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Video: Diablo III Beta Witch Doctor Playthrough

For my second complete HD playthrough video, I play as the Witch Doctor. This one clocks in at about an hour-and-a-half, and as the last one is 100% unedited.

Diablo III Beta: Skill System and Monk Impressions

I’ve gotten my hands on the beta for Diablo III! As promised, I’ll be posting a lot of updates about the beta over the next couple of weeks. The content available in the beta is reportedly the first third of Act I. It took me about 2.5 hours on my very first (methodical) playthrough. I recorded a video of my entire playthrough, so make sure you check it out here. In this post, I’ll talk a bit about the skill system in general, and then also my impressions about the monk. […]

Video: Diablo III Beta Monk Playthrough

The Diablo III closed beta test has officially started! As promised, Game Canary will now be going into full Diablo III mode for the next several days as I try to post as much content as humanly possible. As a first piece of content, I’ve uploaded a video of a complete playthrough as the monk. It’s two-and-a-half hours long, and is 100% unedited and in glorious HD.

No Review This Week

There’s not going to be a review of Dead Island this week, as I didn’t finish it in time. I’ve been preoccupied with a certain beta. Which hopefully I’ll be able to share info about in the coming days!

Video: Dead Island Unwrapped

In this episode of Unwrapped, I take a look at the 1st person melee zombie survival game known as Dead Island. This game comes from European developer Deep Silver, and features one of the weirder intros I’ve seen in a while. This video took a while to get up because of an annoying audio sync issue. The game drops frames like crazy, and Adobe Premiere would have nothing to do with that. I came up with a workaround and now you can enjoy! […]

Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an admirable prequel to Ion Storm’s critically-acclaimed Deus Ex. It’s been eleven years since the original, and eight since the last entry, the uneven Invisible War. Of course, Ion Storm has come and gone, and Warren Spector now makes games for Disney. But even though Human Revolution was crafted by Eidos Montreal, it retains the spirit of shooters of a bygone era. Though it’s not a complete and utter success, there’s more than enough here to make it a title to recommend. […]

Review: Dungeons of Dredmor

Dungeons of Dredmor is a “roguelike” turn-based dungeon crawler from indie developer Gaslamp Games. It features interesting character development and no frills monster crushing/loot collecting, while maintaining a light sense of humor. There are some uneven qualities to the game, such as the repetition as you progress further and further in the dungeon, but there’s enough value to meet the $5 asking price. While it won’t blow anyone away, it should provide some fun on a lazy afternoon. […]

Video: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Unwrapped

In this episode of Game Canary Unwrapped, I take a look at Square Enix’s new Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Unfortunately, the first 25 minutes was full of a lot of cutscenes, so you don’t really get to see that much actual gameplay in this video. Though you do see me epically fail using the cover mechanics. […]

A Brief Summer Vacation

With essentially nothing of note being released this week and next, I will be taking a brief break on updates as I prepare for my day job teaching at USC. Expect new content starting the week of the 22nd, which sees the release of the first big title of the fall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I also have a review of the Old World Blues DLC for Fallout: New Vegas in the works.

In the event of the Diablo III beta release, which some speculate will be next week, the vacation will end and updates will resume immediately. I’m planning on having quite a bit of Diablo III beta content, including extended gameplay videos and written impressions of the beta. So even though there are a couple of slow weeks for gamers to get through, there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming down the pipe.

Review: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a difficult game to categorize. It centers around 2D Metroid-style exploration, but the game is not a platformer. Rather, you control a flying saucer, which means you can zoom around in all directions on the 2D plane. The game features roughly equal parts puzzle solving and multi-directional shooting. Some of the gadgets you pick up feature novel concepts, and the art style is definitely unique. Unfortunately, developer Shadow Planet Productions overlooked one serious design flaw. The game is just flat-out boring.

It’s not that ITSP is a bad game, as there are definitely some redeeming qualities. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was tired of the game after 30 minutes, and struggled to maintain interest through the six hour campaign. Couple this with some frustrating mechanic design in the second half of the game, and I just did not have that much fun with it. […]