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Blynn Beltran
Journalist at ZeroLives.com based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also runs a blog where he posts other video games related articles.

Articles by Blynn Beltran

Chernobylite had flaws during early access but its potential is now fully realized
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Chernobylite had flaws during early access but its potential is now fully realized

Review
PC
52 days ago

My assessment of Chernobylite during early access is that it had flaws but had great potential. Has developer The Farm 51 fully realized this potential? Short answer: Yes. Yes, indeed. Chernobylite has been in early access for over a year and recent...

Cyberpunk 2077 had potential but immersion-breaking bugs were disappointing
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Cyberpunk 2077 had potential but immersion-breaking bugs were disappointing

Review
PC
297 days ago

There are only a few video games in existence that will relay a narrative as well as Cyberpunk 2077. Development studio CD Projekt RED spun a beautiful yarn, but it is a shame it is woven in this unpolished and broken game. Story Delivering the nar...

Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord
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Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

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PC
469 days ago

TaleWorlds Entertainment's Mount and Blade series are some of the best medieval role-playing games. Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is the much-anticipated follow-up to Mount and Blade: Warband. After an eye-watering 10-year wait, will fans be disappo...

Bright Memory is a short and sweet indie action-shooter
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Bright Memory is a short and sweet indie action-shooter

Review
PC
497 days ago

Short and sweet. Those are the two words that describe Bright Memory, a first-person action-shooter made by one-man indie development studio FYQD-Studio. The game released out of Steam Early Access earlier this year. Bright Memory opens with the pro...

Teamfight Tactics somewhat succeeded in getting its foot in the door
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Teamfight Tactics somewhat succeeded in getting its foot in the door

Review
PC
563 days ago

Teamfight Tactics is Riot Games' first shot at the auto-battler genre and it somewhat succeeded in getting its foot in the door. The game received constant updates and, within four months, Riot Games came with innovative new sets for the game: "Rise ...

Chernobylite has potential but is underdeveloped
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Chernobylite has potential but is underdeveloped

Preview
PC
583 days ago

When you open Chernobylite, it looks like a plain first-person shooter: set in Chernobyl, Russian dialogue and AK-47s at the hip. Despite the generic aesthetic, the gameplay dives deep into some cool concepts and a gameplay loop that can blossom into...

Eagle Island requires intricate perfection as a prerequisite
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Eagle Island requires intricate perfection as a prerequisite

Review
PC
828 days ago

Eagle Island is a game that requires players to have intricate perfection as a prerequisite. Unfortunately, not everyone has the strength to come out of this experience without ruffling their own feathers. If you are going into Eagle Island looking f...

Dual Universe: What to expect and what not to expect
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Dual Universe: What to expect and what not to expect

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1053 days ago

Dual Universe is an upcoming MMO space sandbox game currently in development at Novaquark. The game was announced in 2016 and has been in development ever since. Its first alpha test build releases today. The game is partially funded by its Kickstar...

Dead Cells
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Dead Cells

Review
1166 days ago

Dead Cells is a new roguelike action platformer from indie development studio Motion Twin. In the game players explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle as they fight their way past its keepers. In Dead Cells players take control of a mass of cells ...

Mothergunship
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Mothergunship

Review
1183 days ago

Mothergunship is the latest roguelike shooter game from indie development studio Terrible Posture Games. It combines the genre with first person shooter mechanics found in games such as DOOM, in-depth weapon customization and randomly generated level...

Babylon's Fall is Square Enix's brand-new collaboration with PlatinumGames
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Babylon's Fall is Square Enix's brand-new collaboration with PlatinumGames

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1224 days ago

Publisher Square Enix has announced a brand-new project being developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames called Babylon's Fall. PlatinumGames is known for the Bayonetta series, Nier: Automata, and Vanquish. The studio has released the game's teas...

Square Enix announces The Quiet Man for PC and PlayStation 4
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Square Enix announces The Quiet Man for PC and PlayStation 4

News
1224 days ago

Publisher Square Enix has announced a new story-driven action game titled The Quiet Man during its E3 2018 press conference earlier today. According to a recent press release, The Quiet Man takes players beyond sound and words to deliver an immersiv...

Shape of the World
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Shape of the World

Review
1230 days ago

Released earlier today, Shape of the World is best described as a visually stunning walking simulator. The game focuses solely on exploration, for better or for worse. The game was made by Hollow Tree Games, which is a small team led by visual effec...

