Author: Noel "Mon" Lontoc

Mon is an HR Professional at day, a full-time gamer at night. He has played all sorts of games from the Famicom up to this current generation consoles.

With relationship in mind at its core, Haven is a beautiful game from The Game Bakers. A science fiction RPG set in a dystopian planet; it is probably one of the most unique indie game experiences that I had in a long time. Here you play as Yu and Kay to embark on a colorful adventure in an unknown planet while running away from enemies and finding a safe “haven”.What separates Haven from the rest is that right off the bat, you will be able to choose what kind of couple dynamic you’ll have. You can play the game with…

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Almost a decade since Rockstar released their revolutionary Grand Theft Auto V, it has since then changed the landscape of open-world games for the past years. With their current-generation release of their award winning game, how does it fare with today’s standard of open world video games? It is no surprise that Grand Theft Auto V carried the torch for being one of the most awarded game in the past decade. With their latest remaster and controversial release for the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy which placed Rockstar in a tight spot, it seemed like they polished the next-gen release…

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So what do you get when you cross a storybook and a videogame, you get Hoa. Hoa is an ambitious puzzle platformer from Skrollcat Studio, a newcomer in indie games based in Singapore. If you’re a fan of both Studio Ghibli films and video games, you’re in for a treat with Hoa as it’s one of the most beautiful 2.5D puzzle games that I’ve played to date. One of the things that I complain with video games is that there are numerous times that I find myself getting stressed out with all the action, gore, or suspense. It’s a different…

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Polyphony Digital is back with a bang with its 8th installment for the Gran Turismo series in Gran Turismo 7. For the past 25 years, Gran Turismo has been a household name when it comes to simulation racing games. I can still remember playing this game back in 1997 and it always comes first in my mind whenever the talk about racing games is brought up. Twenty-five years has passed and does it still carry the torch when it comes to simulation racing games? You will be happy that right off the bat, Polyphony Digital has fixed the issues that…

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In the noir world of White Shadows, you get to transverse different places as Ravengirl in an allegorical journey to escape a dystopian city. It’s not just a game but a modern take on commentary about race, social classes, and inequality. The game is not for everyone as it started with a content warning of racism, xenophobia, and more. I immediately thought, “this is not an ordinary indie game”, and I was right. The narrative of the story is where White Shadows shined the most. It’s one of those games that will either leave you scratching your head with its…

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