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while True: learn() (PC)

**Review copy provided by the publisher** while True: Learn()—yes, that’s its full name, not a typo in the title—has an excellent premise, combining the desire many of us have to understand machine learning and AI before the robots kill us all, and wanting to understand all the noises our pets make. While True Learn doesn’t…

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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC)

**Free review copy provided by the publisher** Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden adds looting and stealth options to the strategy game staples, while also removing a lot of the RNG you come to expect from the genre, with the end result being a combat experience more akin to a puzzle game like Into the…

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Battlefield V (PC)

With Battlefield V, DICE has made small but important changes to the multiplayer from Battlefield 1, and overall the online experience is stronger. However, the single player content is now clearly an afterthought and the lack of content on release strongly suggests that Battlefield V is not finished. https://youtu.be/s2oEBVd2Gi4 The timing of a review is…

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GRIP: Combat Racing (PC)

**Review copy provided by publisher** GRIP: Combat Racing is the spiritual successor to Rollcage, a racing game for the PlayStation One that targeted the WipeOut fanbase, although never quite achieved the same level of success. I loved Rollcage. The explosions, futuristic vehicles, and pounding Fatboy Slim soundtrack were exactly what I was after at the…

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC

**Review copy provided by the publisher** When CD Projekt Red released Gwent: The Witcher Card Game—based on the popular card game gwent that debuted in The Witcher 3—it promised that a full campaign mode was on its way. Most developers would throw together a short tournament against AI opponents with little in the way of…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (PC)

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the video game equivalent of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. There's a good story in there somewhere and a decent editor could trim the material and create a cohesive product. However, both experiences are stretched thin over unnecessary padding and diversions and by the time you're two-thirds of the way through…

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Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)

**Review copy provided by the publisher** Return of the Obra Dinn is the new game from Lucas Pope, the developer of the excellent Papers, Please. Both games have you solving puzzles to identify people, but the similarities mostly end there. Papers, Please had you solving simple puzzles as quickly as possible. Return of the Obra…

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PC)

Lara Croft has officially become the Tomb Raider. For the third time in five years. You'll have to excuse my fatigue, but I can't help but feel like I've played Shadow of the Tomb Raider before. Twice. Shadow's predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider, wasn't a bad game by any stretch, but it wasn't a particularly…

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Quarantine Circular (PC)

Quarantine Circular is another short text adventure from Bithell Games. Like its predecessor, Subsurface Circular, Quarantine Circular was released with little fanfare and for the low price of $6. Both games share the same DNA, but they aren't connected and you don't need to play Subsurface first. That said, you probably should, because Subsurface is…

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Far Cry 5: Dead Living Zombies DLC

Dead Living Zombies completes Far Cry 5's phenomenally disappointing season pass which never even made it to the mediocre highs of the base game. This expansion has some great writing and a premise that could have set it apart from all the other zombie games out there. Instead, Ubisoft settled for spawning in hoards of zombies…

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Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (PC)

At the beginning of Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, an anthropomorphic wolf voiced by Sting tells you to travel around the depression-era United States collecting stories and telling some of your own. With a premise like that, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Where the Water Tastes Like Wine would live and die by…

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The Red Strings Club (PC)

Cyberpunk stories often assume that body upgrades are commonplace in the future, albeit they are typically reserved for the rich, further widening the gap between the haves and have-nots. The Red Strings Club goes one step further and proposes a future where humans can upgrade their minds to remove negativity and emotional pain. One generous…

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Switch)

The history of Kickstarter-funded video games isn't exactly full of success stories. For every Shovel Knight, there's a Mighty No. 9. Much like movie tie-ins, you do occasionally get good games from Kickstarter, but for the most part, you should exercise caution and keep the hype to a minimum. We still don't know whether Koji…

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The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC)

I thoroughly enjoyed Life is Strange, but given how it ended, I wasn't exactly screaming out for a sequel. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a free prologue tasked with getting us interested in whatever the hell is going to happen in Life is Strange 2. Well, mission accomplished. Captain Spirit wastes no time…

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Subsurface Circular (PC)

Subsurface Circular is a visual novel about talking to strangers on a train. Basically, a British person's worst nightmare. It ends up being a relaxing and thought-provoking experience where you talk to androids and solve a mystery without ever moving from your seat. At ninety minutes long, Subsurface Circular doesn't overstay its welcome and if…

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Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness DLC (PS4)

Far Cry 5's first piece of DLC—Hours of Darkness—shifts the focus to stealth with a reworked perked system that's an ideal fit for a short piece of DLC. Unfortunately, not much else has changed. Hours of Darkness feels like a fan-made mod for Far Cry 5. There's barely any story to speak of, no interesting…

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Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

Detroit: Become Human offers a fascinating glimpse into a possible future where the US is rife with prejudice and discrimination. A future where people are angry about the loss of job opportunities and direct that anger towards those they feel took their jobs. A future where politicians are in the pockets of large corporations, putting the…