Shallow, confusing, and nonsensical, Silent Hill: Ascension is not the triumphant return to Silent Hill we’ve been longing for.Read on IGN
Hello! I'm Vikki Blake
I wasn't the kind of girl who grew up playing dollies and dress-up. While others were falling in love with boy bands, I was falling in love with gaming. I got lost in Hyrule. I kicked ass in Street Fighter. I had inappropriate dreams about Solid Snake, became obsessed with the gorgeously grim environments of Silent Hill, and am still kind of addicted to Guitar Hero.
Before I gave up the monotony of civil service life to write for a living, I worked for 10 years as an equality, inclusion, and wellbeing adviser, specialising in employment and HE. Today, I blend both of these passions as a games writer and an equality consultant, working with organisations like Ukie to improve equality policy and practice and make the games industry a kinder, more supportive place for all.
An independent reporter, critic, columnist, and commentator with almost 15 years of experience in the games industry, I've worked with some of the world's biggest brands and publications including the BBC, Eurogamer, IGN, the NME, and many, many more. I specialise in horror, shooters, puzzlers, and games with a strong story to tell, but I can turn my hand to pretty much anything.
I know. I can't believe it's a real job, either.
Resident Evil 4 Remake might be one of 2023’s most critically-acclaimed games, but its legacy is surprisingly divisive…Read on GQ
You wouldn’t watch a film without an ending – so why do people buy unfinished video games?Read on BBC News
In 2020, the UK games sector created #RaiseTheGame, a high-impact pledge to improve inclusion across the games industry. Find out how it’s progressing one year on.Read on Ukie
Tarsier returns with another slice of horror that’s just about glorious enough to make up for the frustrations.Read on Eurogamer
There’s plenty to admire in this smart and adventurous horror, though you’ll have to endure some missteps to get there.Read on Eurogamer
Can’t commit hours and hours to a game? Maybe battle royales are the way to go…Read on NME
Games often touch us not only because of what they are, but what they’re not and, for me, Dishonored was a game that relaxed traditional gameplay in a way I hadn’t quite anticipated.Read on Eurogamer
Yamaoka’s concerts showed that the fanbase is alive and kicking, even if the series isn’t.Read on Eurogamer
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