Category Archives: Exploring Stuff

Indie Games That Don’t Suck: Consuming Shadow

Indie Games That Don’t Suck: Consuming Shadow Ben “Croshaw” Yahtzee has proven again that critics are not just negative nancies who gripe and whine and never accomplish anything. They too are creators. He made a really cool game, without prompting, … Continue reading

Adventure, Exploring Stuff, Horror, Indie Games That Don't Suck, Puzzle, Video Gaming

Dream Games: Mistborn

Dream Games: Mistborn Sometimes magic in a fantasy novel is a strange, esoteric thing with bizarre world-changing effects. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as the prose is up to the task; I love the Thomas Covenant series and … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Video Gaming

Saints Row IV – Kitchen Sink Gaming

Saints Row IV: Kitchen Sink Gaming Things you can do in Saints Row IV: Use a phallic tentacle bat to kill guys wearing giant pink cat mascot heads while listening to “The Boys are Back in Town“*. Jump across floating … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Racing, Video Gaming

DuckTales Remastered: A Pathetic Exercise in Imperialist Hegemony

DuckTales Remastered: A Pathetic Exercise in Imperialist Hegemony SMASH THE DUCKRIARCHY!!!!!! It’s so insulting and degrading to keep stereotyping and denying rights to an entire subset of intelligent beings based on traits they cannot control. To inflict vicious cane beatings … Continue reading

Comedy, Exploring Stuff, Platformer, Politics, Video Gaming

Rogue Legacy: Tolerable

Rogue Legacy: Tolerable This is Rogue Legacy, not the 1980 game Rogue. Sorry, Mike Ricca! Hope your controller works ok. Rogue Legacy is a 2013 2D platformer Metroidvania quasi-roguelike mish-mash of a game by Cellar Door Games. (1) It has … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Metroidvania, Platformer, Roguelike, Video Gaming

Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers is a Thoroughly Entertaining Experience

Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers is a third-person action puzzle solving game, and an especially distinctive one at that. You use a laser to precisely cut through blocks to form stepping stones to get to … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Puzzle, Third-Person, Video Gaming

Torchlight II: Better than Diablo III

Have you played Diablo II? Then you know how to play Torchlight II. The former was clearly the latter’s inspiration, and everything in it—from looting to the skill trees to the interface—is copied directly from Diablo II. It is no … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, RPG or thereabouts, Video Gaming

SaGa Frontier

I think it was in one of the early Dragon Quest games where your character plays a slot machine and automatically wins. Whoever was in charge of that decision understood that games don’t have to be antagonistic towards the player. … Continue reading

Animu, Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, RPG or thereabouts, Video Gaming

Revisiting Dark Souls

I’ve put about 40 hours into Dark Souls and I enjoyed every one, despite it being bleak in both atmosphere and gameplay. It’s a fun game, and a very challenging one for me. I need to write more about it. … Continue reading

Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Metroidvania, RPG or thereabouts, Video Gaming

Alundra: The Best Zelda Clone You’ve Never Played

Alundra is what could have happened with the Zelda series had Nintendo kept their balls. It understands perfectly what makes for entertaining combat, dungeons, puzzles, and even plot (though it is certainly rife with clichés). It requires heavy thought and … Continue reading

Animu, Exploring Stuff, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Platformer, Puzzle, RPG or thereabouts, Video Gaming