Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The state of horror games in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rv635/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rv635/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2015 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:22:20 -0500 Ty Arthur

While other gaming genres are stagnating and in need of a serious shake-up, horror is innovating and finding new ways to be more effective. The recent pinnacle was probably last year as Among The Sleep and Alien: Isolation from 2014 showed how first person experiences can epitomize and legitimize terror.

Although not without flaws, those games made it clear that horror works best when you can't effectively fight back – a notion that's gone forward into 2015 with a bevy of absorbing titles, covering every platform and graphical style you can imagine. That's great for gamers in general, but can also be a problem for individual players, as many of the most intriguing titles didn't hit all platforms: if you want to experience them all, you'll need to bridge the divide between PC and multiple consoles.

Before checking out our look back on the state of the horror genre this year, don't forget to also read through our other articles analyzing the state of other genres in the 2015 gaming world:

Most Overhyped / Biggest Horror Disappointment Of 2015

There were a slew of high-quality and imminently frightening releases this year, but all is not well in the state of horror...

Silent Hills

Until the upcoming reboot of FF7 was announced to be an episodic release without turn-based combat, there wasn't a bigger outcry from gamers that reverberated across the entire web than when Silent Hills was canceled and PT was pulled from the PlayStation Store.

Hideo Kojima's messy breakup with Konami led to this collateral damage that still has people in shock. We're all desperately holding out hope that someday this Guillermo Del Toro / Norman Reedus collaboration will return, but the stark reality staring us in the face is as bleak and horrific as the game would have been.

Just looking at this makes me sad

Five Nights At Freddy's 3 And 4

The gaming community is definitely split as to whether the infamous Five Nights At Freddy's series is a boon or a low point for horror. With simplistic gameplay (honestly, these could be mobile tapfest games rather than PC titles) and a string of games coming out in rapid succession, FNAF catapulted into the public consciousness mostly from the reaction videos. Frankly, watching those reaction videos is more fun than actually playing the games.

Two separate entries came out this year in the series, which didn't really shake up the formula much beyond a change in scenery and adding in some pixelated mini-games. The first 15 minutes playing any given FNAF game is scary, exhilarating fun, but then you're left with the endless repetition. It isn't long before the annoying realization sets in that it isn't actually all that enjoyable to check camera 1, check camera 2, check camera 3, re-check camera 1, close door, open door, check camera 1, ad nauseum into infinity.

This is really only scary the 1st time.

Biggest And Best Horror Release Of 2015

Horror managed to sneak its way into plenty of major games solidly sitting in other genres, like the Lovecraftian influences in Bloodborne, while Black Ops III of course saw the return of zombie mode, this time going in an eldritch horror direction set in the 1940s.

For the full-fledged games that are meant to be horror through-and-through, there was no shortage of options in 2015, and some of them managed to reach the same heights of last year's crop. It should go without saying that these are games best experienced alone, with the lights out and headphones on, or you lose a lot of the impact.

Soma

Coming from the same folks responsible for the Penumbra and the Amnesia games, you know you're in for something really messed up and genuinely creepy with Soma. While there aren't as many direct scares this time around with monsters actively trying to kill you, there is an overall sense of dread – and some really disturbing psychological horror – that propels this one forward. It's also always nice to see horror take a sci-fi bend rather than another supernatural or modern day focus, and fans of System Shock will be right at home here.

The lines get seriously blurred in Soma, in more ways than one.

Dying Light

Really delivering on the promise of open-world style horror that was hinted with past zombie titles, Dying Light puts the emphasis more on the “game” aspect in the genre of “horror games,” and is a ton of fast-paced fun once you get the controls down. That all changes when the sun drops below the horizon, though, as everything turns deadly and you have to carefully sneak your way back to safety, with the horror of the situation hitting home a little harder. Much like Dead Island, there are some issues with the gameplay, but overall this is a much better experience.

