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Joseph Allen

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About Joseph Allen

Joe has been writing for TechRaptor for five years, and in those five years has learned a lot about the gaming industry and its foibles. He’s originally an English Literature graduate, and although that might not be akin to a journalism qualification, he’s still thrilled to be able to use those skills for something worthwhile.

Joe’s time writing for TechRaptor began way back in the mists of 2017. Since then, he’s interviewed notable industry figures like XCOM’s Julian Gollop and Bossa Studios’ Henrique Olifiers, been sent up in a model skyship to cover a game launch, and had the privilege of reviewing some of the best (and some of the most mediocre) games of the last half-decade. You won’t find his writing anywhere else; he’s a verified TechRaptor exclusive.

Outside of writing, Joe’s passions lie mostly in music. He’s an avid guitarist and drummer, and he’s also been known to sing occasionally, much to the chagrin of his longtime partner. He’s also an avid walker, taking regular strolls in the city every day. If he’s not hammering away at the keyboard to write another story, you’ll find him playing his guitar, wandering down the High Street (unwisely unaccompanied by an adult), or trying his hand at some cooking.

Articles by Joseph Allen

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The PlayStation Studios logo overlaid on a shot from Guerrilla Games' Horizon Forbidden West

Guerrilla Director Angie Smets Leaves Studio To Join PlayStation Studios

Angie Smets, (now former) studio director at Guerrilla Games, has left the developer in order to join PlayStation Studios as its development strategy head.

April 24, 2023 | 08:28 EDT

The main character of Otxo wielding a gun and standing outside The Mansion

Otxo Review

In our Otxo review, we take a look at a monochromatic top-down roguelike that borrows heavily from Hotline Miami, but manages to find its own identity.

April 22, 2023 | 10:30 EDT

Shots of Xel and Itorah side-by-side to mark their console release

Painterly Adventures Itorah And Xel Make Their Way To Consoles

Itorah and Xel, two "visually stunning" Assemble Entertainment titles, are making their way to consoles today, and there's a launch discount to enjoy.

April 21, 2023 | 11:02 EDT

Nini and Konoha in the town of Ashihara in the upcoming RPG Loop8: Summer of Gods

Loop8: Summer Of Gods Gameplay Walkthrough Shows Off Xseed's Coming-Of-Age RPG

A new Loop8 gameplay walkthrough video has been released, showing off some of the game's incredibly complex emotion mechanics.

April 21, 2023 | 10:24 EDT

Artwork of several of the characters in SNK's King of Fighters XV

King Of Fighters XV Cross-Platform Open Beta Scheduled For Late April

SNK has announced that King of Fighters XV is getting a cross-platform open beta next week, and anyone can join in regardless of whether they own the game.

April 21, 2023 | 09:52 EDT

A queue of people wearing masks in a twilit Taopunk world in the Red Candle platformer Nine Sols

Sekiro-Inspired Platformer Nine Sols Delayed To Q4 2023

Red Candle has delayed the Sekiro-inspired platformer Nine Sols to Q4 2023, and physical crowdfunding backer rewards have also been pushed back.

April 21, 2023 | 08:38 EDT

Marie and her friends posing joyfully in Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg

New Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist Of Salburg Trailer Released, Pre-Orders Now Open

Koei Tecmo has opened pre-orders for Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg, and has released a delightful new trailer to mark the occasion.

April 20, 2023 | 09:51 EDT

Three gas mask-wearing Marauders in cover art for the Marauders update United Allies

Marauders Update United Allies Arrives Next Week, Adds New Ships And More

Team17 and Small Impact have announced that the upcoming Marauders update United Allies will arrive on April 25th, so fire up your engines.

April 20, 2023 | 09:36 EDT

The new Deathhaze Gloombeak Kemono being introduced as part of the latest Wild Hearts update

Wild Hearts Update Pits You Against A "Truly Toxic" Kemono

A new Wild Hearts update has been unleashed, letting the toxic Deathhaze Gloombeak Kemono loose and introducing a new quest type.

April 20, 2023 | 09:22 EDT

Several characters in the popular fighting game King of Fighters XV

King Of Fighters XV PlayStation Demo Lets You Try Out 15 Characters

A King of Fighters XV PlayStation demo has been released, allowing you to check out SNK's one-on-one fighter on Sony's consoles.

April 20, 2023 | 09:07 EDT

A Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 5 banner showing Kamura Village in the background and the game's logo in the foreground

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 5 Release Date And More Revealed

The Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Title Update 5 release date has been revealed, along with a host of other information about the update.

