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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Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter with optional RPG elements
Developer | BioWare
Platforms | PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U

The Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC is downloadable content for the third game in the Mass Effect series.  It allows the player to visit the eponymous Omega, a space station that has been taken over by Cerberus. While on the space station, the player can engage in conversations, shoot enemies, and locate a couch.

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Portal Review

Genre | Puzzle, Platformer
Developer | Valve Corporation
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

In Portal, the player controls a character in a testing facility made up of a series of test chambers. The player uses a device that creates the eponymous portals on flat surfaces. The player can enter one portal and exit the other so as to traverse through the world in contradiction to the rules of Euclidean geometrical space. This device allows the player to solve puzzle in each test chamber and progress to the end of the game. 

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The Swapper Review

Genre | Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | Facepalm Games
Platforms | PC

The Swapper is a sidescrolling puzzle platformer game where the player takes control of a character in a space suit equipped with the eponymous Swapper, a device that allows the character to clone themselves multiple times. The player uses this device to solve puzzles and progress though a space station in order to beat the game.

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