Average User Score: 7.8Feb 6, 2014Tense, thrilling, and scary...Outlast is a fantastic addition to the Run N Hide formula. You can't fight, and the only weapon you have isTense, thrilling, and scary...Outlast is a fantastic addition to the Run N Hide formula. You can't fight, and the only weapon you have is your smarts. Gameplay is tense and fittingly terrifying, with scary chase scenes and stealth sections to get your heart pumping. There's an incredibly tedious underlying design, though, always revolving around you going and turning knobs somewhere or finding a key, making the game feel a simplistic. The level design, though, is well done and the asylum itself is eery, sickening, and disturbing all at the same time. The story itself is very slow building, but once the final section begins the various notes, documents, and banter from asylum prisoners makes perfect sense. The ending twist is awesome. Lighting and graphics look great, and the camera really adds a great sense of tension and immersion to the game. The soundscape is well mixed, creating a horrifying atmosphere that is still in my brain. A fitting score from Samuel Laflamme keeps the tensions high, and produces a memorable theme for the adventure.
Outlast is a horror classic. It combines everything I love about the genre; good scares, tense moments of fight or flight, and psychological thrills to create a memorable title. And for an indie, it's pretty darn polished too!… Expand
Average User Score: 9.2Dec 14, 2013Persona 4 Golden is a phenomenal game.
The characters are incredible, memorable and amazingly written and voiced. The story carriesPersona 4 Golden is a phenomenal game.
The characters are incredible, memorable and amazingly written and voiced. The story carries throughout the 75+ adventure, with some amazing twists and exciting developments. Combat is strategic and challenging...
I could rattle on and on about P4G, but I won't. You can see, along with tons of other customers and fans, that P4G is a masterpiece.
Absolutely a masterpiece.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Oct 16, 2013The Wolf Among Us raises the bar for narrative and character all the same in this edge of your seat noir murder mystery. Without giving muchThe Wolf Among Us raises the bar for narrative and character all the same in this edge of your seat noir murder mystery. Without giving much away, this game features an incredbly unique world filled with interesting and often times hard to read characters and fantastic (and often times cheeky) lore. The first episode is gripping from start to finish, and truly demands some quick thinking and demanding choice making to make this adventure your own. It also talkles, in unique ways, many hard to convey themes; hopefully the series continues this trend of mature story-telling without being obscene.
This is a dark and winding fantasy tale that any TellTale fan or gamer looking for something starkly refreshing should definitley give a shot; especially if you love fantastic art design, great character development and incredible worlds you want to explore deeply.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Aug 11, 20139.5
It's wonderfully surprising to play a game like Brothers. Where as the Xbox 360 has become the home of CoD and doritos/moutnain dew,9.5
It's wonderfully surprising to play a game like Brothers. Where as the Xbox 360 has become the home of CoD and doritos/moutnain dew, Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons is the little indie darling of the year and a breath of fresh air for the Xbox 360.
A playable fairytale, Brothers is as emotionally wrought as it is inspirational and heartwarming. Combing the depth of emotion with a core gameplay mechanic that reinforces the narrative and it's emotional highs and lows is unbelievably genius. Your journey, brought to life by smalltime studio StarBeeze, follows two brothers on an epic fantasy journey that challenges their relationship through perilous trials. A gorgeous score accompanies you on your epic journey composed by Gustaf Grefberg, equal parts chilling and heartwarming.
Graphically, Brothers is middle of the road. But its art style, similar to games before it like last year's Journey, is top notch. A living Grimm's fairytale is the easiest way to describe it. The inventive gameplay and mechanics work and keep you very engaged in the action on screen. Controlling two characters at once is tricky, but getting the hang of it doesn't take long. Aside from a few presentation and technical shortcomings, Brothers truly is an emotionally charged experience. It's not as polished as I wish it was, but it didn't distract from the experience. The ending, themes within and visual metaphors throughout your journey all combine to deliver something truly special. This little indie wonder demands to be played.
In a little over 4 hours and with no spoken dialogue, the adventure ends and the credits roll. You may think Brothers is a shallow and overpriced adventure.
