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Night in the Woods is my Horror Game of the Year

Night in the Woods is a fantastic game with a charming art style that belies its incredibly honest and resonant stories. In other words, Scott Benson, Alec Holowka, and Bethany Hockenberry made a Game of the Year. You can look at it however you want, as an adventure game, a visual novel, a social simulator, a series of minigames threaded by a plot. I personally see it as the most effective horror game I’ve ever played. I’m an exile from a small town in central Pennsylvania. It’s a self-imposed exile, the typical story of a nerd growing up in rural America and then leaving to make a life in the city. I went to college, graduated, and moved to New York. I recognize how luck was a big factor in getting to where I am, and that makes Mae Borowski and her friends’ stories genuinely terrifying to me. Mae is a college dropout returning home and dealing with aimless restlessness. She’s back in her small town, with her old friends trying to build their lives while her own future is a complete blank. She moves back in with her parents, touches base with her old friends, and tries to just READ…

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Kickstarter Games Castle Gives a Spotlight to Independent Games at PAX East

One of the great things about the various Penny Arcade Expos are the shows’ focus on smaller games. While larger publishers certainly have a presence, independent games are the true heart of any PAX event. This year’s PAX East will take this idea even further with Kickstarter Games Castle. The Kickstarter Games Castle will feature a range of Kickstarter-funded video and table top games. You read that correctly: table top games. PAX has always been a home for gamers, and not just the ones who play video games. Some of these tabletop games include: Exploding Kittens, Bears vs Babies, and Secret Hitler. On the video game front, there are games like The Flame in the Flood, Night in the Woods, and Divinity: Original Sin 2. All of the games in the Kickstarter Games Castle have been successfully funded. Despite being successful on Kickstarter, having these games showcased at PAX East will certainly help get them noticed by a larger audience. Below is a list of every game that will be playable at the Kickstarter Games Castle. If you’re attending PAX East in Boston over the weekend, do yourselves a favor and swing by this READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Night in the Woods Review – It Rulez, Ok?

Fans Are Covering The Songs From Night In The Woods' Rhythm Game

Mae, the main character from Night In The Woods, is in a band with her friends, which is represented by a rhythm game. These songs are catchy, but playing them well is pretty hard. Not content to master a rhythm game, however, some players are recording covers of the songs on actual instruments. Advertisement The crown jewel of these covers is this cover of “Weird Autumn,” a song that shows up in the second part of the game. It doesn’t sound too far off from how I imagine Mae’s band to sound. I figure Angus might growl a little more, but they definitely put that much fuzz on the vocals. This cover of “Die Anywhere Else” also captures the midwest emo sound that the entire game evokes. There’s no vocals on this one, but I can imagine screaming along to it while driving down a winding rural road late at night. The hardest part of trying to play the rhythm game sections in Night In The Woods is that I don’t really know how the bass parts are supposed to sound. So it’s really cool to see YouTuber William Callender do a bass cover of “Weird Autumn.” That song kind…

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Night In The Woods, As Told By Steam Reviews

With a successful Kickstarter campaign and charming art, Night In The Woods was always gonna have a built in fanbase. But the Steam reviews show it’s resonating with players outside of that. Also, that Steam users love to tell good jokes. Advertisement Night In The Woods is a charming narrative heavy platformer set in a former mining town in the rust belt, where you play a temperamental college dropout named Mae. Sometimes, you play bass in a band. We’ve already reviewed it, but what does Steam think? Apparently, a lot them cried. Take a look: You can check out more reviews for Night In The Woods here, or read our ongoing “As Told By Steam Reviews” feature here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Talking To The Composer Behind Night In The Woods

In development for over three and a half years, Night in the Woods came out last week and has been making waves with its unique art style and intimate take on daily life in a small, stagnant town. The game’s soundtrack, which Riley MacLeod called “intensely beautiful” in Kotaku’s review, is a big part of that. The person behind the music is Alec Holowka and this is his desk. Advertisement The designer and composer behind a number of other games, including Aquaria and I’m O.K – A Murder Simulator, Holowka has founded a number of small development companies and collaborated with lots of different designers, including most recently Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry for Night in the Woods. I asked Holowka what his work space was like and he offered the above picture of his apartment in Winnipeg, Canada. On top of the L-shaped desk sits his 2013 MacBook Pro along with a Retina + Thunderbolt display. Next to both sits a MIDI keyboard wired to a pedal that sits under the desk so he can switch between coding and composing on the fly. It’s the kind of clean and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Night In The Woods: The Kotaku Review

Depending who you are, you’ll either want to hang out with Night in the Woods’ characters all the time or tell them to get off your lawn. The game is small enough to feel intimate and spacious enough to cater to different kinds of curious people. It may feel different for everyone who plays it. Advertisement Night in the Woods is a sidescrolling narrative game developed by the small team Infinite Fall. The main character, Mae Borowski, is a cat. All the characters are animals, though there are also animals in the game who are just regular animals, so have fun with that. Mae has just returned to her tiny hometown of Possum Springs after dropping out of college for mysterious reasons at age 19. At the start of the game, her parents neglect to pick her up from the bus station, so she has to wander home through town. There’s a minor puzzle about platforming over an obstacle, a lot of reminiscing aloud, and some running into family. Later, some supernatural elements get thrown into the mix, but in the first ten minutes you’ll see most of the game’s mechanics. By the time the first of its four parts…

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Night In The Woods' Rhythm Game Is On Point

