In the short time I’ve played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – about 3 hours to be exact – one thing is certain: it is beautiful. One of the best looking games I’ve ever played, in fact. The textures are wonderful, the faces are bordering on photo-realistic and the scenery – aside from the odd jagged edge here and there – is simply breathtaking.
Admittedly, I’ve not been a huge fan of the Tomb Raider series. I’ve played a few of the older titles, and I have the collection on Steam, but it’s never been much more than a filler in my gaming library; a series that ‘I’ll play through one day‘.
That being said, I was immediately intrigued at the early mentions of a TR reboot, one that would show us the origin story of our historically disproportionate heroine and give her more of a gritty, vulnerable feel. The final product, simply called Tomb Raider, is not only a staggeringly beautiful action adventure game, but its combination of visuals, stealth/action gameplay and story also serves to reinvigorate a series and a character that were becoming stale.
Lara’s character development is front and center.
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As a big fan of zombies and zombie culture, I was really excited to get a one-day pass for the alpha version of The War Z – an upcoming 3rd person, zombie survival MMO from Hammerpoint Interactive. Because it is still in Alpha, I wasn’t expecting a lot, just to sort of get a feel for the game and see how it stacked up against an already over-saturated niche.
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How did it take me so long to play this game?!
When I first heard of The Walking Dead from Telltale Games, I was admittedly skeptical. I had heard good things, but I’d also seen Telltale’s previous work – namely Back to the Future – and it wasn’t exactly a masterpiece. So when I got down to playing TWD, I wasn’t expecting too much.
Was I ever wrong: This game is amazing!
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Let me start this out by saying Dishonored is an amazing game. It’s full of insane kills, devouring rat swarms, swords and knives, guns, stealth assassinations and all of that awesomeness. The acting is pretty good, and while it’s not the best looking game out there, it’s completely playable, and the more cartoon-ish graphics lend it a sort of atmosphere that just feels right when playing it.
The problem is that I’m just so lazy, and therein lies my discontent with this game.
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There aren’t many games out there that scare me anymore. I’ve mentioned a few before in previous articles, but aside from those, it’s pretty tame out there in the world of horror games. That’s why this game caught me so off guard: I can confidently say, that if you’re looking for a genuine creep-fest, look no farther than Slender.
A “survival horror” game from Parsec Productions, it’s based on the recently created myth – completely made up during a contest to alter a picture and make it ‘paranormal’ – of Slender Man, a tall malevolent being that haunts and abducts humans. He is generally described as being between 6-15 feet tall and always dressed in a black suit. What makes him so creepy is the fact that he has no discernible facial features, only a white blank face. He is shown in the backgrounds of various pictures being generally…
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So I’m probably one of the last people to play Just Cause 2, but it was gifted to me on Steam just recently and I’ve had a hard time putting it down.
Really though, how could I have I been in the dark about this game for so long? It’s published by Eidos Interactive (Hitman, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, etc.) and distributed by none other than its parent company, Square Enix. Not a bad team to have behind your game, that’s for sure.
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