Dreamfall: The Longest Journey Review

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is the sequel to The Longest Journey (obviously), taking place 10 years after the events of the original game. It often comes highly recommended, though with several caveats. Some of its issues turned out to be less problematic than I had anticipated, though many of the warnings were spot-on. In the end, however, Dreamfall is a highly enjoyable game with some story-related decisions that are so random and fan-service-y that even those who give George Lucas free rein to bastardize everything they love will question their necessity. Read more →

The Longest Journey Review

The Longest Journey is one of the prettiest, funniest, most heart-filled, lovable games ever made. Now, I usually don’t do point-and-click adventure games; the only reason I even tried this is because I heard good things about the story, stories being my mortal weakness. The kryptonite to my Superman. The Starbucks to my caffeine addict. The parachute to my accidental airplane fall. It’s all of that and more, and has managed to not only become one of my favorite games, but also led me to wonder if there are other point-and-click gems out there that I’ve overlooked. Read more →

Fable: The Lost Chapters Review

Fable: The Lost Chapters is basically the original Fable turned up to eleven. Many, many different elements coalesce into a game that, overall, manages to be quite fun. There are hiccups in that fun, but, like a drunken hiccup, the memories of such moments quickly fade as you indulge yourself in more and more. Soon you’re passed out on the floor and your family is staging an intervention, and you’re like, “Come on, man, I just want a little more and then I’ll give it up forever.” It’s a lie, though. Somewhere between the interesting art design and the campy voice overs, this game manages to be strangely addictive. Read more →

Omikron: The Nomad Soul Review

Omikron: The Nomad Soul is a lot like the Titanic, so incredible and awe-inspiringly awesome at first that you tell yourself that it could never sink. Then Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” starts playing on repeat, and you shrug it off, sure that it’ll stop eventually. It never does. Soon you’re desperately clutching at denial, telling yourself that things will eventually become brilliant like the beginning while the boat capsizes and random passengers are thrown off into the icy water. Eventually, as you look down at the hundreds of frozen corpses, many cut into small pieces on the propeller blades of your once-magnificent ship, you realize what you should have known the whole time—this wasn’t as fun of a trip as it was supposed to be. Read more →

Arma Gold Review

Arma is an experience that teeters somewhere between gleeful joy and nail-biting, toaster-throwing frustration. If you can’t handle being shot in the head repeatedly as you load and reload a save, trying to get through a single realistic mission while occasionally looking up at heaven and thanking every deity with a name that you never enrolled in the military given your obvious bullet magnetism, then this game probably isn’t your cup of tea. If, however, you’re willing to fight through all of that in order to experience the rush (and there’s no other way to describe it) of taking out an entire camp of soldiers in the dead of night and surviving against all odds—several deaths and reloads aside—then this game will undoubtedly be your everything. It may be more likely to explode you with a tank than it is to hold your hand, but there’s no denying that overcoming its punishing difficulty is a lot of fun in the end. Read more →

Saints Row The Third Review

There’s something to be said for insanity. For every person who leads a safe, sane life that makes perfect sense, there’s another who’s shotgunning Jagermeister and setting themselves on fire for fun, somehow having the time of their life in the process. Saints Row 3 will definitely appeal more to the latter than the former, because this game is absolutely insane. Read more →

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