SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition

By Rituro - March 18th, 2015


Is it fair to say we live in a golden age of roguelike games? Considering the success of games like FTL: Faster Than Light, The Binding of Isaac and even the technically-still-in-early-access Darkest Dungeon, it’s very tempting to agree. The thing is, those games are a little too…well…modern to really capture the aesthetic of the true Rogue experience1. If we really want to go back to the days of the genre’s progenitors and stake a claim to the golden age of procedural dungeon generation and the potential for cruel insta-death encounters, we need to embrace its text-based roots. Enter SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition.

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Byte-Sized Reviews
Another Perspective

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 17th, 2015


With the month winding up all too fast, the daunting pile of reviews may have to get a bit of a rapid-fire treatment. Time for some byte-sized reviews!

Another Perspective (developed by ShaunJS) is a shining example of how effective use of a hook can create an addictive and compelling game. This PC puzzle-platformer doesn’t really look like anything special at first; but once you start playing, it’s a whole other matter. Thanks to a well-spun narrative and a clever puzzling mechanic, Another Perspective is one of those games that will keep you playing well past the point when you thought you would be calling it a night.

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By Evan Bergstra - March 16th, 2015


I’ve never been much of an athlete. I don’t mind a bit of regular fitness at home or cycling around town to keep myself healthy, but more structured sports and recreation never sucked me in because I had neither the drive nor the competitive mindset to commit an adequate level of focus or discipline. The idea of hitting or throwing a ball over and over and over with the intent of minor incremental skill gain didn’t appeal to me the way something like drawing did – or gaming. As a youngster I had no objections against flying the same mission, grinding the same dungeon or running the same map over and over and over with the intent of a higher score or a better time. You could argue that between gaming and sports I made the poorer choice, and you’d be right, but I can’t change the past and here we are. This is all somewhat of an unnecessary preamble to introduce this notion: if you find difficult and repetitive gaming nothing but infuriating then you might want to pass on Moon Spider’s Harold; but if you can relate to my childhood attitude then you will probably find Harold an engaging and satisfying title.

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Asus Republic of Gamers
Gladius Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 6th, 2015


‎It has been a while since we reviewed a mouse – but there are always new offerings to help gamers refine their gaming experience. ASUS has been pushing their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line over the last year (see our review of the G20), with their optical Gladius Gaming Mouse being a promising entry in the interface space. Aside from the testosterone-laden reference to warriors from ancient Rome, the Gladius is a solid contender with great performance and some neat features that enable a fair amount of customization.

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By Jorge Figueiredo - February 28th, 2015


When I read about Evan’s recent foray into the wilds of Toronto to participate in the Evolve ‎event, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on Turtle Rock Studios’ hunt-or-be-hunted game, Evolve. Besides being a tightly-designed (and fun) game, this title managed to do something that most multi-player shooters fail to do: get me to look forward to playing the game with other people.

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To Infinity and Beyond
Sam Flynn and Quorra

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 21st, 2015


When I was a kid, one of my favourite movies was Tron. It was so different from anything that was out there – and yet, there was something very familiar about it. Of course, shortly after I saw the film, I would play Tron: Deadly Discs and Tron Maze-a-Tron on my Intellivision at home, reliving the exploits of my electronic hero. Fast forward to the future, when Tron: Legacy hit the scene. I was pretty excited about it, and enjoyed the movie a lot (a lot more than most of my friends, anyway). So, it was a pleasant surprise when Disney Infinity included some Tron-based Power Discs. Now, in an interesting move, characters from Tron are available to play in Disney infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes – but they aren’t your typical Disney Infinity figures. In fact, they aren’t physical figures at all – they are completely DLC for iOS.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 16th, 2015


LEGO Batman is back in his biggest adventure yet in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In Traveller’s Tales’ most ambitious to date, Batman (and the Justice League along with the Lantern Corps) have to take on Brainiac, attempting to foil his attack on the planet Earth. Familiar controls and characters combine with some new mechanics, suits and schtick to create a great experience. If you don’t care for the LEGO game formula, you probably won’t care for this one, either. However, fans of the series won’t be, and should enjoy this game, even if the focus isn’t entirely on Batman.

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