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Half-Life 2: Episode One Screenshot

In a recent commentary on Valve's Half-Life 2 Episodes, Marsh Davies criticizes much of Episode One for its "failure to make your navigation comprehensible, either spatially or narratively." He goes on to praise Episode Two for remembering to provide the player with an overview of its regions, so that the spaces allow the player to see the places he has been, or is going to. As I was reminded in my own recent replay of the original Half-Life and its companion games, this is not a recent improvement by Valve, but a return to form.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

Sappers Closing In!

Orcs Must Die! 2 Screenshot

HIGH Watching orcs get launched into the abyss/lava/acid/void traps never fails to bring a smile to my face.

LOW Attempting a perfect run, only to have orcs repeatedly slip past when I'm busy elsewhere.

WTF The Sorceress's "clothes" might as well be made of dental floss.

Unmechanical Review

Unmemorable

Unmechanical Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the gorgeous underwater areas.

LOW That's it?

WTF What, exactly, does a world of robots need a giant, beating heart for?

Time Machine: Rogue Pilot Review

Time Warp

Time Machine: Rogue Pilot Screenshot

HIGH Clearing a level with eight seconds to spare.

LOW Being stuck in one stage for more than 45 minutes.

WTF Going through time and "cleaning up" after the villain by lining up shapes...makes sense, actually.

Trivi.al Review

Did You Know that Only 75% of iPhone Users Download Apps?

Trivi.al Screenshot Trivi.al Screenshot

HIGH Getting 7 correct answers in a row.

LOW The game crashing when I got 7 correct answers in a row.

WTF The feeling that my random opponents were imaginary.

AbraWordAbra Review

Hocus Pocus. Presto-Chango. Alaka-SHAM.

Abrawordabra Screenshot

HIGH Thematically coherent and smoothly animated presentation.

LOW Gameplay that feels like the player is in a drowning tank with no way of escape.

WTF Two modes disguised as four with slight rule tweaks.

The Walking Dead: Episode Two—Starved for Help Review

Hungry for More

The Walking Dead: Episode Two—Starved for Help Screenshot

HIGH The "batteries" line near the end of the episode.

LOW Being shunted out of a scene before I was ready.

WTF Kenny's dialogue didn't match my choices from Episode One.

Video: Regular Guiseppe, The Third Mario Brother

Mario and Luigi have been busy the last couple of years. The 3DS has been crammed with all sorts of Mario-themed adventures from Mario Kart 7 to Super Mario 3D Land to Mario Tennis: Open—Luigi has even gotten his own sequel this year. Needless to say, the Mario Brothers are busy. But even so, does that make it okay to leave their other less-talented brother behind to man the shop. Doesn't he deserve some of the glory?

Video: Regular Guiseppe, The Third Mario Brother

Video: Gordon Freeman meets with his agent

Recently released Half-Life concept art is rumored to belong to the very long-awaited Half-Life 2: Episode 3. The Internet briefly caught fire before the denials came down from Valve. Going by Dorkly's Half-Life spoof, whenever a sequel to the episodic games does come, Gordon Freeman is likely to remain a silent character.

Video: Gordon Freeman meets with his agent

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?

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