Author: Arthur Augustyn

There’s another reason to remember the legacy of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The 2003 CRPG classic originally released for the Xbox has received renewed interest thanks to a number of developments to the Star Wars brand. This past July marks the 20th anniversary of KOTOR’s original release. The landmark motivated a Noisy Pixel contributor to create a long-form retrospective video essay on Knights of the Old Republic: https://youtu.be/hwLdpqgjmoA?si=hMsySsor7gtkwowR What about the Knights of the Old Republic remake? The video references increased interest in Knights of the Old Republic after Sony announced a remake of the game back…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is the latest attempt to capitalize on the ever-lasting love for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game from 1987 and bring it to the modern-day. Shredder’s Revenge is a new game heavily inspired by the arcade game, but it appears to be successfully straddling the line between old classic and new title. Striking this balance has proven trickier than some may have guessed. An exact port of a 30-year-old game would ignore all the quality-of-life improvements video games have undergone over three decades. At the same time, a completely new game devoid…

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Democracy 4 is the latest release in a franchise of games designed to give players — in the words of its creator — “the fantasy of influencing our political system.” This is a long-running series that has evolved over many years as modern politics have gone through a seismic shift. Democracy 4 has come at an opportune time as mainstream politics have never been more interesting. It was this shift in politics that made its predecessor become outdated so quickly. Democracy 3 was released in 2013, just before much of modern politics began to change. It’s always been a series…

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Like many people today, my first experience with Democracy was a mixture of excitement and frustration. Positech Games’ Democracy franchise gives players the role of an elected official enacting their political agenda in one of several selectable countries. It’s a game that gives players the power fantasy of dominating an electorate with popular proposals, but also the fury that comes with being unable to do what’s needed because of a handful of stubborn power brokers. My first foray into the series was Democracy 2 — released in 2007, still gleaming with that early-2000s aesthetic of earnest professionalism with an occasional…

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With the success of the television series Game of Thrones and medieval simulator games like Crusader Kings II, it’s not-so-strange first-time game developer Brave at Night staked their debut on a stylized simulation of a king making tough decisions in olden times. https://youtu.be/CqndEC1qJ_8 Yes, Your Grace is perhaps best described as a “simulator,” but similar to other slice-of-life simulation games like Papers, Please, This War of Mine, or Game Dev Story, it’s a game that largely relies on its narrative more than its mechanics. To its credit, much of Yes, Your Grace’s style and charm set it up to be…

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