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    Not For Broadcast review



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    What is it? TV Propaganda sim
    Expect to pay: £19.50/$25
    Release date: Out now
    Developer: NotGames
    Publisher: tinyBuild
    Reviewed on: Threadripper 2950X, 64GB RAM, RTX 3080 10GB
    Multiplayer? Yes
    Link: Official site (opens in new tab)

    Making up your own curse words is flumblethorpingly funny, and the developers of Not for Broadcast seem to agree. Having started off with a few more conventional swears, it’s not long into the game before all sorts of wibbleclip is added to the list naughty words. This matters, because it’s your job as the vision mixer of a nightly TV news show to censor them, so as not to offend the sensitive ears of your audience. Which includes the government.

    If they hear something as awful as a ‘wumple’ or a ‘kupt’—let alone the news anchor talking about a rooster he owns that’s more than a foot tall—they’ll switch off in their droves. And that would be bad, because your performance is being measured. 

    (Image credit: tinyBuild)

    The fact that a group of people got together, decided to release what is essentially an FMV game in 2022 (hey, it worked for Telling Lies) and then filmed some of the silliest, most revolting, slapstick news segments and adverts outside of a Monty Python sketch, is just wonderful. These people are genuinely enjoying themselves, and it’s a joy to see. You can watch the films back on a virtual video player at any time, just to catch the bits you missed.

    However, don’t go into it expecting Brass Eye, as any commentary on modern politics, apart maybe from ‘oppressive government bad’ is so slight as to be non-existent. The actual interactivity is also limited, despite attempts to introduce new mechanics like dealing with thunderstorms, though keeping everything running smoothly and audience-pleasing while a naked swearing policeman tugs at your attention from the top left is really enough to put anyone off a career in live TV.



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