Until Dawn

Going a very different direction from either Soma or Dying Light is the interactive movie Until Dawn. You've heard this one before: a bunch of attractive and horny 20-somethings are about to spend the weekend in a remote cabin when something starts picking them off one by one. You may have seen it a hundred times in a slew of movies with diminishing returns, but you've never played it quite like this. The choice system brings to mind Heavy Rain while the subject matter is classic slasher horror to the max.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

After a spate of games that keep going further and further away from their roots, we did get another Resident Evil title this year, and that's usually a good thing for horror fans. While it's not Resident Evil 4 (and the series is probably never going to be that good again), the episodic Revelations 2 is still being received better than the last couple of entries. It's still more action-focused than fully survival horror, but switching between characters to use each of their skills is a fun mechanic, and you can now try the 1st episode for free on consoles.

The Park

Although not a big release by any stretch of the imagination, there was one indie game well worth mentioning in horror that saw release in October just in time for Halloween. Short and sweet, The Park isn't a lengthy experience, but it's an all-encompassing one that really draws you in and hits the psychological horror notes hard. Amusement parks are already pretty creepy, but abandoned ones at night are even more so, and this game will make you never want to go near another one again.

Yeah, don't go on the Ferris Wheel.

Early Access

The advent of early access titles through platforms like Steam has made it difficult to classify what year a game is actually released. If a title has been available in early access for all of 2015 (and half of 2014 or earlier...) and has been played by thousands, but won't be feature complete until 2016, what year does the game actually come out? The issue becomes more complex when you consider that some developers are just leaving their games in early access mode indefinitely, using the money of new purchases to fund additional features over time.

There's some interesting ethical considerations in this style of funding, since fans are essentially paying for demos that may never get finished, and overall it's more dicey and prone to fail than straight crowdfunding. We'll avoid those titles that have been abandoned or look on the verge of failing and instead focus on three prominent games this year featuring fairly frequent updates that appear to be nearing completion.

The Forest

The Forest has been in early access since May of 2014, and it shows a ton of potential; hopefully, the full and complete game is actually on the horizon. This one puts you as the only survivor of a plane crash in a huge forested area filled with seriously creepy cannibalistic creatures. It's basically a survival sim – you have to build shelter and craft objects – but with a horror theme. This one has the possibility to become great, if only it ever makes it out of alpha.

Layers Of Fear

Only having been in early access since August of this year, Layers Of Fear is already feeling more like a complete game, and it delivers the fear in spades. Putting you in the role of a painter who has just totally lost his mind, there is an amazing atmosphere and aura of menace to this whole game that's both unique and leans on classic tropes. If there's an early access horror game that seems destined for success in the near future, this one is it.

Everything about this game is as unsettling as the painting suggests

Darkwood

Having used the early access feature of Steam for more than a year now, Darkwood offers a completely different style than what you'd typically get from a horror game: it's a top-down, procedurally generated game. It sounds odd, but it works, and there are some truly creepy moments on display in what Darkwood has offered up so far.

Horror On The Wii U In 2015

Fatal Frame 5

Frequently an afterthought in this latest console generation, lately there have been a few reasons to dust off the not-so-old machine (most notably with the RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X just arriving). Horror fans actually have one very solid incentive to go the Nintendo route: Fatal Frame 5 finally landed in North America on the Wii U this year under the title Maiden Of Black Water.

If you aren't familiar with the series, those early Fatal Frame entries were terrifying before games really figured out they could be terrifying, and they are still worth playing today. Unfortunately, this one isn't getting nearly the love from fans as the earlier games (the Metacritic score is currently a very disappointing 67), but for Wii U gamers it's still worth giving a shot. Unfortunately, this is a digital-only title in North America, so don't expect to find it sitting on store shelves.

Get ready to see dead people!

The Forecast For Horror In 2016

Horror isn't slowing down anytime soon, and in fact it's a good bet the genre is going to significantly ramp up as VR devices like the Oculus Rift finally arrive for large scale use. While that's still a ways off, the closer 2016 already has a ton of fright-based games that look amazing.

Games originally forecast to arrive this year – like the black and white, noir horror title Dollhouse or the Clocktower reboot Nightcry – are going to be coming early 2016 and should make some great early year material.

