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Bloody Lara, Lost Odyssey, First Templar, Hitman and Ring Capacity

The First Templar Screenshot

I'm currently making my way through The First Templar. It's a budget release adventure game telling the thirteenth century tale of a Templar Knight and his female rogue partner. It's not the kind of game that will set the world on fire, but for people (like me) who don't mind playing games that aren't on the cutting edge of technology, there's a lot here to like.

Lost Odyssey, Monster Hunter and finally watched Firefly

Lost Odyssey Screenshot

I started playing Lost Odyssey a few days ago. This selection may surprise to some people since it's rare that I'll play a Japanese RPG that doesn't have Shin Megami Tensei in the title, and there are a few reasons for that...

Xbox Live Indie games, Section 8: Prejudice, Seattle Retro Gaming Expo and Thor

Lab Rabbit Screenshot

I'm in between reviews at the moment, so I took the luxury of trying a couple of XBLI titles recently. One of those titles I tried was Lab Rabbit. In this one, the player is a rabbit silhouette trying to escape from (wait for it) a lab by leaping over tons of pits and spikes. This is generally one of the kinds of XBLI games I enjoy due to the stark visuals and simplicity of play, but I've noticed that a significant number of indie developers have huge problems with jumping mechanics.

The dilemma of Monster Hunter online and Mass Effect 2's stupid plot

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Screenshot

So a while ago I gave up on my dream of completely finishing Monster Hunter Freedom Unite since the upper-rank missions are clearly designed for team play, and I've been unable to find a group of people to quest with. However, my good friend @SilentHitoshura recently got into the game in a big way and I've also made contact with a few other folks who were interested in getting a group going.

Exclusionary Brink, Dark Souls pre-orders and The Joy Formidable

Brink Screenshot

So Brink has been out for a little while now. I'm not going to dig too deeply into it since (for me, anyway) there's not really a lot to say. I spent a bit of time with the full version and, well, let's just say that I didn't spend much.

Can Mortal Kombat survive without the ultraviolence?

Mortal Kombat Screenshot

I've been putting a good amount of time into the new Mortal Kombat, and if you read this blog, you'll know I'm a fan of this latest iteration. I have much admiration for the work that NetherRealm Studios has put into the project, and in my view, this is the best Mortal Kombat of them all, bar none.

Mortal Kombat and The Third Birthday's unbelievably bad writing

Mortal Kombat Screenshot

I haven't had a ton of time to play games lately, but what little time I have has been spent with the new Mortal Kombat. After the long, unbroken string of utterly craptastic sequels put forth by the series, it's extremely gratifying to see the franchise finally get its act together and reboot itself into respectability.

Video game fundraiser, Portal 2 thoughts and a few random bits

Portal 2 Screenshot

I polished off Portal 2's single-player mode earlier. The campaign started losing its luster for me somewhere in the neighborhood of Chapter 6 or 7, and after that point I found that I needed to break up my play sessions into no more than three or four puzzles at a time to avoid burnout/boredom. Consequently, it took me a lot longer than I had originally anticipated, but it's done now.

Portal 2, MHFU, The Kingdom and Doctor Who

Portal 2 Screenshot

So I've been playing Portal 2 for the past couple of days. I won't spoil anything since I know that most people are only getting their copy just now, but I will say that so far (I would estimate I'm about 3/4ths of the way through) it's pretty much what I expected.

Xbox Live Indiefest: The end of Indiefest... long live Indiefest!

Cthulhu Saves the World Screenshot

So, after a lengthy, unexpected medical quasi-crisis and much unavoidable delay, I'm finally getting around to wrapping up my seven-day Xbox Live Indiefest. I'll dispense with the formalities since I'm sure most of the people reading this blog have already seen the preface several times. I had planned on covering another handful of games for tonight's post, and this was supposed to be the final entry. Instead, I'm going to hold off on covering new titles and save them for next time. Yes, there will be a next time.

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