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Things I saw at the Boston Festival of Indie Games

Candlelight Screenshot

A while back I took a quick swing up to MIT to check out the Boston Festival of Indie Games, which was a neat little show I really enjoyed visiting. Of course, as an indie show it had its fair share of games that needed tons of work or were just hopeless, but I got my hands on several really neat games, too.

Kickbeat Review

Musical Fisting

Kickbeat Screenshot

HIGH Martial arts and music are a great fit.

LOW Starts to feel repetitive way too soon.

WTF Mei's story has all the songs unlocked from the start?

Defiance, Mighty Switch Force and Sakura Samurai

Defiance Screenshot

So although I completed the review for Defiance a while ago, it's a pretty big game apart from it being an MMO. I didn't have time to complete the campaign when I was submitting the review, but now that I've had a little bit of free time in my schedule, I was eager to get back to it. I'm happy to say that I finally completed the campaign, and that the game is 100% solo-able. In fact, it's maybe a little too solo...

Grand Theft Auto V Review

A Grand Scheme

Grand Theft Auto V Screenshot

HIGH The drive from Blaine County back to Los Santos, and seeing the skyline for the first time. It was only then that I began to grasp just how much larger the map was compared to any other game.

LOW Trevor and Michael fighting over the same thing for the fifteenth time.

WTF First-person doggystyle. It'll make you laugh.

XCOM Declassified, Lone Survivor and... Defiance?

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Screenshot

What have I been playing? I just completed The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, and much like Lost Planet 3, it's another great game which started off with a few strikes against it, and as far as I can tell, apparently everyone on earth has now forgotten that it exists.

Lost Planet 3 Review

A Family Man, a Long Way from Home

Lost Planet 3 Screenshot

HIGH Realizing the game wasn't going to warp my mech up a mountain.

LOW The unclear, frustrating first use of the claw winch.

WTF "Stay alive?" Nooooo, the actual objective is "fix miniguns."

Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism Book Review

Write on, Brother

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign for his debut guidebook, Nathan Meunier's Up Up Down Down Left WRITE: The Freelance Guide to Video Game Journalism seeks to unlock a few of the mysteries that lie hidden within the world of freelance video game journalism.

Outlast Review

Out. Fast.

Outlast Screenshot

HIGH FACE AT THE WINDOW! GYAAARGH!

LOW Sometimes it's unclear where to go.

WTF There's a distinct lack of clothes going around.

Consoleation: The death of the College Football video game

Bill Walsh College Football Image

Pretty interesting—and sad—news coming out of Electronic Arts as the company has thrown in the towel on its college football video games after a twenty-year run that began back in 1993 as Bill Walsh College Football.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review

A Delightful Double-dip

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Screenshot

HIGH The new Floor Jump feature is awesome!

LOW The Grimoire system seems like it still needs work.

WTF What's with all the dead ends and empty rooms?

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