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Overdue Reviews: Little Big Adventure

Screenshot from Little Big Adventure, showing a boat and some characters

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Little Big Adventure on PC.

Oh, Steam users. You don't know how privileged you are. Content and bug fixes delivered directly to your computer, often without you even noticing. The smooth machinery of the digital future, working tirelessly in the background for your benefit.

It wasn't always like that. When I purchased my copy of Little Big Adventure on CD-ROM in the mid-nineties, it had a bug. There was no automatic downloading of patches back then. Instead, there was a mysterious note in the box.

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Gaming as a parent

A games controller. Source: https://visualhunt.com/re/5eb0ca

I've read a few articles recently written by gamers who've become parents, recommending games that could still be enjoyed even when your time is increasingly demanded upon.

They were all very interesting, but tended to focus on providing a list of specific game recommendations. I'm going to try this from the opposite direction, by first defining what would make a game suitable for a parent, and why.

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Am I too old for this? Batman: Arkham Knight part 3

The villain of the game, Scarecrow

I've been playing Batman Arkham Knight in an effort to discover if I'm getting too old for games (read part one here and part two here). Join me for part three, where I ask some simple questions.

Like, did Batman just get shot in the stomach? Oops, er... spoilers.

Seriously, it really looked like Batman just got shot in the stomach, but apart from injecting himself with something (Bat-anti-bullet-wound spray anyone?) there's been no further mention of it. He's been in a lot of fights since then too, so it'll be annoying if they return to it later.

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Overdue Reviews: Dawn of War 2

A space marine from the game

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Dawn of War 2 on PC.

Dawn of War 2 is a very serious game. It's full of serious sounding men, with serious names like Cyrus and Thaddeus. I was given the option at the start of naming my character, so to lighten the mood a little I named him Billy.

It did not make the game any less serious.

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Overdue Reviews: Aliens vs Predator 2

An alien

Overdue Reviews is an occasional series in which I appease my younger self's brief desire to be a videogame journalist by ranting or raving about part of or all of a game I've played in the past. This week: Aliens vs Predator 2 on PC.

There's a rule in horror movies. The less you show of the monster, the more scary it is. As soon as the audience sees what they're supposed to be afraid of, they stop being afraid. The fear of the unknown is far worse than a man in a rubber suit.

Aliens vs Predator 2 uses this technique to great effect in the first level of the marine campaign. It was almost terrifying.

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