Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 January 2015, 5:13 pm

This week I’ve been playing Dying Light, a really solid entry into the AOWSHRPGFPS – action, open-world, survival horror, RPG FPS – genre.

Ok, that’s a silly sentence, and probably not one I’d write in any seriousness, but it does illustrate a problem I find myself facing more and more often when asked to describe a game. It used to be, not so very long ago, that games fit very neatly into a strict taxonomy of game types, such that all the games in a classification had such fixed similarities that describing what a game was could often be accomplished with three letters. These days, you’re lucky if you can do the same with three paragraphs.

I hear people complain from time to time about comparing games to combinations of other games, leading to equally obtuse statements like “Dying Light is Dead Island-meets – Mirror’s Edge, with a hint of Shadow Of Mordor and a dollop of Far Cry.” Games have become such amalgamations of one another, with great swirling features flowing in and out of genres in highly unpredictable Brownian motions, that it’s hard to argue that the word "genre" has any meaning anymore in gaming.

The question is whether that’s a sign of a maturing industry or a creeping malaise of creative bankruptcy.

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In The HR Conference Room of the Gaming King
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 January 2015, 6:19 am


Job Opening: The Game King's Court Jester

1. Tell me about yourself.

Not much to tell. I'm a pig farmer, son of a pig farmer who, was married to another pig farmer. The difference is that I have a sense of humor, which my father, Mr. Pig Farmer, most certainly does not.

2. What interests you about this opening?

Prithee, sirrah, to jest in the halls of the Game King would be the greatest honor in the land.

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January 26 - February 1
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 January 2015, 11:14 am

Time for a little survival horror this week, with the release of Dying Light on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Assuming you're not tired of zombie apocalypse games, and there's a good chance that you actually are, Polish developer Techland and Warner Brothers offer up a dynamic day night cycle, tons of weapons and a large urban environment. There seems to be a very action-oriented bent to Dying Light with shades of Dead Island, and I do have to admit that I'm intrigued.

That said, my appetite for zombie games is decidedly waning. I used to be interested in what the zombie fascination says about our cultural mindset, but honestly that conversation doesn't even interest me anymore. Zombies are starting to feel like an easy, video game friendly, stock bad guy. Doesn't tend to require a lot of AI programming. Shows off cool visuals. Fun to hit with sticks.

Zombies check off a lot of convenient boxes. But, all the games are just starting to meld together in my mind, and the apocalypse is becoming as boringly standard as a trip to Target to pick up dishwashing tabs and milk. Even as I look at my Steam featured items, no fewer than three of them are zombie centered -- H1Z1, Dying Light and Resident Evil HD.

Which is why my game of the week isn't Dying Light. It's Grim Fandango Remastered, a game that would be really hard to pigeonhole into some overly repetitious game type. Go play that!

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PAXSouth 2015 On the Go!
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2015, 1:32 pm

A new venue brings new challenges, new friends and new fun!

Check back here for random news, pictures and general mayhem.

Friday 11:15am
And we're open! Expo Hall is loaded in and the fun has just begun. Here's a few things to get you started.

-- Steel Battalion is back at PAX! 10 stations worth of giant robot power. Head up to Classic Console and get the details for the training sessions, and the 5x5 battles to come.

-- Got my first swag! Grey Goo is giving out these awesome lighted lanyards for demoing their strategy RTS game Grey Goo: War is Evolving (coming out on Steam today). The person who brought this to me had a favorable impression of the game, but I didn't play it. I can say the lanyard is glowy, and also very comfortable.

-- Looks like San Antonio wants to welcome PAX so well they not only brought the show down, they brought the Seattle weather. Rain, wind, and some outlets are reporting possible rain mixed with snow. Bring a jacket, and make sure to be safe in your travel plans.

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Too Long; Didn't Play: Spintires!
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2015, 6:12 am

Sponsored By: Gravey

Time Played: 23 glorious, people's minutes

Sandbox Review

Why are you reading this when you should be playing Spintires? Why am I writing it when I could be playing Spintires? Let's all forgo the rest of this review and go play some Spintires!

