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Objective Reviews of Video Games

Far Cry 2 Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
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Far Cry 2 is a first person shooter in which the player takes control of a mercenary in Africa who is attempting to hunt down an arms dealer known as the Jackal. The player takes missions from two warring factions in an attempt to gain information about the Jackal and engages in a series of gunfights. The player can also move freely around the world and find side missions. The player has buddies, which are AI characters that can save the player from death and offer the player additional missions.

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qrth-phyl Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | hermitgames
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360
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qrth-phyl is a puzzle video game in which the player controls an elongated snake-like avatar that grows each time it collects glowing dots. The player must collect a number of glowing dots on each level without hitting obstacles or their own tail. After having collected enough dots, the player progresses to the next level. Levels alternate between levels that take place on flat planes and the outsides of cuboids and levels that take place in three dimensional space inside cuboids.

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Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love Review

Genre | Art, Puzzle, Adventure, Exploration
Developer | Doppler Interactive
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
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Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is a game where the player controls a cube that rolls around a world. The player can bump into trees, creatures, and other objects to trigger various interactions. The player can collect items dropped by trees to turn their cube a certain color, which then allows them to spread this color by moving around. Later the player is able to alter the world by generating buildings and other objects. The player can meet the eponymous cube and and the eponymous star.

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Threes Review

Genre | Puzzle
Developer | Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend, Jimmy Hinson
Platforms | iOS
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Threes is a puzzle game where the player attempts to combine tiles on a four by four grid by sliding tiles with the same number in to each other. As the player swipes up, down, left, or right, all tiles that can move in that direction move in that direction. Each time the player swipes, a tile comes on to the side of the grid opposite the direction of movement. The game ends when the grid is filled.

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BioShock Infinite Review

Genre | Shooter
Developer | Irrational Games
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, OSX
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Editor’s Note: This objective review contains a spoiler for an event that occurs a few hours in to BioShock Infinite. To read our spoiler-free objective review of BioShock Infinite, click here.

BioShock Infinite is a first person shooter set in 1912 in which the player controls Booker DeWitt, a man who is attempting to repay the debt the has accumulated by visiting a flying city called Columbia and retrieving a woman who is there. In order to accomplish his objective, Booker must fight his way through police officers and others, like people who can turn into crows and back into people indefinitely until Booker kills them.

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I’m Fine Chapter 1 Review

Genre | Interactive Fiction
Developer | Rokashi
Platforms | PC, OSX
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I’m Fine Chapter 1 is an interactive fiction game in which the player plays as a person by choosing various actions and reading the results of these actions. The text in the game narrates the person’s actions to the player with a mix of first and second person narration. The person the game is about is depressed and is not eponymously fine.

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Probably Archery Review

Genre | QWOP-em-up, First Person Shooter, Simulation
Developer | South East Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
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Probably Archery is a game in which the player controls the shoulders, elbows, and wrists of each arm in order to eponymously probably engage in the eponymous archery. The player can manipulate the arms and hands in order to aim the bow and fire arrows at targets that vary based on the game mode. Probably Archery includes Oculus Rift support, Razer Hydra support, and an additional multiplayer game, Zombie Soccer.

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Broken Age Review

Genre | Adventure
Developer | Double Fine Productions
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, iOS, Android, Ouya
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Broken Age is a point and click adventure game in which the player takes control of two characters, Vella and Shay, and guides them through two separate adventures. The player interacts with other characters by clicking on them and solves puzzles by using items on objects, themselves, and other objects, and by carrying out various acts in a certain order.

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The Floor is Jelly Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ian Snyder
Platforms | PC, OSX
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The Floor is Jelly is a game in which the player takes control of a small creature which can run, jump, and slide around a world in which the eponymous floor is made of eponymous jelly, which bounces and jiggles as the player interacts with it. The player must run, jump, and slide through a series of levels to reach doors and elevators while avoiding obstacles and solving puzzles that prevent the player from reaching the door.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Genre | Immersive Sim / First Person Shooter, Role Playing Game
Developer | Eidos Montreal
Platforms | PC, OSX, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, Wii U
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a first person shooter with role playing elements in which the player takes control of Adam Jensen, a mechanically augmented security consultant working for the mechanical augmentation corporation Sarif Industries. Adam is tasked with various missions which take place in various levels that allow the player to roam around, talk to people, and approach the objectives in a variety of ways with a variety of tools. The player can also shoot a basketball.

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