Asymmetrical or co-op is also getting a bigger focus coming up soon, with games like Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age or Friday the 13th covering the cooperative front. If you want something really unique, be on the lookout for Perception, a horror title along the lines of Outlast or Amnesia that changes the formula by making you play as a blind character.

Co-op monster hunting action is on the horizon.

For a full look at what's coming, check out our list of the 11 most anticipated horror titles slated to arrive in the coming months here, and be sure to let us know what you thought of 2015's scary offerings.

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Is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water too big for the Wii U? https://www.gameskinny.com/dbo98/is-fatal-frame-maiden-of-black-water-too-big-for-the-wii-u https://www.gameskinny.com/dbo98/is-fatal-frame-maiden-of-black-water-too-big-for-the-wii-u Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:03:52 -0400 Derek Islas

Before you go out and buy the new Fatal Frame, make sure your Wii U has enough memory to download it. Many fans of the series are discovering that they either need an external hard drive or another Wii U entirely. 

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water requires a whopping 15GB of free space in order to be played. With many of the Wii U owners only having the 8GB version, they will never be able to play this game without buying some form of extra memory.

Fans of the series are beyond frustrated with the decision to make Fatal Frame an eShop-only game. In response to this decision, Ryan Cann took it upon himself to create a petition for a physical release of the survival-horror game. Nearing 2,500 signatures, hopefully both Nintendo and Xseed can come to some sort of agreement for an NA physical release. 

Whatever the outcome, I'm sure that fans of the series will find some way to play their highly-anticipated game. 

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Fatal Frame horror meets cosplay: Princess Zelda and Zero Suit Samus outfits revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/3scur/fatal-frame-horror-meets-cosplay-princess-zelda-and-zero-suit-samus-outfits-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/3scur/fatal-frame-horror-meets-cosplay-princess-zelda-and-zero-suit-samus-outfits-revealed Mon, 19 Oct 2015 03:30:30 -0400 Gabriella Graham

Halloween costumes don't have to be limited to the real world this year. The Fatal Frame franchise is turning its efforts away from the risqué alternative character costumes of the past. Players can now unlock Princess Zelda and Zero Suit Samus attire as a bonus to their horror experience in Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Nintendo released a short gameplay video with each of the girls moving around in their alternative costumes, as seen above. Miu Hinasaki struts her regal stuff in Zelda garb while Yuri Kozukata can be seen exploring Mt. Hikami as Samus. It is unclear whether or not these costumes are character exclusive based on the images and video.

Heels I don't get, but this is a fashion confidence boost I can appreciate.

The exact method to unlocking these costumes hasn't been officially released, leaving fans wondering if the outfits are found in-game, as the series has done in the past. The word "unlockable" most likely indicates the fans won't have to download the costumes separate from the game in the Nintendo eShop. While there's no word on Fatal Frame amiibo support, there's a small possibility that players unlock the outfits through their amiibos, as seen in Super Mario Maker. There has been no news on additional outfits, Nintendo-based or otherwise.

From Exploitation to Inspiring

This new type of fan service turns away from the bikini costumes of previous Fatal Frame games. Fatal Frame: Oracle of the Sodden Raven generated plenty of news buzz not for its scares, but for its questionably sexy content. The bonus outfits were by no means a game requirement, but the mere option set some players back.

Classic I-sure-hope-I-don't-die survival outfit.

The content verged on erotic, leading fans to criticize a bonus option that took away from the game's mood. It seems that distracting does not equal scary. Horror films did not prepare me for that.

In comparison, Nintendo's new costumes follow a recent pattern of the company to expand the appeal of a handful of less popular games by utilizing unrelated but iconic franchises. The change may have been encouraged in part by the bad publicity gained in pursuit of the former sex-appeal method for Fatal Frame

Princess of Hyrule, intergalatic bounty hunter, or neither? 

Capturing ghost shots in swimwear certainly seems odd, but Zelda's royal dress at least provides some extra skin protection. Admittedly, I wouldn't want to be caught running for my life in either option. The added benefit of playing at legendary princess status simply doesn't come with underwear alone, though.

