By Dale Weir on November 16, 2012 - 1:06pm.
The guys at Extra Credits look into incorporating imbalance in a game. Ironically, imbalance is just the thing that when worked into character classes, weapons, tools and gameplay rules can wind up giving both the wet-behind-the-ears newbie and grizzled veteran new strategies as each plays and progresses through a game.
By Guest Critic on November 12, 2012 - 10:07pm.
Survival horror games aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, they were about survival and horror. It makes sense. It's what the genre is called, after all. These titles would encompass qualities of mystery and exploration as the player fought to stay alive with every step. Over the years, they've increasingly become about action, gunfights, and an overload of cheap jump scares. I prefer the former, despite a plethora of the latter.
By Brandon Bales on November 9, 2012 - 3:51pm.
HIGH Mopping up a roomful of baddies with a buddy in short order makes you giddy.
LOW My low level runthrough gave me +5 Gray Hairs.
WTF Me: "Did we just murder the Ninja Turtles?"
By Brad Gallaway on November 9, 2012 - 2:25pm.
It's time again for one of my "house-cleaning" posts where I toss up a bunch of random bits and links to stuff and get it off of my computer.
By Daniel Weissenberger on November 8, 2012 - 1:23pm.
HIGH Charming an entire group of enemies at once, turning them all into adorable bunny creatures!
LOW Do "something" do get a better ending? What does that mean?!
WTF So many bath scenes!
By Brad Gallaway on November 8, 2012 - 6:42am.
I was listening to a podcast recently (and I've heard this same thing multiple times from other people over the last week or so) and I was shaking my head at the way the speakers were discussing recent Events Which Shall Not Be Named. Over and over, they were so insistent that reviewers are "getting paid off" for good scores.
By Sparky Clarkson on October 29, 2012 - 10:22pm.
In the wake of the success of Obsidian's Project Eternity Kickstarter, supporters are eagerly watching the stretch goals to see what promised goodies will be put into the game. Meanwhile, I am hoping to see one thing left out: voice acting. Done correctly, voice acting can significantly improve a Japanese RPG. However, recording voices for characters diminishes a Western RPG, regardless of the reading's quality. For this reason, I feel that Western RPGs should avoid having voiced dialogue.
By Christopher Floyd on October 29, 2012 - 9:50pm.
The Great Giana Sisters is a game with an unusual history, but what started off a flagrant imitation of Super Mario Bros has evolved into a successful platform series. Designed by the now-deceased founder of Black Forest Games, the company has finished a Kickstarter project to release a brand-new game for the series that will serve to celebrate the original title's 25th anniversary. Freelancer Christopher Floyd spoke to the team to get the skinny on the benches that morph into coffins, "chiptune metal," and the full story on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.
By Dale Weir on October 29, 2012 - 8:54pm.
Extra Credits has an interesting two-part discussion about the hero's journey, a concept explored by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Thatgamecompany's Journey is the game example featured here (along with The Legend of Zelda) but this seems to be a concept exploited in all entertainment genres.
By Brad Gallaway on October 29, 2012 - 8:22pm.
Speaking of games which weren't quite home runs, I have to admit that I'm shocked to say that Dishonored isn't floating my boat. I loved the demo at PAX and it has all of the elements that should appeal to me, but now that I've been sitting down with the full version... it's just not clicking. It's just not coming together. It started well, but it's gone... cold.
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