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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Second Opinion

Story. Gaming on the Side

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH The character animation on-display here is phenomenal.

LOW Me: "Oh great, is that the 30th character or the 40th?"

WTF The only way to the truth is with the help of a dead Pomeranian.

Video: Short film of Portal's Chell "Outside Aperture"

Was the ending to Portal not very satisfying? Did it leave more questions than it answered? Need to see more of Chell? If you answered yes to these questioned, then maybe you will enjoy this short film by Eeisen Feuer and starring Nicole Leigh as Chell.

Who are we kidding? Even if you answered no to these questions, this is such a well-made short film that anyone, Portal fan or not, should give a look-see.

A short film of Portal's Chell "Outside Aperture"

Portal 2 Second Opinion

The Return of the Orange and Blue

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH Wheatley's voiceovers.

LOW The frustration from a particular puzzle at the end of the underground area.

WTF Who knew the turrets had such heavenly singing voices?

Portal 2 Review

She has a Medical Degree. In fashion. From France.

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH My co-op partner's reaction to me falling onto a springboard and being flung to my death.

LOW If I think of one I'll you'll be the first to know.

WTF Has anyone ever seen Chell and Zoey from Left 4 Dead in the same room at the same time?

A few thoughts on Portal 2

Portal 2 Screenshot

While I still have it fresh in my mind I want to put down my thoughts about the single-player campaign in Portal 2. I haven't played any of the co-op, primarily because of the mysterious, ongoing problem with the PSN. However, I completed the solo campaign, and while I agree with many of the criticisms Michael Barnes made in his review at No High Scores, I greatly enjoyed Portal 2. I don't think it's a 10/10 masterpiece, but it is a very good game.

Swarm Review

Lost in a Crowd

Swarm Screenshot

HIGH Making a tower of shoulder-standin' buddies is as cute as a kitten sandwich.

LOW Dealing with the scoring system saps a lot of joy from the game.

WTF The "Mama" character is pretty amazing.  Why can't more mothers be enormous, gelatinous blobs who spew bipedal underlings?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 53: Portal 2, Dead Space 2 and Potpourri

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Kirby's Epic Yarn and de Blob 2: Two (too?) easy games

Kirby's Epic Yarn Screenshot

The most difficult part of reviewing a game is reviewing the difficulty. A few games—Super Meat Boy, I Wanna be the Guy—can uncontroversially be called hard, but the essential question is actually whether they are too hard. Since that level of difficulty depends not only on the individual player's skills and experience, but also on his values, it can be difficult to state what goes over the line. It is even harder to accurately say whether a game is too easy, primarily because most reviewers are skilled and experienced gamers, many of them drawn to the hobby during its early days when challenge was practically all a game could offer in terms of fun.

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.

de Blob 2 Review

The Party Shouldn't Stop

de Blob 2 Screenshot

HIGH Rolling through a completed level with the music blaring and a colorful party going on all around.

LOW The bosses feel totally out of place.

WTF Why have a timer?

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