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Deus Ex Review

Genre | Immersive Sim / First Person Shooter, Role Playing Game
Developer | Ion Storm
Platforms | PC, OSX, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Website | None

Deus Ex is a first person shooter with role playing elements in which the player takes control of JC Denton, a nano-machine augmented agent working for the anti-terrorist agency UNATCO. JC 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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The King of Fighters XIII Review

Genre | Fighting
Developer | SNK Playmore
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Website | http://gamebk.snkplaymore.jp/game/steam/kofxiii/

The King of Fighters XIII is a fighting game where players build a team of three characters, control one at a time, and direct the actions of each character in an attempt to defeat their opponent before their opponent defeats them.

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Insurgency Review

Genre | Tactical First Person Shooter
Developer | New World Interactive
Platforms | PC, OSX
Website | http://www.playinsurgency.com/

Insurgency is a team-based tactical first person shooter in which players fight against the enemy team in order to accomplish objectives. Players can aim down iron sights in Insurgency to fire bullets more accurately, and they die when shot with a few bullets. Players respawn in waves after a period of time, as long as their team has respawn waves remaining or is able to capture a control point. The game includes a coop mode against AI opponents.

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Flappy Bird Review

Genre | Platformer
Developer | .GEARS Studios
Platforms | iOS, Android
Website | None

Flappy Bird is a game in which the player taps the screen to cause the player’s character, the eponymous flappy bird, to flap its wings and move upwards. The player must navigate the bird through a series of openings between pipes. Colliding with or getting near a pipe results in a game over.

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Jazzpunk Review

Genre | First Person Adventure Game
Developer | Necrophone Games
Platforms | PC, Mac, Linux
Website | http://necrophonegames.com/jazzpunk/

Jazzpunk is a first person adventure game in which the player is tasked with undertaking a series of missions given to them by The Director, a man in charge of the organization the player works for. To accomplish these missions, the player visits a variety of locations around the globe and interacts with the people and objects there by collecting items, using them on things, and exploring. Jokes often occur throughout the game.

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X-COM: UFO Defense Review

Genre | Turn Based and Real Time Strategy
Developer | Mythos Games and MicroProse
Platforms | PC, PlayStation
Website | http://www.xcomufo.com/

X-COM: UFO Defense is a strategy game in which the player takes control of the eponymous X-COM organization in an effort to defend Earth from an alien invasion. The player manages the organization in real time by setting up bases, sending out planes to shoot down the eponymous UFOs, and conducting research and manufacturing. The player also controls X-COM’s soldiers in turn based battles at the sites of crashed and landed UFOs.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

Genre | Turn Based Strategy
Developer | Firaxis Games
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360, OSX, iOS
Website | http://www.xcom.com/

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn-based strategy game in which the player commands the eponymous XCOM. XCOM receives money from the world’s governments each month. The player uses this money to launch satellites, repel an alien invasion, manufacture weapons, dig holes in the ground, and undertake other actions in an attempt to keep the world’s governments from cutting off the funding.

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Luxuria Superbia Review

Genre | Art
Developer | Tale of Tales
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, Android, iOS, Ouya
Website | http://luxuria-superbia.com/

Luxuria Superbia is a game in which the player moves through and touches the insides of a three dimensional tunnel shaped like  a flower. Once the player has scored enough points, they can finish the flower by filling it entirely with color, or continue to touch the flower to earn more points and reach a higher rank. The game can be played with other players if the player has an additional controller or is playing on a touch device.

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The Bridge Review

Genre | Puzzle Platformer
Developer | Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360
Website | http://thebridgeisblackandwhite.com/

The Bridge is a puzzle platformer game in which the player controls a man who must navigate through levels and exit through a door. Obstacles prevent the player from exiting the level until the player has overcome these obstacles. The obstacles include a ball that can crush the player, keys that must be collected to unlock the door, non-Euclidean geometry that prevents the player from walking to the door, and doors that can only be entered by a white man, which the player’s character sometimes is not.

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Atom Zombie Smasher Review

Genre | Strategy
Developer | Blendo Games
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX
Website | http://blendogames.com/atomzombiesmasher/

Atom Zombie Smasher is a strategy game in which the player attempts to evacuate the citizens of Nuevos Aires from zombie-infested areas and push back the invading zombie hordes. The player must send in helicopters to airlift civilians while using artillery, soldiers, snipers, and other hired mercenaries to hold back the zombies. Between missions, slide show vignettes narrate the history of Nuevos Aires and the zombie war.

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