Uriel's Chasm 2

Why the creator of one of Steam’s most hated games made a sequel

“The sequel no one asked for,” begins one user review of Uriel’s Chasm 2: את on Steam. It’s a solid thumbs-down verdict and it sums up the general sentiment surrounding the sequel to one of Steam’s most hated games. Uriel’s Chasm has around 2,500 user reviews and not even a fifth of them are positive (that is, giving the game a thumbs-up). This leaves it with a rare “Overwhelmingly Negative” verdict. In the Steam forums for Uriel’s Chasm 2 one person asks its creator, straight up, “what in the world would possess you to create a part 2?” It’s a…


Playlist: a trio of new videogames to delight you this week

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist email here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. REPRISAL UNIVERSE (PC AND MAC) BY ELECTROLYTE You are Thallos, a mighty warrior with a large tribe and powerful elemental totems. The world is yours … until your jealous siblings act all evil-step-sisterly on you and leave you to die in solitude. Well, put on your ball gown, Cinderella, because they ain’t through with you yet. Inspired by the God game Populous, Reprisal Universe is Thallos’ search for his lost people with the power of nature. Explore the cosmos, learn new totem powers, remind the world how mighty…


The garish psychotronic madness of Uriel’s Chasm nods to early Swans

The band Swans have two distinct phases. The first is grimy, industrial no-wave that churns and roils Tetsuo-like with dystopic paranoia and twisted sexuality. The second phase—their current one—is patient, unfurling twenty-minute art rock tapestries largely devoid of distorted guitars and far more expansive than the claustrophobia of their early work.  Also, when the songs aren’t firing on all cylinders, late Swans can feel a bit like homework—stentorian bandleader Michael Gira isn’t the most dynamic presence on the mic, and the arrangements on their longer tracks often collapse into the hit-everything cacophony of bored band members switching instruments. RAILSLAVEGAMES’ Uriel’s Chasm nods to…