LTTP: Gone Home

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LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Time machines aren’t real but everyday people like you and I have managed to find our way back to the past through entertainment mediums such as movies, TV shows and even games. Of all the mediums available to us though, I believe games can be the most effective time machines.

The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home was an adventure game that brought me back to 1995. The 1990s was brought to life through CRT TVs, VHS tapes, Super Nintendo carts and posters featuring the cast of 90210. Hand written notes, post cards and A/V equipment review magazines reminded me of slower times. It was a convincing and nostalgic trip back in time and I loved every minute of it.

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LTTP: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (360)


LTTP or ‘late to the party’ pieces are opportunities for me to catch up and write about games I missed out on the first time around. They may contain spoilers.

Enslaved: Odyssey of the West may be the most surprising 2010 game I play in 2011. It has flaws in just about every area outside of story and character development, but taken as a whole and at just the right price point, this game was a genuine diamond in the rough.

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Monkey Island 2 Special Edition PC Review


I can see how Monkey Island 2 killed off adventure games the first time around.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but having just finished the sequel to Secret of Monkey Island, I understand how people were put off by adventure games and their quirks. I personally have no desire to play the other two “classic” Monkey Island games and will probably move onto Telltale’s more modern Tales of Monkey Island series thanks to Monkey Island 2.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review


I shivered. I was startled. I felt goosebumps. I even saw fit to stop playing after feeling the game’s oppressive atmosphere for long periods of time.

I was scared.

No other horror game of any kind has ever done that to me. Not Resident Evil. Not Silent Hill. Not Dead Space. Not even Siren: Blood Curse which I thought was pretty damn creepy. Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent was no joke. It was one of the scariest games I’ve ever played.

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What is ‘Catherine’?

Or should I ask, who is this sultry blonde named ‘Catherine’? It’s an adult oriented action adventure game from the guys who brought us the much beloved Persona 4, Atlus.

There’s a trailer out. It’s weird and, as expected, very stylish.

A thorough translated first look can be found over at Andriasang’s (cleavage warning). ‘Catherine’ is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Winter 2010 for Japan.

I’m intrigued and wish to learn more.

The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition Review


I’m no stranger to the point and click adventure games. I’m not crazy about them, but I am open to their ways of doing things. And yet, I’ve never played any of the LucasArts classics. Instead I have “modern” point and click adventures like Capcom’s Ace Attorney series and Telltale’s Sam & Max series as my frame of reference. This is probably why I found The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition a bit disappointing. Don’t raise your pitchforks just yet! I’ll have you know, it’s a common side effect of remaking a 19 year old game.

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