Critical About Gaming: Where Do You Draw the Line?

I’ve never killed a man. Not once. Not even accidentally. I’ve hurt people, sometimes intentionally, physically, and emotionally. I make mistakes. I have no desire to hurt even a misogynistic misanthrope like Trump. My Steam library approaches five hundred titles of which I will play only a portion, but some not ever. Certainly there isn’t…

Audiosurf 2 – “Width of a Pixel”

Vitals Developed/Published by: Dylan Fitterer Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac Available via: Steam ($16.99) -|- Direct from Publisher ($14.99 USD) Consider also: Audiosurf ($10 CDN) We’ve been down this road before, but it was bumpier, a little jittery, and underpowered. Acceleration was poor and the brakes squealed, but it was our first ride. We’d paid for…

Chroma Squad – “Little, Pixely, Fun”

Vitals Published/Developed by Behold Studios Platform(s): Windows, Linux & Mac. To Be Announced for XBox One, Playstation 3/4 and Vita Steam for $14.99 CDN -|- GOG.com for $14.99 USD (DRM Free) Consider also: Chroma Squad Soundtrack on Steam or Bandcamp Power Rangers, Saban’s imitation of the sentai hero genre in Japan, is a formative experience…

The Swapper – “Illumination by Imitation”

Vitals Published/Developed by Facepalm Games – Link Platform(s): XBox 360, Playstation 3/4/Vita and PC (Windows) Retails via Digital Download Retails via: Steam ($14.99 CDN) -|- Direct from Developer $14.99 (CDN) -|- GOG.com for $14.99 -|- XBox Marketplace for $14.99 Playstation Network for $14.99 – Search Results I crept more than jumped at the chance to…

Fez – “Forgiving Perception”

Vitals Published/Developed by Polytron Coporation / Trapdoor Platform(s): Xbox 360, Playstation 3/4 and Vita, Windows, Linux & Mac Retails via Digital Download and Your Local Gaming Retailer Steam for $10.99 (CDN) -|- GOG.com for $9.99 (USD/CDN) Playstation Network for $12.99 or Demo (Free) – Search Results Indie developed titles and can be rewarding in their…

Nitronic Rush – “Core Performance”

Vitals Published/Developed by Team Nitronic Platform(s): (PC) Windows Retails via Digital Download Developer for Free -|- Consider also Distance for $20.00 (Standard) or $30.00 (Deluxe) Until I was about sixteen I had a body numbing fear of speed. Even virtual presentations of moving rapidly would arrest my senses and cause me to feel panicky at…

Audiosurf – “Freedom from Everything”

Vitals Published/Developed by Dylan Fitterer Platform: (PC) Windows Retails via Digital Download Developer’s Site for $9.99 (USD) -|- Steam for $10.99 (CDN) Consider also: Audiosurf 2 (my review) for $16.99 CDN via Steam or Direct for $14.99 USD This heavily stylized ride puts you on an electronic superhighway generated by any piece of music you…

Starseed Pilgrim – “The Art of Pruning”

Vitals Published/Developed by Drogen’s Games Platform: PC (Windows) Retails via Digital Download Developer’s Site for $6.00 (USD) -|- Steam for $6.49 (CDN) Indie developers pride themselves on breaking our expectations of game mechanics by flat-out doing things differently. Sometimes it works, too. However, there are occasions when the function of design contribute to the value…

Dust: An Elysian Tail – “Sincerity and Ideals”

Vitals Published by Microsoft Studios Platform(s): XBox 360/One, Playstation 4, Windows, Linux & Mac Developed by Humble Hearts Retails via Digital Download Steam for $16.99 (CDN) -|- XBox Marketplace for $14.99 (USD) This top rated action platformer stands head and shoulders above its competition and peers. While there are role-playing mechanics, there are no story…