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The slow decay of survival horror

Dead Space 2 Screenshot

Survival horror games aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, they were about survival and horror. It makes sense. It's what the genre is called, after all. These titles would encompass qualities of mystery and exploration as the player fought to stay alive with every step. Over the years, they've increasingly become about action, gunfights, and an overload of cheap jump scares. I prefer the former, despite a plethora of the latter.

The Silent Hill: Book of Memories survival guide, Volume 1

Silent Hill: Book of Memories Screenshot

I'm still between review games at the moment, so I started playing Silent Hill: Book of Memories on Vita. I liked the demo and I'm a big fan of dungeon crawlers and Roguelikes when they're done well, so despite all of the negative talk I heard, I decided to go for it. I'm about ten levels into the campaign so far, and I think it's actually pretty good—but that statement needs some qualification.

Lucius Review

No Sympathy for this Devil

Lucius Screenshot

HIGH Finally figuring out how to get that woman to climb into the bath so I can electrocute her!

LOW Why is Satan's son involved in a boss fight?

WTF Whoever edited these kill videos may have a slight gore fetish...

Gamecritics.com Podcast Episode 81: Scary Games and The Walking Dead: Episode 4

This week, we discuss our favorite scary games, and then have a mega discussion of The Walking Dead: Episode 4! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Richard "Defender Against The Robot Uprising" Naik, Dylan Collins and special guest Jeffrey Matulef.

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The Walking Dead: Episode Four—Around Every Corner Review

How Did You Not See That There???

The Walking Dead: Episode Four—Around Every Corner Screenshot

HIGH Seeing Clem's training from Episode Three pay off.

LOW Doing the wrong actions and dying because of the goofy controls.

WTF You really think you can carry that in a backpack?!?

Resident Evil 6 Review

Jake Muller: Zombie Puncher

Resident Evil 6 Screenshot

HIGH Watching a chrysalis hatch, dreading what's going to crawl out from inside of it.

LOW Struggling to get the cover system to work while surrounded by snipers.

WTF Okay, that is definitely larger than a conventional house fly.

The Walking Dead, Episode Three—The third perspective

The Walking Dead: Episode Three—Long Road Ahead Screenshot

This blog post is going to be about events that take place in The Walking Dead, Episode Three. If you haven't already played this episode, do not read this post.

The Walking Dead: Episode Three—Long Road Ahead Review

Bring Tissues

The Walking Dead: Episode Three—Long Road Ahead Screenshot

HIGH The intensity and emotion is unbelievably high.

LOW Are you REALLY not gonna let me grab that map, Kenny?

WTF A glitch made Duck invisible for a few conversations. Mood killer!

State of Decay Preview

State of Decay Screenshot

Before PAX Prime opened its doors, there were a few events happening in Seattle. One such event was a preview for an upcoming XBLA/PC game called State of Decay. The developers, Undead Labs, were kind enough to extend an invitation to see the Alpha build, and I was glad to accept.

Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection Review

Welcome to the World of Shooting Gallery Horror

Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection Screenshot

HIGH The triumphant return of Hunter Gammas!

LOW Instant-death QTEs in a rail shooter.

WTF It is impossible to decapitate a zombie with a shotgun. Make of that what you will.

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