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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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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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