Author: Dakota Gordon

A Nintendo fanatic since young, which began with Donkey Kong Country. Eventually grew into a person fascinated with the art of critique and perspectives. Harbors a deep adoration for pixel-art, 2D side-scrollers, and sci-fi. Bonafide hipster, and reads history textbooks "for fun."

Fatal Frame Franchise Quiz: Testing Spirit

With Maiden of Black Water's current-generation release next week, see how much you know about the Fatal Frame franchise with this quiz! Spanning nearly twenty years with a unique premise, this somewhat niche series has no shortage of terri...

The Sundew Review: Futuristic Retro… Or Not (PC)

Drenched in the sci-fi dystopian rainfall, The Sundew emerges with admirable ambition. Join Anna Isobe as she's tasked with an objective that will change her life forever. Be sure to bring a little brainpower and intuition; this is a game n...

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What Is the Best PlayStation Console?

More than 25 years after its debut console launch, find out which PlayStation platform players think is best. With plenty of systems to choose from and decades of history, the results are sure to be somewhat divisive. For example, does new ...

Switch Online Expansion Pack More Than Doubles the Initial Cost

Snuck into today's Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct was the price reveal of the previously announced Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which hikes the cost exponentially. Coming October 25th, it will also include the new Animal Cros...

Metroid Dread Review: Deserving of an E.M.M.I. Award

The wait for the final chapter in the Metroid timeline has expired. Metroid Dread faithfully re-immerses players in the 2D "Search Action" experience that made the franchise so influential to the gaming world. With a newfound emphasis on te...

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PowerBeatsVR – 10 Oculus Quest App Lab Keys Giveaway

Experience high-intensity fitness in VR! Thanks to the kind developers, we're giving away 10 Oculus Quest App Lab keys for PowerBeatsVR. More details below; don't forget to stay hydrated. GET IN SHAPE AND HAVE FUN! PowerBeatsVR is a high-in...

Haiku, the Robot Demo Preview: Sunset Soulevard

The world has changed. Mechanisms have risen up, taken over, and have since fallen themselves. Join a cute little mechanism in Haiku, the Robot as you explore the ruins of a distinct, radiant land. Available to play in Steam's Next Fest, it...

Conscript Demo Preview: Rigidly Poetic

A new face in survival horror has revealed itself. Conscript is an atmospheric, graphic depiction of World War I, complete with the elements that made games of its genre so immersive. Thanks to Steam's Next Fest, a free demo displaying its ...

The Last Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Will Be Sora From Kingdom Hearts

Revealed today in the final Smash Bros. themed Mr. Sakurai Presents, the final DLC fighter will be Sora from the acclaimed Kingdom Hearts series. After re-confirming earlier that there will be no additional DLC Fighters Passes, this marks t...

Transmute Demo Preview: All the Specific Ingredients

Sometimes it's nice to just sit back, relax, and annihilate alien races on foreign planets. Transmute is a well-tuned Metroidvania title currently available as a free demo for Steam's Next Fest. Featuring all that you would expect from the ...

Anno Mutationem Demo Preview: Bloated Ambition

Among the more experimental games during the 2021 Steam Next Fest, Anno Mutationem is a sci-fi cyberpunk aiming to compel and enrapture. Featuring a compelling narrative and complex characters, it's an immense project in theory. But will it...

Victory Heat Rally Demo Preview: Just Race, Baby

If your blood is fueled by adrenaline and speed, there's an upcoming retro-inspired racing game with your name on it. Victory Heat Rally is available to play as a free demo during the 2021 Steam Next Fest until October 7th. High-energy and ...

River City Girls 2 Receives First Official Trailer at TGS 2021

Revealed during the Tokyo Game Show, River City Girls 2 has its first official trailer broadcast to the world. Featuring four of the playable characters and their voice actors, it looks to be an enhanced sequel of an already action-packed t...

Peachleaf Valley: Seeds of Love Demo Preview: Refreshing Re-Leaf

Enjoy a story heavily inspired by farm-sim games of old, with a slight fantasy touch! A girl, completely down on her luck, stumbles upon an offer to start anew. Peachleaf Valley: Seeds of Love provides the nurturing comfort of nature and ho...

Transiruby Demo Preview: Downward Thrust or Bust

What better way to explore an unfamiliar planet than by having a cat computer show you the way around? Transiruby is a colorful metroidvania adventure by the developer of titles like KAMIKO and Picontier. Available for the next week as a pl...

Grapple Dog Demo Preview: Swingin’ Sweetness

Fit into the shoes of Pablo, an energetic dog on the search for treasure! Soon enough, he'll come upon a grappling hook, transforming him into none other than Grapple Dog. (He does not refer to himself in this way, to my knowledge.) Swing, ...

Quirky Platformer SHEEPO Announced for Console Release

After initially releasing for PC in August of 2020, the creature-collecting platformer SHEEPO has been announced to release on major consoles, including Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Partnering with Top Hat Studios to publish the titl...

Alder’s Blood – 10 Xbox One / Series X Keys Giveaway

Make your way in the world where God was killed by humanity! Thanks to No Gravity Games, we're giving away 10 Xbox One / Series X keys for Alder's Blood. More details below. Survive a World Without God! Alder’s Blood is a tactical-str...

Earn Money Writing About Movies and TV at KeenGamer

Should you want to earn money by writing about movies, KeenGamer has a wonderful opportunity for you! We're in need of people that are passionate about the industry and can deliver their opinion in a clear manner. If this sounds right to yo...

BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites Review: Fangs For Nothing (PC)

Revived and reanimated, BloodRayne Betrayal: Fresh Bites returns for the modern generation with bloody bliss! Developer WayForward is tasked with reworking their 2011 hack n' slash title to greater effect. Whether or not it succeeds may dep...

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Sci-Fi Adventure Game UNSIGHTED Announces Release Date on PC and Consoles

After several years of development, Studio Pixel Punk have revealed a release date for their indie title, UNSIGHTED. Releasing on PC and most modern consoles, players will be able to purchase the game later this September. Sporting intricat...

Action-Platformer Steel Assault Reveals September Release Date

Indie title Steel Assault has finally revealed a full release date, after multiple years in development. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in early 2015, the game has gone through a number of changes as time marched onward. Releasing ...

Webbed Review: You Will Believe a Spider Can Fly

Arachnophobia is one of the most common fears of humankind. With Webbed, that fear quickly spins into magnificent explorative freedom and quirky, physics-based platforming and puzzle-solving. Help your spider friend rescue her boyfriend fro...

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Is the Gaming Industry Running Out of Ideas for Original Content?

With all the remasters recently, see if players think the gaming industry is running out of ideas for original content. There are benefits and detriments to constantly re-envisioning games of the past, though should it be cause for alarm? U...

Metroid Franchise Quiz: Show You Know Metroid Can’t Crawl

See how well you know the Metroid franchise with this all-encompassing quiz on the famous bounty hunter's adventures! With Metroid Dread closing in, now is as good as time as ever to catch up on 35 years of heroic accomplishments. Are you a...

Indie Developer Colorgrave Reveals Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils

After their debut game Prodigal made the rounds in late 2020, developer Colorgrave just revealed their next project—Curse Crackers: For Whom the Belle Toils. Slated to release in November of this year, it stars Belle and Chime as they attem...

Axiom Verge 2 Review: Expanding the Breach (Switch)

After the successful launch of solo-developed game Axiom Verge in 2015, developer Tom Happ has returned with Axiom Verge 2. A sequel mostly in name, the game showcases new settings, characters, and features for players to dive into. Does it...

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Button City Review: A Witty, Walking Waltz (Switch)

Button City is closing down, and it's up to you to prevent that terrible fate! Play as Fennel, a shy newcomer to town just wanting to fit in and play video games. When that happens and everything's looking good, a scourge named Pepperbottom...

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Dead Space Franchise Quiz: Are You Ready For Convergence?

On the cusp of an IP revival, see if you remember the finer details of the Dead Space franchise with this general quiz! Spanning three titles (thus far), the series has seen its fair share of ups, downs, and bloody encounters. How will you ...

Are Survival Co-Op Games the Next Big Thing in Gaming?

See whether gamers believe if Survival Co-Op games are the next big thing in the gaming world. With the vast success of Valheim and the greats of years past such as Minecraft, it's not hard to think more games like them will come in time. B...

Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance Review: Nostalgic Veloci-Rapture

If you can't find love, it might be because you're looking in the wrong era. Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance supplies a relatable coming of age romp that mixes realistic anxieties with a fantasy twist. Whether a raptor, fae, or bigf...

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Mario Party Quiz: Become a Trivia Superstar

If you like to party, this Mario Party quiz will put you in a festive mood! If you think you know all there is to know about Mario Party, why not test your stuff? Mario Party Superstars is on the horizon; what better time to look back at th...

Is Gaming on PC the Best Option?

See how players feel about whether PC is the best platform for gaming over consoles. Given the advancement of technology and the always adaptable computer hardware, PC tends to have a leg up in terms of performance and graphical capability ...

Mario Golf: Super Rush Review: Just Outside the Rough

After a near-two-decade break, the Mario Golf franchise is back on home consoles, with a speedy twist. Play as a large cast of Mario characters old and new and hit the greens once again with Mario Golf: Super Rush. Is it worth playing, or s...

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Renaine Demo Preview: Jazzy Gymnastics

Get jiggy with bees, fight a house, and perform acrobatic feats of inhuman flexibility! Renaine's demo build is available for a limited time during Steam's Next Fest. Complete with a jazzy soundtrack, tons of quests, and about 90 minutes' w...

Everything Revealed During the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct

Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Dread, new Smash Bros. Character; these are but a few highlights from everything revealed at the Nintendo presentation at E3 2021. Let's go over all the details and properly assess the biggest announcements fro...

River City Girls 2 Officially Confirmed, ’94 Title Remaster Also Coming

A sequel to 2019's River City Girls has officially been confirmed via a Limited Run Games presentation. Along with it, a remastered title of 1994's Shin Nekketsu Kōha: Kunio-tachi no Banka, where River City Girls heroines Kyoko and Misako m...

Low Poly Narrative Game Button City to Release Q3 2021 for PC and Consoles

Button City, a low poly narrative game by developer Subliminal, will be releasing in Q3 2021 on every major modern console. Announced during yesterday's Wholesome Direct, the game is available to wishlist now on Steam. Fans of the arcade sc...

New Snacko Trailer Reveals Updated Release Date, Now Coming to Switch

Snacko, the upcoming farm-sim involving a community of cats, received a new trailer detailing an updated release date and Switch designation. Shown during the recent Wholesome Direct, the game now has a 2022 release window after being previ...

Underwater Exploration Game Mythic Ocean to Arrive on Consoles

Should you fancy exploring an underwater world and grooming gods to eventually rule reality, Mythic Ocean is heading to consoles very soon. Announced during the recent Wholesome Direct, publisher Nakana.io has teamed up with Paralune LLC to...

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