delay, or prevent the best-laid plans of these developers. This week: a library to escape the cold, an island full of friendly slimes, and skate tricks on an alien planet.
Sundays are for going on wholesome walks with family you haven’t seen in months. Not for reading the best writing about videogames. If you do that you are bad.
On Waypoint, Patrick Klepek profiled one of UKIP’s candidates for the European Parliment. That candidate is Carl Benjamin, one of Gamergate’s most prominent figures. Klepek highlights the depths of Benjamin’s hatefulness, then stresses that we shouldn’t take his defeat for granted.
This week I ve been exploring the nebula of Heaven s Vault, but, like so many of the translations protagonist Aliya is trying to untangle, my playtime has been fragmentary. Picking through in half-hour chunks, I ve become very appreciative of how the game preserves its own history. Loading up will give you a short but specific reminder of what you were up to before, and for more details you can dig into the timeline, which stretches back thousands of years but simultaneously keeps a helpful log of the events of the past few days.
Exploring a bunch of ruins for mysterious glowing orbs is dangerous, it turns out, even if there are no monsters or even other people around. Esothe is primarily a game about exploring a world full of gorgeous ruins, but there s plenty of places you might take a tumble and be greeted by a sickening crunch. When you re mostly used to hearing birdsong and silence, that can be quite a shock.