Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Jul 23, 2022.
Not Recommended: Strafe is a game that feels very much like it valued style over substance and did not possess the creative editorial discipline to edit back bloated weapon and level designs. Stripped of this bloat, what you are left with is some decent procedural generation that fails to hold up a game which strains under its own artistic hubris and a great many technical shortcomings at the same time. Perhaps worth it for genre diehards on a cheap enough sale, but, otherwise this one is a pass.
Review: NEO Scavenger
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Mar 11, 2022.
Neutral: Much like the Glow, the ideas and dreams that NEO Scavenger might engender aren't going to be granted by the reality of the situation. It's a game that struggles against technical and design limitations, but, if you can find it on a sale and have a tolerance for clunky UIs, then underneath that façade there is a game with interesting writing and compelling enough survival mechanics that I can definitely see it being worth your while if you picked it up on a sale. Just don't expect it to set the world on fire.