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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

Noita Review

The rogue-lite genre sits in an uncomfortable sphere, it is is both rather oversaturated and highly criticised. They all tend to be built of the same practices, ideas and mechanics leaving them feeling awfully familiar. Noita does not feel familiar. This is one of its biggest strengths and what’s kept me coming back over the last week. Starting off, I was greeted to the entrance of a deep cave and a few keys operating as a short tutorial. After reading them, shooting with the second wand and su

Darksburg Early Access review

When you see the tag “rogue-lite” and “dark fantasy” there’s a good chance you’re in one of two camps: either you can’t wait and already have it wishlisted, or you pass over it without a moment’s thought. Whilst certainly competent, Darksburg won’t offer you enough to convince you to try it and it doesn’t do enough to stand out in a market flooded with brilliant alternatives. Darkburg treats its story and general opening with little fanfare. Upon booting it up, I was simply thrown into the titl

Baldur's Gate 3 Beginner Guide

Taking themes, ideas and stories from classic Dungeons & Dragons, Baldur’s Gate 3 released into early access in October with a generous helping of difficulty to top it off. It can be a little daunting getting started, even after building a great character, so here are some of our best tips for getting started. Baldur’s Gate 3 relies on a d20 system like in Dungeon & Dragons. Even if you are great at one stat, it’s never a guarantee you will succeed. This means you must always be prepared to los

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

Exclusive interview with Ozan Drøsdal of Perfectly Paranormal chatting Helheim Hassle

With the brilliant Manual Samuel behind them, the moment we heard Perfectly Paranormal would be continuing their ‘Tuesday Trilogy’ of games, we got excited. And as the weeks and months have progressed, movement on their brand new adventure – Helheim Hassle – has increased. With a Spring 2020 launch on Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch planned, and then a PS4 launch happening a little further down the line, now seemed like a perfect time for us to grab Ozan Drøsdal – the writer and project lead at

New Animal Crossing inspired Switch announced for 13th March

With Animal Crossing: New Horizons just around the corner, it makes sense to announce a new special edition console but I wasn’t expecting it to be so pretty. It features a cream dock with Timmy, Tommy and Tom Nook blazoned proudly across the bottom left hand corner. The console is full of tiny details such as the pastel green and blue joycons and the embroidered back featuring small caricatures of townsfolk. Announced by the official Nintendo twitter at a price point of $299, this is worth ke

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Geek Pride day with these 6 video game in-jokes | Green Man Gaming

Games have transcended the simple act of being entertainment to the realms of art, and even culture. It is theorised video games have been around in some form since as early as the 50s but it has had a hold over our collective heart since it really entered the mainstream in the 70s. Well, today, May 25th, is Geek Pride Day and such, we felt it deserved a little appreciation. Geek is a word that has turned from stigma to something that is appreciated, to something ironic and back again so many ti
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