Monthly Archives: May 2015

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Slow Burn – Dark Souls – Subtly Special

Summarizing Dark Souls to someone unfamiliar with the ‘Souls’ series would likely bore them into avoidance.  A third person RPG set in a dark fantasy (open) world where you fight Undead soldiers, knights, dragons and other various monsters in medieval-esque towns, fortresses, chasms, caves and castles.   There is nothing special about the game at an initial glance.

The astonishing popularity of Dark Souls obviously dispels this idea, but I always wondered if the game would have been overlooked had there been no initial momentum (possibly generated by the predecessor ‘Demon Souls’). There is no way of knowing, but I am glad that scenario remains hypothetical as I would have likely missed out on a sublime experience.

I felt that straight reviewing Dark Souls would be slightly unnecessary as it’s pretty  much widely accepted as a classic.  The brief description above gives the mechanical and aesthetic context of the game and if that so far has held your interest then I can immediately recommend Dark souls.

Here though, I’m giving Dark Souls a Slow Burn.  Just to relax and jabber on about elements of the game that I found stood out and stuck with me weeks after completion. Continue reading Slow Burn – Dark Souls – Subtly Special

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A quick word on some favorites

A quick word on some favorites

First off, there are no (and never will be) perfect games.  It is not possible to say which game is the ‘best’ as the question itself is pretty much meaningless.  A more appropriate question would be which game is the ‘Best’ in a certain aspect, and even that is subjective to the individual.  Even of my own opinion it is difficult to say what I believe to be the ‘best’ game, or even my favorite game.

If however, someone were to put a gun to my head and ask such a silly question, I would say it is a tie between Deus Ex and Final Fantasy VII.  If then forced to choose between those two then I would probably be dead before I heard the shot.  My fondness for both prevents me from making a decision.  Both are large in scope, have complex stories, different ways to play, great music, action and effectively provoke emotion.  Neither have aged well and when I revisit them I notice more and more flaws, but I will forever remember these with rose tinted glasses. I played them at just the most appropriate moments in my life for them to have the biggest impact and they will not soon be forgotten.

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Review – Super Meat Boy (Binned)

Super Meat Boy

Developed by:  Team Meat
Published by:  Microsoft Game Studios (Xbox 360), Headup Games (PC)
Released: 2010
Platforms:  Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Steam (Played), Linux, Mac OS X

I must regrettably dump Super Meat Boy into the boiling pot’s ‘Binned’ list.  I walk away genuinely saddened;  it was an abusive relationship, but one that I had considered tough but fair.  The rare moments of joy had convinced me to keep returning, even though I knew I would eventually find myself being mistreated again.   I remained dedicated and faithful until the moment Super Meat Boy went too far.  I had to take care of myself.  I had to leave.

SMB now shares the same space as ‘Deathkings of the Dark Citadel’ as another uncompleted game on The Boiling Pot.  To clarify however, SMB is not as offensively obtuse as the Hexen expansion, however it pushed it’s challenge too far by adding randomness to it’s difficulty.

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Flash Boil – Plants Versus Zombies and The Wolf Among Us

The systematic annihilation of my Steam list continues with the completion of 2 very mechanically and tonally different games that each possess a distinctly cartoonish aesthetic.  I intended fully reviewing ‘Plants versus Zombies’ and ‘The Wolf Among Us’ initially, and though both are excellent games, there wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary about either to get me energetic enough for a lengthy review.  As such, I am marking this as the announcement of a new series of short reviews titled ‘Flash Boil’.

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Plants versus Zombies

Developed by:  Popcap Games
Published by:  Popcap Games
Released: 2009 (Windows),  2010 (Mac), 2011-2013 (Almost every other digital gaming platform)
Platforms:  PC, Steam(Played), Mac, Android, PSN, PSVita, Nintendo DS, XBLA

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