Category: Games

Five games in 24 hours

Pop quiz clock from thinkgeek.com

Is it possible to finish five high-quality games in only 24 hours?  Indeed it is!

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Capsized

With clear inspiration from games like Braid, Trine, and Super Metroid, Capsized threatens to crush your hopes for survival.

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Classic Mondays – Hunter Hunted

Every Monday, we’re going to take a short look at a classic game that redefined, embodied, or perfected a genre.  This week, we revisit Hunter Hunted.

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PSN back up in full…on May 31st?

Reports are flying around the Internet this morning about Sony pegging a new full restoration date for the PSN…May 31st.  Here’s what a Sony spokesman told Bloomberg:

“The company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged, he said. Sony shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services April 20 because of possible data theft by hackers.”

While that doesn’t mean the service won’t return in some fashion prior to the last day in May, it still doesn’t bode well…especially when you consider that Brink is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

A quick note about Radiant Historia’s music

I recently started playing through Radiant Historia, and it’s just as awesome as people said it would be. One thing I’d like to point out though, just in case you weren’t aware of it: the main composer of the music in Radiant Historia is none other than Yoko Shimomura, who’s work can be heard in classic titles like Little Nemo: The Dream Master, Street Fighter II, Breath of Fire, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the Mario & Luigi series…basically, some of my favorite games ever.  Aside from the awesome retro-yet-modern RPG system, the great visuals, the intriguing storyline, and the wide variety of characters, I’d like to take a moment and recognize just how fantastic the music in this game really is. Make sure you play through this one with some decent headphones, folks.  Look for our full review in the next week or so.

Will new consoles help or hinder PC gaming?

Last year, we posted a series of articles that examined the state of PC gaming and its related culture.  Since that time, even fewer PC exclusives have found their way to market, with PC gamers widely blaming the rapidly aging hardware in consoles.  I pose a question: will new consoles actually help PC gaming at all?

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Five games to play while watching a movie

It’s Friday night, and you’re cuddled up with your spouse on a couch (or, in our case, a CozySac.) You’ve got a stack of Netflix, a beverage, something to eat, a blanket, and some pillows.  You’re all dug in and ready for a movie marathon…but a small twinge suddenly makes you want to game.  What can you possibly play while simultaneously paying attention to whatever film you’re watching?

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Top 5 Most Immersive Games

My Friday guest post is up on the Little-Players blogs.  In it, I look at what I consider to be the 5 most immersive games out there, then continue on with some tips about how to get immersed in a game (which includes some points from my article “How to get scared playing a game“.)  Give it a read!

Mass Effect 3 delayed…should you be worried?

I generally favor game delays, so long as the extra development time is used to squash bugs and provide a more polished experience.  However, according to Joystiq, EA revealed in an earnings call that Mass Effect 3 has been delayed to Q1 2012 because Bioware is “adjusting some of the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you’ll see at E3 that can put this into a genre equivalent of shooter-meets-RPG, and essentially address a far larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 did and Mass Effect 2 began to approach.”

While it’s clear that Mass Effect 2 shed some of its RPG depth in favor of a more action-oriented experience, it wasn’t necessarily a bad move.  Traditional loot and weapons systems were missed, but removing those aspects did indeed help tackle some of the main points of contention in the first game (as evidenced by my Mass Effect 2 review.)  Of course, this is akin to euthanizing a dog because it has bad breath, when instead you should just brush its teeth.  The question is, how much further can the RPG side of a Mass Effect title be diluted while still retaining its status as an RPG?  I sincerely hope that tweaks are being made on the action side to better compliment the RPG side, rather than at the expense of traditional role playing game elements.  You already took out some of the RPG elements so you could tweak the action side of things, Bioware (or EA…after all, we don’t know whose call this was); now that you have the action nailed down, why don’t you concentrate on bringing the RPG stuff back in a way that’s both accessible and multifaceted?

Time will tell, I suppose.  What are your thoughts?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution system requirements

PC Gamer has posted up the required and recommended PC specs for Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Minimum PC Specs:

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 with DirectX 9.0c
  • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or ATI Radeon HD 2000 series or better
  • Required disc space: 8.5 GB

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Recommended PC Specs:

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 or Intel Core 2 Quad or better
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5850

Nothing too extravegant…the average up-to-date gaming PC will be able to handle this one with no problem, while those that haven’t upgraded in a number of years are still covered by the minimum specs.  Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s release date is currently pegged for August 23rd, 2011 for North America…August 25th, 2011 for Australia…and August 26th, 2011 for Europe.  This is definitely a day-one buy for me…can’t wait!