Robert Zak-Lead Features Editor

Robert Zak

Lead Features Editor

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About Robert Zak

Rob is Lead Features Editor at DualShockers, and has been playing games since hijacking his sister's NES in the early 90s. Instead of outgrowing them, decided to make a life out of ranting about them.

When he's not ranting about the hot topics of the day in gaming, you'll probably find him on the floor of a walk-in wardrobe, laptop perched on his knees, hyper-optimising games on PS1 emulators.

Favorite Games and Genres

'Mood' has always been a driving force. Stealth games, from Thief to Splinter Cell to Dishonored, as well as interesting indie experiments that are oozing in thick atmosphere. Serve me up a Scorn or a (good) Silent Hill, and I'm there for it.

Stealth games, immersive sims, RPGs, Metroidvanias, platformers, you-name it.

So long as it's not a JRPG I'll play it (and maybe I'll finally play one of those one day too)

Industry Focus

Industry trends, going deep with developers on the making of games, crunching numbers and converting them into commentary, and sharing tales of my adventures in games - whether that's about the joy of stomping Necromorphs in Dead Space, or wondering whether Baldur's Gate 3 really needed to go so hard on the hanky-panky.

First Game Console and Preferred Platforms

Bizarrely, Rob owned an NES from the early 90s all the way through to '98 when he got an N64, skipping over the entire 16-bit era. Around the same time he got his first gaming PC, which was subsequently backed up by each generation of PlayStation to this day (though now he's holding off for a PS5 Pro because he can't stand the oversized white behemoth that is the baseline PS5).

Latest Articles

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Baldur's Gate 3 Is Missing The Unique Charm Of Dwarven Companions

Dwarves and gnomes have made for some great RPG companions in the past, but Baldur's Gate 3 ignores them.

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Riding The Subway In Cyberpunk 2077 Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Metros are a cool vertical slice of urban life, so why does Cyberpunk 2077's one feel so lifeless?

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This Huge RPG Has The Most Complex Dungeons Ever, So I Tried To Conquer One

I write a diary of my attempt to conquer one of the infamous dungeons of The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall.

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Is Baldur's Gate 3 Better With Keyboard & Mouse Or Controller? I Found Out

Having spent dozens of hours using both, here's what I think.

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What Unannounced Game Would You Like Announced In 2024?

Soulslike Metroid? Unleashing The Force again? Nothing's off limits.

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The Witcher 3's Upcoming Official Mod Editor Could Be Its 'Skyrim' Moment

Who needs new RPGs in 2024 when The Witcher 3 modding scene is about to explode?

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Maybe Larian Should Drop Its Three-Act Structure For Its Next Game

After three games with much the same structure, maybe it's time for something a little different.

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The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall Remake Is Out, So Of Course I Spent Hours Modding It

The impressive Unity recreation of Daggerfall has opened the massive RPG to a new generation of gamers.

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"I Don't Know How We Managed It:" How Fallout: London Succeeded Where Others Faltered

We speak to the creators of the ambitious Fallout 4 total conversion mod set in London, which is launching soon.

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DLSS And FSR Are Great Tech That Could Ruin Gaming

DLSS came with the promise of extending GPU lifespan, but now it's being used to mask poorly optimised games.

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How A 13-Year Old Became The First Person To Beat Tetris

A massive evolution in Tetris playstyle techniques paved the way for 13-year-old Willis ‘Blue Scuti’ Gibson to claim the crown.

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Darktide Is Growing Into The Great Swarm Shooter We Wanted

Fatshark's shooter is finally retaining high player numbers, reflecting its massive improvements.

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2024 Won't Match 2023 In Gaming, And Maybe That's For The Best

Giving us time to catch up and appreciate what we have.

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DualShockers' New Year Gaming Resolutions For 2024

Team DS share their big gaming ambitions for the New Year.

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DualShockers' Most Shocking, Mind-Blowing Baldur's Gate 3 Moments

Reminiscing about the wildest moments from our 2023 Game of the Year.

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How Did DualShockers Fare With Last Year's New Year Gaming Resolutions?

Did Jack kick his LoL habit? Did Matt finally sell his soul and get Game Pass? Did Rob get over his aversion to JRPGs? We reveal all...

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DualShockers Definitives: 15 Best Indie Games Of 2023

Don't let the blockbusters blind you, it's been a great year for indies too.

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