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Soul Sacrifice Review

Can We Offer This Up for a Better Game?

Soul Sacrifice Screenshot

HIGH Great concept and wonderfully dark tone.

LOW Grinding, grinding, grinding, grinding.

WTF Why are so many weapons painfully laggy and slow?

State of Decay Hands-on Preview

State of Decay Screenshot

Several sites including GameCritics.com were invited to a preview event for the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title State of Decay. The gathering took place at Undead Labs, located in Seattle Washington. I attended, and was able to spend about four hours with a near-final build of the game. In addition, several of the developers were nearby throughout the day to answer questions.

Dead Island: Riptide Review

Lifeless

Dead Island: Riptide Screenshot

HIGH The new character's hand-to-hand fighting style is a hoot.

LOW Watching zombies infinitely spawn, clown-car style out of a tiny wooden shack.

WTF It's got the jankiest menu system ever created. How was this approved?

Dark Preview #2

Dark Screenshot

Kalypso Media recently invited GameCritics to take a second look at the upcoming vampire-themed stealth game Dark, from Realmforge Studios. It was originally covered by Brandon Bales, but it's been a while and we were interested in seeing how it's progressed.

Extra Credits: More Than Exposition

Extra Credits talks about the "exposition dump." What is that, you ask? The "exposition dump" is one of the easiest ways with which a developer can tell a story, explain a game world or explain a game world's rules. Even lauded game designers like Hideo Kojima use this method to tell a story—and why not, if Metal Gear Solid's success is any indication, there are few repercussions for overusing it. Thankfully, there are examples of doing the opposite and being rewarded for it. The Half-Life series, Fallout 3 and Journey are examples of doing it right.

System Shock 2 Review

In Space, You Will Definitely Scream

System Shock 2 Screenshot

HIGH The first journey into the mind of your foe.

LOW Fumbling with my psi-amp while being peppered with gunfire.

WTF That midwife is just... yikes.

Dead Space 3 Review

In Space, No One Can Hear Me Yawn

Dead Space 3 Screenshot

HIGH Dismembering Necromorphs still offers some visceral thrills.

LOW Being forced to fight wave after wave of cannon fodder enemies in the game's multiple kill rooms.

WTF Ellie's romantic interests seem to change pretty easily.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Second Opinion

Nuke It from Orbit

Aliens: Colonial Marines Screenshot

HIGH That box art is pretty nifty.

LOW The alien is crouched in front of me, ready to spr- no, wait, it's still crouching... still crouching while I shoot it... Now it's dead, and its buddy has come to crouch in its place.

WTF How did a major title get released in this state?

Dead Space 2 Second Opinion

Hallways… In… Spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Dead Space 2 Screenshot

HIGH The second half of the game.

LOW The first half of the game.

WTF Why is there so much filler here?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow—Mirror of Fate Review

Who's Your Daddy?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow—Mirror of Fate Screenshot

HIGH The battle with the Daemon Lord in Chapter 3.

LOW The godawful laser puzzle in Chapter 2.

WTF Who or what was the Lost Soul supposed to represent?

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