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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Preview

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

By and large, I am not a card game player.

All of my experience with card games comes from a brief attempt at Magic: The Gathering in high school and a lot of bored Saturday mornings with Yu-Gi-Oh! when I was too lazy to change the channel.

Random attempts to enter the genre have usually defeated me with dense rules, obtuse jargon, constant mechanic changes, and the prospect of buying hundreds of dollars worth of cards. None of these things attracted me as a potential new player.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death Review

Well-seasoned but stringy

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

HIGH The fight against the tentacled rain god Chaac.

LOW The escape event in the crumbling ruin.

WTF Where did this guy get all these helicopters?

Sword of the Stars: The Pit Review

You Won't See Bottom

Sword of the Stars: The Pit

HIGH Using psychic powers to crush foes in a cloud of shrapnel.

LOW Going five levels in a row without finding a single bullet.

WTF I starved to death because I didn't eat for an hour? Do I have a tapeworm?

Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Holy bat-mulligan, Batman!

Batman: Arkham Origins

HIGH a strong premise, great story beats, and Deathstroke.

LOW it’s super buggy, and counters/takedowns don’t always work.

WTF why can’t I pummel Deadshot until he’s unconscious?!?

Forced Review

No going back

HIGH Clearing a difficult arena within a hair's breadth of bloody failure.

LOW No mid-mission checkpoints can lead to some mindless repetition.

WTF I'm unsure whether Balfus is supposed to be comic relief or not. He's so deliciously deadpan!

Scribblenauts Unmasked Review

Looking for deep cuts, DC-style

Scribblenauts Unmasked

HIGH Is that over 30 different Batmen?

LOW Spending 20 minutes at the end trying to figure out what word the game wants me to type.

WTF Where have you gone, Mr. Tawny?

Narco Terror Review

Narco-Terrible

Narco Terror

HIGH If you blow up a truck full of soldiers, the soldiers will die.

LOW That is the only way in which an explosion can kill an enemy.

WTF Are bullets just flying through me? What's wrong with this game?

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Second Opinion

Forget it

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Review

HIGH Picking up a dead pig and slinging it across the room. Whee!

LOW Having more fun doing that than playing the game properly.

WTF Someone sure liked getting descriptive about pigs getting jiggy.

Alien Spidy Review

Down Came the Rain...

Alien Spidy Screenshot

HIGH Achieving the perfect arc to a swing.

LOW Failing (again!) to earn new coins on a level.

WTF Why does the spider fly a UFO in the first place?

Sokobond Review

Aspiring to Chemistry

Sokobond Screenshot

HIGH Solving "Plunge."

LOW The helium levels feel like irritating obstruction rather than enjoyable challenges.

WTF I suppose I should have guessed that a joke about the atmosphere of Uranus was coming.

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