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Review: Dark Souls

In my review of The Witcher 2, I talked about how challenging the game is relative to most other single player games on the market. However, the difficulty of From Software’s Dark Souls makes The Witcher 2 look like child’s play in comparison. You can spend a couple of hours trying to beat one section of one level, and at times the game is so trying it will almost break your will. But if you persevere, it will all pay off with the euphoria of victory. If you’re the type of gamer who’s easily frustrated and despises a challenge, you will hate Dark Souls, I can assure you. But if you thrive on being pushed to your limit, you will have a blast playing what’s best described as Battletoads for a new generation. […]

Review: Bastion

Indie developer Supergiant Games makes a huge splash with Bastion, their debut release. This Xbox Live Arcade action RPG features amazing art, extremely polished combat mechanics, and killer ambiance. It also has something I’ve never really seen done before: a dynamic narrator. While I initially was skeptical of the idea of narration, like almost everything else in Bastion it exceeds expectations. Put it all together and you end up with a game that ranks near the top of the list of best XBLA titles, period. […]

Review: Trenched

When its Brutal Legend sequel was nixed, San Francisco developer Double Fine decided to split into four smaller teams, each tasked with a different title. The first two products of the experiment, Costume Quest and Stacking, were met with critical acclaim. With Trenched, they’ve struck gold a third time in a row. Trenched is a delightful gaming cocktail that’s three parts MechWarrior, two parts tower defense, and served with some good-old-fashioned loot whoring. Top it off with some signature quirky humor courtesy of Tim Schafer, and you have the can’t miss XBLA title of the summer. […]

Review: The Witcher 2

With The Witcher 2, Polish developer CD Projekt Red was able to accomplish what few modern RPG developers can: provide meaningful and difficult decisions throughout the course of the game. Because of this, The Witcher 2 is one of the most satisfying role-playing experiences of the last several years. […]