If you believe that in the end, then you're dead inside.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Apr 30, 2013Warning: this is not a game for everyone. This is the most against the grain indie title I've played to date, with an incredibly distinct andWarning: this is not a game for everyone. This is the most against the grain indie title I've played to date, with an incredibly distinct and weird (yet wonderfully surreal) art style. It's combat is still a wee bit floaty, but is vastly improved over the original. The world is left open for you to explore this time around, meeting all kinds of weird characters while completing strange side quests. All of it is incredibly endearing though, no matter how strange it gets. If you're looking for something wildly different from the same old same old, look no further than Zeno Clash 2. While it's not a masterpiece, it's hardly forgettable and will be one of the most loved indie series' in my mind simply because it dares to be completely different from anything else, and it (most of the time) succeeds!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Apr 15, 20139.25 Hilarious, polished, and incredibly challenging; this is a brilliant metroidvania that knows its inspirations and stays true to the9.25 Hilarious, polished, and incredibly challenging; this is a brilliant metroidvania that knows its inspirations and stays true to the formula. Combat is simple at first but quickly evolves into a challenging formula that is rather addicting. The sense of humor is also fantastic; it will make you laugh out lout more than once! The boss battles are also really fun and wicked challenging too. If you are looking for that next great metroidvania title, Guacamelee! is sure to please even the most dedicated of fans.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Apr 2, 2013Aside from some issues with the context sensitive controls, it's a fantastic blend of quick reactions and great gameplay. The graphics areAside from some issues with the context sensitive controls, it's a fantastic blend of quick reactions and great gameplay. The graphics are great and the art style is easy on the eyes. The gameplay is so incredibly strong as well. Aside from one or two hitches this game is a surprisingly fantastic stealth game. 2D stealth is an unusual medium, but Mark of the Ninja makes it work phenomenally well.
Average User Score: 8.5Mar 26, 2013FIRST IMPRESSIONS Full Review to follow:
Bioshock Infinite, despite it's lofty expectations and undeniably "sky high" promises fromFIRST IMPRESSIONS Full Review to follow:
Bioshock Infinite, despite it's lofty expectations and undeniably "sky high" promises from creative powerhouse Irrational Games, is an incredible achievement in interactive entertainment. From the incredible art style to the story, the well written script to Columbia itself, Bioshock Infinite is more than just a game on disc; it's an incredibly and thoughtfully created world quite unlike most games of today just waiting to be explored. Attention to detail is where it starts, and it only grows from there. The world feels alive, from the propaganda littering the streets to the way Elizabeth reacts to certain discoveries while you both slowly crawl around Columbia's cityscape. It's a game that doesn't hold your hand, freely allowing you to explore Columbia at your own pace. There's plenty off the beaten path, but it never forces the player to find it. You have to be invested, curious, and interested. Playing Bioshock just to get to the next shootout is not playing Bioshock Infinite at all. The gameplay, while I haven't had any major battles featuring the skylines, feels tighter and much more action packed, peppered by intense battles and a lethal arsenal. The level design is also incredibly unique, featuring some truly stunning moments even within the first few hours. Now, the game isn't without some faults. Flat textures abound on consoles, but it is a far from ugly game (far from it actually). Elizabeth also sometimes moves around way too much (I assume she is attempting to focus on the player's location, and the AI engine can't decide what to do), giving her a sense of a hyper curious person. It doesn't ruin the experience, but it is a little jarring as at certain points she is incredibly life like, and others feels like an NPC deciding where to stand. That being said, Elizabeth is impressive so far. Her animations are stupendous, facial animations are stunning, and the voice work (for everyone, at that) is spot on. I have yet to jump into the meat of the story, as I'm taking this game very slow, but so far the wait has been worth it. Well worth it.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Feb 15, 2013This is one incredibly memorable stealth action adventure. Dishonored gives the player a handful of fun and exciting tools, all incrediblyThis is one incredibly memorable stealth action adventure. Dishonored gives the player a handful of fun and exciting tools, all incredibly flexible for mixing and matching gameplay styles. They are hard to pick up, challenging to master, but incredibly fun once dash across a roof top, possess a rat, sneak up behind a guard, jump out of the rat, assassinate him, and teleport back up to the rooftop. PHENOMENALLY satisfying. The story is fairly interesting, but there are some inconsistencies and some rather poor design choices that mar the experience. The core of the game gets everything done right: first person assassination with a dose of stealth and run and gun. It's an incredibly exciting game, and a hard one to put down at that. The story is pretty exciting but simple, but it's the rich and dramatic world that will keep you invested for the 15-20 hour run time. There are a couple of truly unique levels, and playing through the game without killing anyone is a gleeful challenge (to an avid fan of Metal Gear Solid). The ending leaves much to be desired, though, as it proves to be sloppy and rushed. Fans of Assassin's Creed or Half Life will really enjoy this game, as it executes first person stealth, exploration, and gameplay very well. It's just the sloppy story and ending that leaves a somewhat negative impression. So, in the end, triumphant and polished gameplay, intriguing world building, but weak and lacking story.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Feb 8, 2013An absolute tragedy. A shadow of the original, this is just BAD. Easy, Short, TERRIBLE DESIGN, TERRIBLE CUSTOMIZATION, AWFUL STORY,An absolute tragedy. A shadow of the original, this is just BAD. Easy, Short, TERRIBLE DESIGN, TERRIBLE CUSTOMIZATION, AWFUL STORY, AGGGGHHHHH!!!!! I was a HUGE fan of the original, but this in not anything like the first. Just BAD. BAD BAD BAD. I'm sorry, but just save your money, no matter how cheap it becomes.… Expand