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Headliner: NoviNews Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: Ellen Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and @JonahMonaghan.

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 of 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

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 05/10/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: @UnboundCreation

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Headliner: NoviNews usually costs £11.49 to £11.99.
 

Headliner: NoviNews

Xbox One £11.74
PS4 £11.49
Switch £11.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12+ for moderate violence and mild swearing

ESRB TEEN for alcohol reference, blood, crude humour, language, use of tobacco and violence

AccessibilityAccessibility

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).
 
Our Headliner: NoviNews Accessibility Report details 19 accessibility features:

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