Paper Mario: The Origami King review – a hilarious postmodern delight | Games

In the long, indoorsy days of late-stage lockdown, a summer Paper Mario release promises – and delivers – a bright technicolour escape. Paper Mario is a playful, RPG-alike branch off the main Super Mario tree, and from the jump, Origami King is charmingly self-aware, full of self-referential pastiche. The writing Continue Reading

Carrion review – flesh-eating fun | Games

Carrion borrows the premise of Irvin Yeaworth’s 1958 science fiction horror film The Blob, in which a young Steve McQueen takes on a corrosive, human-gobbling alien biomass, but casts you in the role of the antagonist. The setup is pleasingly brisk: in the game’s opening scene, you crack open the Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is a ticket to explore the world again | Games

For a few seconds, it seems real. A Cessna 172 Skyhawk flying low over a rural landscape dotted with fields and farmhouses, a copse of tall trees casting shadows over the swaying grass, a winding country lane. Then, on the horizon, the landscape gives way to rugged coastline, and, as Continue Reading

Röki review – Scandinavian fairytale with a razor-sharp edge | Adventure games

This impressively rich point-and-click adventure game from the British indie studio Polygon Treehouse sweeps players into a sprawling Scandinavian fairytale with a razor-sharp edge. The protagonist, a young girl named Tove, must navigate a strange cel-shaded landscape to rescue her mischievous brother Lars from the clutches of a mythical beast. Continue Reading

Beyond Fortnite: seven online shooting games for grown-ups | Games

Two years after its release, Fortnite still dominates the online gaming space, sucking all the air out of the room with its 350 million players, massive celebrity endorsements and ruthlessly compelling dance routines. But, far away from that game’s rainbow-coloured cartoon scapes, there are team-based shooters requiring patience, strategy and Continue Reading

Beyond a Steel Sky review – the makings of a modern classic | Games

In Beyond a Steel Sky, the citizens of the utopian Union City win and lose points according to their civic behaviour, building an aggregate that measures their social standing. This “Qdos” system, as it’s called, might once have seemed like the product of an authoritarian fever dream. Today, however, it Continue Reading

Xbox Series X games no longer defined by technology, says Microsoft | Games

The era of video game design being defined by technology is over, according to Microsoft. Two hours after the Xbox showcase event livestreamed on 23 July, I’m speaking to the company’s head of studios, Matt Booty, via video call. The showcase revealed 22 games exclusively developed for Xbox consoles, nine Continue Reading

Superhot: Mind Control Delete review – a stylish John Wick-style shooter | Games

Taking place in a computer simulation where the world is carved from alabaster and your opponents made of orange glass, Superhot hinges on the gimmick that time only moves when you do. Remain still in one of its wickedly stylish combat arenas, and the world will hang in an almost-frozen Continue Reading

Xbox One X games showcase: Microsoft reveals Halo: Infinite and more – live | Games

5.10pm BST 17:10 A forcefield shield and a grapple give the combat some extra variety here, as Chief breaks out the plasma weapons and goes after an anti-aircraft gun. I know this is a demo, but there’s a lot of blasting here and not so much of the clever enemy Continue Reading

Playing video games doesn’t lead to violent behaviour, study shows | Games

Video games do not lead to violence or aggression, according to a reanalysis of data gathered from more than 21,000 young people around the world. The researchers, led by Aaron Drummond from New Zealand’s Massey University, re-examined 28 studies from previous years that looked at the link between aggressive behaviour Continue Reading