Grim Fandango Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Grim Fandango RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Feast Your Ears on the Fascinating Audio Commentary in These 11 Games https://www.gameskinny.com/t06i8/feast-your-ears-on-the-fascinating-audio-commentary-in-these-11-games https://www.gameskinny.com/t06i8/feast-your-ears-on-the-fascinating-audio-commentary-in-these-11-games Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:56:02 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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Alas, Hideo Kojima, the creator of the famous Metal Gear Solid series, never took to the task of recording a single line of developer commentary on his games. However, the fourth game in the series, Guns of the Patriots, includes such a commentary by Ken Imaizumi, the game's producer, Aki Saito, Konami international product manager, and Sean Eyestone, one of the writers.

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This audio commentary is available in the game on Snake's iPod. So if you haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, maybe now's the time.

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What's your favorite developer commentary track? Let us know in the comments below!.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Tim Schafer is one of the world's most renowned and consistent game designers. His titles have garnered huge fan followings, and his new games are anticipated by millions of gamers everywhere every year.

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Grim Fandango is definitely one of his finest moments. That's why Sony decided to release a remastered version of the game just a few years ago. It was a great decision to include the developer commentary, too, as it reveals the massive amounts of talent Tim Schafer wields.

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Fortunately, the entire commentary has been leaked online, so grab a pack of popcorn and immerse yourself in the world of mesmerizing game development of Grim Fandango.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut

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The Director's Cut of the first Deus Ex introduced a number of revamped gameplay elements, a fantastic series of developer commentaries, and a whole documentary showcasing the behind-the-scenes creation process.

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Even if you've never played the game or have no interest in the Deus Ex series but want to know what it takes to develop a modern AAA title, then be sure to check the entire audio commentary section of the game. Be warned, though, it's long. Seven hours long.

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Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2

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This survival horror franchise from Valve was another massive success for the company. So it's no surprise that the dev team opted to provide audio commentary in the same fashion as both Half-Life 2 and the Portal franchise: as interactive nodes that could be activated by players during the gameplay.

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The sequel, which came out only a year later, had the same team record their thoughts on the development process, too, making it one of the most encompassing game design commentaries you will ever hear.

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Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour

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Here is another cult title from the 90s -- a true blast from the past: the one and only Duke Nukem 3D. The upgraded version of the original title was released just a year ago to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series.

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Allen Blum and Richard Gray, the original designers of the game, return to their progeny and not only deliver additional content to the original game, but also discuss what went into the process of reviving the old files from the ashes.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary

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The very first game that launched the epic Tomb Raider series was released in the mid-90s. Ten years later, Crystal Dynamics released a remastered version of that first game based on the new Legend engine.

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Fast forward to the Tomb Raider: Anniversary bundle, and you'll find game developer commentary featuring Jason Botta, the creative director of the remastered version, and Toby Gard, the original game's lead designer. 

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They discuss each segment of the game as you play through it, and reveal why certain decisions were made in the process of the creation of those particular levels.

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Firewatch

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Firewatch offers a developer commentary as a part of its free DLC, which adds an Audio Tour mode to the game. It's designed in such a way that allows players to pick up audio players in the beginning of the prologue, and then pick up audio cassettes that are placed in special spots throughout the game.

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Each cassette contains a recording from a Firewatch development member who discusses how that particular part of the game was designed. The best thing about this approach is that the recordings are relatively short and don't distract from the actual gameplay too much.

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Portal & Portal 2

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After the smashing success of Half-Life 2, Valve released another title that is considered to be one of the most original game concepts ever devised -- the Portal series.

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As usual, Gabe Newell, the founder of Valve, was joined by the development team behind the Portal games and recorded an accompanying audio commentary for the series. In order to access all of the commentary episodes, players must first complete the game. Afterward, the developer commentary mode will be unlocked, offering over a hundred audio segments for your listening pleasure.

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The Last Of Us Remastered

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The Last of Us was a PS3 exclusive and international hit. A year later, it was remastered and ported to the PS4 -- bringing with it developer commentary by Neil Druckmann, creative director, Troy Baker, who plays Joel, and Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie.

