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Rain Review

Rain’s concept is a splendid one. It follows a young boy and girl who suddenly find themselves turned invisible, unable to be seen except in the rain. The idea opens up a fair number of inventive opportunities. Except Rain fails to capitalize on them at every turn. Monotonous levels and repetitious puzzles make Rain a bore to play, while a slow, uninteresting story grants little reason to stick around. It’s a beautiful looking and sounding game, but visual and audio splendor alone don’t make a great game. It begins when a transparent girl runs by the boy’s window. A large monster follows soon after, scaring the girl off. Curious, the boy follows after them, eventually walking through a mysterious gate that leads him into an alternate version of his town where night is eternal and the rain never stops pouring. Where monsters prowl and prey...
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The Stanley Parable Review

This is a review of a video game called The Stanley Parable. But what is The Stanley Parable? What does it represent? Does it challenge your preconceptions and subvert your expectations? The answer is as difficult to elucidate as it is difficult to communicate. Perhaps more simply, what does it contain? The Stanley Parable contains rooms, doors, corridors, halls, warehouses, larger more circular rooms, elevators and offices which you can walk through and listen to dialogue within. This much, we know. The Stanley Parable also purportedly contains player choice, but by the end of the game you’ll be left wondering if you actually made any choices at all. Suffice to say, then, that The Stanley Parable is a singular video gaming experience unlike any other and you owe it to yourself and to posterity to witness it first-hand. The Stanley Parable does have a premise,...
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The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief Review

The episodic model seems to the be steadily becoming the standard for point-and-click adventure games. Ever since Telltale Games practically mastered the craft, all sorts of adventure game makers have been aping the model to varying degrees of success. It’s a tough structure to pull off. One of the latest games to take a crack at is The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief from King Art Games, a three-part mystery series set in the mid-1960s. The Raven follows Constable Anton Jakob Zellner, a Swiss police officer who finds himself swept up in the case of a lifetime: capturing the legendary, eponymous master thief “The Raven.” A stirring tale full of mystery, intrigue, and all sorts of twists and turns, The Raven delivers a fun, thrilling narrative. It’s a bit slow to start, the game practically dragging its feet in the early stages, but...
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