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Susana Valdes

Susana Valdes

Susana came into the gaming world a bit late in her life, but it hasn't stopped her from completely immersing in it. A die hard fan of the Assassin's Creed series, she hopes to broaden her horizons and fall in love with different gaming genres. She enjoys otome games (Japanese dating sims directed towards girls) and visual novels; she constantly fights to have Japanese games localized in the US. When she isn't playing games, she's usually reading a book or working as a freelance writer. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she hates the nightlife as much as it hates her.

A stealth-based experience that is as humorous as it anchors itself on a critical observation of America's suburban life. It's a satirical commentary of daily living, exaggerated to highlight our oddity as average human beings, on top of creating, of course, playable mechanics. In short, an experience for people like you and me, one we can all relate to, whether we might be the shady type, the law-abiding citizen, or the simply nosy.

The experience is hard to put into words. It’s spiritual, it's personal. If you can handle all of that, then go buy illumine. $5.99 on Steam. Give it a shot. You won’t regret it. At face value, this is a simple game with a minimalistic style in which the player controls letters and navigates the world, trying to avoid enemy AI while collecting as many books as possible. If you die, you’re reborn in a procedurally generated level.

Mad Father has truly earned its spot in the RPG Maker horror hall of fame. An unforgettable classic that isn’t afraid to change to appease a more modern audience, the story of Aya and her father will forever stay with me. This game is also not for the light of heart. There are scenes of extremely graphic gore and body horror, so if you’re sensitive to all of that it’s probably best for you to just stay away.

I can tell that the developers worked hard, and I commend them for that, but unfortunately, Running Gods ultimately fails. Maybe if you have some friends and are looking for a cheap and relatively enjoyable game to play... Maybe.

Fans of the Undertale aesthetics would enjoy this charming point-and-click adventure. While it's on the short side, it’s totally worth it. It’s charming and hilarious, so check it out!

I loved the characters’ design, and I loved the setting as well as the ambient, lack of music excluded. I can tell that a lot of inspiration came from Studio Ghibli.

Ever since the first game was released in November of 2007, the series has not been shy to explore territory that wasn’t as popular in the gaming world. Suffice to say, Ubisoft is open to trying new things, and they give their writers full creative freedom over the characters. And thus, Jacob Frye, the first canon bisexual Assassin in the series.

Rising Islands started off with a strong and promising original idea, but the clunky controls and mechanics made it a frustrating game. It’s not worth $10, so if you find yourself truly wanting to play this game, get it on sale.