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Preview: The Talos Principle (PC)

What defines mankind?

Hellraid: The Escape Review

Escape this palette


HIGH Defeating an enemy by dying with it.

LOW The bizarre shooter segment halfway through.

WTF You guys do understand that an empty pot weighs just as much broken as it does intact, right?

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review

Cocaine Wishes and Cadaver Dreams

Sherlock Holmes

HIGH Navigating the deduction space of Sherlock's mind

LOW Awful, unresponsive lockpicking controls

WTF Doing bumps of "sap powder" in the clubhouse of a zen garden

Preview: Tulpa


The first thing I thought of when I saw Tulpa was that it's Limbo as imagined by Tim Burton. It's an easy comparison to make thanks to side-scrolling, puzzle-based play crossed with surreal imagery -- it conjured Coraline in my head more than a few times.

Mind: Path to Thalamus Review

Keep the Picture, Lose the Thousand Words

Path to Thalamus

HIGH The title sequence on the cliffside beach.

LOW The "final battle" against a ranting psychological entity.

WTF What exactly is the colossus doing when both its feet are lifted?

Defense Grid 2 Review

Perfection as a Dirty Word

Defense Grid 2

HIGH What a minute—is that Alan Tudyk?

LOW In multiple-path levels the game doesn't bother to mention where enemies are coming from next.

WTF You took away the enemies that missile launchers kill—so why are they still in the game?

Shadowgate Review

The Castle of Death


HIGH Figuring out the process of getting across the wooden bridge.

LOW The rather anticlimactic conclusion.

WTF Why is Jair so confident he'll never need any of these keys again?

Wayward Manor Review

A Broken Home

Wayward Manor

HIGH: Neil Gaiman's few moments of dry, sardonic narration.

LOW: Watching yet another trap tool wasted because of a delayed response.

WTF: What unholy mutation produced a race of bug-eyed, cephalothoracic humans?

Tesla Effect Review

Does the Coat Still Fit?

Tesla Effect

HIGH Steve Valentine's performance.

LOW Trying to figure out where the game wanted me to click. This is 2014, isn't it?

WTF Of course I have to use the giant mech to battle the wasps. Why not?

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Honors The Fallen

Valiant Hearts Review Screenshot

HIGH Bringing down a German zeppelin on the roof of a bombed-out cathedral.

LOW An anticlimactic escape from a P.O.W. camp.

WTF Emile's fate.

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