Gritty is the New Pretty: The Aesthetics of Grim Dawn

While I definitely like to “ohh” and “ahh” at the beautiful scenery and imaginative creatures I tend to find in fantasy games, I’ve recently found myself adrift in an ocean of cuteness. In a world where netting a wide audience is more important than satisfying a niche, cute has settled in as the status quo…. Continue reading

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Reflex Review: Randy Van Helsing Also Likes Loot

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a game with a long name and lofty aspirations. It’s also a game that for me, came completely out of nowhere. This coupled with the well-stocked waters of the isometric, ARPG genre makes it a title that has quite a bit stacked against it. Fortunately, the game is… Continue reading

Marvel Heroes: Because You Should Not Dungeon Crawl Without Superpowers

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Fans of clicking on enemies until they explode had a pretty damn good 2012. The thing about it though, is even if the quality of releases were better than ever, the flavors aren’t too varied. Take what you love about your favorite fantasy-based dungeon crawling experience and throw that into the Marvel Universe. Still interested?… Continue reading

Path of Exile Beta Impressions: Welcome Punishment

2012 featured sequels to arguably two of the best examples of ARPGs in all of video game land. One was met with quiet enthusiasm while the other was met with a lukewarm reception. Unbeknownst to some, however another ARPG watched behind the safety of beta, learning from both valuable lessons in the art of clicking… Continue reading