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A Study in the Sociopathic: ‘Moebius: Empire Rising’

This is an interesting piece that eventually morphed from what it was intended to be. This piece was meant to be a standard review for Moebius: Empire Rising, which can be easily identified when read. Another PopMatters writer took it upon himself to review the game before I had a chance to finish my review. So, […]

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‘Cloudbuilt’: The Devil Is in the Design

Can be seen on PopMatters Cloudbuilt is a high-speed, self-described parkour-platformer. While it evokes many games and genres that came before it, most notably Mirror’s Edge, it is definitely in a class all its own. One part Samus, one part Sonic the Hedgehog, this action-adventure hero, Demi, aims high as she runs over and through […]

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Can be seen on PopMatters It’s a tale as old as time. Father rises to power by saving the world from the minions of Satan and the underworld. Father is slain by son in a fit of Oedipal rage. Father returns from the dead for vengeance and the chance of eternal peace. And, oh yes, […]

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‘The Banner Saga’ Is Worthy of the Name ‘Saga’

Can be seen on PopMatters The gods are dead. Building on the ancient tradition of Nordic storytelling, Stoic Studio’s The Banner Saga manages to tell a story that is both epic and intimate. The Banner Saga doesn’t bombard the player with backstory as many RPGs do. That isn’t to say that there isn’t a well-fleshed out world to explore, […]

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Games of the Year 2013

It has been an interesting year in gaming. There have been many milestones in the triple A space and the indie scene continues to boom. It is also the first year in my adulthood that I have been active enough a gamer to put together some sort of “best of” list. My list will not […]

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Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Can be seen on PopMatters With so much to say about Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, it is difficult to know where to begin. Originally released in 2000 by BioWare, which was based on the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeon & Dragons role-playing system, Baldur’s Gate II became widely praised as one of the greatest role-playing […]

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‘Deadfall Adventures’ Misses the Mark

Deadfall Adventures begins with a voice over in the past tense, a narration foreshadowing an unbelievable tale and an unlikely hero. It begins ina manner appropriately similar to the beginning of King Solomon’s Mines, in which Allan Quatermain apologizes to the reader for his blunt way of writing but that he is “more accustomed to […]

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‘Shadow Warrior’ Respawns a Classic Shooter

Shadow Warrior is a game with one foot in the past and one foot in the future of the first-person shooter genre. Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the 3D Realms cult-classic PC shooter from 1997 and in many ways retains much of the same spirit as the original. Shadow Warrior is a game that faces its racial past, acknowledges […]

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‘Memoria’ Deconstructs the Fairy Tale

Memoria is a balancing act. The duality in Memoria runs through its narrative, overall themes, and even its design. Memoria is Daedalic Entertainment’s follow up to The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav and the company’s second foray into The Dark Eye universe. The Dark Eye is Germany’s highly successful role-playing franchise, a franchise that rivals even Dungeons & Dragons. Memoria is a classic point-and-click adventure game that does little […]

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My Time with ‘Depression Quest’

After a lot of consideration I reluctantly played through Depression Quest. As a life long sufferer of depression, the idea struck a nerve that I wasn’t sure I wanted to be struck. Depression is a serious problem, with 40 million Americans reporting having suffered from depression and likely many more who never report it. I […]

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‘Gone Home’: There’s More Than One Way to Tell a Story

Contains Mild Spoilers In 2008 psychologist Sam Gosling released his book titled, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You. In Snoop Gosling and a team of investigators rummaged through people’s homes, offices, and dorm rooms to decipher what their possessions said about them. This idea is also the main premise behind the critically acclaimed Gone […]

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‘Shadows of the Damned’ Review

Welcome to Hell. Shadows of the Damned isn’t a game for everyone. It’s filled with as many dick jokes as b-horror movie references, and is a better game for it. Shadows of the Damned’s punk rock spirit shines through it’s storytelling, voice acting, and it’s varied game play. While not as polished as past endeavors […]