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Tomb Raider Review

Missing Treasure

Tomb Raider Screenshot

HIGH Climbing the Queen's sanctum as it shatters in a storm.

LOW Spending 20 minutes trying to glitch my way past a showstopping bug.

WTF "I hate tombs."

The flaw in the design

Far Cry 3 Screenshot

Several weeks ago Seb Wuepper posted a critique of Far Cry 3's design at Gameranx that I did not find compelling. Wuepper's argument reads less like criticism of Far Cry 3's design per se than a complaint about the fact that this game is not Far Cry 2. I am sympathetic to his point because I also prefer Far Cry 2. However, I don't feel that not being some game I like more is a fundamental argument against design quality.

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Review

Seriously Expanded

Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile Screenshot

HIGH Finally I get my hands on a laser cannon!

LOW The whole first level is just a mess.

WTF It's official: Any super-sized enemy can be a boss.

Dead Space 3 Review

In Space, No One Can Hear Me Yawn

Dead Space 3 Screenshot

HIGH Dismembering Necromorphs still offers some visceral thrills.

LOW Being forced to fight wave after wave of cannon fodder enemies in the game's multiple kill rooms.

WTF Ellie's romantic interests seem to change pretty easily.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Second Opinion

Nuke It from Orbit

Aliens: Colonial Marines Screenshot

HIGH That box art is pretty nifty.

LOW The alien is crouched in front of me, ready to spr- no, wait, it's still crouching... still crouching while I shoot it... Now it's dead, and its buddy has come to crouch in its place.

WTF How did a major title get released in this state?

Bastion's narrator speaks of next role in Transistor

Transistor (Supergiant Games) Screenshot

Few booths were as busy at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) East 2013 as that of Supergiant Games. Over the last two years, the Bastion creators have become indie superstars. Despite the circus, I found a few minutes to speak with Logan Cunningham, the voice of old man Rucks from Bastion, on how it feels to reprise his narrative role trapped inside of the eponymous weapon in Bastion's next venture: Transistor.

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review

A Joyful Noise

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Screenshot

HIGH The perfect build and delicious release of "Only a Man."

LOW Hitting a retro cartridge by accident during a perfect run on high difficulty.

WTF Please, please tell me that those aren't Reverse Merman's balls.

Dead Space 2 Second Opinion

Hallways… In… Spaaaaaaaaaaace!

Dead Space 2 Screenshot

HIGH The second half of the game.

LOW The first half of the game.

WTF Why is there so much filler here?

Video: Can we rocket jump in real life like we do in video games?

One of my favorite time wasters on YouTube are the Vsauce channels. I was thrilled earlier this month when Vsauce3 tackled something that I have always wondered about but dared not ask: can I actually rocket jump in the real world like I did in Quake? The answer is disappointing, but at least I know for sure.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Review

Horrific in All the Wrong Ways

Aliens: Colonial Marines Screenshot

HIGH The touchdown on LV426 is adequately realized.

LOW Everything else.

WTF They released this colossal pile of dross at full price?

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