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Topatoi: Pillar of the Skies Review

The Rest of the Story

Topatoi:  Pillar of the Skies Screenshot

HIGH The simple joys of physics sans frustration.

LOW The one occasion where I had to precisely propel a block over a chasm to hit a button. Most certainly not sans frustration.

WTF Dealing with most enemies by sitting just below them as they enthusiastically rocketed themselves over my head and into open sky.

Dante's Inferno Review

Sinnerman

Dante's  Inferno Screenshot

HIGH Pinning hordes of demons down under a merciless barrage of incandescent crucifixes.

LOW Slogging through the repetitious "trials" of Fraud.

WTF A draw between the giant flaming anuses of Gluttony and Lucifer's huge, physics enabled penis.

The PlayStation 3's mystery screw-up

PlayStation  Network

Well, trying to play Heavy Rain has been quite the experience. After initially getting the disc, my play sessions were interrupted with a few instances of skipped audio and multiple system freezes. I didn't get too far in the game before getting frustrated and taking an extended break, so when someone suggested that the day-one patch available on PlayStation Network might be causing the problem, it wasn't too painful to delete all my data and start over.

Heavy Rain... no spoilers, please!

Heavy Rain  Screenshot

So, Heavy Rain. Pretty much everyone has at least heard of this game by now whether they play or not. It's been all over Twitter and the Internet, it's been featured in dozens of magazines, both game-related and otherwise, and the vast majority of people I know have either just finished it, are playing it right now, or are about to start it. Regardless of anything else, no one can deny that Heavy Rain has got some serious presence.

BioShock 2 Review

The Waves are Many, but the Sea is One

BioShock 2 Screenshot

HIGH Sloshing through the darkness at the end of Siren Alley.

LOW The unimaginative construction, storyline, and objectives in Dionysus Park.

WTF Doesn't it matter to you that I killed all those innocent men?

Between reviews

Darwinia+  Screenshot

Checking out the action on XBLA, it was a tossup between The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and Darwinia+… Although I liked the art style and tone of Winterbottom, the demo suggested to me that I would be in for annoyance or aggravation after getting past the first few levels. Something about setting up all those clones and timing things right struck me as something that would likely be more trouble than it was worth, so I veered the other way and put my MS points towards Darwinia+ instead. After getting through the first three levels, I haven't regretted the choice.

Dark Void Review

We were Promised Jetpacks

Dark Void Screenshot

HIGH The first thirty seconds of flight.

LOW The massive gulf between production value and actual quality gaming.

WTF  The aliens are robots and slugs and shape-shifting human-creators?

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