Tag Archives: Shooter

Spec Ops: the Line and Player Identity

When we play a video game, who are we supposed to be within the game? Are we merely supposed to relate to the character we’re controlling, or should we actually think of ourselves as being that character? And to what extent should we feel morally culpable for the acts that our avatar in the commits? Continue reading

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Dark Void

This is not a good game. It’s a shame, because it’s got some fun ideas in it, but it just gets too much of the fundamentals wrong. Continue reading

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Crysis 2: Early Impressions

The two games I’ve got rented right now are Crysis 2 and Dark Void. I’m about a third of the way through Crysis, but it’s been slow going, so I’m putting it on hold while I barrel through Dark Void. It’s interesting: both games are shooters with enhanced mobility mechanics, but beyond that, there’s not a lot that’s similar between the two. Continue reading

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Warhammer 40k: Space Marine, Conclusions

[See my early impressions here] It turns out that I had left off last time mere minutes before the first jump-pack sequence. These are really where the game comes alive. Instantly the control scheme makes more sense. The lugubrious roll … Continue reading

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Warhammer 40k: Space Marine: Early Impressions

I’m about an hour in, and it’s already seems clear that my thoughts are going to be pretty in line with the consensus. It’s a competent but unspectacular shooter with some questionable health mechanics. Continue reading

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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood: One Last Time

So I played one more mission, and then decided to just pack it in. How this got a reputation as a competent shooter, and why anyone had any positive expectations for The Cartel, is hard to figure. I suppose it’s possible that the story of three brothers got to the like of Justin McElroy. But I’ve got brothers of my own, and the story did nothing for me. Anyways, I took some more notes. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood 2

Played another 90 minutes or so. Still don’t like it very much, but to some extent I think it’s because I’m being hyper-critical since I got off on the wrong foot with the game. Anyways, I took some notes while I was playing, and here they are: Continue reading

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