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Will You Hear My Account On This Matter?
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You are seated across from a man of questionable age and blocky musculature. You have entered his home without notice or permission. You knew not why, but that the streets are dark and full of silence. Still, you could see just well enough to make it through the mist which billowed forth, rendering as you strayed into this unknown quarter of town. It is unclear whether this fog be a permanent fixture of the streets, these streets a permanent fixture of the city, or perhaps they traveled together on the howling northern draft. Perhaps they will drift on elsewhere tomorrow.

You are seated across from a man of questionable age and blocky musculature. You have entered his home without notice or permission. You knew not why, but that the streets are dark and full of silence. Still, you could see just well enough to make it through the mist which billowed forth, rendering as you strayed into this unknown quarter of town. It is unclear whether this fog be a permanent fixture of the streets, these streets a permanent fixture of the city, or perhaps they traveled together on the howling northern draft. Perhaps they will drift on elsewhere tomorrow.

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The Top 10 Crispy Holiday Gift Guide

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Make Your Gamer Merry
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The Crispest Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers.

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Dual Review: Pirates of Black Cove and From Dust

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From Dust will challenge you and Pirates of Black Cove will put you to sleep.
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Sometimes games are just too small to fill up an entire article. So once again we return with yet another Dual Review. This week I turn my attention to two more downloadable games in the $15 to $20 range.

Sometimes games are just too small to fill up an entire article.
 So once again we return with yet another Dual Review. This week I turn my attention to two more downloadable games in the $15 to $20 range.

From Dust:

There are bad games, and then there are really bad games. Games that make me consider downing a fistful of Hydrocodone with a tequila chaser. But every now a game comes along that reminds me that life can be wonderful and that there is hope. From Dust is one of those.

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Review: F.E.A.R. 3

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F.A.I.L.
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My initial opinion of F.E.A.R. 3 was that it was an astoundingly generic, cover based FPS, but as time passed and I progressed further into the game I came to realize that F.E.A.R. 3 was actually a type of divine punishment for some unspecified sin I must have committed in my life. As a work of art, F.E.A.R. 3 evoked a number of intense emotions within me, but sadly neither joy nor (ironically) fear was among them. A rather disappointing turn of events given that as a horror game its two main goals were to be fun and to scare players. What raises F.E.A.R. 3 up from merely bland to utterly disappointing is the realization of what could have been; the tragedy that despite its many flaws, F.E.A.R. 3 does have a brilliant game within it.

My initial opinion of F.E.A.R. 3 was that it was an astoundingly generic, cover based FPS, but as time passed and I progressed further into the game I came to realize that F.E.A.R. 3 was actually a type of divine punishment for some unspecified sin I must have committed in my life.  As a work of art, F.E.A.R.

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Gears of War 3 Achievement Challenge

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360Voice Makes a Game of Gamerscores
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Gamerscores have been a staple of an Xbox player’s personal identity, serving as a quick gauge for how much a gamer plays. 360Voice’s Achievement Challenge has taken that metric and has debuted a unique meta-game around Gamerscores in Gears of War 3. Gamers will accumulate achievement points in GoW3, and the Brotherhood with the most points after one month of play will take home the lion’s share of $10,000.

Gamerscores have been a staple of an Xbox player’s personal identity, serving as a quick gauge for how much a gamer plays. 360Voice’s Achievement Challenge has taken that metric and has debuted a unique meta-game around Gamerscores in Gears of War 3. Gamers will accumulate achievement points in GoW3, and the Brotherhood with the most points after one month of play will take home the lion’s share of $10,000.

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Review: Zenonia 3: The Midguard Story

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A Big Game for a Little Screen
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Puzzle games and 3-hour adventure games are fun enough while you wait for a friend to show up, but if you want to sit down on your next month of subway rides with a nice, long RPG, Gamevil’s Zenonia 3: The Midguard Story has you covered on your iPhone or Android phone.


Puzzle games and 3-hour adventure games are fun enough while you wait for a friend to show up, but if you want to sit down on your next month of subway rides with a nice, long RPG, Gamevil’s Zenonia 3: The Midguard Story has you covered on your iPhone or Android phone.

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The Longest Journey

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Why the First Few Hours are Crucial
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Due to the Steam Summer Camp sale a few weeks back, I was able to pick up the Longest Journey bundle. I had played the original some years back but most of that had faded from memory and the sequel would be brand new material. All I remembered about The Longest Journey was that it had left me with a feeling of being impressed and that it seemed more adult than I was used to.

Due to the Steam Summer Camp sale a few weeks back, I was able to pick up the Longest Journey bundle. I had played the original some years back but most of that had faded from memory and the sequel would be brand new material. All I remembered about The Longest Journey was that it had left me with a feeling of being impressed and that it seemed more adult than I was used to.

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Review: Puzzle Dimension

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Super Monkey Ball, Refined
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There’s something missing from Puzzle Dimension and the absence of that mysterious element is all that keeps it from being a perfect puzzle game. Perhaps though it isn’t actually any missing gameplay element but a discrepancy in what I expected from Puzzle Dimension and what I got when I started playing. What I expected from the screenshots was a rolling ball, maze style game like Super Monkey Ball. What I found when I started playing was something far more cerebral.

There’s something missing from Puzzle Dimension and the absence of that mysterious element is all that keeps it from being a perfect puzzle game. Perhaps though it isn’t actually any missing gameplay element but a discrepancy in what I expected from Puzzle Dimension and what I got when I started playing. What I expected from the screenshots was a rolling ball, maze style game like Super Monkey Ball. What I found when I started playing was something far more cerebral.

187 Well this seems easily enough.

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Review: MotorStorm: Apocalypse

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Motorist Mayhem
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Way back in the early days of 2007, there was a PlayStation 3 game that showed great promise, showing effectively what the system was built for and what the future held in store. That game was MotorStorm, an arcade racer that was a bit Twisted Metal, a tiny amount of Road Rash, and some Colin McRae Racing thrown in. MotorStorm was a dirt-drenched, mud-soaked racer built around high speed, sharp turns, and car combat. In essence, it was a fun racer that introduced the power of the PlayStation 3 to the world and provided a good time too.

Way back in the early days of 2007, there was a PlayStation 3 game that showed great promise, showing effectively what the system was built for and what the future held in store. That game was MotorStorm, an arcade racer that was a bit Twisted Metal, a tiny amount of Road Rash, and some Colin McRae Racing thrown in. MotorStorm was a dirt-drenched, mud-soaked racer built around high speed, sharp turns, and car combat. In essence, it was a fun racer that introduced the power of the PlayStation 3 to the world and provided a good time too.

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Dual Review: Terraria and Universe Sandbox

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Two games that explore the depths of the Earth and the motion of the heavens
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Some games just aren’t long enough for their own reviews, but are still important enough to deserve some attention. With that in mind we present the first of our Indy Shorts reviews. This week I turn my attention to two recently released titles on Steam: Terraria and Universe Sandbox.

Some games just aren’t long enough for their own reviews, but are still important enough to deserve some attention. With that in mind we present the first of our Indy Shorts reviews. This week I turn my attention to two recently released titles on Steam: Terraria and Universe Sandbox.

Terraria:

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