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GWJ & gog Affiliation Back in Action!
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2015, 5:53 pm

There's very few ways outside of the donation drive we're comfortable earning money through GWJ. Most of that is because ads feel icky and unrelated to what we're actually doing here day to day. One of the affiliations we always enjoyed was GoG (Good Old Games) because it's actually a service we use and the extent of the ads is just clicking a link and then buying what you're going to buy anyway. Costs you nothing and we get a little shaving off the purchase.

GoG shuttered that program a number of years ago but now they're back and ready to do it again! We're pleased to say if you click the link on the left of the page there and then sign up for GoG or buy some stuff you'll be helping us out too!

We also still have the ol' Amazon search box which you'll see if you don't have any ad blockers enabled on the site. Thanks for your time and support!

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Time Enough
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2015, 1:00 pm

The first text message read, “Ready the Swarm!”

The second, immediately following, “Amon forces spotted on the Shakuras Plateaus!”

I looked at the obtuse messages for a moment, and then got to my feet. Crossing the house, I tracked the noise of Minecraft videos being watched on a handheld tablet, and knocked on my oldest son’s bedroom door. He was stretched across the floor in a t-shirt and his comfiest pajama pants, looked up from his Amazon Fire tablet and gave me a decidedly pre-teen, “Yeah?”

He made no effort to hide the fact that I was, 1) bothering him during his video, 2) now immediately a suspect for being No Fun by coming up with some BS parent-stuff to divert him from his chosen activity. Both my children, these days, seem on pretty constant high-alert against artificial quality-time activities. This past weekend, as temperatures soared above normal for January in Minnesota, getting them to take twenty minutes for a family walk can only be described as having been an ordeal.

I hand him my phone. “I think these are for you.”

He bounds up from his repose, snatches the phone from my hand and is already sailing in great bounding steps down the stairs before he perfunctorily asks if he can use the computer to play Starcraft with his friend. I don’t think he ever even hears my acquiescence. I shout “thirty minutes!” arbitrarily after him, and wonder for a moment why. He probably knows as well as I do that I’ll get distracted and let an hour or more go by before I remember that he’s dispatching zealots and colossuses (colossi?) on an alien world.

My younger son runs past, holding an odd lump of slapped-together Lego pieces that don’t appear to be organized into any recognizable shape. He’s making spaceship noises as he dashes through the hall and into the living room, infinitely content and enraptured by his own imagination.

I realize that I’m beginning to live in a very different world than the one to which I had grown accustomed to when I had very young kids.

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Bold Predictions 2015
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2015, 12:37 am

One thing I can say for sure about last year's predictions, I gotta learn to trust my gut more. Despite the Steam Box announcements at CES mere days after my prediction, Valve's initiative failed to get off the ground in 2014 as I'd originally guessed. My real whiff was thinking the Oculus Rift would launch in 2014. Like so many failed predictions, this one really comes down to wishful thinking.

This year though? This is the year the Rift launches. I can feel it in my bones. Read on for the GWJ staff's predictions and then feel free to enter your own in the comments! We'll lock the thread in a few weeks to prevent any sneaky post editing later on. If you want to hear some more predictions check out the latest Conference Call podcast! Oh, and if you want to crow (or groan) about your 2014 predictions here's the thread to do it in.

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Grey Skies
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 January 2015, 12:41 am

The first week of June is a marathon of well-wishes and triumph. It is a 120 hour statement of finality, punctuated by the kind of tears, hugs, and honesty that can only come about after great loss or achievement. This all happens in a space that was formerly a gathering point for Old Hollywood’s elite: a nightclub, turned dilapidated space, turned school theatre. The very stuff of high school – defeat, growth, and rebirth – is built into these walls. I’m in the space continuously. I hear every triumph, every thanks, every wistful moment and sob-choked pause, 100 feet away, in a control room, behind sealed glass. It’s a great way to mark the end of another school year and ease into the long reset that summer affords. The first week of June is inviolable. I’m at work. I have to be. No matter how tired, hungry, or ill, I have to be in the space to prepare for the ceremonies.

But this Monday is an exception – the only exception I’ve made in the four years I’ve managed the theatre. This Monday, a group is in the space doing a dry run, but I’m 40 minutes away, on the freeway, driving back from a psychiatrist appointment, thinking, “I could make it back in time, but what’s the point.” I’m gripping the steering wheel, driving in the slow-lane, with a litany of responses looping through my mind.

Lets not jump to medicate just yet.

