PC

My primary gaming device these days. Technically any computer can be called a "PC" but this category is specifically for Windows/MS-DOS based games.

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on PC (8/10)

Bit-Trip Runner 2

Although I haven't written about them here, I have played through much of the first series of Bit.Trip games on the Wii. Most of those games could be classified as rhythm games with an Atari 2600 aesthetic. Beat and Runner were the stand-outs of the original six games. The former is a frantic pong-a-like and the latter is a platformer distilled to its most basic mechanics.

Runner 2 is mostly the exact same mechanics as Runner but with a 2.5D graphical makeover. Getting through the entire game is not a huge challenge. The true test comes in trying to achieve perfection by collecting all the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 21:59

A Golden Wake on PC (6/10)

A golden Wake... don't be deceived by this screenshot. There is no dancing in this game.

Although I'd give them props for creating a game with a truly unique theme, this Wadjet Eye adventure falls a bit flat. The game is set during the 1920's land boom of southern Florida and focuses on the player-character, Alfie Banks. Essentially it's a character study, but, unfortunately, interactive storytelling doesn't lend itself to well so such narratives. Games excel at mood and environment but creating riveting characters just doesn't seem to fit the medium all that well. Without a strong narrative plot focus (i.e. save the princess or defeat the evil villain) it's hard to justify the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 22:34

Magrunner: Dark Pulse on PC (6/10)

Magrunner: Dark Pulse

This was a freebie from GOG.com that I went into knowing nothing about it. The first thing anyone who plays the game will think when they begin is, "Wow, this is a complete Portal rip-off." Then you get about halfway through an you'll think, "Wow, this really is a complete Portal rip-off!" Now, Portal was a near-perfect game, so if you are going to rip a game off you might as well steal from the best, but they could have at least tried to change a few more of the story points. You start off as a test subject in a puzzle-filled lab armed only with a fancy future gun that shoots two colored…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 08/22/2015 - 16:34

OlliOlli on PC (9/10)

OlliOlli

One of my favorite games of the coin-op era was Atari's 720. It had a simple, but unique control scheme that's pretty much impossible to replicate through emulation. You would basically jump then spin a knob (dressed up like a joystick), and the more times you spun the dial, the more points you got. As abstract as it was, this felt like skateboarding.

OlliOlli is the only skateboarding game that I have played that comes close to matching the rhythm and feel of 720°. The controls seem complicated at first: flick and spin the left stick to jump and press A to land. But once you start to get…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 18:14

FarCry 3 on PC (10/10)

FarCry 3

I was a bit hesitant to play this game. I really didn't like FarCry 2 all that much. It was repetitive, dull and not a worthy successor to the first game. Then, I decided to give theeighties sci-fi themed expansion FarCry 3: Blood Dragon a try. That game was great, so when 3 went on sale I grabbed it hoping for the best, and, oh man, I was immediately blown away.

The first ten minutes of the game are incredible. Mind you, this is your basic tutorial sequence where you learn to crouch, sprint and look around. You are quickly introduced to the main bad guy, the dire stakes are laid out as…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 19:20

Resonance on PC (5/10)

Resonance Screen Shot

Uh oh, here we go again with another mediocre adventure game. Surprisingly, this one comes from Wadjet Eye Studios whose games have all been really good to me up until this one. On the surface Resonance has a lot going for it: well done pixelated graphics, a decent score and some clever twists on point-and-click interaction. However, the story and characters never grabbed be. Maybe it was the sub-par voice acting from a few of the leads or perhaps the controllable character overload. Controlling four characters seems like it would make for some interesting game play, but it is more of a…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 22:59

Yesterday on PC (4/10)

Yesterday

I've had pretty good luck with the string of adventure games I've played lately. It was inevitable that sooner or later I'd come across a dud. Yesterday had promise. I was initially drawn to the slick graphics (well, slick for a point and click game). However, the game is bogged down with nonsensical puzzles and an uneven tone to the story. There's a horrible tangent where your character needs to learn martial arts that almost made me give up on the game completely. Eventually the story comes back around but it never is that gripping.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 06/14/2015 - 18:38

Devil May Cry 4 on PC (3/10)

Devil May Bore 4

Started out okay enough despite the idiotic button mashing mechanics. But, man, this game became pure tedium by the ending. If there was a story here, it was totally lost on me. Just a bunch of feathery haired leather-boys jumping around and killing Raggedy Anne dolls. Is this what console gaming is like? What a bore.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 06/12/2015 - 19:57

The Witcher on PC (7/10)

The Witcher: Checking Out Vizima in my LEATHER!!!

The Witcher is a flawed but ultimately satisfying role playing game that puts you in the role of monster killing mutant named Geralt. In some aspects the game is a bit more hardcore than other recent RPGs. You need to pay close attention to dialogue as clues are not spoon-fed to you and the almighty quest arrow is somewhat deceiving. The first half of the game feels more like an adventure game in which you are talking to NPCs and running back-and-forth across the map to advance. I eventually got the hang of the way quests worked and was able enjoy the game much more about one-third the…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:57

DLC Quest on PC (5/10)

DLC Quest

Not much to say about this one other that it's a joke game. The gag is that in order to gain required abilities you need to purchase downloadable content. These abilities include moving to the left (as seen in the above screen grab) and colored text. The game itself is a simple platformer where your real goal is to collect coins and eventually get to the final (and only) bad guy. The game can be finished in less than a half hour so if you can get it for less than a dollar, have some time to kill and a low threshold for what you think passes for humor, go nuts.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 08:44