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    id Software has been the leader in game engine technology in the first-person shooter genre for years. In 1992, they created the illusion of 3D (pseudo-3D) with Wolfenstein 3D, the grandfather game of the first-person shooter genre. In 1993, they added texture mapped floors and ceilings, lighting ...
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    Deadly Premonition is a very strange game in many ways. It's strange for being inspired by the 1990s cult classic TV series Twin Peaks. It's strange because of protagonist Francis York Morgan, a massive cinephile with an imaginary partner named Zach. It's strange for its whole mental cast of chara...
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    The Alien franchise has poured out some enjoyable games over the years. Even though these are mostly shooters. However, they are fun shooters. Games like Aliens versus Predator do a wonderful job of making you feel like a colonial marine, alien, or predator. Meanwhile, games like Alien Trilogy and...
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    At times, it can be funny to look back on the growing games industry of the 1990s. This was around when violence was first sneaking into games. When games like Doom were almost brought to Congress, while others like Night Trap were. A time after cute plumbers and fast hedgehogs. It was the first s...
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    Do. Not. Buy. This. Game. I wish I could end the review here, because there's nothing else I can really say about Postal 3. It's a trashy, glitchy, boring mess that shouldn't have been released in the sad state it was in. At the very least, Akella and Trashmasters could have named the game "Post...
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    When the first Postal hit store shelves in late 1997, it shook the gaming world to its core and caused moral panic. Why? Simply put, Postal was way more violent than most games at the time. It had players kill cops to progress through the game's 17 levels, and allowed players to kill civilians wit...
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    In 2005, Monolith Productions released two first-person shooters with an emphasis on horror. One of these games was F.E.A.R., which was largely inspired by films like Ringu, Ju-on, Dark Water, and Hard Boiled. It was an enjoyable and creepy ride that was critically and commercially successful. So,...
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    In the early 2000s, when the survival horror genre could still call itself that with a straight face, developer Konami released two survival horror games within about a year of each other. These were Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. Both games are often described as the pinnacle of survival horror, ...
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    Genres in the gaming industry are like families, if you think about it. Each genre is like a last name, and the developers are like the family members. In the case of the FPS genre, id Software is like the grandfather, creating genre definers Wolfenstein 3D and Doom. 3D Realms is the immature, yet f...
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    Two things before I start this review. First, you need to take tech demos with a grain of salt. The tech demos or footage shown at conventions like E3 or Gamescom most of the time do not reflect what the actually game will look and feel like. Games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Bioshock Infinite are...
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    When Capcom released the first Resident Evil on Sony's PlayStation in 1996, it was nothing short of a revolutionary game. It took B-grade movie ideals with gameplay and atmosphere similar to the underground PC game Alone in the Dark (minus Alone in the Dark's influences from H.P. Lovecraft...
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    2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a massive surprise. It was a sequel to a series that hadn't spawned a title since the overly-reviled 2003 title Deus Ex: Invisible War. It wasn't being developed by Ion Storm Austin or led by Warren Spector, who headed both Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Inv...
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    Splash Damage, a developer from England, is easily one of my favorite game-makers. It’s the strategy and huge focus on teamplay (the opposite of popular online shooters like “Call of Duty”) that attracts me to their games. The 2011 shooter “Brink” has an interest...
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    Duke Nukem Forever is a legend in the video game industry. However, it's not for the reasons you may think. It's entirely due to its development history. The game started development in 1997, one year after the release of Duke Nukem 3D. The developers went through a series of delays, engin...
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    Back in 1992, Texas-based id Software brought a 1981 stealth game into a new era. The stealth game being revived was Muse Software's Castle Wolfenstein, and id Software's title was the DOS classic Wolfenstein 3D. Wolfenstein 3D is often considered the first FPS and this isn't a lie. S...
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    Ju-on: the curse of one who dies in the grip of powerful rage. It gathers and takes effect in the places that person was alive. Those who encounter it die and a new curse is born. A film that is described as the stable of Japanese horror, Ju-on: The Grudge is a 2002 horror-mystery film directed b...
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    2013's Bioshock Infinite was an undeniably great game. It had a brilliant story, awesome AI, amazing characters, and cool mechanics. It went away from the depths of Rapture and the big drills of the Big Daddies of the first two games and took to the skies of Columbia and haunting screeches of S...
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    Expanding on the story of the original game, Half-Life Opposing Force is one of two main expansions for the PC version of Valve’s 1998 shooter Half-Life. The first game by Gearbox Software (best known today for Brothers in Arms and Borderlands), Opposing Force takes you through the story of Half-L...
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    “Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System.” These words began an unskippable, 5-minute sequence that started the most influential game of the 1990s, and one of the best first-person shooters ever: Half-Life. Half-Life was released 15 years ago, and was easily one of the best sho...
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    Released last November, Hitman: Absolution is the newest title in Io Interactive's Hitman franchise. Absolution is also the first title in the series since Blood Money in 2006, one year before Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series debuted and took the stealth gaming crown. Can Agent 47 re...
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    "Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt." Sounds like an easy task, right? Well, if you're Booker DeWitt, it's not. And with that begins the story of the newest game in Ken Levine's "Shock" games (see System Shock 2, Bioshock, Bioshock 2). Bioshock Infinite is th...

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