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'Blackguards 2': A Good Kind of Evil

Blackguards 2 makes it feel good to be bad, but being bad also comes with a lot of responsibility.

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Daedelic Entertainment

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'Noir Syndrome': Style and Simplicity

Noir Syndrome is simplistic enough to pick up and play and clever enough to keep you coming back for more.

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Glass Knuckle Games

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Blondie: Blondie 4(0) Ever

At 68 legendary Blondie front woman Debbie Harry just wants to dance. And what's wrong with that? The ghost in the machine has a good ear.

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A Study in the Sociopathic: 'Moebius: Empire Rising

Unlike Sherlock Holmes, Malachi Rector lacks the charm that makes the audience forgive him for his antisocial and sometimes sociopathic behavior.

Aaron Bachmann
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Phoenix Online Publishing

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'Cloudbuilt': The Devil Is in the Design

Where Cloudbuilt really shines is at the intersection of art and level design. Art and science operate in a delicate dance, blurring the lines between the two.

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Rising Star Games

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

The player again takes on the role of Gabriel Belmont, now known as Dracula, in a story that is meant to contrast the importance of duty to family with the pursuit of selfish ambition. But how deep do the sins of the father run?

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Mercury Steam

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'The Banner Saga' Is Worthy of the Name 'Saga'

Building on the ancient tradition of Nordic storytelling, Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga manages to tell a story that is both epic and intimate.

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Versus Evil

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Stoic / Versus Evil

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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Something old, something new. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a game with one foot firmly planted in the past and one foot pointed toward the future of game design.

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Overhaul Games

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'Deadfall Adventures' Misses the Mark

Deadfall Adventures fails in delivering an exciting action experience or a world worth exploring. Struggling to live up to its two greatest influences, the Quatermain novels and Indiana Jones, it is eclipsed in their shadows, unable to carve out an identity of its own.

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'Shadow Warrior' Respawns a Classic Shooter

Shadow Warrior is a game that faces its racial past, acknowledges it, and embraces it -- mostly for the better. While it revels in its own nostalgia -- almost to a gratuitous level -- it still manages to straddle the line carefully enough to remain fresh.

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Why Magical Realism Works in 'Papo & Yo'

It's interesting that the medium of games, which has often learned much of its storytelling technique from film, might be a more viable inheritor of the magical realist tradition than other mediums.

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'Memoria' Deconstructs the Fairy Tale

Memoria is a classic point-and-click adventure game that does little to expand on the genre from a game play standpoint. However, through its narrative, Memoria deconstructs many of the fantasy genre's tropes and conventions.

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