GameFly 48-Hour Sale

For the next 48 hours, GameFly has a few great titles on sale.  No word on Steam activation for the games available unless they specifically use Steamworks.  For those of you interested in LA Noire, take a look at what Armaan thought about the game in his review.

Here is a list of notables:

LA Noire: $4.99Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines: $4.99Blur: $4.99San Andreas $3.74Rainbow Six 2: $2.99Driver: San Francisco $7.49.

Evochron Mercenary Review

By: Nathaniel Velliquette

Hmm. Yes, that is all I can say for Starwraith 3D Games’s Evochron Mercenary. After my recent Freespace 2 experience, I find it hard to have a unique thought about this game. It almost makes me want to take back what I said about developers not utilizing the great game mechanics Freespace 2 established because Evochron Mercenary has all of it and more. Not only that, it possesses the same developer endeavor present in many indie games like Dwarf Fortress which appeals to me and gives me hope that not all is lost in the gaming industry.

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Megabyte Punch Preview

By – Kyle Johnson

If there’s anything that I’ve learned in my time playing video games, it’s that gamers like familiarity and repetition, but enough innovation to keep games interesting.  Megabyte Punch understands this, and takes the best ideas from games, fusing them together in a very curious platforming brawler.  In this adoption of familiar ideas however, spend enough time with the game and it too comes across as repetitive.  It is currently being developed by the team at Reptile Games, a Dutch studio comprised of three aspiring individuals.

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Wizorb Review

By: Leland Flynn III

I think that it’s pretty safe to assume that anyone who has ever played a video game has probably played some form of a Breakout clone whether they were aware of it or not. The concept is such a simple one that this type of game is passed over by most gamers as “casual”. While the term may be apt when describing a game where the object is to bounce a ball off of a player controlled platform to break bricks at the opposite end of the screen, I don’t think that “casual” is a valid way to describe Wizorb. This game is astoundingly deep when it comes to mechanics which makes it a blast to play. But there is a catch: this game is also frustratingly difficult.

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Voxeliens Review

By – Omar Khan

Retro games hold a special place in the hearts of everyone for different reasons. If you’re old enough, these games bring back fond memories of pumping change into arcade machines which allowed the flashing lights and 8-bit soundtracks to entice until you realize you’ve just spent all your pocket money.  For younger audiences, its all about being introduced to the classics by your elders. Like being taught how to shave or learning about the ‘birds and the bees’.  Voxeliens, developed by Volumes of Fun, is just this sort of game.

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Legend of Grimrock Review

By: Nathaniel Velliquette

Games have come a long way.  Regardless of games being a young medium, their 40 year journey is still obscure to many.  Modern games take for granted and sometimes outright disgrace their grandfathers that laid the foundations for them to be constructed. However, some remember their roots and show due respect to early genres that have almost faded into non-existence. Almost Human’s Legend of Grimrock not only honors but makes apparent the vast potential in one of these genres: the long-forgotten dungeon crawl.

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TPG Second Look: Oil Rush

By – Kyle Johnson

I have commanded thousands of fleets across space and time, ranging from charging chariots in ancient Greece, antiquated infantry across the plains of South America, and capital ships cruising through the battlefields of the future.  If there is anything that my experience has taught me, it’s that Oil Rush plays fast and loose with the definition of “strategy,” and doesn’t do a good job of executing what it attempts, either.

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A Virus Named Tom Preview

By – Omar Khan

For those of you who aren’t particularly fantastic at puzzle games, no need to worry. If A Virus Named Tom’s Matrix-esque aesthetics don’t win you over, its ‘n00b mode’ is sure to tickle your fancy. Coupled with generous helpings of skip tokens, simply being useless at puzzle games is no longer an excuse to not give this game a go.  A great sense of humor, good voice acting fun gameplay and funktastic music makes Misfits Attic’s A Virus Named Tom a fun and memorable puzzle game.

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A Valley Without Wind Review

By Armaan Khan

How do you describe A Valley Without Wind? It’s an action-platformer-shoot-em-up that puts you in the role of a world-saving “glyphbearer” living in a post-apocalyptic world. Your goal, ostensibly, is to bring down the evil overlord and his lieutenants who are oppressing the continent you call home, but in reality you’re just exploring around having fun killing and collecting stuff for countless hours. It’s a delightfully addictive grind-fest worthy of your dollars, provided you have the time to devote to it.

