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Video GameHeadliner: NoviNews Review
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Posted: 24 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Headliner: NoviNews is a narrative-driven simulation game where you play as the person in charge of the headlines and stories that are released to the public. Each article you approve from your office has a direct impact on the world outside. Which news stories you choose to push will affect the graffiti on walls, the moods of other people and your relationships with the other three main characters, Evie, Justin and Rudy, all with their own complex and compelling backstories.

The game is an in-depth look at journalism and political issues that feel very relevant to today's society, like the prospect of making national healthcare available in the midst of an epidemic. Headliner seems to take a very neutral approach to each issue you face, presenting facts for each side of the argument, as you decide which articles will be seen by the public and what title they'll have.

Overall, Headliner: NoviNews presents a dim reality where neither side of the argument is truly right. It challenges you to assess your own political and social views and the consequences of them becoming a reality. The game has a variety of art styles which maintain gameplay that's visually diverse. However, it is worth noting that due to the identical daily schedule, the game can become repetitive over time whilst watching the effects of your headlines unfold around you.

Headliner: NoviNews was built off of a smaller game called Headliner. The game is similar in how it is played but has a much shorter 7-day story. Headliner is only available on PC and MacOS.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Unbound Creation (@UnboundCreation)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12+ for Moderate Violence, Mild Swearing.

CostsCosts

Headliner: NoviNews usually costs £10.99 to £11.99.
 

Headliner: NoviNews

XBox Store Xbox One £11.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.49
Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £11.99
App Store Mac £10.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Headliner: NoviNews Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
The prequel game Headliner has the following accessibility:
  • Reaction-time Not Critical
  • Low Pressure, no actions in the game are time-sensitive.
  • Auto-Save
  • Speaker Indicator
  • Playable with mouse only or mouse and keys
  • No rapid pressing required
  • Playable without hearing

Headliner: NoviNews can be played with the mouse only, aside from entering your name at the beginning of the game. A random name is generated for you, but if you would like a custom name you will need to use a keyboard. The game does accept keyboard input when the game isn't focused (if using an on-screen keyboard for example).

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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