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The Walking Dead The Game: Episode 3 Review

The Walking Dead

With the heartbreaking and foreboding end of episode two behind us, we rejoin Lee and the other survivors, at most, a few days later. Tensions are high as supplies continue to dwindle and a traitor is suspected amongst the group. Having survived for just over three months and watched as downtown Macon has been destroyed by both the walkers and those that thought they could help the lack of hope and food is starting to take it's toll. Zombie's are walking the Earth, how could it really get any worse?

The Walking Dead Episode 3

There are no easy choices in this game. No matter what you do it will affect the people around you and how they treat you. Most importantly, choices you made back in the first two episodes could come back to hurt you now.  Depending on who you've sided with or tried to save, or not save, in the past you have the potential to be shunned out of future plans. At least that's what they want you to worry about. Up until this point it seemed like there were several different ways this story could go but if you choose to play through multiple times and make different choices you'll still end up in the same situations and still be guided a long the same path. In many cases a character you previously chose to save over another will find their demise no matter what you do. On one hand it makes sense, obviously there has to be a main goal for the characters but when so much emphasis has been placed on the players choices and figuring out so soon how it all leads to the same place anyway it's a bit disappointing. It shouldn't stop you from playing though, the story is still incredibly well written and as stated in our review of episode one, the dialogue is a key factor to the telling of this story. Telltale really managed to step it up and keep the important parts of the game moving quickly with the time limit on performing actions and deciding what to say. Somehow, through all the violence and terror they still find ways to stick in some brief moments of humor. Not all of the choices work out the way you'd think from the phrase at the bottom. Through tone of voice and additional dialogue you weren't expecting what you might of thought was something nice or comforting to say can quickly turn into an angry hurtful conversation.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 Review

Telltale begins the zombie apocalypse in style.

The Walking Dead

Telltale games, developer of classic hits such as Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space and the Tales of Monkey Island series recently tried their hand at licensed properties, with mixed results. Back to the Future and the Jurassic Park: The Game, Telltale's previous two titles, had potential, but fell short in a number of areas. In The Walking Dead, however, the creators have successfully captured the moral grey area that shrouds the decisions of characters in a zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead

The game offers a refreshing change to the typical first person shooter interpretation of the genre. The zombie genre is ripe with action movies and games that are gore fests. The Walking Dead offers a welcome twist. The game is plot driven and encourages players to think about their choices. During the quick first episode players will only kill around 8 zombies where as in a one hour campaign of the Left 4 Dead series players will kill over 1,000 zombies. Telltale sticks to the elements that made the comic and the TV show emotionally charged. They explore how people and families deal with a zombie apocalypse.

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May 30, 2012 Posted by Justin in PC, Reviews

Diablo III Review

Evil besieges Sanctuary once again.

Diablo III

After 12 years, Blizzard’s Diablo III brings us back to Tristram to defend against the forces of evil. With the choice of five classes, this game supports several styles of play while massacring hordes of enemies. The game feels similar the previous iteration, but with several features tweaked and upgraded.For those new to the series, Diablo III is a roguelike in which the player hacks and slashes their way through randomly generated fields and dungeons while collecting treasure and completing quests. As the hero gains experience, he becomes stronger, learns new skills, and gains the ability to wear stronger equipment. When a meteor falls from the sky and strikes New Tristram, the evils that have been dormant for twenty years are awakened. The hero to drawn to the village, and accepts tasks assigned by the townsfolk. Among these is the mission of finding Deckard Cain, who fell into the depths of the cathedral when the meteor made its impact.

Diablo III

The class system has been simplified, and stat points are now distributed automatically between Strength, Intelligence, Dexterity, and Vitality. The Barbarian is a strength-based class, Witch Doctors and Wizards use magic, while Demon Hunters and Monks use their dexterity to best their foes. Vitality is important to each class, as it determines the character’s life total. As the player reaches new levels, new skills and skill runes are unlocked. A player can switch between skills at any time, and choose which rune to use, if any, to provide a boost to the skill. This system allows the player to use every skill, instead of locking into one decision like in previous games.

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Law and Order: Legacies Episodes 1-3 Review

Law and Order: Legacies

Opening with the reveal of a murder and moving right into the opening credits, Law and Order: Legacies is set up exactly like a normal episode of the show, complete with the "dun dun" sound effect that opens every new scene. Following Detective Rey Curtis you'll look for clues, question witnesses and suspects and then join Mike Cutter and Abbie Carmichael to follow the case while it's being tried. The dialog is done with a conversation tree; the more questions you ask the more topics you can talk about. Everything is saved in a transcript that can be looked through to remind you of things you may of forgotten or to tell you things you may have not noticed the first time.

Law and Order: Legacies

Every so often you'll be asked to judge if the person your talking to is telling the truth, this is an ideal time to look through the transcript and find a mistake in what they've said. If you give the correct answer you'll be given a star, which goes towards determining your rank, and then you'll be asked to prove your choice in answers and possibly earn another star. Finding evidence is as easy as drawing a circle around items with the same shape as the silhouette on the list. In the courtroom you have to choose your topics carefully, object when necessary and make sure the jury is on your side when it comes time to react a verdict.

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Star Wars: The Old Repubic Review

Star Wars: The Old Republic

The long awaited Star Wars MMO has finally been released. It is a direct sequel to the Knights of the Old Republic franchise, but the choice to make this an MMO has made it more than just a sequel, but a series of interconnected stories that make up what could be argued as multiple sequels to the game. It was an interesting move for the series, but is Star Wars The Old Republic worth the price to buy the game and pay the subscription fee to play? Another major question is will the game succeed? Or even will it go free to play like so many other MMOs this year? Read on to find out the details about the game and decide for yourself if you should make the plunge into The Old Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republc's implementation of voiced characters gives the game an advantage over other MMOs for a few reasons. The first two in the series were voiced and changing that may have made the game feel less like its predecessors. In all seriousness no one reads the quest information in other MMOs. Players just click through as fast as they can so they can continue with the grind. All but a few quests are voiced even side quests, and many of them involve moral choices that a player must make in the end or during the quest.

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