HORRORWE’EN [2020]

Hallowe’en is here! Throughout October, myself and WesleyWhale have been focusing on a selection of horror games once again as spooky season is my favourite time of the year! I’ve pretty much dedicated all my time to horror games this month with a range of different genres from visual novels to FPS to puzzle platformers – I think this has been the best horror year yet! You can view our previous horror posts for 2018 and 2019 here.

If you haven’t got anything lined up to play this Hallowe’en, then hopefully we’ll have something that might interest you here. Steam has already released their Hallowe’en sale and all the games featured in this post are all discounted, ranging from 30% to 75% off until 2nd November. There’s also a few games here with free demos if you just want something to keep you occupied for an hour or so. Well then, let’s get started!

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The Steam Games Festival: Summer Edition

During June, Steam featured a selection of free demos for upcoming games as part of The Steam Games Festival: Summer Edition which ran alongside the Steam Summer Sale. During this time, myself and WesleyWhale decided to try out a handful of games to write about, however, this handful quickly became two handfuls and before long, it turned into a list as long as my arm. In the  end, we settled on a list of 12 games to try (all displayed in the header) consisting of a variety of styles and genres. After playing through each of the demos, we wrote all about our experiences in this post with a couple of screenshots to accompany our reviews. So, let’s get started!

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The Caligula Effect: Overdose [Review]

I heard a fair few mixed feelings about The Caligula Effect: Overdose on its release back in March, but since then I haven’t heard a peep so here I am reviewing my experience from April. I’d had my eye on the game a few months previous to release, ranking it 2nd on my Most Anticipated Games of the Year list, so I guess you could say I was intrigued – mainly due to the unique combat system and the strong presence of vocaloid music. I’ve not really taken much interest in JRPGs until recently and I’ve never actually got round to finishing one entirely… Until now!

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Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons [Review]

Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons is an adventure puzzle game developed by Starbreeze Studios and film director, Josef Fares. Published by 505 Games, Brothers was originally released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. It has since been released on PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android and even Windows Phone. A version for the Nintendo Switch was also released yesterday (28th May)!

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Steam Prison [Review]

Steam Prison is an Otome Visual Novel developed by HuneX and published by MangaGamer. Originally released on PS Vita in Japan back in 2016, the game was released on Steam and the MangaGamer website with English subtitles on February 15th 2019. I purchased the game on Steam on release with 10% discount and started playing two weeks later.

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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition [Review]

Ori and the Blind Forest had been sat in my backlog for almost a year. I took an interest in the game way before then due to the stunning visuals originally catching my eye but I’ve always found myself waiting for the price to drop. However, when the sales came around, there always seemed to be a different game at the top of my priority list. Eventually I bought it for 50% off and I can vouch that it was absolutely worth the £7.49 I paid. I’d been putting off playing it for way too long so decided to finally take the plunge last month. I’m so glad I did and my only regret is that I didn’t play it sooner.

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Amnesia: Memories [Review]

Personally, I find there’s nothing better than getting stuck right into a well written visual novel. I don’t always feel like playing games when I get in from work, so diving into something with minimal demand on my end is a great way to chill out after a long day. That being said, here I am with my first review of the year for my first 2019 game completion.

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Hallowe’en Bitesize-Reviews 2018

If you’re looking for a game to play this Hallowe’en, myself and WesleyWhale have got you covered! Throughout October, we’ve both taken the time to investigate some horror games on Steam. We decided to pick a handful of small games so we could get them finished in order to give a decent review for each of them.

This list also features a few free games, so if you’re looking for something very last minute then there are options! Steam also has a Hallowe’en sale on right now so I’ll leave the current price list with each game too!

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Yomawari: Night Alone Review

Developed by Nippon Ichi Software Inc, Yomawari: Night Alone is a horror adventure game originally released in Japan on Playstation Vita in October 2015. The game was later released in English for Vita and Steam in October 2016 and has also been released this month for the Nintendo Switch along with its sequel, Midnight Shadows. I decided now would be the perfect time to finally get into my Steam version with Hallowe’en just around the corner.

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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Review

The Hakuoki Otome Visual Novel adventure continues with Edo Blossoms, the second and final section to the Hakuoki Shinkai: Fuukaden series released on PC by Idea Factory in March 2018. I played the first half, Kyoto Winds, back in May so I’ve been intrigued to finish the whole story… And now I have, 100% completed in fact.

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