Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Review – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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To put it bluntly: Steve McQueen is the most exciting up-and-coming director in the film industry today. After giving us Hunger in 2008 and Shame in 2011, he is back for round three with 12 Years a Slave, a biopic about Solomon Northup, a freeman who was tricked, drugged, kidnapped, and forced into slavery. It’s a true story, and the screenplay is based on Northup’s memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.

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On Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

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Grand Theft Auto V, arguably the biggest title of the current console cycle, is releasing to a lot of controversy. Some of it big and some of it small. Not being particularly interested in it I decided to check some reviews, particularly ones from Gamespot and The Escapist.

The Gamespot review is by Carolyn Petit and she has had a history of her reviews incorporating different social agendas. Most of the time it is done decently enough but her review of Grand Theft Auto V left a lot to be desired.

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Review – The Swapper (PC)

The indie game scene has had no shortage of puzzle games over the years. In a post-Braid world, it has become rather common for the most noteworthy indie games to have puzzle elements, and luckily we’ve gotten plenty of entertaining ones over the years. In 2013 the puzzle game you definitely need to play is The Swapper, a moody atmospheric puzzle game built on using clones to solving its puzzles.

The game what initially comes off as a simple set up. The basic premise ultimately falls right in line with an Event Horizon or a Dead Space. Group of scientists bring something on board, it makes everyone go crazy and before long the entire station is abandoned. What makes The Swapper so engaging, however, on its narrative level is what it focuses on with this premise.

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Review – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

2001’s Luigi’s Mansion allowed Luigi to finally take the spotlight away from his older, more successful brother. The Gamecube launch title, while charming, was unfortunately lacking, ultimately too simple, easy, and short to be anything memorable, or frankly worth a spin. Now, a dozen years later, Luigi finally gets another crack at the spot light with Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon.

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The Endless Videocast Inaugural Episode – Saints Row IV

The Endless Backlog Crew has come together for our first ever Videocast. Join Justin and Gagan as they play Saints Row IV cooperatively and discuss Saints Row IV (no spoilers here folks!) and the Saints Row series as a whole, one of the breakout hit new IPs of the outgoing console generation.

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The Brocast Episode 17 – Indie Games Edition

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The GUFUyourself Brocast crew brings you another episode of The Brocast, this time focusing on indie games, which have taken the gaming industry by storm and featured prominently not only on PC but as an integral part of the launch lineups of next gen consoles, especially Sony’s Playstation 4. We’ve been playing indie games as well over the years and have plenty to say about the recent indie game push in the games industry and discuss the importance of indie games in the industry moving forward. So join Justin, Brian, Will and your host, Gagan for Episode 17 of The Brocast!