What did you play last week? (February 1-6, 2021)

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
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Kat Bailey played fantasy metroidvania Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (opens in new tab). It's based on a series that started life as a home D&D campaign before becoming a cross-media whirlwind, including an anime, and now, years later, a 2D platformer about an elven archer with some sweet animation.

Rachel Watts played Nuts, a game about spying on squirrels with cameras (opens in new tab) to find where they're hiding their, well, nuts. She says it plays "more like a hard-boiled detective game than a relaxing squirrel-tracking adventure", and apparently there's a lot more going on than a surface-level reading might suggest.

Christopher Livingston played Valheim, the latest Early Access survival sensation (opens in new tab). This one is Viking-themed, which makes all the difference. It's set in a heavy metal Norse purgatory, where you're supposed to slay monstrous enemies of Odin to earn your way out, and it's those epic battles that make the building and crafting worthwhile.

I've been playing the demo of Roguebook, the latest roguelike deckbuilder in the mold of Slay the Spire (opens in new tab). It's the first of its genre to have a look that appeals to me right off the bat (though the Spire grew on me over time), and the only one that really rewards you for gathering more cards rather than deleting half your deck as you go. Those two things have kept my interest so far.

Enough about us. What about you? Have you returned to the World of Darkness for Werewolf: The Apocalypse—Earthblood (opens in new tab)? Or returned to the 1980s for 8-bit ninja sidescroller Cyber Shadow (opens in new tab)? Have you tried any of the demos in the Steam Game Festival like Roguebook? Let us know!

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.