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Simon Munk

Simon Munk

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Award-winning specialist journalist in videogames, technology, cycling and outdoors products. Experienced copywriter. Competent videogame script editor and writer. Half-finished novelist. Mediocre tea maker.

Articles by Simon Munk

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

Skateboarding, in games and movies, has always been presented as quite a laidback sport. This couldn't be further from that idea – it's a "twitch" arcade stick-and-button mangler that adeptly...

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We Made It: Fashion Designer Anna Skodbo

Anna Skodbo's route to designing her ethical, environmental and "crosstown" fashion brand Phannatiq has hardly been ordinary. From teaching martial arts, to living on rice and ketchup, to stints...

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 1

A shambling corpse, desperately gouging anything that comes near it for sustenance, a shadow of its former self. I'm not talking of the zombies that infest this game, but the Resident Evil series...

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Sunless Sea

The gloom of Victorian London might be shared with The Order: 1886, also reviewed this week, but the games couldn't be further apart. In Sunless Sea, you play a nautical captain, navigating the "...

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The Order: 1886

In terms of atmosphere, The Order: 1886 wins out in spades. It's just everywhere else that it falls down, unfortunately.Sneaking through the Ripper-stalked streets of an alternative Victorian...

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Dying Light

Techland's previous first-person zombie game was Dead Island. This swaps its beach resort location for a nondescript south American city, and its supercharged, cobbled-together weaponry for parkour-...

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Evolve

Four human players team up to take on a monster – also played by another player. That's the simple version of Evolve, a mainly multiplayer online game developed by the team that created the...

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Life Is Strange: Episode 1

High school – lockers, cliques, jocks. Do these things really even exist? Like Downton Abbey for American viewers, "high school" for non-Americans is a set of abstracted tropes, with most of us...

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Grim Fandango Remastered

The recent glut of reboots, remasters and HD updates for classic videogames is not a sign of a fatigued industry, out of imagination. One of the biggest issues with videogames and the rapid evolution...

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Videogames: Best of 2015

It's an exciting time to be a videogamer – the mix of big budget and independent titles, the opportunities increasingly offered by a wider variety of devices and streaming content, the sheer...

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Best of 2014: Mainstream Videogames

The videogames industry is rapidly changing. Many of the best and biggest games of the last few years have come from tiny, independent studios – we're back to the days of bedroom coders and quirky...

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Best of 2014: "Indie" Videogames

The best games of 2014 were often to be found not from the "AAA" videogame equivalents to Hollywood, but, of course, bedroom coders and small, independent teams. These are the best of the wild and...

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The Talos Principle

Simple to play, fiendish to beat and with a huge depth of theme and beauty, The Talos Principle is a massively welcome end of year surprise. Like Portal and the recent The Swapper (whose writer also...

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LittleBigPlanet 3

Before Minecraft there was LittleBigPlanet. This series lets you jump around cute homespun platform levels, then go in and edit them and create your own. The latest adds all sorts of new editing...

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Listed: Science Fiction in Videogames

By far the majority of interactive art, entertainment and fiction – videogames for want of a better rubric – could be described as science fiction or fantasy. Very little of what you do when you pick...

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Seven days of sci-fi

Welcome to the future; welcome to the ever-present now. Sci-fi is evergreen – perhaps because, unlike other fictional forms, its primary focus is not one style or historic period. It is...

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