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BioShock Infinite Screenshot

The discussion around BioShock Infinite's combat doesn't just involve the question of whether its quantity of violence is essential to the story (yes), or whether telling a story where its quantity of violence is essential is interesting or worthwhile (no). Some of the discussion has centered around the question of whether the combat mechanics are any good. Eric Schwarz has written a fantastic post that describes most of the combat mechanics, and I want to expand on it a little. Even though I think violence helps to express the kind of character Booker is, I don't think the combat systems of BioShock Infinite do much to help characterize him, and in some ways actively oppose that characterization.

Hotline Miami and a few words on used games

Hotline Miami and a few words on used games

I've heard a few developers lately talking about why they are in favor of DRM and getting rid of used games. I know this is a huge discussion and I don't really want to get into every aspect of it right here, but there are few things I need to get off my chest.

Remember Me Review

Insert "Forgettable" Cliché/Pun/Joke Here

Remember Me Screenshot

HIGH Fantastic visual style.

LOW The invisible mutants. So many invisible mutants.

WTF For a game about memory, there are precious few memory-rewrite sequences.

Receiver Review

Save a Bullet for Yourself

Receiver Screenshot

HIGH Clearing a room holding 6 drones with 6 bullets.

LOW Finding absolutely nothing of use in that room, just like the seven previous.

WTF What's going on in this room full of crystal?

The Swapper Review

Alone in a Crowd

The Swapper Screenshot

HIGH Figuring out how to get the last orb in Planet Survey.

LOW Getting stuck on a puzzle for 15 minutes because I forgot it's possible to merge oppositely-oriented clones.

WTF Hitting a gravity pad too hard, dying, and then watching my corpse ping-pong back and forth until I reloaded.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Review

The Iterative Adventures...

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Screenshot

HIGH "Eat Ray of Destructionnnnnnnnn!!"

LOW Multiplayer doesn't always bring people together.

WTF Did I just sell The One Ring for 3,000 gold?

Mars: War Logs Review

Mars War Slog

Mars: War Logs Screenshot

HIGH Killing the blisteringly incompetent leader of the Resistance.

LOW Having to run back and forth through a whole city repeatedly for the serial killer quest.

WTF I'm in a major city, and the best available weapon is still a metal rod with some razor blades riveted to it?

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Defiance Review

You Got Your Multi in My Singleplayer!

Defiance Screenshot

HIGH Getting caught in a jam and getting unexpected backup.

LOW Getting caught in a jam and not getting unexpected backup.

WTF Twenty-five hours and not a single machine gun better than my first one?

Metro: Last Light Review

Tunnel Vision

Metro: Last Light Screenshot

HIGH Stepping out onto the irradiated surface in the midst of a downpour.

LOW The stealth approach is so overpowered it can completely break immersion.

WTF Those dancers jiggle harder than the Dead or Alive girls.

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