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Deathloop Zero Punctuation review Yahtzee Croshaw Arkane Lyon Studios PlayStation 5 PC
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This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Deathloop.

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You know what, fine, maybe time loop games can be a genre. They’re a nice neat way to formalize the standard save load function within the context of the plot and they let us live the fantasy of not having to advance beyond the present day and watch our civilization’s gradual transformation into a gigantic consumer electronics landfill. But they can’t officially be a genre without a proper exemplar. What Doom is to Doom clones, Dark Souls to Soulslikes, the bitter polyamory of Metroid and Vania. Yeah, I know there’s been half a dozen time loop indie games, but there’re so many indie games competing for attention none of them have a high enough profile, it’s like trying to see magic eye pictures in television static. Deathloop comes to us from the creators of Dishonored and Prey – or to give it its full title, “not that Prey the other Prey” – and brings their trademark play-it-your-way AAA immersive simminess to the time loop concept, but will it be the game that takes the crown of time loop genre namer? No, it won’t, frankly. Partly for all the reasons listed below, partly because the name just sounds weird the more you say it. Deathloop. Deathloop. Sounds like a bloke with a speech impediment trying to point out a single masted sailing ship.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.