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Double Fine Happy Action Theater Review

All the World's a Stage...

Double Fine's Happy Action Theater Screenshot

HIGH Discovering new possibilities in each environment.

LOW Might not appeal to traditional game players.

WTF Recreating the end scene from Terminator 2 with a lava-flooded living room.

My Journey

Journey (PSN) Screenshot

So, Journey. My review schedule was quite full when this much-anticipated project from thatgamecompany was released on PlayStation Network, and the other night was the first chance I had to get to it. I was a huge fan of Flow, I loved Flower, and I've been looking forward to Journey ever since I knew about it. While I was playing, several people asked what my opinion was, and I knew that there was absolutely no way I could even begin to address the topic over Twitter. Hence, this entry.

Journey Review

To Retail and Beyond

Journey (PSN) Screenshot

HIGH Surfing the Sunken City in the fading afternoon-absolutely gorgeous.

LOW Can't we have more?

WTF Put on a scarf and fly!

The Binding of Isaac Review

Birth is Repetition

The Binding of Isaac Screenshot

HIGH Nothing better than wearing your mother's clothes while fighting monsters with laser tears alongside your floating stillborn brother.

LOW Completely misjudging an enemy's projectile can really stick it to you.

WTF "Wow. Is that thing that's currently squirting blood at me what I think it is?"

Cake Pop Party Review

When this Cake Pop's a-rockin...

Cake Pop Party Screenshot Cake Pop Party Screenshot Cake Pop Party Screenshot

HIGH Great for children.

LOW Almost requires micro-transactions.

WTF It's a sugary sweet money-trap.

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom Review

More than Just Eye Candy

Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom Screenshot

HIGH Gorgeous illustrations and plenty of heartthrobs for all persuasions.

LOW A little lacking in the romance department for an otome game.

WTF Since when did Hijikata of the Shinsengumi swear like a sailor?

Inertia: Escape Velocity Review

Objects in Motion...

Inertia: Escape Velocity Screenshot

HIGH Sense of speed.

LOW Difficulty.

WTF Trial by error.

Rayman Origins Review

Combining the Best of the Past and the Present

Rayman Origins Screenshot

HIGH Finishing a particularly nasty bit of platforming in the last level.

LOW Not being able to see Rayman when the screen zooms out.

WTF Disco dancing with the main villain for absolutely no reason.

My secret gaming shame: I paid full price for Steel Battalion

Steel Battalion Screenshot

It's easy to figure out why gamers lusted after this thing when developer Capcom released it back in late 2002: It's the mech equivalent of a racing game's steering wheel—on steroids—complete with the foot pedals and about a bazillion other useless doodads.

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Kellee Santiago, Part Three

Here's the final piece of our interview with Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany, creators of Flower and the upcoming Journey!

In this episode, we discuss not only their forthcoming and beautiful new game, but also the workings of their unique company and their relationship with Sony.

Thanks again for watching! We've a new blog up at stateofplayshow.com; and come back in January for our interview with Jonathan Blow!

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