Once upon a time, a PC gaming publisher had a bright idea. “What if we made a game that looks like the one people already like,” they burbled, “but is unrecognisably different in all other respects?”
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And, lo, the spin-off was born. On a good year you get a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. On an off year? An odd curio like the ones in the new episode of the Weekend Esc. We’re talking a Worms game where you play as the Homing Pigeon, and a Sonic title where the blue wonder isn’t allowed to run.