Thunder Wolves Review

Genre | Action Flight Sim
Developer | Most Wanted Entertainment
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://www.bit-composer.com/www_en/game.aspx?gameid=21644742-dd8d-424c-a6b8-9038ba65522b

Thunder Wolves is a third person action flight sim in which the player controls a helicopter, which itself is controlled by a pilot and a gunner working for the eponymous Thunder Wolves, an organization that kills terrorists. The player is tasked with destroying enemy infantry, vehicles, helicopters, and buildings, and with accomplishing other objectives. Most things in the game explode, yell, or explode and yell at some point.

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Analogue: A Hate Story Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Christine Love
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://ahatestory.com/

In Analogue: A Hate Story, the player investigates a derelict Korean space ship that disappeared more than six hundred years earlier in order to recover the ship’s logs and sell them to the Saeju Colony Historical Society. The player must interact with the ship’s computer and its two artificial intelligences in order to discover what happened and recover the logs. Due to the ship’s damage, the player’s actions are limited to presenting documents they’ve discovered to the AIs and responding to questions. Depending on the player’s answers and the documents they present, the player can progress the plot in various directions.

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Company of Heroes 2 Review

Genre | Real Time Strategy
Developer | Relic Entertainment
Platforms | PC
Website | http://www.companyofheroes.com/

Company of Heroes 2 is a real time strategy game set in World War II. Players take control of the German or Russian armies and attempt to defeat their opponents by reducing the enemy’s victory points to zero or destroying the enemy’s base. Company of Heroes 2 features ColdTech™, which causes units to move slower in snow and die during blizzards after a certain amount of time spent away from a heat, and TrueSight™, which prevents units from seeing through walls, certain trees, and buildings, including buildings with windows in them.

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No-One Has to Die Review

Genre | Puzzle, Interactive Fiction
Developer | Stuart Madafiglio
Platforms | Browser
Website | http://die.clay.io/

In No-One Has to Die, the player controls a visitor to a building who is tasked with controlling the security systems in order to save workers at the building from a fire that has broken out. Throughout the game, the player learns more about the workers and the company that they work for.

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InFlux Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Impromptu Games
Platforms | PC
Website | http://www.someindiebullshit.com

InFlux is a puzzle platformer in which the player controls a metal sphere as it rolls around an island, solving puzzles. The player must collect glowing blue points of light to unlock puzzle rooms, and then solve each of the puzzle rooms to progress. A whale is featured.

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Receiver Review

Genre | First Person Shooter with Roguelike elements
Developer | Wolfire Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.wolfire.com/receiver

Receiver is a first person shooter in which the player controls a character with a floating gun who moves around an area attempting to absorb cassette tapes. The area is randomly populated by robotic turrets and drones, which attack the player when they spot the player. The various parts of the player’s gun, like the slide and the magazine, are each controlled individually by the player. Throughout the game, the player learns about the upcoming Mindkill and learns that this is a time that has been prepared for.

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Anne Hathaway: Erotic Mouthscape Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Lillian Behrendt
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, and OSX)
Website | http://lillianbehrendt.com/anneh.html

Anne Hathaway: Erotic Mouthscape is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player interacts erotically with Anne Hathaway’s mouth. The character the player controls is small enough to inhabit the mouth and undertake various actions within it. A dream sequence is featured.

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RAGE Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | id Software
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://rage.com

RAGE is a game in which the player takes control of Nicholas Raine, a marine who emerges from an underground hibernation vault into a post-apocalyptic Earth. Nicholas then aids a rebellion against the ruling authority, which is known as “the Authority,” by shooting Authority soldiers and doing whatever else the leaders of the rebellion ask of him. Throughout this process the player engages in car races and can play a card game and pick flowers.

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AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome Review

Genre | Platformer
Developer | Dejobaan Games and Owlchemy Labs
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.dejobaan.com/awesome

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome is a game in which the player jumps off the top of a floating building, falls, and lands on a platform. Along the way, the player scores points by accomplishing various tasks, like falling close to other floating buildings, vandalizing buildings, and hitting score plates. The game takes place on Earth, the moon, and Ganymede.

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Alpha Protocol Review

Genre | RPG, Third Person Shooter, Action, and Interactive Fiction
Developer | Obsidian Entertainment
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Website | None

Alpha Protocol is a third person RPG in which the player controls Mike Thorton, a secret agent recruited into the eponymous Alpha Protocol, an intelligence agency. Mike is tasked with assassinating a terrorist responsible for an attack on an aircraft. After reaching the end of that mission, the player is then given a series of missions that they can go on, some of which are optional and all of which involve conversations and choices. Between missions, the player can answer emails, purchase weapons, and grow a beard. With the correct skills, Mike can slow down time and fire multiple pistol shots, sense enemies through walls, and punch harder.

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