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GBU Game Review for LIMBO (Xbox360-XBLA)

The Good – It’s a side scrolling game, in which you’re a little boy looking for your sister in the woods…..but only in the beginning. What follows are a countless series of puzzles to get through to the end. No two are the same, it gets very challenging, but it’s never impossible. I didn’t even have to look up anything online 😉 It’s somewhat reminicent of Braid, another downloadable game that I freakin’ loved. But that’s where the comparison stops, for the most part, there’s no time bending mechanics here. The graphics look incredible, totally out of the ordinary, there’s no color, it’s all shadows, lights, and out of focus grainy stuff that resembles a really old film. It doesn’t look like a game and it pulls it off perfectly. The atmosphere can be unnerving and creepy, most puzzles involve traps that kill you unexpectedly, so you will jump a lot. It bugged me out a bit here and there. And the ending, I can’t explain, but not since Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Braid where a game’s ending had such a huge emotional effect on me. But LIMBO’s different, the ending will probably affect people in different ways and everybody will have their own interpretation of what happened in the “story”. Air quotes, cuz you are told nothing, the bit I wrote at the start, I only knew cuz that’s what the description said before downloading. This is one awesomely unique game that everyone should try. 10/10
The Bad – As I mentioned, you’ll die a lot. As in many trial and errors. I really don’t think it was all that bad, but I gotta mention it in case it would turn some gamers off.
The Ugly – The numerous ways that the little boy gets killed. Good thing you only ever see a black sillouhette of him, cuz it can be pretty gory.

July 25, 2010 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , , , | Comments Off on GBU Game Review for LIMBO (Xbox360-XBLA)

GBU for Braid

In honor of Braid finally hitting the PC platform, I’ve decided to show it a little GBU love since it was one of my favorite downloadable xbox360 games last year. If you haven’t yet, try out the demo, if you like it you should buy it cuz it only gets better. This bad boy is a puzzler with 2D platforming elements.

The Good – Gorgeous 2D graphics that really make the ol HDTV pop. Looks like a moving painting. Soothing, beautiful music keeps you sane as you try to solve some of the insane puzzles. We’ve seen time rewind in games before(Prince of Persia), but not of this quality. Each world throws something new to the ‘time rewind’ mix that keeps you guessing and on your toes. Tight platform style gameplay, but it’s really a puzzler. Great challenge to be had.  Seemingly deep story that can be revealed as much or as little as you care to know.

The Bad – Some of the art design might turn off some people, your main character Tim looks a bit goofy as well as the enemies. Some of that ‘great challenge’ trips the fine line into way too hard territory, some of the puzzles will have you banging your head against the wall….or looking up youtube solutions 😉  Some might find that ‘seemingly deep story’ a bit pretentious.

The Ugly – The twist at the end….as far as gaming goes, this one is for the ages…almost as surprising as the Flood showing up at the end of Halo 1, maybe even more so. The speed run achievement that I can’t get 😦

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Good Bad and the Ugly - Game Reviews | , , , | Comments Off on GBU for Braid