Category Archives: Action

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

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

In Star Wars: Dark Forces IV: Jedi Knight III: Jedi Outcast II: Jedi Academy, the player controls Jaden Korr, a student at the eponymous Jedi Academy  training to become an eponymous Jedi Knight whose instructor is the eponymous Jedi outcast, Kyle Katarn. Jaden undertakes a variety of missions, learns a lesson about the value of friendship, and kills multiple enemies.

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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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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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Syndicate Review

Genre | Action, Strategy
Developer | Bullfrog Productions
Platforms | PC, SNES, Acorn Archimedes, Atari Jaguar

In Syndicate the player takes control of an eponymous syndicate and battles against rival syndicates in an effort to gain territory and ultimately profit. The player must manage the strategic side by choosing which missions to go on and which technology to upgrade while also managing the tactical combat in the missions they send their agents on.

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Teleglitch: Die More Edition Review

Genre | Top-Down Shooter with Roguelike elements
Developer | Test3 Projects
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX

Teleglitch is a top down shooter with randomly generated levels. It places an emphasis on scavenging, crafting, and ammunition preservation. The game contains biomechanical androids and explosives.

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