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Best relaxing games for letting your mind chill

It’s fair to say we all need a break sometimes. Relaxing games fit a niche that is badly needed now, two months ago, basically any time of year. No matter what you’re going through personally or otherwise, the ability for video games to whisk you away and offer you something a little different is unparalleled. Have a look at our pick of the top 10 best relaxing games, pick one at random and you are bound to have a nice chilled evening. Enjoy.

7 Games to quench your thirst before Bloodlines 2 | Green Man Gaming

If you’re here, chances are you’re a long time fan of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (VTMB for short) or have recently seen the Xbox trailer and thought “Hey, that looks kinda intriguing”. Well lucky you, VTMB has had a long legacy in gaming and you are fortunate enough to have 7 whole games to play while you wait for its release later this year. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is the long-awaited sequel to VTMB from way back in 2004. It promises an immersive sim-style environment

Main Assembly Review

Let’s get this out of the way; Main Assembly will simultaneously make you feel very smart and very, very stupid. It combines a little bit of Portal, Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, and Kerbal Space Program. Initially, you boot up the tutorial and you are given a brief glimpse into the surface level that Main Assembly can offer. You control a small (customizable) drone that can squeeze through gaps and attach themselves to vehicles or objects. You must flip over a car; then you’re allowed to dock to

Desperados III Review - Worth more than a fistful of dollars

Desperados III has a lot to live up to, especially in terms of the classic titles from almost 20 years ago. However, with its combination of intense stealth and diorama style puzzles, it doesn’t just match them, it outshines them. The narrative starts out very cleverly, showing you John Cooper from the original games, then moving aside to display your character, James, his son. You are introduced to the game through his eyes as he learns the ropes (literally and figuratively) by distracting gua

Tower of Time Review

Tower Of Time offers far more depth than one might suspect and if you have interest in it already, I’d recommend just giving it a go. It’s low price point and high playtime might make you suspect it falls in areas. Whilst there are criticisms to be made, it is clear that this is not the case. Tower of Time is made with love and, most importantly, respect for the classics that came before it. One of the hidden strengths of Tower of Time is its story, and way of telling that story. “The story nee

Good Goliath Review: Mediocre Goliath

Available On: PC and PS4 The PSVR is a fascinating piece of tech. Over the last few years, it has evolved into a multifaceted device offering tons of entertainment options. One need only look at titles such as Moss and Ghost Giant for its emotional narrative-driven experiences or Beat Saber for its arcadey fun experiences. Good Goliath attempts to offer the second category. Unfortunately, with all the experiences the PlayStation store offers, Good Goliath fails to make a punch. Good Goliath ha

Kenshi Review

Kenshi isn’t the most accessible title and doesn’t look fantastic, but I can guarantee you haven’t played something like it. It offers an experience I’ve been desperate for since a kid: True freedom of choice and it’s fantastic. The only real choice you get given before you take over is your past. These all come with handy little difficulty bars and a rough description of what your gameplay structure will be like. These include things like the role of a slave with no clothes, no equipment and n

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Free On The Epic Store

As of the 20th of February, two new games are free on the Epic Store until the 27th. We thought we’d take you through them and give you a brief rundown of what they are. Faeria is a deck builder turn-based strategy game. It features up to 300 cards to collect and boasts a dynamic living board that’s reactive to play. Faeria also has cooperative missions and over 100 hours of gameplay. It does have in-game monetization practices but if that doesn’t bother you, It’s definitely worth the free down

Yes, Your Grace Review - Yes, You're Great

Yes, Your Grace is a magical game. Just open up the main menu and you will see this. Its wonderful 16-bit inspired visuals, soft rain and fantastic score hit you right in the pit of your stomach. It feels almost like that moment you finish driving but want to continue listening to the music so you just sit there in your car, as still as you can, eyes closed, enjoying its finish. In fact, the song and visuals are so nice you’ll not want to actually start the game. Luckily, starting it proves to

Neon Abyss Review - You’ll roguelike it

From the get-go, Neon Abyss might not wow you with its uniqueness but it does do some nice things to change up the usual formula. Grab a little Binding of Isaac, a little Rogue Legacy, and a pinch of Cyberpunk and you have Neon Abyss. If this sounds up your alley, you’re in for a nice treat. Neon Abyss opens, as the name suggests, with a lot of neon and an abyss. After progressing past the simple boot up title menu, you are situated in a bar with a rather ominous man sitting across from you. Ha

