Trevor Whalen

I am a lifelong, enthusiastic gamer, freelance writer and editor, blogger, and Thief FM aficionado. I think that exploration-heavy, open-ended first-person games are the best vehicle for story-telling, with the finest Thief missions leading the pack.


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Prototype for Lost Tom and Jerry SNES Game Available to Download

Gaming, like other entertainment media, has its lost artifacts. There are early builds or even full games that were scrapped by developers and lost to time. Hidden Palace is an…

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The Pit: Infinity Is a Labyrinth With No Identity

As I played The Pit: Infinity, one major flaw stood out: I did not know where I was or what I was doing. I did not discover any context to…

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Coverage Club: CRPG Number Crunching in Numgeon

Beguiled by complex dungeon-crawler CRPGs, I am delighted by any game that gives me a small and simple digestible based on the experience. Numgeon is such a game. In it,…

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Far Cry: The Immersive Stealth Experience That Could Have Been

Far Cry turned 15 a few days ago, and for its anniversary I pose one question: what if Far Cry had not been what it was? Indulge me for a…

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Coverage Club: Book of Demons is a Pop-Up Book Diablo

Imagine you’re a kid again and it’s story time. Your parent or guardian is opening up the hard, glossy cover to another pop-up storybook. Now pretend that the cover of…

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Pikuniku Review – A Pick for Anyone

It is rare to play a game that I can honestly recommend to anyone. It would need to be so accessible, so smooth, and so delightful that I couldn’t imagine…

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Dark Narrative: Living Backdrops

Within Thief, you are part of an ongoing world. The world does not stop for you—each level isn’t set up for you. You are a piece of it moving about…

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Coverage Club: The Spy Who Shrunk Me Slips Up

First-person stealth is a personal joy of mine. Immersed in such perspective while lurking about is the basis for many an example of compelling narrative and level design. Thus, the…

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Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown Coming to Xbox Game Preview

Crytek’s eary-access multiplayer title Hunt: Showdown will be coming to Xbox Game Preview this spring. The game has been on Steam early-access for just over a year. Xbox Game Preview…

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Dig Deep in Privacy by Codalyn

Imagine playing a narrative-rich game set in a Dutch countryside villa. Now imagine a future when smart devices have been replaced by AR and AI. Indie studio Codalyn, based in…

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