April 19, 2023 | 10:20 EDT

The new Epic Games Brasil logo overlaid on a shot of Horizon Chase Turbo, a game by Aquiris (which is now Epic Games Brasil)

Epic Games Acquires Horizon Chase Studio Aquiris To Form Epic Games Brasil

Epic Games has acquired Horizon Chase and Wonderbox developer Aquiris, which will henceforth be known as Epic Games Brasil.

April 19, 2023 | 09:54 EDT

Crazy villagers advancing on the camera in the Resident Evil 4 remake, which has dominated Circana (NPD) sales data for March 2023

March 2023 Circana (NPD) Data Shows Resident Evil 4 Remake Rules The Roost

Circana, the group formerly known as the NPD, has released its gaming sales data for March 2023, and the number one spot is pretty unsurprising.

April 19, 2023 | 09:39 EDT

Maeve leaping towards the screen in Paladins

Hi-Rez Delists Paladins Switch Version Due To Bad Performance

Hero shooter Paladins is to be delisted on Switch, representing the second live-service game Hi-Rez will stop supporting on Nintendo's console this summer.

April 19, 2023 | 09:23 EDT

A giant octopus presiding over a busy park in Park Beyond

Park Beyond Gameplay Trailer Reveals A World Of "Endless Possibilities"

A new Park Beyond gameplay trailer has been released, giving us a look at the game's in-depth management systems and park creation facilities.

April 18, 2023 | 10:25 EDT

A header image showing the banner for the Nintendo Indie World April 2023 showcase

New Nintendo Indie World Showcase Announced For Tomorrow

A new Nintendo Indie World showcase is set to air tomorrow, bringing reveals, announcements, and updates on Switch indies.

April 18, 2023 | 09:44 EDT

A witch standing in front of a huge tree in Homestead Arcana, one of the Xbox Game Pass April 2023 Wave 2 titles

Second Xbox Game Pass April 2023 Wave Brings Coffee, Horror, And More

Microsoft has revealed the Xbox Game Pass April 2023 Wave 2 lineup, and it includes chilled-out coffee chat, magical farming, and more.

April 18, 2023 | 09:19 EDT

The cast of drama-themed otome visual novel Jack Jeanne

Offbeat Dramatic Otome Game Jack Jeanne Heads West In June

Jack Jeanne, a visual novel created in conjunction with mangaka Sui Ishida, is heading West in June, publisher Aksys has confirmed.

April 18, 2023 | 09:02 EDT

A cute new turtle Pokemon related to the legendary Terapagos in the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC, here represented in the anime

Mysterious New Pokemon Teased For Pokemon Scarlet And Violet DLC

A mysterious new Pokemon related to the Legendary Pokemon Terapagos has been teased for the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC.

April 17, 2023 | 10:12 EDT

Ashly Burch and Kylie Liya Page as Aloy and Seyka in Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores

Horizon Forbidden West: Meet Seyka Trailer Shows Off Mo-Cap Magic

A new Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores trailer is showing off the extensive motion capture behind new companion Seyka.

April 17, 2023 | 09:06 EDT

Musicians surrounded by cute characters in the Media Molecule game-slash-sandbox Dreams

Media Molecule Co-Founder Mark Healey Leaves Studio After 17 Years

Media Molecule co-founder and LittleBigPlanet creative director Mark Healey has departed the studio in order to seek a new "pirate adventure".

April 17, 2023 | 08:42 EDT

The Sega and Rovio logos overlaid on an image of Angry Birds 2, a Rovio game

Sega Acquires Angry Birds Studio Rovio Entertainment

Sega is to acquire Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the hugely successful Angry Birds franchise, for €706 million in shares.

April 17, 2023 | 05:23 EDT

Three Inklings facing off in art depicting the Splatoon 3 Zelda Splatfest coming in May

Splatoon 3 Zelda Splatfest Ink-coming Ahead Of Tears Of The Kingdom Launch

A Zelda Splatfest for Splatoon 3 has been announced for early May by Nintendo, asking you to choose between the teams of Power, Wisdom, and Courage.

April 14, 2023 | 10:38 EDT

The rather unsettling Sparky Marky lying apparently motionless on the floor in the Do You See Sparky prologue demo

Multiplayer Horror Game Do You See Sparky Is Getting A Prologue Demo On Steam Today

The recently-announced multiplayer horror title Do You See Sparky is getting a single-player prologue demo on Steam today.

April 14, 2023 | 09:44 EDT