Confession time: I haven't played much of EA Montreal's Army of Two series to form an opinion about the games' overall quality. The co-op focused third-person shooter, about U.S. soldiers Salem and Rios, who go from serving their country to a private military contractor with nefarious intentions to spinning off on their own, has received decidedly mixed reviews, despite the interesting concept and execution.
Salem and Rios are mercenaries, but Rios, at least, is a moral man who wants to use Trans World Operations to so some good in the world, or as he puts it early on in the story, the company "has to be clean." The affects that a PMC has on the wider world is a good idea to use the Army of Two concept for- can the pair really do the right thing, in a lawless land, where the only real loyalty is to whomever has the power?More >>
Physical games are becoming increasingly difficult to find. While more people are playing games than ever, a sizable portion of those people aren't buying those games in stores. Most people are getting their games through digital distribution, not counting the number of players downloading copies of games illegally. The industry is making a more concerted push every year to reduce the costly manufacture and distribution of discs and up digital sales.More >>
I AM BECOME BEER, ARBITER OF MEN
As a rubric for determining the worths of all types of people, the old "would I like to have a beer with them" test reigns supreme. We hear this question posed across the spectrum of American discourse, from politics ("Sure, he's clearly the better candidate and the other guy keeps confusing Austria with Australia... but would I want to get a beer with him?") to establishing friendships ("She's smart, funny... but aloof. Do I want to get a beer with her?") to philosophy ("So, class, Plato's point was that if you were the owner of the Ring of Gyges, you could have a beer with anyone in the world without consequence... but would it be just?"). We may be paraphrasing Plato slightly here.
The point is that "would I like to have a beer with this person" has become, in our culture, synonymous with "do I like this person on an instinctual level."
We've all heard the "most influential" or "baddest-assed" lists compiled of video game characters. But why not apply the all-important "get a beer with" test to these same characters? It's an almost completely original idea! So here it goes -- ten video game characters we'd like to have a beer with.More >>
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Can the same idea work more than once for Telltale Games?
Definitely. Enter Jurassic Park: The Game, a four-episode adventure that returns to Isla Sorna, more than 100 miles from Costa Rica. For better or worse, it's an evolution of Telltale Games, and a new chapter in the Jurassic Park series. Grab it if you enjoy intense, interactive cutscenes (think Heavy Rain) and lots of crazy dinos, including T-Rex. Hand it back if you like difficult puzzles and lighter fare from the Telltale catalog.
I say go with the former.