Some fans would argue that the Samus attire possesses its own sex appeal, given the skin-tight body suit. I say battle-ready armor shouldn't be compared to Victoria's Secret newest lingerie line. Samus' outfit is made for comfortable, free movement. I desire nothing less when visiting infamous Japanese horror locations during the witching hour. Which I obviously do frequently, so I would know.

Ghost lady supports unlockable costumes.

Whether or not the new costumes ultimately take away from the player's frantic jump scares or add some fun to gameplay is up to the individual fan to decide.

The game itself launches on October 22nd. The title will be a digital exclusive for the Wii U in North America and can be purchased for $50 through Nintendo's eShop. For those wary of commitment, there's also a free downloadable trial version that includes the prologue and first two chapters of the game. Europe will have a limited retail release.

So who's up for some horror cosplay action? Are there any Nintendo characters you would like to see referenced in Fatal Frame? Share any and all opinions in the comments below!

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10 Games to Look Forward to in October https://www.gameskinny.com/9gp95/10-games-to-look-forward-to-in-october https://www.gameskinny.com/9gp95/10-games-to-look-forward-to-in-october Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:24:07 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

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Halo 5: Guardians
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Master Chief returns, but this time he's missing.

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In a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds, you will have to hunt the truth in search of Master Chief while a mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy.

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Two new multiplayer modes breathe new life into the storied franchise: Warzone brings in both friendly and enemy AI to mix up the experience with up to 24 players battling it out, while Arena gives players the competitive 4-vs-4 combat that we all know and love.

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Choose your Guardians on Xbox One on October 27th.

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What game are you excited about this October? 

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
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While the next The Legend of Zelda game for consoles is still missing in action, fans of the franchise can keep themselves occupied with a Zelda game with not one Link, but three.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes lets three players team up via local or online multiplayer to cooperatively solve puzzles and battle bosses in inventive dungeons. Single players can also use paper dolls instead of real players to complete the team of three.

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The new Totem mechanic lets the three Links stack themselves on top of each other to reach new locations and attack enemies on higher ground, while loot can be collected to create wearable outfits with different boosts and abilities.

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With a visual style and top-down view reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will surely give fans a satisfying sense of nostalgia.

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Tri Force the Legend on Nintendo 3DS on October 23rd.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate
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Another year, another Assassin's Creed; this time, we'll be jumping into haystacks all the way in jolly old Victorian England.

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Set in 1868, twin siblings Jacob and Evie Frye travel to London to rally the underworld in the face of widespread corruption caused by the age of the Industrial Revolution. 

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The birth of the modern age gives birth to all-new weapons and technology, such as brass knuckles, cane swords, and rope launchers to scale buildings in seconds and take enemies by surprise. Play as either protagonist, hijack carriages, and even brawl on top of them as you save London from Templar control.

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Assassinate the Syndicate on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 23rd, and Windows on November 19th.

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Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
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What's Halloween without some horror?

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This October marks the highly-anticipated return of Japanese cult horror franchise Fatal Frame with its first core entry since 2008. Utilizing the Wii U GamePad controller as your only defense, you will have to save yourself from hostile ghosts by taking photographs of them.

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Three interconnected stories will converge uncovering the truth behind the history of death and darkness on Mount Hikami. Armed with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of spirits, you will have to survive a deadly stream of water flowing throughout the mountain while investigating the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-sized dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses.

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Capture Fatal Frame on Wii U on October 22nd.

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Tales of Zestiria
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The Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) genre is as strong as ever, as Bandai Namco celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Tales series with the fifteenth main entry.

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Tales of Zestiria tells the story of a Shepherd named 'Sorey', blessed with powers by the mystical spirit race, the Seraphim, as he travels with his friends to free the land from creatures spawned by negative emotions. 

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Improving upon the series' famed Linear Motion Battle System, Tales of Zestiria's seamlessly integrated Advanced Battle System lets certain characters fuse into a single entity in battle to deliver powerful attacks. With the help of Seraphim, you can discover diversified and huge environments throughout your adventure in the medieval fantasy open world.

