Hardspace: Shipbreaker takes the labor movement to the stars

Every morning, I wake up in my company-provided bed on the LYNX company space station, and I get a reminder that I owe the company $1.25 billion. This is the debt I incurred just for the privilege of having this job. With interest and fees, it averages out to $500k per day. Welcome to the 23rd-century workforce! So I suit […]

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Card Shark is a delightful lesson in history and cheating

There’s a sumptuous, lived-in feel to Card Shark, a witty and pleasantly stressful game that casts you as a gambler and a cheat, cutting a swath through 18th-century French society. The writing is rich with humor and period detail, and the woodcut-style artwork has a rough, expressive texture and a candlelit glow. You can almost taste the wine and smell […]

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Apollo 47 is a one-page RPG with 1,199 additional pages of flavor text

You know those scenes in movies where people are talking very urgently into a headset? Maybe it’s a heist film and someone’s crawling through an air duct, or it’s a science fiction film and a lonely astronaut is hurtling toward their doom. Whatever the context, that’s the vibe that game designer Tim Hutchings is trying to recreate with his latest […]

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Evil Dead: The Game is a bloody good time, especially with friends

Evil Dead: The Game, Saber Interactive’s new asymmetrical horror game based on the cult classic Sam Raimi horror franchise, has a lot of love for its source material. The game evokes the difficult balance of blood-soaked horror and sardonic humor of the original trilogy, which is no easy feat. But just like the protagonists of the titular franchise, if you […]

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Saints Row’s Gen Z reboot won’t skimp on the mayhem, studio vows

If you’re headed into Saints Row when the rebooted, open-world criminal escapade launches in August, pack a proverbial lunch; it looks like a lot. The developers at Deep Silver Volition are aware of this. “In terms of the amount of it, you said it, you can be a victim of so much,” creative director Brian Traficante acknowledged — where “so […]

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is a gleeful RPG soap opera

In senior year at my strict religious boarding school, watching Passions was an afternoon ritual. Beyond the basic soap opera premise of rival families getting messy, the iconic series had everything for a restless teen: suspense, melodrama, shamelessly imaginative comedy, awful sex, and campy supernatural storylines (including witches and warlocks — it was, after all, set in New England). Our […]

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Watch Jennifer Walters Get Angry In The First She-Hulk Trailer

Disney has unveiled the first trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, the upcoming Marvel series that premieres on Disney+ this August. Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) is a lawyer juggling an increasingly chaotic life, including working for a newly launched superhuman law division. Her cousin also happens to be Bruce Banner, AKA the Hulk. Walters gains a measure of the gamma […]

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