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Game Impressions: LIMBO

July 22, 2010

Introduction

Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade kicked of this week with the highly anticipated black-and-white puzzle platformer LIMBO. Yes, it’s spelled with all caps… I have no idea why. And having no idea why sums up a lot about this game.

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APPraisal: Pac-Man Championship Edition

January 18, 2010

Throughout the years, re-imaginings of Pac-Man have generally sucked.  “New” Pac-Man games haven’t been good since Ms. Pac-Man.  But when Pac-Man Championship Edition came on the scene in 2007, it created quite a stir.  The swansong game of original Pac-Man creator Tōru Iwatani,Pac-Man Championship Edition was released on the Xbox Live Arcade in 2007.  Does the iPhone / iPod Touch version of Pac-Man C.E. stand a ghost of a chance?

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Game Impressions: Shadow Complex

August 24, 2009

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Introduction

One of the most highly anticipated games this summer has been Shadow Complex.  Part of XBLA’s Summer of Arcade 2009, Shadow Complex has been hailed as a game that “reset(s) the bar for what we can expect from an Xbox Live Arcade title” (Kotaku).  It has also been called “one of the best gaming experiences of this generation” (CAG) and “one of the best games yet in 2009.” (IGN)  Whenever a game gets this kind of press, my BS radar goes off.  Things are always “the best” until next week, just like stores have “the lowest price ever” until next week’s sale.  So does Shadow Complex live up to the hype?

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Game Impressions: Age of Booty

March 12, 2009

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Introduction

I am not a fan of real-time strategy (RTS) games.  I can certainly see the appeal.  Maybe they’re intimidating, having to order little little troops hither and yon.  Maybe they give me the impression that in order to be any good at them, you have to invest a considerable amount of time learning all the nuances, and I just don’t want to limit myself to one thing.  So it’s odd, to say the least, to see me giving my game impressions of a RTS game.  I read about Certain Affinity’s downloadable game Age of Booty in a gaming magazine and the concept intrigued me.  I checked out the demo on Xbox Live Arcade, and decided to take the plunge.  So do I now have a Certain Affinity for piratey RTS games?

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