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Black Mesa Review

When Half-Life: Source arrived, without much fanfare in June 2004, many people were disappointed. Half-Life is of course one of the most cherished and revered games in video game history, but people had expected that when Valve ported the game to their new Source engine, they would get something that looked a lot closer to Half-Life 2. Instead, Half-Life: Source was a straight port of the original game, using the same textures, guns and sound effects. The only noticeable improvements that were made were the introduction of more realistic water effects and a 3D skybox to replace the old 16-bit bitmap images. Half-Life: Source was Half-Life: No more, no less. This led some plucky, aspiring mod developers to wonder what Half-Life would look like if it was rebuilt from the ground up in the new Source engine, taking advantage of all the benefits it would...
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Tokyo Jungle Review

You are wounded, scared and alone. Your pack is mostly dead. A few scattered bones remind you of the ones you cherished in life. You smell and catch something in the corner of your eye. Too late. You are now at the brink of dying. A predator has caught you. You take it as a hallucination upon the last few seconds of life, but you imagine seeing the words “you are dead” suddenly appear in big bold letters as you helplessly watch your lifeless body be devoured by whatever was hunting you. You are now one with the jungle. Tokyo Jungle. That was one bleak intro, wasn’t it? Way too dramatic and a little on the exaggerated side, I’ll admit. But imagine trying to convey the sense of danger and excitement of playing a game where you start off as a little Pomeranian dog that...
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Borderlands 2 Review

The fall. The season of the harvest when the hard work of the year comes to fruition. Yet in most industries, the fall is not typically the time when products and services are introduced. However, in the video game industry, gamers eagerly await the fall. From the usually barren summer months, there is a sudden and sometimes overwhelming influx of great titles emerging in the months before the holiday sales period. With the release of Borderlands 2, gaming’s strongest season has begun. The sequel to the 2009 surprise hit, Borderlands 2 is an open-world first person shooter with a strong sense of personality and a whole lot of loot. As someone who enjoyed the first game, I eagerly awaited this release and fully expected the developer, Gearbox, to expand on the successes of the first game while maintaining the core essence of the universe and gameplay. Therefore, I wanted more...
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