Laura

Maid of Sker

I want to say it was around 24 hours after I’d bravely rolled the credits on Resident Evil Village when our editor Gerard passed me the review code for Maid of Sker, another survival horror that would continue my trajectory to passably capable, maybe even courageous, horror status. Did he do this on purpose? Having just come off another horror jaunt, there was a lot of familiarity to be found in t...[Read More]

Little Nightmares II

How can something so cute be so creepy? That’s the question I seemed to keep asking myself during my playthrough of Little Nightmares II as my pint-sized protagonist Mono trotted along with his tiny bare feet, a brown paper bag over his head, holding the hand of a similarly small companion Six across a cold, dark yet beautifully illustrated landscape. Moments later, the two narrowly escape the wra...[Read More]

New Pokémon Snap

After last year’s obsession with the comforting tranquillity of Animal Crossing, I figured it would be a while before I found another game that would feel like a safety blanket, tea and biscuits on a rainy day, a refreshing sorbet in between whatever slightly sweatier, higher stakes title I was also playing at the same time. But, New Pokémon Snap, released last month on Nintendo Switch, has turned...[Read More]

Resident Evil Village

Just in case you’ve never come across my confessions of a horror novice at N For Nerds before, let me share with you where I’m at with the horror genre in general: I had New Pokémon Snap ready on standby as a sort of colourful, stress-free antidote as I pressed start on Capcom’s latest instalment in the Resident Evil series. To my surprise, I didn’t need it, and to my even bigger surprise, I found...[Read More]

Dry Drowning

When our editor Gerard offered me a review code for a game called Dry Drowning, described as a “psychological investigative thriller”, I immediately walked back my hasty “Oh this sounds fun!” reaction as not to appear too enthusiastic about such a morbid sounding premise. Yet, as I got stuck into this dark, interactive visual novel, I realised that was probably wise.Dry Drowning, developed by Stud...[Read More]

6 things we’d love to see from Tomb Raider’s 25th anniversary

This year marks 25 years since the gates to that chillingly atmospheric Peruvian cave first slammed shut behind Lara Croft and our adventures with the globetrotting star of what would become the storied Tomb Raider series began. 25 years, countless locations and bullets spent, and several retcons later, Lara Croft remains one of the most enduring icons in video game history and developer Crystal D...[Read More]

Katamari Damacy Reroll

The funny thing is, when our editor Gerard asked me to review Katamari Damacy Reroll, I naively thought I was in for a delightful stress-free time. Having briefly played Beautiful Katamari on a friend’s Xbox years back and fondly remembering a colourful experience filled with cutesy bubble-gum objects and a soundtrack befitting a kids TV show, it was an easy sell. But this time, I sat, propped in ...[Read More]

Drink More Glurp

Drink More Glurp, released earlier this month on Nintendo Switch and Steam, asks what would happen if aliens got the wrong end of the stick about the Summer Olympics. The answer is a wacky, colourful and frustrating as hell experience that will give your thumb sticks a rigorous workout and make your brain fizz with fury. I was all in on this concept. The premise is, aliens have binge watched so mu...[Read More]

I Forgot That The Last of Us Part II Is a Horror Game

Warning: Spoilers for The Last of Us Part II ahead!   I don’t enjoy horror-anything as a genre. It took me until about three years ago to watch The Blair Witch Project and while I’ve lived through endless parodies and poor imitations to know how it plays out, the ending still gave me nightmares. Similarly, I have never spent more than 10 minutes, solo at least, with any Resident Evil or Silen...[Read More]

Void Terrarium

The world has been contaminated, toxic spores have spread across the planet, and those infected have sprouted a fungus that has led to the devastation of humanity. Your job is to keep a young girl, perhaps the only one of her kind, alive, and survive a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with savage creatures. No I’ve not been replaying The Last Of Us; this is the premise for NIS America’s la...[Read More]

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout – Anniversary Edition

Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is a story about a young girl who wakes up to find herself locked inside the padded cell of an asylum without any recollection of how she got there, and her journey to freedom. Which is fitting really, because as I failed to master the controls needed to break Edna and her stuffed rabbit Harvey away from the clutches of Dr. Marcel’s sanatorium during this point and ...[Read More]

PlayStation 5 – First Impressions

I’ve never spent too much time on the notion before but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a bit of a Sony loyalist. The original PlayStation was my first console so I suppose nostalgia has a lot to do with it, but the only times I’ve ever been properly lured by Microsoft were for Fable II on the Xbox 360 and a timed exclusive Tomb Raider collector’s edition (yes I know, I’m a sucker). Suffice t...[Read More]