2013 Gaming Archive #24: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Identity Crisis

My experience with Deus Ex: Human Revolution disturbs me. Not that it was a terrible game. In fact, it was better than average. For about the first nine-tenths of the game, I enjoyed myself quite a bit; there were very few things about the experience that qualify as “lacking”. Instead, this general feeling of meh isĀ more a testament to how important a game’s ending can be in cementing its overall lasting effect on the player. What I’m saying is thatĀ Human Revolution‘s ending, after a fairly thought-provoking plot set in an amazingly detailed world, did not impress in the least. In fact, I’ve already forgotten just how exactly my particular experience culminated. Continue reading

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Top 5: Game Songs

Top Game Songs

Do-Re-Mii

A lot of attention is generally paid to a video game’s graphics – people want to know whether the newest AAA title is taking full advantage of the system’s graphics hardware, and how well game developers can narrow the Uncanny Valley. Fair enough; gaming is, after all, a visual medium (the term video in itself being a strong indicator). Continue reading

Top 5: Game Intros

Fallout 3

Press Start

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” We don’t know about you, but here at BNBGAMING, we’ve always lived by what our mamas told us. And this little adage is certainly true when it comes to video games. Continue reading

Top 5: Frustrating Moments

Top 5 Frustrating Moments

Tough Luck

Some games are tough, some are easy. And then we have those games that just absolutely make you want to wrap that controller cord into a noose and end your suffering the manly way. Continue reading

Friday Roundtable: Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Are Games Being Dumbed Down?

Uphill in the Snow, Both Ways

Some of us (relatively) old fogies like to shake our fists and bemoan the way the times, they are a-changin’. According to our campfire stories, the early days of gaming were a time when gamers still had honor, simple two-button controls were superior, and games were still back-breakingly difficult, “the way it should be”. Continue reading

Top 5: Game Endings

Top Game Endings

All’s Well That Ends Well

It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right? But sometimes, even the best gameplay experience can be made or broken by the game’s ending. Continue reading