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God of War III: A disappointing finale

God of War  III Screenshot

In between dissertation writing sessions, I recently managed to eek out enough time to play through God of War III. I purchased my Ultimate Edition copy the day it came out, and I just couldn't hold off any longer. I consider the first two God of War games to be the best action games of their kind and I was dying to see how the series wrapped up.

Be warned, spoilers abound.

Why does game storytelling have such low standards?

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Screenshot

Storytelling is an art form in and of itself, just like painting or music. And of all the art forms that comprise video games, story is often at the low end on the totem of importance. This is perfectly acceptable to me-games are more often than not held up by mechanical and/or aesthetic components, leaving the story as icing on the cake. However, this does not mean that any game that even attempts to have a deep and/or dynamic story can automatically be heralded as storytelling mastery.

GameCritics.com Podcast Bonus Episode: Heavy Rain Post-Mortem Transcript

Transcript of GameCritics.com Podcast Bonus Episode: Heavy Rain Post-Mortem

GameCritics.com Podcast Bonus Episode: Heavy Rain Post-Mortem

Our three Heavy Rain critics join Tim for a post-mortem on the game. We don't talk much about the story. Instead we focus on the game's emotional resonance (or lack thereof), its "fail-less" structure, the effectiveness of its quicktime events, and its possible legacy in the annals of videogame history. Also, somehow, we mention Shenmue about 20 times. Featuring Richard "Really" Naik, Trent Fingland, Dan Weissenberger, Tim Spaeth, and a cat hair mustache.

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Sony's PlayStation 3 Move Event (Seattle)

Sony PlayStation 3 Move (Seattle, Washington) Event

On April 8, Sony hosted an event in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in honor of the new PlayStation 3 Move controller and its games. I was fortunate enough to attend the event with a number of other local press folks and snapped a few pictures in between scarfing hors d'oeuvres.

Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening... afterthoughts

Dragon  Age: Origins — Awakening Screenshot

To start with, Dragon Age: Origins — Awakening was a pretty chunky amount of content for something called an "expansion". It may sound odd, but after going through it I kind of felt as though it might have worked better if it had been split up into its three main component parts and doled out one at a time, similar to the way Fallout 3 handled its five add-ons.

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 1, 2 & 3 Review

They're Dropping like Flies... so go Solve some Puzzles!

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 1, 2 & 3 Screenshot

HIGH Scum!

LOW The "cross out letters" puzzle in Episode 2.

WTF The multiplayer makes no sense.

Which long-running franchise is most in need of an overhaul?

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