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The Shopkeeper Review – Groundhog Day Without The Fun

Imagine an antiques store filled with interesting objects, each of which has its own tale to tell that will effect the outcome of the narrative. For a point and click adventure it sounds brilliant, and the promise of an adventure meant to be replayed over and over with different choices is an equally exciting prospect.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review – Actually, One Does Simply Walk Into Mordor

There’s a single Orc that has proven to be a thorn in my side. His name is Nazdug, but that has faded into memory in favor of his title: the Prowler. We’ve met several times before, and each of those times I’ve been forced to either retreat, a fact that he loves to remind me of, or I’ve been defeated by him and his forces. To say that it has become a personal vendetta is something of an understatement. I hate him. I hate that he’s beaten me. Yet I respect him, too, as an adversary, Through spilling my blood he has risen through the ranks, becoming a powerful and dangerous Captain feared by everyone. Still, eventually I managed to slay him, an arrow through the eye bringing his existence to an end. Or so I thought. It wasn’t long before I discovered he had somehow survived, a metal mask now covering the eye that I pierced. His arrival during my fight with a Warchief cost me a victory.

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Styx: Master of Shadows Review – Not The Master, But The Apprentice

The stealth genre has seen a magnificent resurgence over the past few years, but has also seen a shift in gameplay style, often pitching the player as a powerful predator who can annihilate foes if discovered, a hunter who doesn’t even need to hide, in truth. Styx: Master of Shadows, though, is a throwback, placing you in the shows of a character who is dangerous, but fragile and must always remain in the shadows.

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Planetary Annihilation Review – Death Star!? I’m In!

After a successful Kickstarter and significant amount of time in Steam’s Early Access system, Planetary Annihilation finally achieved “release” just a few weeks ago. Yet it wasn’t without controversy, with many people on the game’s forums arguing that it was not ready to move to a full release just yet, that it needed more work and was missing promised features. In many ways those people were right: Planetary Annihilation still feels like it’s in Early Access. It’s incomplete and rough and does a lot of stuff wrong, but beneath that lies a fun, fast strategy game with a bright future, and a decent present.