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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.

DmC: Devil May Cry—Vergil's Downfall Review

Still a D*ck

DmC: Devil May Cry—Vergil's Downfall Screenshot

HIGH Seeing that Vergil has his own fully-developed skill trees.

LOW Too many of those irritating Wisps.

WTF Why isn't Mission 5 the final mission?

DmC: Devil May Cry—Bloody Palace Review

Dante Must Combat

DmC: Devil May Cry—Bloody Palace Screenshot

HIGH More glorious DmC combat...

LOW ...that takes too long to really get going.

WTF The time required for an entire session is substantial.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review

The Return of the Ripper

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Screenshot

HIGH A spectacular boss battle with a sai-wielding man made out of magnets.

LOW Finding out who the final boss is.

WTF I normally don't like heavy metal music, so why do I like this soundtrack so much?

Bayonetta Second Opinion

A Vapid Beauty

Bayonetta Screenshot

HIGH The dance number after the credits roll.

LOW The "story" is a bloated, empty mess of half-realized nonsense.

WTF Why is Jeanne glowing there?

DmC: Devil May Cry Second Opinion

Better Than the Devil You Knew

DmC: Devil May Cry Screenshot

HIGH The Barbas battle is a true showstopper.

LOW Vergil is… kind of a dick.

WTF The awkward button combos required for Devil/Angel dodges.

Ascend: New Gods Preview

Ascend: New Gods Screenshot

Today I had the chance to visit Signal Studios located in Kirkland, Washington, and I spent about three hours talking with the good people hard at work on the upcoming free-to-play Ascend: New Gods coming to XBLA and other platforms to be announced.

Backloggery 2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening Screenshot

It's not a backlog title, but I managed to get a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS, and I've been putting some time into it… it's not title I was eagerly anticipating, but I needed a portable title and word of mouth from people that I trust was almost universally positive.

Back to our regularly-scheduled programming...

DmC: Devil May Cry Screenshot

It feels like it's been a while since I've done a proper blog post, and there's a lot of stuff to catch up on, so let's get right to it...

DmC: Devil May Cry Review

Fanboys May Cry

DmC: Devil May Cry Screenshot

HIGH Comboing through a group of enemies like a tidal wave, leaving nothing but their shattered remains in Dante's wake.

LOW The penultimate boss fight is disappointingly pedestrian compared to the rest of the game.

WTF The battle against Bob Barbas is... is... it's...

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