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‘Rise Of The Triad’ Review: Bullet In A Ventilation Duct

Posted by: on July 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm
‘Rise Of The Triad’ Review: Bullet In A Ventilation Duct

“Remember: Running behind a wall and breathing really hard doesn’t regenerate your health. I don’t know who told you that but they’re wrong…”

Looking back on videogames of 90’s, specifically those early years of Quake, Doom, and Duke Nukem, you get a sense of the landscape back then. Ultra-violence, crude humor, and pure action were the hallmarks of that period. The gloss back then wasn’t quite as thick as it is today with developers looking at the vital core of a game and bringing a raw experience that was simple, if not eloquently so.

Now that we live in a time where we’re seeing a massive revival of these older titles, nostalgia seems to be in full bloom. Read the rest of this article…

‘Gunpoint’ Review: Enter a World of Endless Punching

Posted by: on June 6, 2013 at 10:33 am
‘Gunpoint’ Review: Enter a World of Endless Punching

I’m sure he can take another couple hundred to the chin.

Stealth games, especially spy games, are a dime a dozen. The game XIII was based on a French comic, then there’s Deus Ex, James Bond, Splinter Cell, Alpha Protocol, Perfect Dark, Uplink and many others have taken the formula in multiple directions, and while Gunpoint doesn’t exactly break any new grounds, I’ve found this rather short adventure very enjoyable. Read the rest of this article…

30 Seconds To Mars’ “LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS” Review: I’m Kind of Done with Jared Leto

Posted by: on June 4, 2013 at 11:20 am
30 Seconds To Mars’ “LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS” Review: I’m Kind of Done with Jared Leto

Eeehhhh… not really a fan anymore. Sorry guys.

Ever since I caught his performance in Requiem For a Dream, I felt a certain amount of indifference towards Jared Leto, so when he decided to start a rock-band, I was curious. Not knowing fully that he’d decided to pursue music at the same time he was planting his acting roots, it seemed like an interesting twist. When 30 Seconds to Mars came out and I heard “Capricorn” for the first time, I was intrigued by the name, and the music wasn’t half-bad either.

Now it’s 2013 and I’m sure where experimentation has been the leading drive for the band’s work, I’m quite certain that this latest album is driving me away from their music entirely.

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‘Anomaly’ 2 (PC) Review: Enjoy Your Escort Mission, Sir

Posted by: on May 16, 2013 at 9:31 am
‘Anomaly’ 2 (PC) Review: Enjoy Your Escort Mission, Sir

What do they say about rocks and glass domes… ?

Okay, for starters, I wasn’t terribly drawn into the first Anomaly. (You can read N’s FleshEatingZipper review here.) That’s really neither here nor there, but I want to put into perspective my relationship with this game, or rather series of games, since that game now has a sequel. Tower Offense games are a strange breed, as the twist is you’re the one sending the units to attack the towers, rather than building the towers themselves.Strangely, this boils down to being a series of escort missions. Is this a bad thing?

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Mozilla Teams Up With Epic Games to Make Unreal Engine 3 Browser-Friendly

Posted by: on May 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Mozilla Teams Up With Epic Games to Make Unreal Engine 3 Browser-Friendly

Real-Time reflections in your browser, YO!

It’s natural that once you create a technology, the next step is to minimize it to a fine point. This would be my guess anyway. Graphics engines like Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 continue to iterate every year or two, leaving us all curious what will be pulled out of their metaphorical technology hat next. Read the rest of this article…

Shinji Mikami Wants To Breathe New Life Into Survival Horror Games With ‘The Evil Within’

Posted by: on April 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm
Shinji Mikami Wants To Breathe New Life Into Survival Horror Games With ‘The Evil Within’

You need scary games? I can hook you up!

Oh, do I love me some horror. Most gamers probably scoff at the idea of going into a game environment made to illicit fear, but for me, there’s something enjoyable and satisfying about it. For me, the experience of running around a hazy warren of death and mayhem, dark corridors saturated in grime and mystery, or simply moving about an old house with a shady past is sort of a fantasy of mine, though it’s waned as I’ve grown older. Still, a good horror game with omnipresent mystery and intrigue is very attractive to me. Read the rest of this article…

‘Age of Empires II HD Edition’ Is Pure Nostalgia Wrapped In A Shaky Package

Posted by: on April 22, 2013 at 8:48 am
‘Age of Empires II HD Edition’ Is Pure Nostalgia Wrapped In A Shaky Package

A classic gem whose return needs some polish.

I’ll give them this: Hidden Path Studios is doing a service to those who remember the Golden Era of PC gaming by doing their best to bring back a truly classic real-time strategy game. If it were perfect, I’d say go buy it right friggin’ now, but I don’t know if I can do that. Not yet, anyway.
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Warframe (PC) Preview: What ‘Dark Sector’ Should Have Been Years Ago

Posted by: on April 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm
Warframe (PC) Preview: What ‘Dark Sector’ Should Have Been Years Ago

I am a space ninja. Hear me slash.

Remember in those early days after the Xbox 360’s announcement when Digital Extremes was demonstrating their upcoming science-fiction shooter, Dark Sector? The same Dark Sector that turned into a third-person action title and didn’t exactly receive the best reviews? Well, Digital Extremes is going back to the original plan, but now as Warframe, a free-to-play shooter that casts you as a ninja in futuristic battle armor, complete with cooperative modes so you can play it with friends! Read the rest of this article…

Organ Trail: Director’s Cut (PC) Review: Zombie Survival, Plain And Simple

Posted by: on March 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut (PC) Review: Zombie Survival, Plain And Simple

It can get pretty crazy on the road when zombies stalk the wilderness…

With the recent release of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, it’s hard to find a decent zombie-survival based game to play these days. Sure, you’ve got Valve’s Left 4 Dead, Telltale’s own take on The Walking Dead, and the ARMA II mod DayZ, but I need more. Amongst the indie titles are a few examples that stand out to me, one being a well-adapted strategy game called Atom Zombie Smasher, and another, the subject of this review, called Organ Trail. Read the rest of this article…

‘Skryim’ DLC Rundown: From ‘Dawnguard’ To ‘Dragonborn’

Posted by: on March 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm
‘Skryim’ DLC Rundown: From ‘Dawnguard’ To ‘Dragonborn’

Thoughts for all the Skyrim DLC thus far.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim release in November of 2011 was unprecedented, resulting in ten million copies sold within its first month and reaching a nice, round $650 million dollars in revenue, making it Game of the Year material quickly. It gave fans a much-needed return to the world of Tamriel, their first since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion debuted in 2006. Though it surely gave Bethesda a bit of a reprieve to watch the fans glorify it as the best Elder Scrolls game to date, if not of all time, their work on the series wasn’t quite finished. After taking some time to charge through the game with a bow, dagger and a skill at lurking in the shadows, I’m finally ready to give a round-up on the downloadable content released for Skyrim so far.

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