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Coloropus Review

By – Kyle Johnson

Though the days of point-and-click adventure games have long since passed, being abandoned in lieu of sleek graphics, relentless action, and other typical qualities of large-scale games, in the indie market, they are quite alive and thriving, if not in a different form.  Coloropus is one such variety of adventure game, and though it stumbles a bit along the way, the peculiar blend of color puzzles, adventuring, and mouse-based movement makes for a charming game that is well worth your money.

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Wargame: European Escalation Review

By – Carlin Au

Before every match, I always come up with a game plan with my buddy, Magnus. In a chat, I may tell him, “In a few minutes, the Warsaw Pact is going to attack us at Hamburger Hill. I believe they will be coming from sectors Hotel, India, and Papa. You will attempt to cut off the supply routes in Hotel, I will try to secure the hill and set up an artillery position. Our artillery bombardments will weaken forces at Hotel while you advance and push Hotel, India, and Papa. I will give you as much support as possible and will push down the hill towards Papa. After that we will try to do a pincer movement, and cut them off from supplies at India.” Of course, our plans aren’t always this simple.

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Diablo III Preview

By: Leland Flynn III

Friends, I have a dark secret. I have played both but never completed the games in the Diablo series. I was young and very much into RTS games when Diablo was big (still am really). Before you burn me at the stake for heresy, give me a moment to gush if you would. I’ve always had fond memories of the first two games, but never quite made my way through them. If Diablo III is any indication of the world that Blizzard has been building over the past 15 years, then I have missed out on something amazing. I will soon be rectifying in preparation for this new release in attempt to atone for my transgressions but, enough about my pile-of-shame.  On to the good stuff.

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House of 1000 Doors: Palm of Zoroaster Review

By: Armaan Khan

Kate Reed is back in Alawar’s House of 1000 Doors: Palm of Zoroaster. This time, she’s trying to save the eponymous house – and her friends who live in it – from a mysterious fire demon that has suddenly appeared and is attacking everything in sight. It’s a trip that will once again take her through magical paintings to exotic locations in an engaging adventure that is well worth your time and money.

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TPG Command Peformance: Confrontation Preview

By – Mike Andre

What would happen if you put science fiction, fantasy, strategy and RPG elements in a blender? The bittersweet juice that is Confrontation, of course.  For whoever doesn’t know, Confrontation was originally a tabletop game published by Rackham, a now defunct company dedicated to miniature wargaming. Developer Cyanide Studio, of Cycling Manager and Blood Bowl (also based on a tabletop game) fame, decided to take on the Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II formula and create their own rendition of the Confrontation universe in glorious 3D.  Whether or not they will succeed remains to be seen, but while you wait for the 5th April, here are my impressions.

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Waveform Review

By: Leland Flynn III

I have always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart for puzzle games, specifically action-puzzle games. I played Lemmings more than was probably healthy when I was little boy but it taught me a lot about how to use logic and spatial (albeit 2D) reasoning. Of course I love puzzle games because they are fun for me, but deeper than this is the fact that they are fun because they pose a challenge, a threat to my self-image as an intelligent person.

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1000 Amps Review

By: Armaan Khan

1000 Amps looks like a game that should be soothing. It’s got a minimalist aesthetic, a cutely stylized main character, and a plinky soundtrack, all of which make it seem like a relaxing possibly zen-like adventure. Don’t be fooled though, because 1000 Amps is a hard game—swearingly hard in that old-school way that many gamers love. Unfortunately, one very serious technical issue prevents me from wholeheartedly recommending it.

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Nitronic Rush Review

By Adam Ames

Developed by the students of DigiPen Institute of Technology, Nitronic Rush is quite an achievement.  In a landscape where the PC combat/survival racers are becoming more and more popular, Nitronic Rush sets the tone to to any future studio thinking about creating a PC racing game.

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Crusader Kings II Review

By: George Weidman

Fun fact: prior to the 1780’s, the nation-state didn’t exist. Well, the same concept of national identity that exists today didn’t. In those dark times, the political map of Europe looked a lot like it does in Crusader Kings II: an amalgamation of isolated city-states, family houses and dynastic enclaves who were only barely connected to one-another through the traditional authority of feudalism.

Paradox Interactive’s latest historical strategy game is enigmatic indeed, featuring a meticulously detailed and well-researched depiction of the old world with politics that are completely alien to new players. It is brilliant and it is grand, but it is also encumbered with a maximalist design that obscures both qualities.

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