Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – The Combat System, Lack of HUD, & Conveying Psychosis
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a psychological, cinematic, story-driven game, yet the combat system is one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. We will discuss how the combat is conveyed through Senua’s character, how everything is displayed and communicated to the player when there’s absolutely no HUD, and how the up-close and… (0 comment)

Pyre – Real-Time & Turn-Based Through the Wonders of the Reader… & Character Mechanics
Pyre is a sporting event with unprecedented mechanics that align to create a real-time, turn-based RPG inside of tightly-woven, character-centric visual storytelling. The way the game grounds itself in rituals and the way the characters are introduced blend together an experience with a lenient learning curve that grows in complexity and depth.… (0 comment)

NieR: Automata – Evade & Perfect Evade | Mechanical Analysis
NieR: Automata manages to make movement smooth, fluid, and effortless through only one button press. Its ingenuity in creating a hybrid system that encompasses the entirety of movement is a carefully well-thought-out system that complements the combat, animations, and overall pacing of the game. Sprinting and Evading are tied to one button — R2. Standard… (3 comments)

NieR: Automata – Multi-Attack & the Lock-On System | Mechanical Analysis
2B has access to two main offensive capabilities: Pod and Melee. 2B’s Pod is a more refined, fast-paced, and streamlined version of the original NieR’s Grimoire Weiss and its Sealed Verse Dark Blast, and so it’s only fitting that she can utilize both her weapons and her Pod simultaneously. This multi-attack mechanic complements NieR: Automata’s… (2 comments)

Battlerite: Learning Curve & Key-Bindings | Mechanical Analysis
Battlerite is a top-down battle arena with a surprising amount of depth in bursts of short 2v2 or 3v3 matches. Its combat could be compared to the occasional intense close-quarters MOBA fights, yet Battlerite takes the formula, flips it upside-down, and runs with it. Battlerite has been appropriately coined by the developers – Stunlock Studios… (0 comment)