Batman: The Telltale Series – Archived review

Someone might reasonably argue that this isn't a game, but interactive storytelling. As you go through the game, you're offered a series of choices. The consequences of those choices affects what happens later in the game (e.g., if you're seen shaking hands with Carmine Falcone, that will make Gotham think less of you). There's combat, but no…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – Archived review

Somehow, even with all the WoW pet grinding, I managed to find the time to play this game on the PS4. I liked this game better than the previous entry in the series for PS4 (Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition). The previous game "folded" the terrain to make it harder to get from point A to point…

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Uncharted 4 – Archived review

The saga is complete, at least for now. It's possible that there will be more games released with the Uncharted title, but Nathan Drake has climbed his last cliff face. In reviewing the game, the most striking thing about it is the graphics design. Naughty Dog knew how to take full advantage of the PS3, and they…

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Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition – Archived review

This is the graphically improved Tomb Raider from 2013, adapted for next-gen consoles like the PS4 (on which I played the game). The only games I can compare this to are the Uncharted series. I know that Lara Croft was killing off enemies when Nathan Drake was still in diapers, but that's the order in which I…

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The Talos Principle – Archived review

This is a great puzzle game. The graphics are amazing on the PS4. The story is that you are an AI within a computer simulation. The puzzles are set in an open-world environment, pock-marked with occasional terminals for backstory. Those terminals allow you to interact with another personality within the game who asks you increasingly difficult philosophical…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Archived review

For my part, I enjoyed the game. I played in Easy mode, and so had no problems in combat except for the dragons (and maybe a giant when I was too complacent). Like Gwyd, I overleveled a couple of zones, but went through them anyway because I'm a content glutton. I think I liked the characters better…

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Batman: Arkham Knight (archived review)

The web site on which I originally posted this review is being retired. Since I often refer to this game in my reviews, I decided to archive that review here. TL;DR: This game sucks rubber donkey lungs. Now I've definitely finished playing Batman: Arkham Knight! Here's the review I posted to Amazon: Batman: Arkham Knight left me…

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Tales From Rugosa Coven – a review

Before we get into the fantasy, let’s deal with the reality: Sarah Avery’s book Tales From Rugosa Coven is an excellent description of what life is like in a Wiccan group. There’s the sense of family, the balancing of work and biological family and coven-mates, the bickering and the sharing, the interaction of Wiccans with other Neopagan…

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Knights of Badassdom – an annoyed review

As a grade-B horror comedy with well-known actors, maybe I should cut this film some slack. As someone who LARPed for 12 years, I can’t. The story of Knights of Badassdom may be new to the general public, but it’s overly familiar to any LARPer, RPG gamer, or SF fan: what if a group of role-players actually…

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