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I Have Played: Brothers

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game that I had been vaguely aware of throughout 2013, but simply hadn’t given any thought to. I think there was something about the promotional art work that put me off, I don’t know. I managed to ignore it right up until the end of the year, where it appeared on almost everone’s ‘best of 2013′ lists, saw it in a sale and flopped it right onto my hard drive. I was a fool for ignoring it for so long. Here’s why… Warning: there will be spoilers.
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I Have Played: BioShock Infinite

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Jake played BioShock Infinite and has now sat down to write most of the things that he could think to say about it. This isn’t a review. There will be spoilers in this article.
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New Super Economic Downturn Bros. 2

Playing New Super Mario Bros. 2 over the last week, a few things struck me. Is Nintendo, a once mighty company brought to its knees in the last year by the 3DS omnishambles, making some kind of sick joke at its own expense? Has it created a game-length meditation on the financial bubble and its aftermath? Or is it just a gaming dinosaur recycling old tricks in a desperate attempt to recapture past glories?

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Good Co-Op, Bad Co-Op – what exactly is co-operative play?

Modern co-op gameplay tends to bring to mind voice chat headsets, paid subscriptions and getting cussed by teenaged strangers. It doesn’t have to be that way. The co-operative experience is as varied as the people who play games, and can be wonderfully satisfying in many forms.
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Oooh! Ooh ja! Ja! OUYA: The $99 Home Console

So here’s a thing. Games industry veteran Julie Uhrman, along with some others, notably Yves Béhar (designer of the $100 OLPC laptop), have done one of those trendy Kickstarters to get funding for a $99 Android based, hackable console. And they’ve raised over $2 million already.
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Shadow of the Colossus: An Ode To The Conferences Of E3 2012

Shadow of the Colossus

I recently found myself recumbent, coffee in hand, musing and pondering how I could put my love for Shadow of the Colossus into mere mortal verse. It’s the game that swayed me into purchasing Sony’s second Playstation and to date the only software that I ever owned for the console. I’d never played anything like it before and I’ve certainly not played anything like it since. The empty, lonely and downright melancholic overtones of the narrative enforced a genuine compulsion to help the main character, Wander, succeed in his quest. And what a quest it was! Sixteen grandiose yet reticent enemies dotted around a technically titanic game-world, simply aching to be explored. But, putting down those rose-tinted bifocals for a second, my trip down memory lane was inspired by this year’s E3.

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The Way We Play Now: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 is an amazing experience. Max Payne 3 is not an amazing game. In fact, I’d go so far to say that Max Payne 3 is barely a game.

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