I want you to try to get on a steady exercise schedule. 30 minutes at least, two or three days a week.

Every so often, a mantra drills its way through the din of traffic and Top 40 songs on the radio.

I can’t even be depressed right.

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January 19 - January 25
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 January 2015, 7:30 pm

Well, at least it's not a total bust of a week again. This week we get a HD remix of Resident Evil on most platforms, a sequel to Blackguards on the PC, something called Citizens of Earth on the handheld systems and our game of the week, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.

The standalone extension of Saints Row IV features the titular character Gat trying to rescue the usual main character from hell after he/she/it was sucked into the demon-dimension through a Ouija board ... or something. Honestly, could it possibly matter. The upshot is that you'll be kicking around hell in the Saints Row brand of wackiness, sprouting demon wings to fly around and wielding what I can only assume will be an absurd arsenal of weapons.

I have a feeling that Saints Row is running perilously close to outstaying its welcome. It's been a fantastic series that managed to differentiate itself enough from being a stock-standard GTA clone and instead is something all its own, but it's hard to see how Volition can keep the series cranked to 11 without retreading overly familiar ground.

Still, I've still got a few rounds left in me I think, and releasing amid a whole month full of nothing seems like a pretty good idea. So, Gat Out of Hell gets my nod and probably my greenbacks for this week.

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Too Long; Didn't Play: Ibb and Obb
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 January 2015, 7:05 am

Sponsored By: Antichulius

Time played: Steam says 47 minutes, but it's more like twice that.

Ibb review

Puzzle platforming has never been this adorable while also being this hard!

Obb review

I first learned about Ibb and Obb when it was released on the Playstation 3. My kids insisted on watching the trailer over and over and over again. I never bought it, though, because at the time I knew the PS4 was coming out soon, and I didn't want to buy a game just to consign it to the ash heap when the PS4 came out. When it came out for PC, it immediately hit my wishlist in wait of a sale.

Then Antichulius bought it for me, which was awesome. Then I categorized it. Then I forgot that I owned it for two whole months.

I rediscovered it when my kids came down sick. One thing my father always told me about being sick is that a person needs what he called "funny books," which is what they called graphic novels back before they got all popular and full of themselves. Yessir, a good funny book when you're sick is just the thing to raise your spirits. Of course, it's 2015 now. Comic books generally aren't for kids anymore, and video games don't get all foxed around the edges if you sneeze on them and then leave them under your bed for a month.

While looking for something to lift my kid's dampened spirits, I stumbled over Ibb, or possibly Obb, hiding in the Platformer category in my Steam cellar. (Let this be a lesson to you Steam collectors: don't categorize something by genre before you play it. It will only get lost.) So I hooked up my laptop to the television, broke out my wireless keyboard, and fired up Ibb and Obb.

My first impression: This game is really quite adorable.

My second impression: This game is insanely difficult!

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In the Hall of the Gaming King
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 7:24 pm

One of the most common questions we get on the podcast has to do with how we manage video game time for ourselves and our kids. In general my advice is to know yourself and your kids, and to adapt to the situations you find yourself in. Where a rigid schedule works well with one family, a more fluid, flexible plan works for another.

Fact is, though, I just don’t think about this very much.

They say (and by "they" I mean "Shakespeare"), “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” To me, that sounds like Bill S. was never the king. I was recently coronated in largely sarcastic fashion by my colleagues as Game King, apparently due to my laissez faire attitude toward my game playing. If the threshold to regality is so small, I’m happy to rock the throne for a while. It sounds obvious to me, but If I’m inclined to play a game, and I haven’t got anything else pressing that needs to be done, I’ll go do it. In general, I give my kids a similar degree of latitude. They have expectations for getting homework done, helping around the house, behaving a certain way and having other activities they participate in, but beyond that whether they spend their remaining free time glued to a game of Minecraft, buried in a book on their Kindle or watching Netflix, I’m comfortable with it.

Sometimes that means they may have an entire Tuesday evening to just soak in a game, and other times it means they will go a day or two without any time to spend playing on the Xbox or WiiU. It’s highly variable, unpredictable and a moment-by-moment decision. We don’t tend to live a very predictable life as a family.

