OUTER WILDS

The Planets of Outer Wilds, Ranked

Outer Wilds is a game about exploring space in 22-minute intervals. There are five planets to explore, a number of space stations, moons, and more to discover. Most of them suck in the best possible ways. I recently set out to see everything Outer Wilds has to offer and it’s…

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The Fancies 2021: The Fanbyte Mod Squad’s Game of the Year Lists

The Fanbyte community moderators decided to share some of their favorite games (and their favorite stories about them) from the year! Take a look below for their choices.   Plants vs Zombies (2009) Taylor: Yeah, you’re reading that right. The one from 2009. This year I got an Xbox Series…

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The Fancies 2021: Fanbyte Community Picks

Community Picks include any game that prominent members of our community enjoyed this year, regardless of release date, genre, or format! (They’re really good, too. Last year’s list introduced me to some of my new favorites.) These goofballs genuinely made my year. Thanks to everyone who read, watched, kicked my ass…

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The Fancies 2021: Steven Nguyen Scaife Presents Great Indie Games

Throughout the year, I’ve done several lists of indie games. They feel, when I look back at them now, like a pretty respectable number altogether, but there’s a little itch in the back of my head that says there are more. And there are. Here are some. Astalon: Tears of…

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The Top 12 Games I Played on Vacation Instead of Sleeping

Sometimes I play a lot of goddamn video games in a very short span. Most times, I don’t sleep very well. These two pillars of my personality tend to intersect over the holidays: when there aren’t many new releases and I look to my backlog for interesting things to write…

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LISTS

A Year, Give Or Take, In Video Game Feelings

The unspoken assumption at the end of 2019 is that everyone is connected all the time. The stream of personal information up and content down flows uninterrupted, without caveats. There are no bottlenecks or data caps. Playing video games is frictionless. This is not the reality for many people, both…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2019 Awards

Another difficult year in the world was met with another year’s worth of great games. Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2019 awards are here to celebrate the ones that challenged us to think about that world, made us laugh, made us cry, or simply filled a void when we needed…

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PODCASTS

My New Year’s Resolution is to Let Fewer Games Waste My Time

I know a lot of people who have gaming-related New Year’s resolutions, and usually that means they want to beat a certain number of games in a year, or they want to reach certain milestones in specific ones. But in the final weeks of 2019, I’ve realized I want to…

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Danielle’s Top Ten Games of 2019

What a year, what a year! 2019 is a year that I started in a job where I did full time games/movies/entertainment coverage, had a mid-year shift, then finished up by moving here to Fanbyte and going back to doing full time games/movies/entertainment coverage! So, there are a couple of…

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Outer Wilds is Best Played with a Co-pilot

I was pretty sure I was going to dig Outer Wilds, Mobius Digital’s impressive space exploration/puzzle adventure. My recent coworker Austin Walker recommended it highly, as one of those special experiences that resists easy explanation, but offers a sense of genuine wonder. Space exploration? Chill vibes? Mystery and puzzles and…

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The Fanwidth Podcast Episode 035: Maybe I’ll Play Outer Wilds Again

Steven and Niki get together for a quick episode this week, as merritt deals with some dental issues. Don’t worry, though! Steven also has some bad teeth what need drilling. So… Everyone is just super happy. Niki brings our spirits back up, though, as he gushes about Outer Wilds and…

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Surprise, Outer Wilds Lands on PS4 Next Tuesday, Oct. 15

One of the very best games of the year thus far, Outer Wilds, is coming to the PlayStation 4 next Tuesday, October 15. The surprise announcement, made on the Official PlayStation Blog by producer Kelsey Rice, comes almost five months after the game’s original launch on Xbox One and PC…

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In Outer Wilds, Giant’s Deep Is My Own Personal Hell

Outer Wilds is the best game that I’ve played so far this year, and it’s going to take some kind of generation-defining masterpiece to dethrone it from the top of my GOTY list. It handles exploration and discovery better than anything I can remember, with charm and grace and a…

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Fanwidth Episode 019: E3 Cometh for Us All

You smell that? That’s the odor of E3 2019, baby. It’s right around the corner and ready to absorb us all into its sticky, awful, wonderful mass. That’s why Steven and Niki are here again this week to get pre-E3 game chat out of their systems. Join them on a…

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