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Discover Zestiria on Windows, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 on October 20th.

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Life is Strange - Episode 5: Polarized
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One of the most pleasant surprises of the year will be sadly coming to an end.

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The fifth and final episode of Life is Strange will close the books on what has been a thrillingly dramatic adventure through Arcadia Bay, Oregon, in the shoes of charming protagonist Maxine Caulfield. Her power to rewind time has changed the course of her world, and only she has the power to prevent it from being stuck in time.

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The choices made throughout the season will come full circle in the last episode, and different choices will lead to different endings. But while it might be the last time we will be entrenched in Max's story, the lovely soundtrack will be there to ease our sorrows.

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Polarize the end on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 20th.

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Guitar Hero Live
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Talk about a comeback; we're getting a new Guitar Hero after five years!

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Guitar Hero Live will introduce a revamped six-button guitar controller, two new innovative gameplay modes, and hundreds of new tracks. 

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The new single-player GH Live mode gives you a first-person view of real crowds, real venues, and best of all, real reactions. If you're missing too many beats, your bandmates will be trying to give you a wake-up call, but if you're on fire, the cheers will be off the charts.

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The most significant feature of Guitar Hero Live is Guitar Hero TV (GHTV), the world's first playable music video network. At anytime, you can pick a channel and discover new songs to play, earning in-game currency and leveling up to access Premium Shows. GHTV also lets you play with your friends locally or online all over the world, so the competition to be the best guitarist never stops, no matter your skill level.

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Go Live on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 20th.

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Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone
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Arguably the most popular family-friendly video game of this era will finally be getting a story, and it sure looks interesting.

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Thanks to adventure game powerhouse Telltale Games, Minecraft: Story Mode will be coming into existence and giving players a different spin on the big, wide, pixelated world of Minecraft.

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As a male or female hero named 'Jesse', you will have to save the world from oblivion by traversing through storied places such as the Overworld, the Nether, and the End in order to find the legendary Order of the Stone. Five episodes, tough decisions, and thrilling action will all be rolled into one for an an adventure of a lifetime through the world of Minecraft.

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Minecraft your own story on Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 13th, and on iOS and Android on October 15th.

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Rock Band 4
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The band is back and it's ready for current-gen!

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After three years of plastic instruments collecting dust in cupboards, Rock Band 4 will be stepping back on stage with upgraded wireless controllers, all-new single-player and multiplayer modes, and of course, brand-new tracks. More than 2000 songs will can be downloaded from the Rock Band Music Store, including those previously purchased at no additional cost.

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In addition, Rock Band 4 will have backwards-compatibility for all last-gen controllers, so whether on lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, or vocals, all of us can once again get back to being rock stars.

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Rock on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 6th.

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Read Only Memories
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Let's face it. Not all of us will make it to see what the world looks like fifty years from now; we might not even be able to make it to next year. But thanks to the wonders of technology, we won't need to wait very long for our first taste of the future.

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Developed by Midboss, Read Only Memories is a cyberpunk adventure game set in 2064 Neo-San Francisco. As a young struggling journalist, you have to investigate and uncover the mystery of the disappearance of your friend, the creator of the world's first sapient robot, Turing.

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Fast-paced puzzles, decisive dialogue choices, and an exciting world of side quests and character arcs await to be explored as you experience unique graphics and exotic sounds in a dystopian future. The inclusion of queer and diverse characters in meaningful roles brings the tense story of multiple paths and missed opportunities to life, and gives us a world that might not seem so different from ours at all.

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Read Only Memories is out on Windows, Mac, and Linux on October 6th.

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Deathly Hallows
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As the first month of autumn draws to a close, most of us will have settled decently enough back into our regular routines of ample work and not a lot of play. On the other hand, the gaming industry is gearing up for the flurry of games ingrained in the annual holiday season.

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But while it may not be time for shiny bells and tempting offers just yet, the changing weather brings with it winds of change to major franchises, old genres, and a host of thrilling, dramatic stories.

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To help us in our transition to longer stays indoors, here are ten exciting games that will be bursting on the scene in the dark and stormy month of October.

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