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Game Review: Transistor

Game Review: Transistor

From the makers of Bastion, the game with the really awesome narrator comes Transistor with yet another awesome narrator and a great gameplay hook. Supergiant took the formula that made Bastion enhanced and refined it and made something truly exceptional all the while pivoting genres. From the excellent soundtrack to the great artwork and level design, this game delivers in every category Transistor had its hooks in me from its opening moments. The one thing that Transistor accomplishes that Bastion never did for me was to endear its protagonist to me. This was done with the use of its... Read On

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Game Review: How to Survive

Game Review: How to Survive

Nowadays we can’t have a month without a new zombie-themed game, and it’s getting boring. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way. Same stuff over and over again, with a few exceptions. I can’t say that every new zombie-themed game is boring, because that’s not true. There ARE really good and fresh games in this category. There are games that can still show something new. Games like How to Survive. To be honest, I wasn’t really enthusiastic when I heard about the game. The whole stuff sounded like a big cliché. I wake... Read On

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Game Review: The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief – Chapter 1

Game Review: The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief – Chapter 1

“The Raven.” In a certain fictional universe, that name conjures up fear, excitement- anticipation. It’s the moniker of a legendary jewel thief whom you pursue in The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief. In Raven, the titular criminal had vanished for a number of years after having been shot- his body never recovered. In the game, you play a fat Swedish police officer, Constable Zellner, who unwittingly stumbles across the path of what may be The Raven who, after years of dormancy, has come back to steal again. Is it really The Raven of many years ago? There’s much speculation... Read On

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Retrospective: The Secret Of Monkey Island (PC)

Retrospective: The Secret Of Monkey Island (PC)

Point and click adventure games seem to be getting a bit left behind in today’s gaming world, overshadowed by the endless waves of samey third/first person shooters, MMORPGs and generally uninspired ‘ooh look at my pretty graphics’ high budget titles. As games have evolved, so have our expectations of them and you may wonder why on earth you should take a break from the worldwide connectivity and jaw dropping graphics that today’s titles offer to sample the pixelated goodness of games like Monkey Island. I’m not saying that point and click adventures are everyone’s cup of tea however, far... Read On

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Retrospective: Final Fantasy VIII (PSX)

Retrospective: Final Fantasy VIII (PSX)

There are many opinions on the subject of ‘When Final Fantasy games were good’. I sit comfortably in the PSX demographic and believe that Final Fantasy VII and VIII are two of the best JRPGs ever made. Over the years, Final Fantasy VII has stolen much of the well-deserved limelight that the franchise has earned and rightly so. It stands out to as a masterpiece in RPG gaming. Yet I always felt that VIII was slightly underrated. Being the first Final Fantasy game I actually owned it has always been my favorite and here’s why. In a nutshell –... Read On

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Game Preview: Memoria (Beta)

Game Preview: Memoria (Beta)

Point and Click games are making a bit of a come back lately with the excellent The Walking Dead series leading the way. Hoping to get a slice of the action is Memoria, sequel to Chains of Satinav from multi-award winning German indie studio Daedelic Entertainment. Read On

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Game Review: The Last Door – Chapter 1 & 2

Game Review: The Last Door – Chapter 1 & 2

With every click of the mouse, the closer you get to letting a man take his own life but yet, you can’t stop as it is the only action you can perform, with great reluctance you click and click and click until the inevitable gruesome end. The Last Door’s harrowing opening act instantly sets the mood of what kind of game it is going to be: unsettling and disturbing. Read On

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Game Review: The Night of the Rabbit

Game Review: The Night of the Rabbit

When The Night of the Rabbit was first announced by Daedalic Entertainment, the title itself didn’t seem particularly intriguing- it looked aimed at a casual crowd of gamers rather than “hardcore” gamers. This is mostly based on the premise of the game, where players will take control of a 12-year old boy by the name of Jeremiah Hazelnut who has long had the wish to become a magician. One summer day, his dream magically comes true when out of nowhere an elegantly dressed rabbit by the name of Marquis de Hoto appears out of nowhere and offers Jeremiah his apprenticeship.... Read On