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Eyes of Opposition
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 9:38 pm

It was not at all surprising for me to find the Heavenly Host of Angels coming from On High to be the villains in Bayonetta. She is not only a witch, but a rather violent and provocative dominatrix — one whose very breath exhales promises of leather, lace, and handcuffs to the bedpost whilst administering the ball gag with a cheeky smile. If you're going to have such an action heroine battling supernatural creatures, then the most Holy of Holies is an easy source for your Army o' Mooks.

Let's speak honestly here. There are aspects of the Divine that could use a new PR manager (he wrote, blaspheming at his keyboard whilst darting nervous glances towards his Holy Bible, thinking to check the Weather Channel for any potential lightning storms coming his way). Strict, lawful authorities have a tendency to walk the line between fair and fascist, and when it comes to a fascist foe that denies you the simple pleasures the human body craves, well, you have yourself an instant villain.

Upon my second replay of the original Bayonetta — all in preparation for the title vixen's new adventure — I began to take greater note of what the game was communicating to me about our protagonist (or rather, about the organization she was once a part of). Bayonetta, our heroine, was pushed through a rigorous training regimen from birth in order to become an Umbra Witch. If she wanted to be a part of the order, she had no choice but to sell her soul for her powers on Earth. Upon death, her soul shall be trapped in Hell, tortured by demons for all eternity. The game is quite clear on this, ensuring that the player recognize the demons as savage, hateful creatures that will provide endless pain to those condemned to "Inferno".

Is it possible that I've been playing the bad gal all along?

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January 12 - January 18
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 January 2015, 10:52 am

Rolling a 2D8 for our Game of the Week this week and we get ... Gunslugs 2. Developed by Orange Pixel, Gunslugs 2 is -- I'm assuming -- a follow up to a previously released game, likely of the same name. Like a lot of indie titles these days, Gunslugs 2 is a love-letter to video games of 20 years ago, with a 8-bit feel in both looks and gameplay. A tongue-in-cheek style to Contra-like side-scrolling gameplay, it's an aesthetic that I feel like we're seeing pretty often.

Either way, it's the Game of the Week, and will be available on Steam later this week as well as iOS and Android.

Speaking of older games, last week brought us the delightful week-long stream of Awesome Games Done Quick, a marathon effort to raise money for cancer research. After a year where it was occasionally far too easy to question the quality of the gaming community, it was refreshing and frankly energizing to see the community come together to raise more than a $1,000,000 dollars for cancer research.

If you missed it, you can check out 14 hours worth of highlights here -- Between an absolutely mind-blowing display of Tetris prowess, a blindfolded playthrough of Ocarina of Time or a charming and endearing marriage proposal, the entire event was a beautifully run, organized and executed effort. Kudos to the Games Done Quick community and team.

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Too Long; Didn't Play: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 January 2015, 7:43 pm

Sponsored By: Danopian the Manopian

Time played: 89 minutes

Hollow Review

Happy New Year! Let's kick 2015 off by stepping out of our comfort zones and trying something completely new.

After that, we can towel off and play some Dark Souls!

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Living in the Fringe
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2015, 3:57 pm

I’ve always thought of myself as a mainstream gamer. I don’t mean that I’m the demographic picture of your typical gamer — 42 years-old, with a mortgage, 2 kids, a heart condition and a job in marketing might not be, exactly, prototypical — I mean that when it comes to my gaming predilections, I trend toward the stock-standard AAA titles.

I’m not entirely sure when that stopped being true, but now taking stock of the situation I have to admit that it probably hasn’t been true for a while.

On a whim I reviewed my Steam purchase history for 2014 to see what all has come into my greedy, gaming hands. Having done so, I have three thoughts. Allow me to convey them to you in the traditional language of middle-aged-corporate-lackeys across the world: bulletpoints.

* Oh, that’s where all my money went.
* I remember playing, like, half of these games.
* Where are the big releases for 2014?

Be glad I didn’t make a PowerPoint deck. I was sorely tempted.

If I go back to ten short years ago and look at the most popular games of that year, it’s basically a who’s-who of games Sean played that year. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — played it. Half-Life 2 — duh. Halo 2 — start to finish, baby. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater — didn’t love it, but hell yeah it was in the mix. World Of Warcraft — seriously, do I even need to say anything? Knights of the Old Republic II, Far Cry, Burnout 3, NFL2K5, Fable, Chronicles of Riddick, and on and on.

