Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

Transfiguration and GMB7

Transfiguration and GMB7 

At this point it’s common knowledge that Austin Wintory knocked the ball out of the park with his soundtrack to Journey – being the first game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy, it brought game music to mainstream media in a way usually reserved for blaming games for violence.
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RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: the Mana Beast Unslain

RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: the Mana Beast Unslain 

This week Reid and Tom rejoin the discussion while Mike moves on to focus on preparing for next month’s game, Fire Emblem: Awakening. But before we go on to tackle nearly everyone’s favorite little 3DS RPG of 2013, Reid, Tom and I try to hash out where exactly Secret of …

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The Breasts: Another Review Of Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars

The Breasts: Another Review Of Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars 

It could be said that I didn’t much care for The Battle elements of Conception II. But there’s a whole other half to the game: the relationship simulation. Should you slog through the game just to see the character archs play out?
That depends on whether or not you want to …

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The Battle: A Review Of Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars

The Battle: A Review Of Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars 

Part relationship simulator, part clone, part porn. Most people would stick with the cliched “mixed bag” descriptor, but that’s not only sophomoric, it’s kind, too.
There’s good to be had, but a better word for Conception II: Children of The Seven Stars is schizophrenic.

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Inoffensively Unremarkable: A Review of Ethan: Meteor Hunter

Inoffensively Unremarkable: A Review of Ethan: Meteor Hunter 

Ethan: Meteor Hunter reminds me a lot of the film Krull.
Released in 1983, Krull was one in a long line of “space operas” that grabbed firmly onto the coattails of the Star Wars films and held on for dear life. There are strange aliens, a powerful artifact weapon (the Glaive), …

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RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: Left Out in the Cold

RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: Left Out in the Cold 

Having lost both Reid and Tom this week, Mike and I take some time to dwell on Secret of Mana‘s flawed legacy and the future copy-cats it never sparked.

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LA Noire and the American Institution

LA Noire and the American Institution 

Noir commonly attempts to expose the dark hearts of American institutions. In the novels of Raymond Chandler, and in films such as The Naked City and LA Confidential, corporations, police officers, and a vaporous force describable only as “The System” all come under fire. The antagonists are typically corrupt politicians …

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RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone

RPG Club Plays Secret of Mana: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone 

Reid McCarter: Secret of Mana takes an absolutely breathtaking nosedive after its first few hours. Ethan, our resident Mana devotee, will no doubt debate this. But, despite appreciating the unorthodox combat systems and narrative introduction, the minor flaws of the game’s beginning become emphasized to the point of distraction with time.

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MOBA Madness!

MOBA Madness! 

With PAX now over, many games have made their debut and are enjoying the light of day. No more NDA means I get to write what I’ve been thinking about for a while: a comparison between MOBAs. I take two familiars – League of Legends and DotA 2 – and …

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Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS

Banger: A Review Of LUFTRAUSERS 

Vlambeer’s Jan Willem Nijman did a talk recently about what makes games enjoyable. Aimed at developers, the talk was designed to show how, through design tricks, you can get more Bang For Your Buck out of the gameplay. It’s interesting to see that talk, but it’s down right fascinating to see how …

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