The dialogue, the animation, the music—so far I am loving everything about Night in the Woods, but as a rhythm game fan there’s one sequence that’s particularly near and dear to my heart. Let’s rock out. Advertisement Night in the Woods, Infinite Fall’s animated adventure game, tells the story of Mae Borowski, a cool cat who drops out of college and returns to the tiny mining town she grew up in. Strange things begin to happen, but not before she reunites with some old friends for a jam session. The song, “Die Anywhere Else,” is an anthem for those trapped in a small town with seemingly no way out. If you watch the video a couple times, you can even sing along. I’d seen the rhythm game bits in the screenshots and trailers for the game, but didn’t know when to expect them to come into play. One moment I am buttoning my way through dialogue, the next I’m the bassist in a croc and dog band. Well, really a dog and bear band. The croc just plays the computer. I love this little sequence so much I had READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Night in the Woods European PS4 Release Pushed Back a Week

One of 2017’s most anticipated indie releases, Night in the Woods, is almost here. As you may remember, last month developer Infinite Falls announced that the adventure game was hitting PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux on February …Read More The post Night in the Woods European PS4 Release Pushed Back a Week by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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PS4, PSVR & PS Vita New Releases This Week: February 21, 2017 – Berserk Night

The week before Horizon Zero Dawn is a busy one that sees Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Malicious Fallen, Ys Origin, Night in the Woods, DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Watch Dogs 2, and more. By pre-ordering Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin from the PlayStation Store, you’ll receive a copy of Psychonauts for PlayStation 4 (and 10% off the $19.99 USD regular price if you’re a PlayStation Plus member). Night in the Woods also has a 10% pre-order discount for PS+ members. *All games/content are releasing in North America and Europe, unless otherwise noted. PlayStation 4 Games A Pixel Story (PSN) ACA NeoGeo Neo Turf Masters (PSN) – NA Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (Retail & PSN) Chime Sharp (PSN) Clouds and Sheep 2 (PSN) – NA Forma.8 (PSN, cross-buy) Malicious Fallen (PSN) Night in the Woods (PSN) Shift Happens (PSN) Typoman (PSN) – NA Vaccine (PSN) – NA Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch (PSN in NA; Retail & PSN in EU) Warhammer Quest (PSN) – NA Ys Origin (PSN) PlayStation VR Games Mervils: A VR Adventure (PSN) – NA Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSN) PlayStation Vita Games Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PSN) Forma.8 (PSN, cross-buy) READ FULL…

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2017 Indie Games Worth Anticipating on PS4

We recently previewed what games Sony will be delivering this year, and 20 Vita games to look forward to, but that is only a tiny bit of the awesome looking games that are releasing this year. Some of the best and most innovative games that come out each year end up being indie titles. Sometimes they seemingly come from nowhere, and other times they take years to produce (hello, Owlboy). Nonetheless, they make sure there is never a dull moment in gaming from January to December. Since there seems to be an amazing amount of 2017 indie games on PlayStation 4 this year, we decided to give the spotlight to twenty titles that deserve a closer look. These might end up being some of the best games period of 2017, so check out the list below. As always, release dates are forever in flux when it comes to game development so some of these titles will likely get pushed back. That being said, we did focus on games that are currently announced for this year. Check out the list of 20 2017 indie games worth anticipating below: That is a pretty stellar lineup for 2017, and it doesn’t include the many larger READ…

Night in the Woods Now Releases on February 21 for PS4 & PC

[embedded content] Previously scheduled for January 10, adventure game Night in the Woods is now releasing on February 21 for PlayStation 4 and PC, developer Infinite Fall announced today. On Twitter, Infinite Fall talked about some of the challenges of making a game with a small team: Realtalk: we’re not a big company. The core team is 3 people working out of our small apartments. I’m one of them. Hello. We’ve only been in the same room irl like 4 or 5 times for a few days over the past 3 years. No offices, no payroll. US and Canada. People have a tendency to see all games as coming from companies with big PR teams and producers and fancy workplaces and so forth. Even our amazing publisher @FinjiCo is a literal mom and pop operation run (very ably) out of their house in Michigan. Additional animation is done by my friend @charleshuettner. Shirts are printed by my friend @cwpress. Alec’s friend @bitmOO has been our tireless lead tester. So bringing a game like this in with this small and scattered a team? Kind of a miracle. Thanks for being into it. Thanks for supporting. By pre-ordering Night in the Woods through the PlayStation Store in…

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Night in the Woods has a new release date of February 21st.

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Top 5 Video Game Releases to Watch in January 2017

Top 5 Video Game Releases to Watch in January 2017 Here we are fellow gamers! A new year and a fresh start for compiling your Game of the Year awards candidates for 2017. Last month we saw 2016 close off with a bang with three anticipated titles hitting retail. The extreme sports action of Steep, the zombie slaying action of Dead Rising 4 and the highly anticipated release of The Last Guardian made December a strong month. Now, moving into January, we hit a bit of a lull when it comes to video game releases. There are still some strong games on the horizon but it’s always a bit harder coming up with this list during the first month of the year. Have no fear though, gamers! If you’re already cleared up your Christmas haul of games then here’s five of the best games you can look forward to this month.   Conan Exiles – Funcom – PC Early Access (Jan 31) First up we’ve got the comeback of everyone’s favorite barbarian, Conan! Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game rife with violence and brutal enemies. Journey through a vast, seamless world filled with the ruins of ancient civilizations and uncover its dark…