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Cause of Death, Volume 1—The Maskmaker Review

Electronic Romance-flavored Cotton Candy

Cause of Death, Volume 1—The Maskmaker Screenshot Cause of Death, Volume 1—The Maskmaker Screenshot

HIGH The clever dialogue when I figured out a puzzle without any clues.

LOW Replaying (and re-reading) the final scene four times trying to get it right.

WTF Why is there no option to quit and restart mid-chapter?

Bloodforge Review

Family (n) - The Spouse and Children of One Person

Bloodforge Screenshot

HIGH Crom's hilariously hammy Big No in the opening minutes of the game.

LOW The entire rest of the game.

WTF One boss is a physical manifestation of a female STD.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition Review

Escape into the Cubiverse

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Screenshot

HIGH Discovering a vast cave system underneath my house.

LOW Repeated game-killing glitches.

WTF The game can often be scarier than most horror titles.

Beast Wars, Minecraft, Podcast, Plague Inc. and Super Lemonade Factory

The Last of Us Screenshot

Well, E3 is upon us again. While a tsunami of new game info is pouring out of LA, I'm not sure that anyone will have time for this little old blog, but it's still business as usual for me until PAX later this year. The convention always falls on the first week of my son's summer visit, so I haven't gone to the last few. Family > E3, but I will be watching all the press briefings!

Fear and need

I Am Alive Screenshot

I Am Alive clearly wants to be a serious, adult take on post-apocalyptic survival, and in some respects it is. Unfortunately, the game's treatment of women, among other things, seems to devolve back to the attitudes of a teenaged boy. In I Am Alive, women are helpless objects to be fought over and protected by men.

Fez Review

Square, Cube, Spiral

Fez Screenshot

HIGH "A-HAAAA!!!"

LOW It ain't fun fighting the Backtrack Monster.

WTF The ending is pure gaming gravy.

I Am Alive Second Opinion

Mixed Mess Age

I Am Alive Screenshot

HIGH Making it to a safe ledge with just a sliver of stamina remaining.

LOW Staggering around for half an hour with a sliver of life with an irritating "heartbeat" rumble and an ugly red-screen effect ruining the look.

WTF It ends in the middle of th

Ninja Gaiden 3 Review

Taking a Stab at a New Audience

Ninja Gaiden 3 Screenshot

HIGH Swooping down onto an enemy battleship before destroying the entire fleet.

LOW The versus multiplayer is intolerably bad.

WTF "Hello Canna, I'm Ryu. It means 'Dragon.' Now, shake this scabby corrupted hand of mine. I said shake it!"

Sumioni: Demon Arts Review

Ink-credibly Bad

Sumioni: Demon Arts Screenshot

HIGH The sumi-e art style is pretty nifty.

LOW Nothing else is.

WTF Ancient Japan is lousy with giant, demonic, self-aware wagon wheels?

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Killer App

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Screenshot

HIGH Soaking in those sumptuous visuals.

LOW Finger-swiping QTEs.

WTF Why do I have to clean 100% of the dirt off this artifact with my tired finger when I can already make out the "hidden" image?

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