Sling Ming
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Sling Ming

Review
1290 days ago

Sling Ming has some very good ideas behind it but just like your math homework, it can get frustrating if you don't get the mechanics behind it. In Sling Ming players must guide Princess Ming through at least 50 handcrafted levels by arranging nodes...

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 3: "Hell is Empty"
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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 3: "Hell is Empty"

Review
1387 days ago

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is split up in three episodes of which the third and final episode released last week. The final episode wraps up the game story arcs with an intense finale. In "Hell is Empty" Chloe struggles to keep grasp of the e...

The Darwin Project
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The Darwin Project

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1399 days ago

With the sudden popularity of the "Battle Royale/King of the Hill" genre in the video game community, it was only a matter of time until another one shows up: The Darwin Project. The Darwin Project by development studio Scavenger Studios is a "Battl...

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World
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Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 2: Brave New World

Review
1458 days ago

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is split up in three episodes of which the first episode released in September. In our review of the first episode we already evaluated graphics and gameplay mechanics. In this review we're analyzing the second episo...

Indie point-and-click adventure game Neofeud's shine is shaded by bugs
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Indie point-and-click adventure game Neofeud's shine is shaded by bugs

Review
1489 days ago

Indie title Neofeud is a great point-and-click adventure game, but several bugs prevent it from unleashing its full potential. The game releases on Steam for PC and Linux later today. Neofeud is developed and published by the indie game development ...

"Life Is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake" is a real tear-jerker
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"Life Is Strange: Before the Storm - Episode 1: Awake" is a real tear-jerker

Review
1504 days ago

Before the Storm's first episode didn't pull any punches. This game had me sobbing from start to finish and it finally made me realize the impact that this franchise has on its fans.            ...

Off-roading simulation game Spintires: MudRunner announced, to release in October
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Off-roading simulation game Spintires: MudRunner announced, to release in October

News
1518 days ago

Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive have announced the off-roading simulation game Spintires: MudRunner. The game is scheduled to launch in October. The game is said to be the ultimate version of the indie PC hit Spintires and will be relea...

Preview: NBA Live 18 demo impressions, NBA Live's return still needs a few adjustment for its imminent comeback
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Preview: NBA Live 18 demo impressions, NBA Live's return still needs a few adjustment for its imminent comeback

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1525 days ago

The video game basketball market has been dominated by 2K Games for the last several years with EA Games being out of the picture. Even with the return of EA’s NBA Live franchise in 2013, it was obvious the development team needed to do some ad...

Tokyo 42: A complicated love affair
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Tokyo 42: A complicated love affair

Review
1590 days ago

The indie game Tokyo 42 is hard not to recommend but at the same time easy to stay away from. On one hand, it boasts great concepts that are original or refined by other games. On the other hand, the poorly designed gameplay mechanics cloud the great...

Preview: Eagle Island
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Preview: Eagle Island

Feature
1618 days ago

Eagle Island is a testament on how good a Kickstarter game should be. The final version has the potential to be in the ranks of revered modern-day platformers like Shovel Knight and Owlboy. The only thing that can hold Eagle Island back is failing to...

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King
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Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King

Review
1665 days ago

Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King can be best described as a combination of both The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and the fantasy adventure comedy movie The Princess Bride. Despite several shortcomings, the game features an interesting narrativ...

Square Enix launches PC version of NieR: Automata, now available on Steam
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Square Enix launches PC version of NieR: Automata, now available on Steam

News
1672 days ago

Square Enix has announced that it has released the PC version of NieR: Automata. The action roleplaying game was already available on the PlayStation 4. According to a recent press release, gamers who have purchased the Day One Edition of NieR:...

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided downloadable content A Criminal Past now available
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided downloadable content A Criminal Past now available

News
1696 days ago

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have announced that the downloadable content for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided titled A Criminal Past is now available. According to a recent press release, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - A Criminal Past will provide pla...

Mobius Final Fantasy coming to PC in February
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Mobius Final Fantasy coming to PC in February

News
1723 days ago

Square Enix announced that the mobile RPG game Mobius Final Fantasy will be released on Steam next month on February 6th 2017. According a recent press release, the PC version of the game "will offer in full HD (1920x1080) support that tailors to di...

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