Looking back to 2000 and the hellishly addicting Diablo II

The original Diablo released way back in 1997 to critical acclaim, and its legacy has been clear from the not-so-subtle clones to the inspiration it has had on all facets of gaming. Needless to say, its follow-up, Diablo II, had a lot to live up to. Being that it’s a sequel, Diablo II’s story takes place after the original game. The warrior from Diablo defeated the titular Diablo only to be corrupted by his power, causing demons to enter the world and do demon-y things – like killing, killing,

Looking back to 2015 and the RPGenius of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Over the past five years since its release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has solidified itself as gaming royalty. With sharp writing, a gritty tone and an enthralling cast, it’s easy to see why it is so highly thought of. But how does it hold up today? The Witcher as a franchise has been a growing experience for CD Projekt Red. The original game, adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novel of the same name, was a bit rough but showed some of what CD Projekt Red has become famous for. It had some great g

Indiecalypse Review - Gross apocalypse

Indiecalypse is a mix of a ton of games, South Park and far too many issues. I think it’s easy to say that a game could be a diamond in the rough, but taking away all Indiecalypse’s technical problems would only reveal the counterfeit at its core. Indiecalypse shows the story of three central characters as they become part of a development team and try to make their own games. It starts off with Jack AKA “DARKPENETRATOR69” at his school, just before an important coding exam. You sprint from the

Hunting Simulator 2 Review

Hunting games have been fairly popular this generation. With the likes of Cabellas Big Game Hunter and The Hunter: Call of The Wild, Hunting Simulator 2 has a lot to live up to. You start out in a small cabin without the options to move until a narrator tells you to look around. You are let go but don’t have any items or guns to take with you. You follow a trail until you find tracks; these tracks can be analysed to tell you what they’re from and what direction they are pointing. This is one of

Looking back to 2000 and the phenomenal world of Deus Ex

Ion Storm was a developer with a very strange list of games in their repertoire. To think that one studio could put out both Daikatana and Deus Ex in the same year, mere months apart, is strange to say the least. Daikatana, as explored in our Looking Back piece, was plain terrible. Deus Ex meanwhile was a revolutionary game that’s not only culturally significant but downright excellent. And best of all? It’s still a blast to play to this day. Set in a dystopian cyberpunk world in the year of 20

Outbuddies DX Review - Did someone say Metroid?

Outbuddies DX draws from some very special places in its design. From its Metroid style to its Lovecraftian world, there is a lot it compares to. And while not perfect in its execution, it does a solid job at grabbing these ideas and adapting them in new ways. Set deep in the South Atlantic Ocean is Bahlam, an old sunken fortress where your character wakes up. Before this, you are greeted to the chilling sights of tentacled monsters and 16-bit inspired graphics via the opening sequence. The seq

Awesome Pea 2 Review - Average Pea

Awesome Pea 2 is very simple, but that’s perhaps its single biggest selling point. The story is practically non-existent, the soundtrack decent, and the gameplay thoroughly mediocre: just like a Gameboy game should be. Awesome Pea 2 starts out rather unceremoniously with just two options available to you: Start and Settings. Naturally enough, you click start and then the first thing you notice is the graphical style. Awesome Pea 2 is heavily inspired by that sickly green glow of the original Ga

Exclusive interview with Doublehit Games in the build up to launch of Eternal Hope on Xbox One and PC

From the second we heard of Eternal Hope from Doublehit Games, we just wanted to know more. A puzzle-platformer that has been inspired by the artistic stylings of Studio Ghibli, the appeal was immediate. And so we reached out to the team at Doublehit to request a little chat, all in the hope of finding out more about the game. Gabriel Oliveira, the Audio Director and Sound Designer on the game, was more than happy to divulge more. Please introduce yourself – what is your role at Doublehit Games

Exclusive interview with Hi-Rez Studios talking all things Rogue Company

Promising slick shooting, explosive gameplay and action movie flair, the upcoming launch of Rogue Company on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC is one that has many excited. When we were given the opportunity to find out more about the game, and how the cross-platform magic was gearing up, we just couldn’t say no. And that is where Scott Zier, the Creative Director at Hi-Rez and on Rogue Company, came in… Hi. Please introduce yourself – what is your role at Hi-Rez Studios and on the developm
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