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Spark Man (Rock Man Overdrive)

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Oases of Beauty | 2 comments

December 2013 is Rom Hack Month on Oases of Beauty. This entry takes a look at Spark Man’s Stage from Rock Man Overdrive, a Mega Man hack by The Sloth.

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

A Machine for Pigs is exactly what you’d expect: a symbol-drenched story held together by unsettling atmosphere and simple gameplay.

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Resogun

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

“An average shmup, but a below-average game.” Good: Simple, intuitive, accessible controls; beautiful graphics; a few interesting gimmicks. Bad: Too little content; too much repetition without any customization or strategy; poor information visualization; flawed co-op mode; no clear objective.

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Contrast

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

“A charming concept game that successfully strives to be more.” Good: An interesting core mechanic used in varied, interesting, and thoughtful ways; an impressive attention to explaining that mechanic in the plot; charming storytelling and visual appeal. Bad: Little replay value, a predictable plot, and other missed opportunities that I wouldn’t expect a $15 game to fulfill anyway.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

“With mere quantitative improvements, this could have been Assassin’s Creed V.” Good: An enormous amount of new gameplay and content, much of which surpasses the original game itself. Bad: Leaves you wanting more; the add-on pack is too short to really fully explore of the excellent new mechanics.

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