Welcome to October’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels along with the games we’ve been playing. With Halloween tomorrow and plenty of horror games to play, let’s take a look at recent events.



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  • Posts:

  • Published: 15 posts
  • Most viewed: Turn-based? Turn-off!
  • Most liked: EGX 2019: the trouble with creators
  • Most commented on: Wishlist wonders: games I’m looking forward to
  • My favourite: Scary-not-scary gaming moments
  • Games played:

  • Beyond a Steel Sky (preview)
  • Flotsam (video / preview)
  • Observer (videos)
  • Old Man’s Journey (video)
  • Röki (preview)
  • SNOW (preview)
  • Telling Lies (videos)
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Turing Test (videos)
  • Blogger highlights:

  • 2019 in Gaming by TheRoyalFamily from Dating Sims on the Holodeck
  • Fighting Games are F@$#ing Hard by Frostilyte from Frostilyte’s Blog
  • Games That Feel Like Work by Luke from Hundstrasse
  • Spooky, Silly Sonnets by cary from Recollections of Play
  • Did Fortnite Save Anything for the Swim Back? by Rendermonkee
  • Blog life:

    After meeting the awesome Quietschisto from RNG last month and realising our shared adoration for the adventure genre, we put our heads together and have been working on a collaboration we were sure point-and-click fans would love. We’d like to welcome Sebastian from The Platformer on board and are looking forward to reading his post on Friday! If you fancy helping us decide for once and for all which are the best and worst puzzles we’ve ever seen, take a look at this post and get in touch as soon as possible.

    I received a letter in early October that revealed some unexpected news: I’ve been called for jury service next month. As is usually the case for such things, the dates chosen are the worst possible days and it has been necessary to reschedule a whole bunch of personal commitments to make them work. Unfortunately, it means I won’t be available or active online for two weeks towards the end of November; but I’m going to try and get posts written and scheduled for the period so the blog doesn’t stop. The Later Levels show must go on!

    Real life:

    In September’s editorial I mentioned how world events had been gnawing away at my mental health recently. The hijinks of politicians throughout October hasn’t done much to help but I’ve found something that’s a release. Training for next year’s ASICS London 10k is well underway and I’m really looking forward to running for SpecialEffect. I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying hitting the road before work or in the evenings, and how focusing on your pace clears your mind; hopefully I can keep up the motivation through the colder weather.

    Putting adult responsibilities to one side for some good nights out was a stress-reliever too. My other-half and I were gifted a tasting menu at Core in London as a wedding present earlier this year and after months spent on the waiting list, managed to get a table in October. I’ve never eaten food that looked so perfect before – and one of the desserts was quite possibly the best I’ve ever had. We then ‘slummed it’ at a local tapas bar with friends a couple of weeks later. While the food wasn’t as stylish, I’m sure me singing Show Me Love at the top of my lungs on the dancefloor was.

    Gaming life:

    I’m sad to report that EGX was lacklustre this year: a lot of titles were repeats from previous shows or already available for purchase, and the atmosphere felt more ‘self-promotional’. I did however come across a few gems that were quickly added to my wishlist. Beyond a Steal Sky is the follow-up to Revolution Games’ Beneath a Steel Sky that we’ve been waiting 25 years for. Playing the demo of Polygon Treehouse’s Röki completely changed my mind about it; and it was great to see Jonathan Nielssen back with new studio Loeding and the beautiful-looking SNOW.

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer for SpecialEffect at MCM Comic Con again. The experience has made me even more hyped for GameBlast20 and I can’t wait for our 50-day challenge to start – more news about that next week. After playing Until Dawn during our last GameBlast19 marathon in February, we received a few requests to complete the story and our Halloween stream is kicking off tomorrow. Although I can’t confirm the times just yet, we’ll be playing the game over the next few evenings on Twitch and need your help making the best (read: worst) decisions.

    Coming up:


  • 01-03 November: Until Dawn: community choice
  • 01-31 November: Point-and-Click Puzzle Pinnacle
  • 02 November: In Third Person’s Extra Life 2019
  • 02-03 November: AdventureX
  • 03 November: London Gaming Market
  • 12-18 November: JDRF Game2Give
  • 13 November: World Kindness Day
  • 14-16 November: Xbox X019
  • 16 November: Twitch London Meetup
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more
  • New posts:

  • A round-up from AdventureX
  • Pairing wine with video games
  • The kindness of bloggers
  • Do you feel pressure to get the best game endings?
  • Big series I’ve given a miss
  • And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!

    Editorial: October 2019