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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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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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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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Review: Hunted: The Demon's Forge

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Console Perfected
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The first thing one must come to grips with regarding Hunted is that it is an extremely shallow experience. I honestly can't remember the last time I played a game that demanded so little thought. I have literally never skipped, or been tempted to skip, a single line of dialogue in any game I've ever played.

What does it take for a game to stick in a player's memory? For RPGs, it could be the writing of story and characters. For an action game, it might be the flexibility of movement and fluidity of combat. For a shooter, the graphics could be the centerpiece. For Hunted: The Demon Forge, it's none of the above. Perhaps that's why every time I exit the game, I remember little of what I just played through, and the only feeling that does remain is a compulsion to uninstall it.

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Review: The Witcher 2

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Far Witchier Than The First But Probably Not As Witchy As The Inevitable Sequel
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The Witcher 2 is a PC game (the Xbox 360 version is set to launch around the end of this year) that follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a magically enhanced monster hunter, or witcher (a name that I imagine sounds a lot cooler in Polish). The Witcher games are based on the novels of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, and have already been adapted for film and TV in Germany and Poland. Rather than the bright and shiny lands of frolicking pixies often portrayed in fantasy RPGs, the world of the Witcher games is dark and gritty. Life is cheap, torture a ready option of the powerful, the majority of people are racist bastards, and the civilized world is generally a dirty and miserable place.

If you play The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, you will die…a lot.

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Review: Fable III

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Or Parable 3: Why no one should ever play a Peter Molyneux game again
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Fable features a combat system that a child could master in about ten minutes. Simply press the attack button in quick succession for fast strikes, hold it down for hard strikes and dodge away from attacks. The game doesn't trouble with you mana for spells or bullets for guns; everything is infinite.

As Fable 2 skipped an appearance on PC, the last time I was thrust into the world of Albion was many years ago. I remember it as quant little "My first RPG", a sort of primer for kids that introduced them to basic concepts of leveling up, action-RPG combat, and the hero archetype including quests and a morality scale. It was shallow as all hell, but so unassuming that you had to appreciate the cuteness of it, even as you looked forward to much better RPGs on the horizon.

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Review: Fate of the World

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If this is the best defense we can come up with to fight global warming, then I’m buying a boat
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After playing around with it for a while I’ve come to the conclusion that whoever the target audience is for Fate of the World, I’m sure not one of them. The sequel to BBC Climate Challenge, Fate of the World is essentially a global climate change simulator. Though what it feels like is a video game version of a board game designed by Al Gore.

After playing around with it for a while I’ve come to the conclusion that whoever the target audience is for Fate of the World, I’m sure not one of them.  The sequel to BBC Climate Challenge, Fate of the World is essentially a global climate change simulator.  Though what it feels like is a video game version of a board game designed by Al Gore.

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Awkward Zombie: Pitwit

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Comic by Katie Tiedrich. May 23rd, 2011.

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