SEATTLE – Biomutant is one of those games that came out of nowhere, but has already amassed a surprisingly dedicated fan following. This action/RPG follows a customizable animal protagonist in the distant postapocalypse, and its appealing mix of melee combat, gunplay and charming narration helps it stand out in a sea of similar open-world adventures.

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I went hands-on with Biomutant at PAX West 2018, the first time I’d seen the game since I went hands-on with it at PAX West 2017. Whereas last year’s demo showed off an early stage, introducing me to basic combat and crafting, this year’s demo was a full mid-game mission, showing off Biomutant’s fine balance of exploration, combat and platforming.

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