Browsing all articles from June, 2014.

How Dark Souls’ Tutorial Communicates More Than Just Controls

How Dark Souls’ Tutorial Communicates More Than Just Controls 

I’ve been here before.
Its tricks and traps are notched into my mind and its hidey-holes leap out as if illuminated by spotlights. I’ve stalked these lonely halls with a dozen different avatars and now familiarity is etched into the Undead Asylum’s sodden brickwork. As I trudge through Dark Souls’ foreboding prologue I’m …

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More Than A Reeling: A Review Of Ridiculous Fishing

More Than A Reeling: A Review Of Ridiculous Fishing 

I like to sit around and think of ways to spend three dollars. It could be spent on a few hamburgers, or I’m sure there’s some dollar bins somewhere that could be raided, but in any event it’s fun to think about. In a society that typically equates higher expenditures …

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Sakura Samurai Review

Sakura Samurai Review 

The katana holds a special place in all kinds of media. In film and videogames, the katana is pretty much unstoppable. It can cut through bullets, other people’s swords, tanks – no material is a match for the samurai sword.
But this isn’t actually how the katana works. In real life, …

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Conceptual Genius

Conceptual Genius 

After booting up Blacklight Retribution, my gut reaction was to look into its concept art. I don’t get this instinct often, but when I do it says something special about the game itself. I’m always ecstatic when a game’s art direction influences the overall feel of a product, not distracting …

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The Joys of Failure in Trials Evolution

The Joys of Failure in Trials Evolution 

Are you sick of being happy? Do you find life a little bit too enjoyable? If you love staying up into the early hours of the morning, alienating yourself from your family and shouting at your keyboard then boy, do I have the game for you! It’s called Trials: Evolution …

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The End: A Review of Mass Effect 3 Citadel

The End: A Review of Mass Effect 3 Citadel 

No matter how you play it, there’s only one person in the galaxy that understands Shepard. It’s not Liara, Garrus, Tali, or even Miranda. It’s not Jack or Zaeed or even Kaiden / Ashley. It’s not the person you’ve romanced, nor is it one of the many people whose lives …

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Mark of the Ninja OST: The End Song is Offputting

Mark of the Ninja OST: The End Song is Offputting 

This post is kinda cheaty; to be blunt, there isn’t a lot to the Mark of the Ninja OST; they’ve only posted two songs (both below). During gameplay, you get ambiance that ranges from ominous violin and gong tones to angry taiko-sounding drums and frantic violins. During the cutscenes, for …

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The Sad Story of Knytt Underground

The Sad Story of Knytt Underground 

When I talk about music, about bands I love, I tend to come back to a similar refrain: the first album was the best. It’s not quite as true an axiom as I tend to think, but the idea’s solid: most people do their best work when the downward slope …

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Neverwinter Closed Beta: Livestreaming

Neverwinter Closed Beta: Livestreaming 

This weekend the Neverwinter servers are opened again! As you may know, we were there for the open press event last month, and have been writing up a pretty all-encompassing review / informational packet on the upcoming free-to-play D&D MMORPG.
Throughout the weekend, Stephen and Caitlin will be livestreaming whenever they …

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HabitRPG: The RPG To-Do List

HabitRPG: The RPG To-Do List 

I started college last year. This is a double edged sword, to be honest. All the free time university comes with means I’ve been able to game more now than I’ve ever been able to, and that’s great. I’ve cleared out a sizable backlog of games, with more to finish …

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