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Game Review: Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller- Episode 2, The Wise Monkey

Game Review: Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller- Episode 2, The Wise Monkey

When I reviewed the first episode of Cognition, in all honesty, it was a title that seemed to be somewhat generic compared to all of the other action and adventure titles that have been released. I wasn’t left with a very good first impression- it hardly had a worthwhile script, the facial expressions were very off, and the characters themselves were very obnoxious and hardly adding mystery, rather, it added more irritating scenarios for the player. The Wise Monkey- the second episode- on the other hand is better than the first because of how well everything played off. The game... Read On

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Game Review: Primordia

Game Review: Primordia

Primordia- yes, it means the beginning of something- can also be defined as the earliest stage of development for organs and tissues. This definition can easily summarize Wadjeteye Games newest title; Primordia. The title came out on December 5, and I personally think that the most remarkable feature that Primordia brings to the table is the use of commentary. The player takes the role of (or, really, follows) Horatio Version 5- a robot built by man- and his fellow sidekick Crispin in a post-apocalyptic world.  In the beginning Horatio is attacked by a mysterious robot that robs him of... Read On

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Game Review: Cave Story (eShop)

Game Review: Cave Story (eShop)

I feel slightly guilty having taken so long to play Cave Story. I downloaded its original freeware PC port a long time ago, but I never quite got around to paying much attention to it. The game was created by Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, a lone Japanese developer who put together the game’s music, story and of course gameplay all by himself. Recently, I got my hands on the 3DS eShop version- I’m amazed. This is a platformer that belongs in everybody’s library for having top-notch gameplay, an interesting world with nicely fleshed-out characters and a zany, engaging story. It’s... Read On

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Game Review: Dishonored

Game Review: Dishonored

Dishonored aims to be a very ambitious game. While to game play is fantastic, ultimately the story keeps it from being a truly great game. Read On

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Game Review: Darksiders 2

Game Review: Darksiders 2

Darksiders was a great game. Not only did it have a good story going for it, the gameplay was a nice blend of hack n’ slash and dungeon exploring much like the Legend of Zelda series. Of course as with most sequels, Darksiders 2 aims to be a bigger game in scope. However bigger does not always mean better and Darksiders 2’s attempt at being bigger hurts it in more ways than one. The story in Darksiders 2 does not pick up after the events of the first game which is odd for a sequel. Instead it tells the... Read On

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Game Review: The Walking Dead Episode 1

Game Review: The Walking Dead Episode 1

There are a ton of zombies games out there on the market so it came as no surprise that following the success of the incredibly awesome Walking Dead tv series that a came based on the franchise would inevitably make its way onto the scene. And sure enough Telltale Games, the folks behind the Back to the Future games have done just that. And while the game falls short in some aspects, overall it does a great job of capturing what makes The Walking Dead franchise awesome. Based on the comic book series The Walking Dead, Episode 1 takes... Read On

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Game Review: Deponia

Game Review: Deponia

Over the last few decades, Steampunk has been made popular throughout art, literature, video games and misunderstood teenagers bedrooms. Using an artistic style that combines Victorian architecture, fashion and industrialisation, with scientific and technological advancement that is beyond our present ability, Steampunk envisions a future of technology through the eyes of a particularly creative and liberal Victorian. H.G Wells’ The Time Machine, a precursor to and major influence on the art style, is a prime example of a Victorian visualisation of future advancements in technology, but Wells used this to raise ideas that included an anxiety of the future,... Read On

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Game Review: Block World

Game Review: Block World

From the makers of Zombies for Xbox Live Indie games; 2.0 Studios has published an Indie game on August 17, 2012, that is so outstanding, so amazing, and so innovative that it will blow your mind away. Well, sort of. From a shallow point of view Block World does not look distinct from its partner Minecraft per se. However, as you dig deep, really deep into what Block World is, then you can find that the smallest difference between the two titles demonstrates that Block World truly has latent potential that just needs to be harnessed. Block World starts... Read On

