POF Archive: July 2014

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Day of Anger (6/10)

A goofy but entertaining spaghetti western featuring Lee Van Cleef as a gunslinger who inspires the town garbage collector to take up his gun and show those snooty townspeople who's the boss. The music is pretty great, but the film is stylistically not too interesting.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 21:46

Call of Juarez Gunslinger on PC (9/10)

Gunslinger Screenshot

I thought the original Call of Juarez was a better-than-average shooter that was bolstered by it being set in the Old West. I'm really surprised by the lack of western themed games given that for seventy-five odd years that was the go to "universe" for pulp stories and films.

Gunslinger isn't a sequel. It does use some of the same mechanics and has one level that supposedly takes place in Juarez. Other than that, there is no connection to Billy and the Reverend from the first game. In fact, most of the story here takes place in the form of a frame story and narration in which the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:27

Replicas
Tubeway Army - CD (9/10)

After having owned and loved The Pleasure Principle for years, I finally expanded my Gary Numan collection with this CD. Numan hadn't quite fully embraced synthesizers at this point in his career (he was about 90% the way there), so the music still has a guitar-based punk rock feel on many of the songs. Some people will rejoice in this. Me? I kinda favor when things go full synth-tard.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 09:02

Sniper Elite V2 on PC (7/10)

Sniper Elite V2

This was a free game on Steam on the day of the sequel's release. I grabbed it without knowing anything about the game. Apparently, the distinguishing feature of Sniper Elite V2 is its over the top x-ray view gore simulation. Make a head shot and watch as the bullet shatters bones and eyeballs. This adds absolutely nothing to the game other than a novelty cool factor and it starts to get in the way when you are trying to make successive shots quickly. Fortunately, the act of just moving through the rather straightforward, story-free levels and sniping foes from a distance was satisfying…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:23

The Blackwell Deception on PC (9/10)

The Blackwell Deception

The fourth Blackwell game continues to make improvements over its predecessors in terms of technical polish. There is also a bit more depth to the puzzles and game play. This is still no where near the brutal difficulty of an old school point-and-click game, but it's nice to have more options in terms of combining inventory items, switching characters and querying your in-game search engine to advance the game. As usual, the story and characters are the highlight here, and the broader character arcs are starting to come to a head. There is one more game left in the series and I am anxious…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 22:22

Horsepower
Triple Whip - CD (8/10)

What do you do when your guitarist/singer packs up and leaves town? You soldier on as an instrumental bass and drums duo! Obviously, this is a very different sounding band than before, but I do like this incarnation too. I like hearing a little more attention paid to the tricksy drumming now that the sound has been stripped down.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 09:01

The Blackwell Convergence on PC (8/10)

The Blackwell Convergence

This and the previous Blackwell Unbound apparently were intended to be a single game with flashbacks and intertwined plot lines. Many of the same characters appear again and it's nice to see a larger story arc developing. The quality of the game play and puzzles has improved with each game as has the voice acting and sound. In some respects the art has improved, but each game seems to be the work of a different artist(s) and there are details that I miss.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:56