Setting aside the fact that it’s only just occurring to me that 2004 can make a damn fine argument as being a great year in gaming, at 32 years-old I was still deeply in the thick of the gaming zeitgeist. Now, even the few higher-profile games I managed to buy barely made a dent into my gaming time for the year.

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Our Community's 2014 Games Of The Year
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 January 2015, 12:33 pm

Before we begin, a quick reminder about how things work around here. Each year, we poll our community members for their favorite games of the year, but instead of limiting it to just what released that year, we open it up to any game that was new to you. We're all busy, and we can't keep up with every new thing that comes out, and sometimes what really captures us is a game that's a year, or five years, or ten years, or twenty years old.

So not everything that made our top ten for 2014 actually released in 2014. Well, technically that's not true, but — well, you'll see.

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January 5 - January 11
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 January 2015, 11:11 am

It won't be worth saying week after week, so until further notice just be prepared to be disappointed by the weekly release list.

I'm rolling a 1d8 to select this week's game of the week. And the winner is: Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons by Kasedo Games and Camel 101. It's a futuristic real-time-tactics game, focused on ground based combat, and it releases for PC on Steam later this week.

On the topic of 1d8s, I picked up the D&D5e starter pack and the books for my boys over the holiday. I have extremely limited experience with actual Dungeons & Dragons outside of the world of CRPGs, but running the included basic campaign for my kids has been more fun than I expected. It's been particularly interesting trying to enter the mindset of a DM, and going through a lot of the preparation for actually sitting down and playing.

I'll have more to say about it down the road, but it's immediately interesting to me how, regardless of the medium, the fundamentals of good storytelling are consistent. I can see how it would be easy as a DM to become overly infatuated with the rules, or tempting to spend five minutes of the players time looking through a book for exactly the right way to execute a story beat, and how insanely disruptive to the overall experience that would be.

Trying even just a few minutes at the most basic degree of difficulty, I immediately have a ton more respect -- not that it wasn't already there to begin with -- for really good DMs. Aside from being excellent role players, to master the process of running a game like this, what you really have to be is a very good oral storyteller.

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Notes From the Round File
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 December 2014, 11:56 am

I'm a writer, y'all. This means I spend a lot of time thinking about writing, doing anything, ANYTHING except writing, then feeling guilty. When your particular thing is "writing about videogames," you have your primary procrastination tool right there in the job description.

But the faceless maw (that's you, btw) needs content, and one has to put in a modicum of effort every so often, lest one is demoted from "writer" to mere "person with many unsent tweets in the Drafts folder." And the festive holiday season is the perfect time for mere modica of efforts. Everyone else is doing lazy, end-of-year stocking fillers, so why can't I? At least I'm not doing a Game Of The Year.

In the grand tradition of December phone-in pieces, I propose to give you a peep behind the curtain and show you how the sausage is made. If I give you a tour of the sausage factory — and isn't one of our problems that it still IS a sausage factory?! But I digress — I may get some cred for providing insight about The Process in lieu of real insight. (You know real insight when you see it: It's that thing that earns you a Graham Rowat reading.)

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December 29 - January 4
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 December 2014, 10:12 am

It's a week and by all indications a month to go through the pile of games you've been meaning to get around to playing and whittle away at it. It's going to be a little while before there's a big game back on the list to talk about.

Assuming Evolve holds on to an early February launch, that may be the next we can really talk about a major release here for the Week Ahead. That's not to say there aren't smatterings of interesting things coming out in January. Grim Fandango, for example, is getting a remastered release at the end of the month, and GTAV lands on the PC. Saints Row IV gets ported over to the PS4 and Xbox One, and the second expansion for Dynasty Warriors 8 lands stateside.

As for this week, if you've simply got holiday money burning a hole in your pocket, I'd be far more likely to suggest you dive into the ongoing Steam Sale. Today's deal includes Tomb Raider for $3.99, which is an insanely great price-to-game-quality ratio. Also, Divinity: Original Sin is 33% off its normal price, and is probably going to end up being my Game of the Year.

