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Let us be your guide, with honest analysis and critique and find out what you'll have the most fun with. Find out what the SIFTER team think about some of the best new video games around. Is this game for you?

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June 15, 2022 28 min

THE QUARRY by Supermassive Games is a masterwork of genre fiction and really cleverly written ode to those eighties and nineties teen slasher flicks.

SIFTER is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Kyle Pauletto, Fiona Bartholomaeus, Daniel Ang & Adam Christou. Mitch Loh is Senior Producer and Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer.

Thanks to Omny Studio for their support of SIFTER.

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Grab your joycon, tighten your wrist strap and bowl, smash or spike your way to victory. If you had a Wii you almost certainly played  WII SPORTS, the 2006 title sold 82 million copies by the end of that console's life in 2017.

NINTENDO SWITCH SPORTS is a slick sequel with plenty of innovation and polish that could become another cult classic.

Read our written review on the SIFTER website: NINTENDO SWITCH SPORTS is a stylish a...

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TREK TO YOMI's crackling and popping of a dusty film reel samurai film aesthetic hits you quickly when you first load into the game.This is a serious cinematic experience. We're doing everything in black and white, there's using gorgeous camera angles.  

Read our written review on the SIFTER website: TREK TO YOMI, a side scrolling samurai epic and a visual treat

A copy of TREK TO YOMI was provided to SIFTER for the purp...

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You won't have played anything quite like 13 SENTINELS: AEGIS RIM, this multi-protagonist mecha anime game is so compelling and layered it's actually mindblowing how well all the parts work together. 

Step into the highschool drama of budding relationships, interschool rivalries in Sakura High School just before the world ends and you need to jump into the cockpit of a Sentinel robot to defeat the mechanised kaiju. 

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KIRBY AND THE FORGOTTEN LAND the new platformer in the long running Kirby Series from HAL Laboratory is both familiar and new enough to have something for all players. 

Fiona and Gianni explore this fun new adventure for the most powerful pink ball around which is out now on Nintendo Switch.

Read our written review on the SIFTER website: Get absorbed in KIRBY AND THE FORGOTTEN LAND

SIFTER is produced by Nicholas Kennedy, Kyle Paule...

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Heartfelt writing that comes from a deep love of tabletop gaming, and some stellar performances from Ashly Burch, Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes and Will Arnett makes TINY TINA'S WONDERLANDS a fun take on the tried and true looter-shooter format.

Gianni a relative newbie to BORDERLANDS series joins Mitch a long time veteran as they enter the Wonderlands which performs a lot better on new consoles.

A copy of TINY TINA'S WONDERLAN...

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WolfEye Studios' debut game is a creative isometric action rpg that sees you exploring a world rich with interactivity and intricate systems to exploit.

READ OUR REVIEW: WEIRD WEST wants you to play creatively and experiment with its systems

WEIRD WEST wants to push back at you. It wants to make every step you take through its dust covered; occult landscape feel layered with consequence. Who are you?  How does the world react t...

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If you want to experience the nostalgia of visiting Tokyo, there are few other games that capture the feel of that city like GHOSTWIRE TOKYO, but it's a city devoid of life emptied of the thrum of humanity.

This action adventure game set in a world of spirits and magic, is an ambitious departure for Tango Gameworks (THE EVIL WITHIN) but while you can explore much of spooky Shibuya there isn't much motivation to do so, as yo...

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ELDEN RING, the latest game from Japanese studio FromSoftware, has sold over 12 million copies since its release in late February.

This massive, open-world adventure-rpg continues to build on the legacy and foundation of FromSoftware's previous works in DARK SOULS and BLOODBORNE, throwing players into a dark fantasy world filled with rich lore and difficult boss fights and challenging encounters to overcome.

Sifter producer Ada...

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HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST is the blockbuster sequel the 2016 title HORIZON ZERO DAWN, a third person action game with wonderfully designed elements that keep you hooked.

An early contender for one of the most beautiful games ever produced this game takes the open world exploration and combat of the first game, and fills in the gaps to make a believable human world.

