Star Wars: Dark Forces III: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Genre | Action, Shooter
Developer | Raven Software
Platforms | PC, OSX, XBOX, Gamecube

In Star Wars: Dark Forces III: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, the player controls Kyle Katarn, a mercenary who has become the eponymous Jedi outcast, having given up the ways of the Jedi. In the game, Kyle returns to the ways of the Jedi. At other points he meets Lando Calrissian and engages in combat with an adversary with a head that looks like a purple dinosaur’s head. Lightsaber combat is featured.

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Star Wars: Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight

Genre | Shooter
Developer | LucasArts
Platforms | PC

Star Wars: Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight is a first and third person shooter in which the player takes on the role of Kyle Katarn, a mercenary whose goal consists of, at various points: to learn the truth about his father, to track down a robot, to track down that robot’s arm, to track down the robot again, and to escape a dangerous location, among other goals. The player traverses a series of different environments and engages in combat with a variety of enemies. The player may also cause Kyle to fall to the dark side of the Force if desired.

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Brogue Review

Genre | Roguelike
Developer | Brian Walker
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX

Brogue is a roguelike game in which the player must descend to the 26th floor of a dungeon, retrieve the Amulet of Yendor, and return to the surface. Various monsters and traps exist in the dungeon which can prevent the player from accomplishing their objective. Items in the game confer various abilities that combine with the actions of monsters to create myriad results. Interacting with toads results in temporary hallucinations.

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Bastion Review

Genre | Action RPG
Developer | Supergiant Games
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, Linux, iOS, OSX

Bastion is an isometric action RPG in which the player controls a character named the Kid as he progresses through the remnants of a ruined world and attempts to rebuild it. The Kid is able to equip different weapons and abilities that allow him to attack in various ways, like smashing things with a large hammer. Narration by one of the game’s characters accompanies the player’s actions and alters based on what the player chooses to do.

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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review

Genre | Racing Sim
Developer | Bugbear Entertainment
Platform | PC, XBOX 360

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is a racing game in which the player drives cars in an attempt to win motorsport events against AI opponents or other players. Races take place on tracks full of destructible scenery and props such as wooden fences, old tires, and garden chairs. Collisions between cars and props cause debris, car parts, and drivers to fly through the air in several directions. Most crashes allow the involved cars to keep going. If the player’s character exits the car through the windshield, they can press ‘R’ to place the driver back in the driver’s seat and continue the race, unless the car got wrecked, in which case the player loses the race.

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Papers, Please Review

Genre | Adventure, Art
Developer | Lucas Pope
Platforms | PC, OSX

In Papers, Please the player plays as a documents inspector at a border checkpoint in a fictional Eastern European country named Arstotzka. The player must earn a wage each day to provide heat, food, shelter, and medicine for their family. The player is paid based on how many documents they inspect each day. Making a mistake while inspecting a document leads to a reduction in the player’s wage. The storyline branches depending on the player’s choices about who to let through, whether to accept bribes, and other actions that the player can take.

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BioShock 2 Review

Genre | Shooter
Developer | 2K Marin, 2K China
Platforms | PC, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

BioShock 2 is a first person shooter in which the player controls Delta, a Big Daddy. Delta is revived after having been dead for a number of years and must rescue Eleanor Lamb, a girl he was charged with protecting, from Dr. Sophia Lamb, a psychologist and Eleanor’s mother. Delta has a drill for an arm.

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simian.interface Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | vested interest
Platforms | PC, Mac, Browser, iOS

simian.interface is a puzzle game where the player is tasked with manipulating the game in order to align various two and three dimensional objects. When the objects are correctly aligned, the player progresses to the next level. Aligning objects requires ascertaining their location and orientation and discovering which direction of manipulation will lead to alignment.

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