2015 By the Numbers, #43 – Resident Evil: Revelations

Resident Evil Revelations

Instead of writing reviews for completed games as I did last year, this year I’ve decided to try a new approach. Here then are my stats, real and fictional. Continue reading

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Backlog Redux 2014 #34 – The Evil Within

The Evil Within

Return of the Man(iac)

I’m not always 100% sure where the dividing line lies between “survival horror” and just plain old horror. Maybe “survival” horror is defined by having an albeit limited ability to fight back against your adversaries, through the use of generally scarce ammunition and healing items? Or is it a more action-oriented approach to the classic horror formula? I honestly don’t know where the delineation lies, but if any game should fall under the survival horror umbrella, The Evil Within certainly is that game. After all, it’s created by the father of the survival horror sub-genre: Resident Evil‘s developer himself, Shinji Mikami. Continue reading

Backlog Redux 2014 #32 – Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Heart…beat…Slowly…Returning…to…Normal…

In the Alien movies, characters routinely (though they’re none too happy about it) squeeze themselves into claustrophobic vents and pipes in an attempt to flush the alien out of its own turf. When they’re not doing that, they’re making their way down shoddy corridors in dim lighting, expecting a Xenomorph to descend from one of the numerous overhead vent openings at any moment and rip their head clean off. Or reach through the floor grating and pull them to a gruesome demise. Or be impaled by a skewer-like tail whipping out of the shadows nearby. The point is, they’re never ever truly safe, and now that I’ve played the game I can finally appreciate the level of terror those poor bastards must have felt. I’ll never watch those movies the same way again. Continue reading

Backlog Redux 2014 #14 – Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor

Post-Apocalyptic 2D

You’d think a dark, moody, super retro survival horror game presented in a heavily pixellated side-scrolling style would be a game right up my alley. I certainly thought so, when I first saw Lone Survivor‘s trailer on Steam. But alas, this would prove to be one of those times when appearances turn out to be deceiving. Too bad really, because by all accounts, Lone Survivor is a game that many  that played it immediately fell in love with. For me, it was an unnerving, disconnected stumble in the dark that I was glad to leave behind. Continue reading