John Rogers of Gaming in the Wild joins Mainstream to share stories of...

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The Pokémon series celebrated 25 years last year and this year POKÉMON LEGENDS ARCEUS is one of the biggest departures from the tried and true format.

In a semi-open world where danger is all around you, this game feels like the closest to actually living the world of the anime series.

Mitchel Loh and Gianni Di Giovanni share their thoughts on their adventures in the ancient land of Hisui.

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Welcome to Walkthrough SIFTER's brand new weekly news recap show. Each Sunday we'll highlight some of the biggest stories in video games to keep you up to date.

Your host on each episode of Walkthrough is Kyle Pauletto, an accomplished journalist with a keen interest in bringing you the best gaming stories each week 

THIS WEEK:

  • Nintendo outlines 2022 and beyond in it's first Direct - Fire Emblem Warriors, Mario Kart 8 D...
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    You might be just a nobody, but it's up to you to take up the heroic mantle in Drinkbox Studios' (GUACAMELEE) new rogue-lite roleplaying game NOBODY SAVES THE WORLD.

    In this game you change form into bodybuilders, rats, mermaids and necromancers to complete quests, delve through dungeons and fight off the calamity facing everyone.

    Adam is joined by guest reviewer Chantelle McColl (GamesHub, Byteside) to discuss this game wi...

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    It's that time of the year, where we sit down and consider all the amazing games we've played in 2021. This is part two of two episodes featuring the SIFTER team.

  • Gianni Di Giovanni has been loving the historical touches and puzzle solving narrative of THE FORGOTTEN CITY by Modern Storyteller
  • Adam Christou has become lost in the beautiful desert world of science fiction adventure SABLE by Shedworks
  • Daniel Ang has strapped on ...
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    It's that time of the year, where we sit down and consider all the amazing games we've played in 2021. This is part one of two episodes featuring the SIFTER team.

  • Nicholas Kennedy shares the genre-subverting MUNDAUN by Hidden Fields, a horror game that brought a lot of joy
  • Fiona Bartholomaeus teams up with a rag tag crew in Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Eidos-Montreal
  • Mitchel Loh takes time to put everything in it&#...
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    HALO INFINITE is a game that has had a rollercoaster ride, first anticipated, then derided then delayed and now lauded, it's one of the best HALO games ever and perhaps one of the very best first person shooter campaigns. 

    With a semi open world structure, 343 Industries pulls from your memories of what HALO was like to play and reframes it in a modern context.

    Guest reviewer Chris Button (Gameshub, Byteside, Mobile Arcade Club...

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    DEATH'S DOOR is a delight to look at, inspired by games like the 2D titles in the LEGEND OF ZELDA series, Acid Nerve's isometric adventure makes us question the nature of morality and death.

    Take on the role of an unnamed crow as you reap the souls of the dead, in a game that's part rogue-lite part, bullet-hell, part narrative adventure

    Guest reviewer Chris Button (Gameshub, Byteside, Mobile Arcade Club) joins Mainstrea...

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    SABLE is a third person adventure game drawing inspiration from the artwork of iconic French visual artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, the films of Studio Ghibli and the wanderlust evoked by games like THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD.

    SIFTER's Adam Christou and Gianni Di Giovanni don their Ibexxi clan masks and head out into the wild deserts and mountainous locales of Midden to talk through the success of this unique...

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    METROID DREAD is the first 2D sidescrolling game in the iconic series in almost 20 years, which continues directly on from the 2002 title METROID FUSION for the Gameboy Advance.

    Games journalist Chantelle McColl (GamesHub, Byteside) and METROID series veteran joins Mainstream to share her thoughts on the game.

    A challenging entry into the series with lots of new features, there is plenty here to love, but some challenging controls ...

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    KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is the debut title from visual effects company turned game developers Ember Lab exclusive to Playstation and PC where you play as Kena a spirit guide who helps the deceased move from the physical world into the afterlife.

    A beautiful unparalleled visual feast that feels like you're playing in an animated feature film and an impressive debut, KENA: BRIDGE OF SPIRITS is not without it's limitations

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