Nevermind is a mess-with-your-head kind of game. On PC and Mac, it's designed to work with a biofeedback accessory to determine when you are stressed, and ups the ante accordingly.

On Xbox One, you're off the hook as there is no compatible hardware (yet) to determine when you're freaking out - but there's still stuff in there to make you jump out of your skin. The tutorial mission, aimed at easing you into exploring some screwed up psyches, is still pretty intense in spots - though I did think it was judging how fast I reacted so I tried to slow my pace a bit. Turns out I need not have bothered.

As you'll see, it's just getting interesting when I cut the feed about 32 minutes in:

 

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Tacoma is basically Gone Home - in spaaace. You arrive on a space station to find everyone missing, and therein a mystery to unravel. You're aided by augmented reality (AR) that lets you view recent interactions between the crew members and unlock sometimes very corrupted bits of data containing clues to their relationships and what happened. There are also AR kitties to find hidden away in the memory logs, if you like that sort of thing.

Watch the start of the game and see how the mechanics work (don't worry, it doesn't spoil much story - there's still plenty to find):

 

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I played Broken Age on Steam back when it first came out, and loved it - but never quite finished it. I played the girl's story in full, and was glad that I starting with her as it made guessing how it would intersect with the boy's tale quite the mind game.

I've recreated the experience, this time on Xbox One (at this writing it's one sale for a very reasonable $6). I hope to finish both stories this time, and maybe I'll stream the first 30 of the boy's story too - though Vella is a favorite character of mine:

 

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Playdead's Inside is one of the more disturbing games I've played in awhile. I never finished Limbo, a similar puzzle platformer from the same studio. This one is both more accessible and easier to get lost in due to the depth of its dystopian vision. I'm still not sure about the ending though - ick.

On my first play, I couldn't get Mixer to work. But after finishing the ganme, I decided to go again - partly to show off the start of this amazing game and also to collect some of the hidden orbs I missed that unlock Inside's achievements (you can beat the story with zero gamerscore):

 

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Toasting yourself in I Am Bread is a bigger challenge than you'd think. Moving around requires careful control of your corners, and too much time on the floor will make you too disgusting to consume. It's a good thing that I'm not bread in real life, as my career path would be limited.

Watch the tutorial and then see if I can finally toast myself during the first half hour of play:

 

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Another Artifex Mundi game incoming! You know I love me some hidden object but Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery is a little different from the rest.

See how the lists appear in small batches as you find other objects to reveal them. There also seems to be an emphasis on crafting:

 

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So, yeah, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and I aren't the best of pals just yet. Don't get me wrong. it's a fascinating game. I really enjoy watching matches with highly competent players on Mixer. But personaly I prefer fast fluid shooters with tight easy-to-grok controls, like Destiny.

So learn from my cautionary (and no doubt highly amusing) tale of being cannon fodder over a few PUBG matches. Watch how I die struggling to figure out how to load a gun, and then take a good long look at the controls screen so you too won't walk into a gun fight unarmed. Later watch as a I shoot a guy, run out of bullets and watch as he just freezes (probably unarmed and new too). I wander off, find more bullets, and then finish him off. Best I can guess, he either bailed without quitting or was attempting to block me from getting down the stairs thinking I'd remain unarmed.

Newb-ness awaits:

 

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helloneighborAt first glance, Hello Neighbor seems a bit like The Lovely Bones - The Videogame but with a non-threatening Pixar look and feel. And it's out now on PC and Xbox One.

Got a few minutes? Hear all about the game, its genesis, and why it's a favorite of YouTubers.

This is another of our floor interviews from PAX West 2017 (read our full report).

You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Additional PAX game interviews are on the way including our show fave Donut County, Battle Chef Brigade, and more.

I'm honestly not sure how I became a Destiny fan. It's not the multiplayer; it's not even the story, really. I guess I just like to shoot stuff, and this one does that pretty damn well.

Here I take on the start of the first expansion for Destiny 2, the Curse of Osiris. If you want to skip all of the prologue, just jump the video to 10 minutes in and you'll see me beat the first objective and then find out where to go for the next mission:

 

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Busy Gamer Nation #261 - SpyParty

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SpyPartyIn SpyParty, you choose a side: spy or sniper. Then it's a battle of wits as one player tries to blend into a crowd of NPCs while the other tries to pick off her adversary before he can complete his objectives.

SpyParty is just one of many gems we found at PAX West 2017 (read our full report).