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Game Review: Resonance

Game Review: Resonance

A characteristic most often attributed to the indie game is the marked attention to an artistic element in the title. Limbo removed the barrier between art and game by using the fantastical tropes of popular gaming to encourage thought about the after-life. Braid had a terrifically post-modern aesthetic that formed a pastiche from the rich gaming culture of the past thirty years in order to explore how a gamer responds to a game. While Journey was almost Tolkien with its unique take on the journey motif and the fellowship involved with that. However, the indie game can be also a homage to gaming genres past,... Read On

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Game Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Game Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

The history of games based off of comic books has been a bumpy one. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve laughed with them and we’ve cried because of how god awful they were. In a long list of games based off comics only a handful have ever been not only good, but great and successfully captured what it’s like to be that character. It’s a challenge to get that right, and we all know there have been many many tries to capture the essence of our favorite heroes. But then comes the real challenge of having to make... Read On

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Game Review: Dragon’s Lair

Game Review: Dragon’s Lair

I was born over a decade after Dragon’s Lair first came out, and I managed to miss each subsequent iteration of the game, which has been re-released over sixty times on various platforms throughout the years, including the GBA, Atari Jaguar, Sega CD, and 3DO. At long last, the game has been released on the XBLA, and it features Kinect support (as well as support for your handy-dandy controller). Now in case you’ve never experienced it, what’s the game about? According to the official press release, “in Dragon’s Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest... Read On

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Movie Capsule Review: The Avengers

Movie Capsule Review: The Avengers

Ah summer blockbuster season… There’s no time of the year (not counting Christmastime) that fills me with such joy. So much spectacle is hurled at us week after week by Hollywoodland and, oh my goodness, is it ever grand. And we are off to one heck of a start with Marvel’s “The Avengers”. This will probably wind up being the most clever of the big flicks being released this season. Pretty much every plot point from all the solo adventures of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor interweaves with one another here, resulting in lots of conflict and lots... Read On

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Game Review: Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition

Game Review: Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition

A long, long time ago (about twenty years), an adventure game was released for the Amiga. It was called Another World (also known as Out of this World and Outer World), and it quickly spread to other platforms such as Sega Genesis, SNES, and many, many others. The game has now been released on Android and iOS to celebrate twenty years of action-adventure goodness. The reason the game has come so far over two decades is, in my opinion, because of how well it manages to tell a story. Of course, engrossing (not to mention difficult) gameplay doesn’t exactly... Read On

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Game Review: Journey

Game Review: Journey

Journey is a beautifully crafted adventure game that should not be missed. Read On

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Game Review: Yesterday

Yesterday is an adventure game developed by Pendulo Studios, and released on March 22, 2012. The game takes place within New York City, where beggars start disappearing one by one only to be found murdered, but later they are tortured, and burnt alive. There are a total of 3 playable characters, who are Henry White, Cooper, along with John Yesterday, who has amnesia. The game has a mysterious atmosphere, and sustains this atmosphere throughout the whole game by providing answers, but never providing the reasons behind those answers until the end. Furthermore, the game utilizes a point-and click system,... Read On

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Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Lots of people might argue that legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has lost his touch as an artist as of late, having not crafted a film to completely woo audiences since 2003, the year both Catch Me if You Can and Minority Report were released. His works since then, like Munich, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,  and even his most recent film, War Horse, have all been criticized for failing to capture the same magic of his Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. days. While this certainly open for debate (Munich... Read On

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Movie Review: Hugo

Movie Review: Hugo

I have a confession to make: Up until now, I’ve never seen a film in 3D. “Not even Avatar?” my friend lamented. No, amigo, not even James Cameron’s fabled Avatar. On this night, I saw my very first film in 3D: Hugo. It’s a movie that I don’t think earned enough attention- a real travesty. So what’s Hugo about? The year is 1931. World War One has come and gone, and everything’s right as rain. Welcome to a bustling train station in Paris, the city of love (it is the city of love, right?) where, somewhere deep in the lazy... Read On

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