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inFamous: Second Son

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Meet the new gen, same as the old gen.” Good: Beautiful; fair use of motion and touch controls; natural strategies; interesting sandbox tasks; some cool destructible environments. Bad: Awful morality system; awful interfaces; awful characters; challenge by frustration; overly constrained ability system; checklist-reliant gameplay; few of the previous games’ positive features; nothing new to offer at all.

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World 5 (Mr. Sandman)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

March 2014 is Mario Month for Oases of Beauty; a celebration of the multifarious Mario hacks found about the web. Today’s featured world is World 5 from Mr. Sandman, a Super Mario Bros. hack by The Eadernator.

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Cave World (Super Mario Bros. Rebirth)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

March 2014 is Mario Month for Oases of Beauty; a celebration of the multifarious Mario hacks found about the web. This entry takes a look at World 4 from Super Mario Bros. Rebirth, a Super Mario Bros. hack by remz.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Same strengths, same weaknesses, same Legend of Zelda.” Good: Open, player-driven structure; interesting ‘between worlds’ mechanic; decent minigames and sidequests. Bad: Little to no true innovation; underutilized 2D mechanic; poor presentation and use of weapons; reliance on “Eureka”-style puzzles; generic bosses; lazy dungeons; poor incentive for experimentation.

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World 3 (Excite Mario Bros.)

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

March 2014 is Mario Month for Oases of Beauty; a celebration of the multifarious Mario hacks found about the web. Today’s featured world is World 3 from Excite Mario Bros., a Super Mario Bros. hack by Yoshi.

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