Got 5 minutes? You can hear all about SpyParty including a pro tip on how to choose your spy. You can download Busy Gamer Nation from our podcast page, on iTunes, or via RSS feed.

Additional PAX game interviews are on the way including our show fave Donut County, Hello Neighbor, Battle Chef Brigade, and more.

Prey, the "not a remake" of an 11-year-old shooter reinvented by the makers of Dishonored, has a strong BioShock meets Portal vibe. Or maybe it's something else, but the game's attempts to gaslight you from the start have instant appeal.

I honestly don't know where this is going but with mods and power trees aplenty to light up, I'm interested to find out:

 

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We LOVED Dishonored. Maybe not a first glance - our first meeting at PAX was confused and fumbled. But GrrlGotGame and I both committed to finishing the game, and we're glad we did. So when the Black Friday sale offered the three games for $40 (the remastered Xbox One edition, which we'll gladly best again, plus Dishonored 2 and the latest Death of the Outsider), we were all in.

The start of Dishonored 2 presents a big choice - will you play dad or daughter? See which I chose and how those first few kills went down (also a quick tutorial if you're in need a moves refresher):

 

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Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is the prequel to Life is Strange. I rather liked the original though haven't finished it yet. This one, so far, is better and shouldn't spoil anything as the events predate the first game.

Episodes 1 and 2 are in now, with the third on the way. In just the first half hour, I get into a late night concert in an abandoned steel mill, deal with some unpleasant hoods, and start piecing together what else happened while confronted by what will no doubt be a lecture from mom:

 

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I love good storytelling, and What Remains Of Edith Finch from our new favorite indie publisher Annapurna Interactive promises this and a lot more.

In the first 30 minutes, you play as a person, a cat chasing a bird across moonlit treetops, a shark rolling down a hill in search of water, and a snake monster who is - in truth - a bit hard to control. It is also - in truth - quite awesome:

 

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The pitch for Lego City Undercover is great: Grand Theft Auto with Legos. I originally tried to play through this open brick world on Wii U but as Wii U failed to captivate me as a gaming system, I didn't get too far. Just far enough to know I loved it.

So here I am trying again with the Xbox One release, which I nabbed for $20 in the Black Friday pre-sale. It's fun, it's funny, and this time I'm going to really try to finish it:

 

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Batman: The Enemy Within is the follow-up to the most excellent Batman: The Telltale Series, which took the Batman mythology and seemingly put it into a blender. The action was good, there was detective work for those - like me - who enjoy some exploration in their games, and story twists aplenty to keep you guessing.

This is more of the same with a fresh Riddler story and some tweaks to the already superb action mechanics. If you liked the first, you'll probably love this well-polished sequel - but, hey, look for youtself:

 

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I didn't expect to love Minecraft: Story Mode. I don't play much Minecraft and, even after trying the game in Telltale's booth at PAX back when it debuted (interview), I didn't feel much of a draw.

I'm so glad I gave in. The first season and bonus episodes are amazing once you get past the prologue. Part of it is no doubt playing as a Patton Oswalt-voiced hero (if you pick the male). That never seems to gets old.

So here we are at the start of Season Two (warning, some minor Season One spoilers if you didn't play, though outcomes can vary a bit depending on your specific choices):

 

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Thimbleweed Park is a point-and-click adventure game. There are even words and stuff you need to select to take actions. If that's not your thing, you can skip this. But if you enjoy crazy comedic adventures such as Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, you'll want to bite down on this murder mystery now.

Creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are known for their LucasArts classics including the games mentioned above. Get a taste of their witty game writing in the start of the game with no spoilers as to what might be farther down the road:

 

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So Doodle God is a pretty dumb game. You match "elements" (which are occasionally real elements but more often than not things, creatures or concepts) to unlock new "elements," and success delivers more materials to choose from and a pithy quote.

It's basically a guessing game with a story-like framework and little quests and bonuses to unlock. Is it great? No. But is it fun to play when your brain isn't up for a more involved game? Sure.

And it's certainly worth the $4 pricetag in this year's Black Friday sale on Xbox One (and possibly other places). But, hey judge for yourself:

 

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At PAX this year, I did pretty well at Super Lucky's Tale on Xbox One (also on Windows 10). But you wouldn't know it by watching this video. I spend the first 20 minutes dying in stupid ways.

Learn from my mistakes, and see how I turn it around to complete the game's first portal and start the even more dastardly second:

 

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