PC/PS3 Review: Portal 2

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The original Portal was nothing short of a digital masterpiece, with its brilliant combination of minimalist design and dark humour offering gamers something that was fresh and original at a time when the industry was its most stagnant. Within mere days of its release it became the primary selling point of The Orange Box, surpassing even the long anticipated Half-life 2: Episode 2 in popularity. Naturally this unexpectedly strong reaction lead to the development of a sequel, but with so much of the game’s success tied to its originality would it really possible to make one that didn’t feel stale and repetitive? We’re any other developer at the helm I’d say no, but this is Valve and they take the time to do things right. Even if that sometimes means waiting half a decade. Read more »

Import Wii Review: Another Code R: A Journey into Lost Memories

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The original Another Code: Two Memories (Trace Memory in North America) was a technical masterpiece that showcased the true potential of the then fledgling Nintendo DS, but failed to deliver the gripping experience adventure fans were looking for. The story itself proved to be quite good, but the puzzles it was built around were extremely simple and lacked both challenge and originality. Rather than immediately following up with a sequel Cing decided put the series on hold and instead developed the critically acclaimed, Hotel Dusk: Room 215. It wasn’t until 2009, four years after the release of the original, that they would finally return to the series with Another Code R: A Journey into Lost Memories for the Nintendo Wii. A game that unfortunately was only released in Japan and Europe. Read more »

Film Review: Hobo with a Shotgun

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American movies shot in Canada often go on to make millions of dollars and reap critical acclaim. Canadian movies shot in Canada have the acclaim part down pat, but rarely end up being profitable. Sure there are exceptions like Eric Canuel’s comedy masterpiece Bon Cop, Bad Cop and John Fawcett’s coming-of-age werewolf tale, Ginger Snaps, but they are few and very far between. With such dismal financial outlooks it’s hard to see why Canadian films keep getting made, but it’s a good thing they do because Hollywood would never have produced a movie as brilliant as Jason Eisener and John Davies’ Hobo with a Shotgun Read more »

NDS Review: Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

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In an empty Junkyard on the outskirts of town, two figures stand alone in silence. The first a slender, young redhead; the second, a vile blue-skinned assassin, brandishing a golden shotgun. It’s clear what’s about to happen and you want to help, but there’s just one problem… you’re dead. Welcome to the world of Shu Takumi’s latest magnum opus, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. Read more »

Dragon Age II: OMFG I HATE PRE-ORDER SHIT!

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Before you even spin up the disc this Tuesday, there are at least a dozen pieces of “Bonus Content” you can get for the game. Even for an EA product, this is getting ridiculous, and is really starting to splinter my enjoyment of video games. It is worth noting this is not new to games or EA, but Dragon Age 2 displays a new level of pathetic.

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Demo Impressions: Catherine

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Despite the massive amount of buzz for Persona Team’s upcoming erotic-horror game Catherine, little is actually known about the title aside from it’s dark aesthetic and adult themes. Was it another RPG? Was it an action game? We just didn’t know. That is until this week when Atlus finally released a two stage demo, giving us a real taste of what Catherine is going to be like. Unfortunately as the game is only in Japanese with no English subtitles I can’t go into any real detail on the story elements, but I can’t tell you that without being able to understand Japanese your experience will be extremely neutered. This is definitely not going to be an import friendly title. Read more »