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Dust: An Elysian Tail [5 Minute Review]

Dust: An Elysian Tail is full of surprises. The graphics, presentation, voice acting and art style are fantastic for indie fare. The gameplay, with its simple collection of combo strings, Metroidvania approach and mild RPG elements, is oddly addictive and … Continue reading

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I Hate That I Love You – Battlefield 4

An orange-red triangle lights up on my minimap; someone has spotted an enemy near me, and they’re headed my way. I change tack and ready my PDW, weapon trained on the corner. Sure enough, the enemy comes into view, and … Continue reading

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Widening the Rift: Facebook, Oculus, and gamers

I don’t think anyone could have seen this coming. The Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that enjoyed a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and received the endorsement of several high-profile game developers, managed to successfully rekindle the dream of truly immersive … Continue reading

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Late to the party: Diablo 3

Diablo 3 has been in my “don’t touch” bucket for the longest time. The amount of negative press, justified or not, soured my anticipation for the game. Always online connection required? A real money auction house? Colourful environments? “How dare they, those … Continue reading

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist [5 Minute Review]

Splinter Cell: Blacklist reboots the series in more ways than one. Sam Fisher looks younger and more spry, and gone are gravelly tones of Michael Ironside complaining about how he’s too old for this shit. The rest of the game follows close … Continue reading

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FUSE [5 Minute Review]

When FUSE (formerly Overstrike) caught my attention, I was surprised that the project was seen through to completion. The ideas didn’t seem terribly unique: four player co-operative shooting with futuristic weapons and “deeply flawed” characters have been promised before, but I … Continue reading

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [5 Minute Review]

Ready for some Metal Gear Solid “tactical espionage action”? Well, that’s too bad, because Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has as much sneaking in it as monster truck rally. The frenetic combat and over-stylised presentation in Revengeance is fun, but it … Continue reading

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Dead Space 3 [5 Minute Review]

Dead Space has changed over the years. Sure, you get the impression that it’s still about “survival” in the sense that you’re scrounging around for supplies and dealing with reanimated corpses bursting through air vents. However, Dead Space 3 is a … Continue reading

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon [5 Minute Review]

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon knows its target audience: they were the ones who woke up early on Saturday mornings to get their dose of cartoons and messed with the tracking on their VCRs to play back taped TV shows. They’re … Continue reading

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Gunpoint [5 Minute Review]

What would you do with pants that gave you the ability to scale buildings with a single bound and land without injury? In Gunpoint, you’d put them through their paces as you attempt to unravel the reasons behind the murder … Continue reading

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