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by Scott Juster

14 Jul 2011


When it comes to the Uncharted series, I’m a bit of a wet blanket.  I’ve derided Nathan Drake as a more generic, murderous version of Indiana Jones.  I’ve accused Uncharted 2 of inconsistent levels of freedom.  I’ve even criticized them as potentially dangerous to the medium’s long term health.  I say all of this not as attempt to demonstrate my sophistication or elitism, but rather to emphasize the unlikelihood of my next statement: I can’t wait to play Uncharted 3.

What is the cause of my sudden enthusiasm, you ask?  Even though the game is almost universally renowned as the epitome of single-player games, it was the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta that has turned me into a believer.  Not only does the game incorporate and iterate on the competitive modes and rules of other shooters, it turns many of the aspects I see as weaknesses in the single-player game into strengths.

by G. Christopher Williams

13 Jul 2011


This post contains major spoilers for Shadows of the Damned

Three things nagged at me throughout my playthrough of Shadows of the Damned.

The first thing was an odd one.  It was the name of Garcia Hotspur’s girlfriend, which is Paula.  I guess that it is just the thin quality of the premise of the game (more on that later) that made me immediately associate her with the similarly named Pauline of Donkey Kong.  Paula is abducted by a large monster at the opening of the game, hardly an original catalyst for a video game adventure (again, more on that in a moment), but still her name and predicament and blonde hair (the original versions of Pauline were blonde on the arcade cabinet of Donkey Kong) made me wonder if Suda51, aficionado of retro gaming, wasn’t giving a nod to “the original” girl abduction game.  Throughout my time with Shadows of the Damned, I kept looking for any other evidence of such an allusion.

by G. Christopher Williams

12 Jul 2011


Okay, you probably won’t die too much in L.A. Noire, but there are a fair amount of corpses littered around Team Bondi’s recreation of L.A. in the 1940s for your investigatory consideration.  Detective Cole Phelps is on the case for one of the biggest early releases of the year, and the Moving Pixels crew discusses how successful Team Bondi and Rockstar are at presenting this tough and tough-to-like hardboiled hero.

Recorded just about a week after the game’s release, much of our impressions of the game were fresh as we hashed out our initial impressions of this game that some claim is not quite a game.

by Nick Dinicola

8 Jul 2011


Solar 2 is easy to compare to Flow, the PSN game from thatgamecompany because on the surface they look very much alike: You play as an object that flies around a 2D space trying to grow bigger. But this surface comparison ignores the more nuanced mechanics of Solar 2. This is a game that is just as much about creation as it is destruction. The endgame may be a black hole that consumes the entire universe, but to get to that point, you must build and nurture multiple solar systems full of life.

by Jorge Albor

8 Jul 2011


Tiny Tower, the latest iOS game from the brother duo that is NimbleBit, has earned its place amongst the pantheon of popular iPhone/iPad games with over thirty million downloads. I too have joined the throng of tower managers. For the past week, I have obsessively monitored my building progress, stretching my skyscraper upwards whenever time permitted. My investment is reflected in the ever-growing height of my citadel. Yet at nearly thirty floors, I want nothing more than to destroy my tower and the game’s dubious ethics along with it.

With its adorable, mouth-breathing, pixelated denizens, Tiny Tower could charm anyone into submission. Called “bitizens,” the residents and visitors to one’s personal tower each have their own unique names and attire. They also have their own dream jobs. For example, working at the photo studio in my building completely satisfies the life aspirations of my resident Ashley Meyer. A huge green smiley face accompanies her information, satisfying the benevolent landlord in me.

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