Betrayer Review

Genre | First Person Shooter, Stealth, Adventure, Horror
Developer | Blackpowder Games
Platforms | PC
Websitehttp://www.blackpowdergames.com/about/

Betrayer is a first person shooter stealth horror adventure game in which the player controls a character who washes up on the shore of an English colony in America in 1604. The player soon encounters clues, which hint at what occurred before the player arrived, and ghosts, which are what remain of the inhabitants of the colony and others, including eponymous betrayers. The player must explore the colony and the wilderness around it to discover what has happened, while also sneaking by and engaging in combat with some of the ghosts.

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Stranded Review

Genre | Point and Click Adventure Game
Developer | Peter Moorhead, Lucas “Midio” Carvalho, Glauber Kotaki, Joe “Stux” Edwards, Steven “Surasshu” Velema
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://www.petermoorhead.com/stranded/

Stranded is a point and click adventure game in which the player takes control of an astronaut who has become eponymously stranded on a planet following the crash of their space ship. The player guides the astronaut around the planet, exploring locations and observing what happens. The game alters each time the player quits the game and returns.

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notes from the casketgirl Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Sloane
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | http://sloanesloane.com/casket

notes from the casketgirl is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player reads the eponymous notes from the casketgirl and clicks on links in order to progress through the notes. The notes describe what the casketgirl does, how she feels about it, and what the caskets are for, according to her. Sound and visual effects underscore various situations in the game.

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Resogun Review

Genre | Shoot ‘Em Up
Developer |Housemarque
Platforms | PlayStation 4
Website | resogun.com

Resogun is a game in which the player flies their spaceship from left to right, blasting enemy ships, picking up humans and delivering them to motherships. The eponymous Resogun is described in story text about the game’s fourth stage as a massive disintegration weapon of the enemy. The stages are cylindrical.

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Carolyn Petit: Subjective Reviewer of the Month, March 2014

This month, Objective Game Reviews launches a new feature, Subjective Reviewer of the Month. Each month we will interview someone who writes subjective reviews for other review outlets. We will also invite them to write an objective review so that they can give their opinions some time to rest, if they would like. Our very first Subjective Reviewer of the Month is Carolyn Petit.

What are some of your favorite video games, and why?

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Valve Software
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | www.counter-strike.net

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first person shooter in which players attempt to accomplish the objective of the game mode by killing enemy players, planting bombs, or getting kills with a succession of weapons. In round-based game modes, players begin each round by purchasing equipment with money earned in previous rounds. Various weapons are available to players and the various maps have different routes the players can use to reach the objectives.

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500 Years Act 1 Review

Genre | Top Down Shooter Space Opera
Developer | Poorwill Games
Platforms | iOS, Android
Website | http://www.poorwillgames.com/pages/500YearsAct1.html

500 Years Act 1 is a top down space combat adventure game. The player takes control of the captain of a ship that is launched the eponymous 500 years after humans have left Earth to establish colonies. The player’s colony was attacked by aliens called Ants and enslaved until recently. The player must fly the ship around the universe in an attempt to find other surviving human colonies and prepare for a possible return of the Ants. Gameplay includes exploration of the universe by moving from system to system, top down space combat, and dialog trees.

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Cove of Flies Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | LavosXII
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/39678818/twine/Cove%20of%20Flies.html

Cove of Flies is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player enters a cave and moves in various directions a series of times in order to explore the cave. While exploring the cave the player is presented with vignettes describing various situations, like a spice trade or the player’s character’s fascination with holes or an instance where uneaten meat attracts eponymous flies.

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Titanfall Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Respawn Entertainment
Platforms |  PC, XBOX 360, XBOX One
Website | www.titanfall.com

Titanfall is a first person shooter in which two teams of six players each fight each other in an attempt to accomplish the objective of the game mode they are playing. In all game modes except Last Titan Standing, players respawn when killed, and can trigger the eponymous Titanfall after they have killed enough enemy players or enemy NPCs. Titans are large robots that operate on artificial intelligence when not piloted.

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reProgram Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Soha El-Sabaawi
Platforms | Browser (PC, Linux, OSX)
Website | http://philome.la/pixiemania/reprogram/play

reProgram is an interactive fiction Twine game in which the player controls the feelings and actions of a woman in a building that has an elevator. The player clicks on links to advance through the game and to cycle through words so as to alter the content of sentences, which then determine what happens in subsequent screens. The story involves meditation, insecurity, and masochism.

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