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The flaw in the design

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Several weeks ago Seb Wuepper posted a critique of Far Cry 3's design at Gameranx that I did not find compelling. Wuepper's argument reads less like criticism of Far Cry 3's design per se than a complaint about the fact that this game is not Far Cry 2. I am sympathetic to his point because I also prefer Far Cry 2. However, I don't feel that not being some game I like more is a fundamental argument against design quality.

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Review

Seriously Expanded

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Screenshot

HIGH Finally I get my hands on a laser cannon!

LOW The whole first level is just a mess.

WTF It's official: Any super-sized enemy can be a boss.

Dead Space 3 Review

In Space, No One Can Hear Me Yawn

Dead Space 3 Screenshot

HIGH Dismembering Necromorphs still offers some visceral thrills.

LOW Being forced to fight wave after wave of cannon fodder enemies in the game's multiple kill rooms.

WTF Ellie's romantic interests seem to change pretty easily.

Dead Space 2 Second Opinion

Hallways… In… Spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Dead Space 2 Screenshot

HIGH The second half of the game.

LOW The first half of the game.

WTF Why is there so much filler here?

Aliens: Colonial Marines Review

Horrific in All the Wrong Ways

Aliens: Colonial Marines Screenshot

HIGH The touchdown on LV426 is adequately realized.

LOW Everything else.

WTF They released this colossal pile of dross at full price?

Crysis 3 Review

A Beautiful Bore

Crysis 3 Screenshot

HIGH The new bow is pretty sweet.

LOW The final boss is everything that's wrong with boss fights.

WTF I can't punch a thin wooden door down? This is still a thing?

Mass Effect 3: Citadel Review

A Night to Remember

Mass Effect 3: Citadel Screenshot

HIGH Finally bringing the entire team on a mission.

LOW Dr. Chakwas was a no-show.

WTF Finding Kasumi going through Shep's panty drawer.

Interview with Mommy's Best Games' Nathan Fouts

Serious Sam: Double D—XXL Screenshot

Indie developer and fighter of good fights Mommy's Best Games recently released Serious Sam: Double D—XXL on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). The big cheese of Mommy's Best Games, Nathan Fouts, explains everything anyone needs to know about XXL, and a few other topics came up, to boot. Apart from the noogie he gave me (it still smarts!) the interview went rather well.

Consoleation: Aliens-gate and deflecting blame

Aliens: Colonial Marines Screenshot

Cinemablend ran an article recently that leveled some pretty serious charges at the gaming press. The article uses terms like "publisher-bought gaming media" and maintains that gaming press needs to come clean before games come out if they're bad. This article, if you haven't read it already, is fallacious and unnecessary.

Serious Sam: Double D—XXL Review

Second Time's the Charm

Serious Sam: Double D—XXL Screenshot

HIGH Eight lasers firing at once, annihilating everything onscreen.

LOW Where are my Golden Guns, MBG?

WTF This time around, I'm going to say... dynamite-powered unicycle.

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