Ori and the Blind Forest: A Review or Something

What if metroidvanias dropped the action-sidescroller roots of its genre and instead were almost entirely about traversal? Rather than the signature mix of blasters and and puzzle keys, what if we combined a Meat Boy-like laser focus on *making jumping feel good* with the kind of sprawling two-dimensional world progression these games have always been …

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Volume Review: Unsubscribed

On its face, Volume is an ambitious step up for Mike Bithell and his merry collaborators after their critical darling, Thomas Was Alone. They’ve gone from a two-dimensional platforming adventure starring colorful rectangles to a top-down sneaking mission reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid’s early days. Touting 100 “core” levels, a sophisticated level editor and a …

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The Bat Broke Me

This article contains spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight. As something of a glutton for punishment, I can take all sorts of abuse from a game before giving up the ghost. I worked my way through most of the mediocre Murdered: Soul Suspect, completed most of the latter-day Battlefield campaigns and even finished the abysmal Aliens: …

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Lost in a Trance

Charlie Regis lives in an urban environment straight out of a Phillip K. Dick novel so, inevitably, he is having a terrible day. The aging detective finds himself two steps behind a vicious Mindjacker (particularly nasty breeds of criminals who steal their target’s memory shortly before murdering them), the precinct’s all-knowing AI is breathing down …

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Aggressive Redistricting

Why would politicians need a hero? When Bunnylord, a politician who wears a full-body purple rabbit suit, runs for mayor, he finds himself in need of support. He enrolls a team of amoral, idiotic psychopaths, and tasks them with gunning down anyone whose death he thinks he could profit from- politically or otherwise. This is …

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Sunrise, Sunset

We’re a culture that adores stories of all shapes and sizes, yet we often forget that some of the most personal tales are relayed through the environment itself. Our framed photos, shelved books and unkempt beds telegraph elements of our past and present lives to anyone who knows where to look. Games like Gone Home …

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Overscan: Amp Energy BOOST

This review is a response to Ben’s review early today. Forgive my poor friend Ben- in his ignorance he has tasted purity, and known it not. Amp is a poison, this is true- it is toxic to the unwary and the unloyal. Betrayers and cowards flee before its sixteen ounces of liquid justice. I tell …

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