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Demon's Souls launch announcement and The Deepening

Demon's Souls Screenshot

The impending October 6 launch date of Demon’s Souls is nearly upon us, but the good people at Atlus sent along a message that they wanted me to share—As a heads-up to everyone who intends to purchase the game, if you somehow manage to secure a copy before the official release, be aware that the US servers WILL NOT BE ACTIVE until October 6.

It seems fairly common for certain brick-and-mortar stores to get a jump on their competitors by breaking street dates, but in the case of Demon’s Souls, there's really no purpose to getting a copy before everyone else. In addition to having other real-life players join your game (as blue or black phantoms) the servers are required to take advantage of the "blood stain" replays that show you where other real players have died, as well as the message system which allows players to etch helpful hints and bits of information for others in the same level.

Quantz Review

A Rubik's Cube for the digital age 

Quantz Screenshot

HIGH: The graphics and sound are beautiful, and flow like a clear, computerized river.

LOW: Flipping the cubes is a delicate operation, and often frustrating.

WTF: It's a puzzle game. The whole concept is one big WTF, really.

Interview with Drew Rechner, Community Liaison for Section 8

A while ago, my review of the recently-released MMO FPS Section 8 went live. To my surprise, I actually ended up having a very enjoyable time with it, despite not being a fan of the genre.

Although the servers have been full of players every time I've gone online, I don't get the sense that there is a very high level of awareness of this title in the games community—especially in the wake of another recently-released steamroller of an FPS that's had everyone buzzing over the last week. So, as my way of saying "thanks" for making my time reviewing the title worthwhile, I decided to do a follow-up interview as my small effort to help raise Section 8's profile.

Sudoku Ball Detective Review

Yes, you read that right

Sudoku Ball Detective Screenshot Sudoku Ball Detective Screenshot

HIGH It's Sudoku.

LOW It's just Sudoku.

WTF Why put "Detective" in the title when it's barely in the game?

Bionic Commando Second Opinion

He's not angry, just misunderstood

Bionic Commando Screenshot

HIGH Hanging motionless for a split second a hundred feet in the air above a boss before crashing down on it bionic fist first.

LOW Fumbling ineptly with certain biomech enemies for a large amount of time before discovering their weakness.

WTF When replaying certain sections, the in-game chatter is sometimes replaced with more profane versions of the same sentence.

Osmos Review

I apologize in advance for any biology-related discrepancies

Osmos Screenshot

HIGH Absorbing a big lifeform just slightly smaller than me.

LOW Miscalculating my orbit in the sun levels and dying when I was close to finishing a level.

WTF Shouldn't my lifeform become intelligent at some point after consuming so many others?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 21 Transcript

Transcript of GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 21: Jenova Chen of thatgamecompany

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