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Indika – PC Review
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Indika – PC Review

Exploring themes of religion, doubt, regret and the contrast between belief and the harsh realities of the world, Indika explores the tale of the titular young nun struggling against her metaphorical - and literal - demons in her head. Indika is a third person horror game with puzzle elements, developed by Odd Meter and published by 11 Bit Studios. Though it’s currently available on Steam for £20.99, it’s also available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox. Breaking The Habit As a disclaimer to those who may be affected, Indika displays and approaches themes some players may find uncomfortable or offensive. Some such dark themes include scenes of abuse and challenging religious ideas. Gameplay Indika’s gameplay come into two different parts. The present tense (which is most of the game) is ...
Deceit 2- PS5 DLC Overview
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Deceit 2- PS5 DLC Overview

In tandem with its free-to-play and console debut, Deceit 2 developer world makers have delivered the first DLC for the game. The DLC introduces a new terror, a new curse role, and an item available at the peddler. For my full review of Deceit 2 alongside my thoughts on the DLC, check out my PC review linked here!  New Terror: The Wyrtorn The headliner here is The Wyrtorn Terror, a fresh take on the werewolf from the original deceit game back in 2017. Abilities Maim Maim is the Wyrtorn's basic attack ability, replacing the experiment's typical grab with a leap. Anticipate your opponent's movements and strategize your jump before pouncing on them, unleashing a savage assault and draining their sanity. Howl You and your AI companions unleash a hallowing howl that disor...
Thumb Culture Game Of The Year
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Thumb Culture Game Of The Year

2023 is perhaps one of the best years for gaming we have had in quite some time. So much so that I imagine our 2024 list will be l packed with games we are still catching up on from 2023. So many great games it was extremely difficult for us here at Thumb Culture to pick just one that stood apart from the rest and take the top spot. With great difficulty, we managed it! Thank you all, the readers so much for supporting Thumb Culture, here’s to another great year in gaming. Tom - Lil Gator Game I honestly expected spider man 2 to be my personal game of the year In a year with already lots of competition, but out from the shadows crept Alan wake 2. Chapter after chapter I felt my love for the game increasing and increasing…and then suddenly, my partner recommended, I play “lil gat...
Indie Cup ’23
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Indie Cup ’23

Disappointed by The Game Awards this year? Here's a fantastic alternative where you can explore actual indie titles! Indie Cup The Indie Cup started in 2016 and originally focused on independent developers based in Eastern Europe; it focused here primarily because the founders are from Ukraine. This version continued from 2016 to 2022 with an increasing number of participating countries. In 2022 the event was relaunched as a global celebration of independently developed games, with dedicated editions including the UK, Germany and Canada. Over the past seven years, they've managed to showcase an incredible 2,300 indie titles! Indie Cup's mission was to build a digital space that supports and celebrates the many talented and hardworking people creating amazing games. Because games ta...
Tin Hearts VR – PSVR 2 Preview
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Tin Hearts VR – PSVR 2 Preview

Tin Hearts VR is brought to us by developer Rogue Son, consisting of former lionhead studios members famous for the fable series, and published by Wired Productions, who also published one of my favourite games of last year, Arcade Paradise. Tin with some dents Back in June of this year, Mal published his review of Tin Hearts on the PS5, the flat-screen version of the game. He cited, “Definitely give this one a go if you love a simplistic emotional journey and challenging and clever puzzles.” Awarding the game a platinum award. After talking to him, he felt a VR version would be a great way to experience the game. Hopping in for the first time myself, is it? Gameplay Tin Hearts VR is a puzzle game first and foremost, with some light story elements on the side. The puzzles themselve...
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty – PS5 Review
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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty – PS5 Review

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is a massive expansion for the main game Cyberpunk 2077 released by game developers CD Projekt Red on 27th September. The expansion now offers up a whole new standalone story to that offered up in Cyberpunk 2077. I got a chance to take a closer look at the expansion and all it has to offer. Be warned, minor spoilers follow: TAKING LIBERTIES I grew to love the Cyberpunk 2077 universe fully only in recent months. Initially, I was deterred at first by its rough patch on release. Having followed its roadmap to its present state I'm now eager to play this new expansion. How can it improve and move the story forward? What new things has the developers included in it? If you are the same and love the game comment below! GAMEPLAY This addition to the Cyb...
Verbatim PMT-17 Portable Monitor Review
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Verbatim PMT-17 Portable Monitor Review

I've always wondered about portable monitors and how they would actually work in the real world. With my work having me travel all over the country, often staying in hotel rooms with locked TVs, the appeal was intriguing. Queue the Verbatim PMT-17. More Than Meets The Eye When we were contacted and asked if we wanted to give the Verbatim PMT-17 Portable Monitor a test, I raised my hand and put my name forward. So sit back and relax as I try and portray how amazing an experience this was for me. Design In a very unassuming box, with just the image of the contents and a few details about the monitor. The Verbatim PMT-17 sits a bit like a spider, waiting for you to get too close before sinking its teeth into you. Okay, maybe not like a spider, but as soon as I opened the box I was drawn i...
No Sun To Worship – PC Review
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No Sun To Worship – PC Review

No Sun To Worship is an action-adventure stealth game where you use your environment to your advantage to eliminate targets while avoiding varying obstacles along the way. Developed by Antonio Freyre and published by Merlino Games, a mostly-solo Mexican developer, their other titles include Chameleon, It Comes In Waves, and Luckily My Arm Is a Shotgun. No Sun To Worship hits Steam on September 15th of this year. Patience is key Gameplay At the start of No Sun To Worship, a small clip that looks from 1942 of a man going on about how humanity has turned on itself. Once the cutscene has finished, the game begins immediately. There isn't any explanation of who you are or why you're here. You play an Assassin whose main objective seems to be hunting down targets and taking them out. These ...
Wayfinder Early Access – PS5 Preview
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Wayfinder Early Access – PS5 Preview

Wayfinder Early Access Preview - Massive promise, minimal multiplayer, sometimes online. Wayfinder, from developer Airship Syndicate, was launched into early access on August 17th, 2023 on PS5 and Steam. However, the “access” part of the game didn’t arrive until a day later when a queue was introduced to help alleviate stress on the servers, as of the time of writing (24/08/2023)  you are still required to queue for hours to get access to the game. Despite the developers framing the game as an MMO, you will be disappointed if you come into the game expecting a rival to Final Fantasy XIV or World Of Warcraft. Wayfinder is as much MMO as Destiny or Warframe, which makes sense considering the latter comes from the same publisher. Sure you may have your hub world where you can see other pl...
Ashina The Red Witch – PS5 Review
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Ashina The Red Witch – PS5 Review

The first game I played by solo indie dev Stranga Games was My Big Sister on PSVita. I loved its story, characters, and its replayability for alternate endings. Ashina The Red Witch is a canon prequel to that game and I've been eagerly awaiting its launch on PlayStation platforms. Ashina The Red Witch - No Life In The Afterlife Originally released on PC in June 2022, the console port arrives on August 25th, 2023 with the help of publisher Ratalaika Games. It will be available to play on PS5, PS4, Xbox and Switch. Gameplay Players take on the role of Ashina who must journey into the afterlife to search for her sister Tena, and find a way back home. Along this journey, you meet a lot of characters and begin to piece together what has brought you to this mysterious realm. Exploring...