Dante’s Inferno

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Aug 052014

Status: Completed Most Intriguing Idea: Let’s do for Christianity what God of War did for Greek Mythology! Best Design Decision: Restrained use of QTEs Worst Design Decision: Cluttered character progression Summary: Dante’s Inferno is dumb as a stone and theologically unsound, but it’s a solid character action game of the fixed-viewpoint variety. It’s also kind of charming in its earnest attempt to out-Kratos God of War. As you play it, you can easily imagine the all-hands meetings where the developers discussed whether each level had enough tits. Despite the juvenilia the visual design is nifty, though it doesn’t do justice to things like [Read more…]

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Jul 142014

Status: Complete up to final boss. Most Intriguing Idea: A brawler where you almost can’t die! Best Design Decision: Making a Wolverine game a character-action brawler Worst Design Decision: Unimaginative, repetitive bosses Summary: X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a bad game. I guess I should have expected that, but I was feeling lucky after Captain America turned out to be pretty good. Like most people who say “I’m feeling lucky,” I busted hard. Not every aspect of the game is terrible or irredeemable. Wolverine is an excellent character for a God of War-style brawler, though Origins: Wolverine is short on interesting combos and [Read more…]

Captain America: Super Soldier

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Jun 242014
Captain America: Super Soldier

Status: Complete Most Intriguing Idea: A WWII game with almost no guns! Best Design Decision: Not giving Cap a gun. Worst Design Decision: Summary: Captain America: Super Soldier is the sort of game I pick up for cheap because I like to play games while exercising on my elliptical. I did not expect to like it at all, but I really enjoyed it. When I watched the first Captain America movie, a film I did not love, it seemed to me like perfect fodder for a video game. It had a progression of enemies and overall production design that was [Read more…]