Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lucius (Review)

Lucius is a horror/adventure game by new Finnish developer ‘Shiver Games’. The game features a young boy, who also happens to be the son of Lucifer, and is evidently inspired by ‘The Omen’ trilogy (or quadrilogy if you really want to include the fourth part); of course the game creators clearly acknowledge that, as Lucius pays homage to the classic evil/demonic child horror movies. Additionally, they have decided to give the title a rather original twist, giving the player the chance to play as the murdering 6 year old.

Deponia [Review]

Deponia is the latest title to come from German developer Daedalic Entertainment, a company who has given us some of the best classic adventure games of the past few years. Following a more or less similar style to the company’s previous titles, Deponia is a solid game with a rather original premise which is executed quite well.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Review)

Sherlock Holmes is perhaps one of the most recognizable literature characters, and undoubtedly no other genre suits Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character more than adventure games. Thus, it is no surprise that The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is the eighth installment of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Frogwares.

Resonance (Review)

It took quite some time, a lot of devotion and a kickstarter campaign to make Resonance a reality, but this is not the only reason this indie game is a pretty unique case. Resonance is a 3rd person point-and-click adventure game in its purest form. Above all, the game is an homage to the classic adventure games of the 90s.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Review)

With every comic book movie release there comes the necessary game tie-in. For this new Spider-Man game Activision relies once more on Beenox, the developer studio behind ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions ‘and ‘Spider-Man: Edge of Time’. The game’s story is not the usual re-telling of the movie’s events but rather a continuation of the movie, picking off after the movie has ended. Even though there aren’t that many spoilers, it’s better to play the game after watching the movie since a few key plot points are (unavoidably) revealed.

Silent Hill: Downpour (Review)

According to Konami, 2012 is going to be a good year for Silent Hill fans. With Silent Hill: Downpour, the Silent Hill HD collection and Silent Hill: Book of memories, all being released this year, things are looking quite promising.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Overlooked games that are worth a second chance

With releases like Portal 2, Batman Arkham City, L.A. Noire, Deus Ex Human Revolution, and of course The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 2011 has been without a doubt a “full” year.  The hype created by all these releases, combined with the limited budget of the average gamer, caused some less known (but equally good) games to be overlooked.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Review)

After the unexpected success of the first Alan Wake, developer Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake’s American Nightmare as a standalone title in early 2012. It’s important to clarify from the beginning that American Nightmare is more of a spin-off than a direct sequel to the original game; this becomes more apparent when one notices the limited size (1.33 GB) of the title. The player once more assumes the role of Alan Wake, only this time there is a change of scenery as the game takes place in the Arizona desert, having Alan as the main protagonist of a ‘Night Springs’ episode ,the Twilight Zone-type TV series originally introduced in the first game.
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