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GWJ Plays -- Kerbal Space Program ( Stream)
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 December 2014, 10:54 am

This past weekend I was honored to be invited to participate in the holiday stream-a-thon. For 36 hours the TakeThis folks organized a bevy of streamers to provide a fun and safe stream for people to hang out or to get away from the stress of the holidays. The cast of characters included Russ Pitts, Susan Arendt, Jeff Green, Anthony Carboni, Phil Kollar, LoadingReadyRun, Julian Murdoch and for some inexplicable reason me.

I would make light of being burdened with the 2:00am graveyard shift, but in reality I requested it. I'm a long time fan of late-night gaming, and fueled by caffeine and gin I had the pleasure of entertaining(?) some 50 viewers through the dead of night by fumbling around in Kerbal Space Program for 2 hours.

If you weren't able to join us, I've trimmed down the stream to a solid 50 minutes or so of the better moments from that stream.

I want to thank for inviting me again, and encourage you to visit their site to support the work they are doing. It's good people doing good things.

Thanks for watching!

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TL;DP: Shadow Warrior
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 December 2014, 4:12 pm

Sponsored By: My own nostalgia

Time Played: 73 minutes

Tiny Grasshopper review

An ambiguously Asian stereotype sets off on an adventure to retrieve a magic sword from a dangerous multinational corporation. That's right! It's Daikatana 2!

Crouching Tiger Review

As we wrap up Devolver Digital December, it's interesting to look back and reflect on what characterizes a Devolver Digital game. Nostalgia. Action. Humor. Uncomfortable levels of violence. If you value any of these things in a game, then Devolver might just be your company.

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December 22 – December 28
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 December 2014, 9:39 pm

Mr. Sands says he lives in Minnesota, but that's actually a clever cover for his seasonal gig further north. (C'mon, tell me you're surprised. How long have we been talking about his beard?) Anyway, he didn't file a Week Ahead due either to that or to the fact that nothing's really coming out this week. So you're stuck with my humbuggery.

It's about time to tie a bow on this year, stick a fork in it, and cash in your chips. We're done here. Apparently not everyone got the memo, or is trying to sneak in while everyone else is distracted. Below is what passes for a release list, near as I can tell.

I almost fell for the devious naming of Shake Spears! and called that "Game Of The Week," for whatever hono(u)r that title carries around here. Alas, this is not a smartphone game wherein you play as ol' Billy the Bard. No, this is something about jousting of the non-Ostrich-riding variety. Why they didn't partner with Medieval Times is beyond me.

Note: I didn't chose ef – a fairy tale of the two.'s punctuation or lack of capitalization. That's the localization team's fault, assumedly.

Oh, I have to pick a game? Duck Hunt. It's the original game up for download, and it allows me to attempt some overstretched allusion to this year's goose being cooked.

Well, I tried.

Here's hoping you can squeeze some merriment out of whatever this week brings you.

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TL;DP: Serious Sam BFE
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 December 2014, 6:43 am

Sponsored by: RNR Clown

Time Played: 70 minutes, but only 60 of them seriously.

Seriously Short Review

Back in the 2001, some Croatians wondered what Smash TV would be like if it were a first-person shooter, and created an engine specifically to render an obscene number of enemies in wide-open environments. Ten years later, they wondered what a Smash TV FPS would be like if it were heavily influenced by Doom 3.

Seriously Longer Review

Serious Sam: The First Encounter is one of the few PC games I beat back in the early aughts (I call 2000 through 2009 “the aughts,” because I am apparently a hundred and fifty years old). I beat it on an HP laptop (this was back when HP laptops were good machines), children, on normal — using (and this is where I brag a little) only the trackpad and keyboard. How did I do it? Well, let me introduce you to my little friend, the D key.

We are not, however, here to talk about Serious Sam: The First Encounter, the game that started this whole “episodic” fad. We are here to talk about Serious Sam 3.

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GWJ Conference Call Episode 427
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 December 2014, 9:02 pm

Episode 427 - December 17th, 2014
FarCry 4, Dead State, Ultra-Wide Monitor Review, Irrational Feelings About Games, Dragon Age: Inquisition Spoiler Section (See Show Notes!), Your Emails and More!

Right Click Here and 'Save As' to Download!
(An Irrational 39.8 MBs, 1:09:31)

This week Sean, Julian and Cory talk about irrational feelings about games! We also have a Dragon Age: Inquisition Spoiler Section with Lara, Karla and Shawn you'll find as a separate download!

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