Zelda Month – 35 years of adventure in the great wide somewhere

After 35 years, the Legend of Zelda series remains an important fixture in the broad tapestry of videogames – an icon for digital adventurers. However, after decades of inspiring a range of imitators and ground breaking RPGs, the series is playfully discarding many longstanding tropes and staples to experiment and play around with a host of new gameplay mechanics popularised in everything from Dark Souls to Donkey Konga.

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Cobra Kai and Scott Pilgrim – the fantastical delusions of the videogame brawler

Amidst a range of recent titles seeking to update the classic videogame brawler, Squareblind.co.uk looks at how the simple mechanics of kicks, punches, parries and special moves that are essential to the genre are being subverted to incorporate more nuanced narrative themes and concepts such as unreliable narrators.

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State of Decay 2 and ‘Nightmare’ mode: a treasured, Sisyphean gaming slog

JJ Robinson braves the zombified cornfields of digital small-town Americana. Along the way, he finds the experience of going through an 8 year-old game – and especially its sequel – may tell a player way more than is comfortable about who we are in times of strife and trouble, as well as what matters most when the chips are down… Yeehaarrrrgh.

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