Memories, Subjective as They Are – PC – Amnesia: The Dark Descent – 2010

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PC
Frictional Games
Genre: Horror Adventure
2010

Everyone finds a different way to tackle their backlog, and it is hardly ever the same as the next person. I’ve worked on finding creative ways to approach my backlog, but it always seems to grow faster than I can get it to shrink. In a recent Twitter post, someone mentioned looking into your Steam library purchases to see what the first game you ever bought on the platform was. My curiosity got the better of me given my pile of games on there is probably the largest of all of my gaming methods, so I took the plunge to find out what my flagship Steam purchase was.

December 11th, 2010. A few days before my birthday so I must have been treating myself. No surprise that it was a horror game but a bit surprising that it was a game I hadn’t played to completion: Amnesia: The Dark Descent. As a bit of a Lovecraft fan and an entrenched horror gaming fan, it struck me as odd that I hadn’t taken the plunge to complete the game but had made a few unsuccessful attempts.

As someone who was very excited to check out Amnesia when it first released, knowing nearly ten years after it came out that I hadn’t finished it became the gasoline in my tank to push into it with the express purpose of seeing the end credits. Not that I didn’t have an inherent interest. After years of hype, though, and seeing it recommended by a ton of fellow horror fans, I had to wonder what kind of impact it would leave on me in the present day. Continue reading

Consider Your Doorstep Darkened – Playstation 2 – ObsCure – 2005

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OBSCURE
Playstation 2
Hydravision Entertainment
2005
Genre: Horror Action Adventure

Growing up with a lot of horror in my life has not left me incredibly discerning in some aspects. I love slasher movies, which are probably the most repetitious types of horror you can reference, but when it comes to horror video games, I tend to savor each of them, whether they are quality pieces of entertainment or not. Much like with slasher movies, I feel like if you are enjoying yourself and getting a little creeped out? Horror games are doing their job.

Coming across ObsCure, a title I had no reference for when I saw it coming in new for twenty bucks, was an interesting bit of kismet and has led to some fun times. As is the case with games that strike your fancy but seem to come out of nowhere, I was a little hesitant to spend the money at first, even if it was cheaper than the usual new releases, but I have fond memories of playing this game with my friends. With it having released on Steam for the PC somewhat recently, I’ve had the chance to check it out again to see if it lived up to those fond memories of yesteryear.

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All The World’s A Stage – PC – Foul Play – 2013

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Foul Play
PC
Mediatonic
© 2013
Genre: Side Scrolling Beat ’em Up

Dear readers, I will tell you something that I tell few people I meet offline: one of my other hobbies is LARP.  I write this because, this weekend, I’m going to the current game I’ve been playing.  At this game, I play a demonologist and monster hunter from a steampunk “definitely not victorian england” land.  In search of inspiration, I’ve been playing a few games recently, many more popular than others (I’m looking at you, Dishonored).  I decided to go a little off the beaten path, to check out a game that’s had mixed reviews from the internet, an odd title that brings demon hunting… to the stage.  I present to you, Foul Play. Continue reading

Mythology Maker – PC – Dominions 4 – 2011

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Dominions 4
Illwinter
© 2011
Genre: Fantasy Strategy

There comes a game, every so often, that I will drop everything else to play.  My steam account shows a few games that are easily over 100 hours that I would play enough that I began seeing the gameplay before I’d go to sleep at night (most infamously FTL: Faster Than Light, which I will have to go into depth with sometime).  Today, I would like to speak about a game which no one I know is familiar with outside of seeing me sinking hours and hours into it: Dominions 4. Continue reading

Dance Dance Rumination – PC – Crypt of the Necrodancer – 2015

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Cadence is a great protagonist. Anyone who uses dance fighting can’t be bad in my book.

Crypt of the Necrodancer
(c) 2015
Brace Yourself Games
Genre: Roguelike Rhythm

Roguelikes have been increasing in popularity over the last few years amongst indie game developers. In a bid to get attention, most of them put a twist or spin on things that make their game unique compared to the sea of Roguelikes out there.  Crypt of the Necrodancer is above and beyond the fact by combining the genre with a daring and risky maneuver, in the form of a unique rhythm game.   Continue reading