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This commentary can be accessed through an in-game menu, which shows all of the game's cutscenes in succession -- with audio commentary on top -- making the experience very similar to watching films with director commentary. 

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Half-Life 2

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Half-Life 3 is undoubtedly the most anticipated sequel to any game ever released. The first two games have set the bar of the quality so high that it will be hard to achieve the same level of intrigue as before.

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However, if you want to know how the development of this incredibly popular series began, then be sure to check the developer commentary of Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 & 2.

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Unfortunately, the development team didn't record commentary for the first game, but there is more than enough material to study from the two episodes of the sequel. Commentary includes anecdotes and behind the scenes stories from team members such as Gabe Newell, Greg Coomer, Jay Stelly, and many more. 

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BioShock: The Collection

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Every fan of the BioShock series simply ought to have BioShock: The Collection. Not only does it inlcude the remastered versions of all three games, but it also adds to the experience an exciting commentary track from Ken Levine, the series' creative director, and Shawn Robertson, the lead artist. 

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Interestingly, the commentary for Bioshock: The Collection is part of the franchise's world. Throughout each of the stories, players are able to find collectible items that activate new episodes where the developers discuss the design process behind the series.

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The commentary uncovers many previously unknown details about the risks and challenges that the development team had to take in order to deliver one of the most praised video game franchises in history.

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While audio commentary from directors and filmmakers is typical for most Hollywood movies, commentary from video game developers discussing their creative process on a separate audio track attached to your favorite game is relatively new.

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It took some years before game developers decided to adopt the same approach as their Hollywood counterparts. The first game that appeared with such developer commentary was 2000's Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo.

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After that first experiment, other developers also wanted to share their experiences with gamers, and many games followed suit. Here you will find 11 of the most inspiring video game developer commentaries that will not only let you see the the machinations behind your favorite games, but also what drives your favorite developer to keep making great games. 

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10 Treats You Don't Want to Miss From GOG's Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:17:18 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Let's face it: the weather is getting colder. As much fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, it's also fun to stay in and be warm, too. Fortunately, GOG.com is running a Halloween sale until 6 p.m. ET,  November 2nd, so staying in can be even more fun with one (or more) of these 10 great deals.

During the sale, those who spend at least $15 will receive a free copy of Tales From the Borderlands, if you needed yet another excuse to spend money and get just one more game for your buck.

Darkest Dungeon

It can be hard enough to manage mental health issues in real life, but Darkest Dungeon presents the challenge of managing mental health issues in game. Part of the adventuring in this gothic, rogue-like RPG is managing the stress and sanity of your team. Also part of the game is Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Darkest Dungeon is a game of chaos, but intellectually stimulating chaos that doesn't completely feel like the game just wants to screw you over.

Darkest Dungeon - sale price $9.99 - normally $24.99

SOMA

SOMA is an interesting entry in the genre of horror games. It's not really one about jump scares or surviving a ton of enemies. The underwater, sci-fi elements play into very specific phobias and create an uneasy, uncertain environment. On top of all that, SOMA has a compelling story, further driving both the game and the player toward continuing and finishing the game. A refreshing title when it comes to horror games, and one worth purchasing.

SOMA - sale price $7.49 - normally $29.99

Hollow Knight

The popular Metroidvania is perfect to purchase now if you haven't already, as the free expansion "The Grimm Troupe" just came out on Oct. 26. "The Grimm Troupe" is a new questline with new bosses, enemies and items, and players can access it at any time. Even without the free DLC, Hollow Knight is considered one of the best games of the year, if not the best. It's beautiful, challenging, engaging, and worth every penny.

Hollow Knight - sale price $9.89 - normally $14.99

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm game even rhythm game haters would enjoy. The soundtrack is phenomenal, or players can add and play their own music if they disagree. The game also has tons of replay-ability, not just with the ability to add your own music, but with the different characters that require different playing styles. The game is a few years old, but manages to never get old. If you haven't picked up Crypt of the Necrodancer yet and given it a try, then every time is a good time to do so, but especially now during the GOG.com sale.

Crypt of the Necrodancer - sale price $4.49 - normally $14.99

Grim Fandango Remastered

Halloween isn't the only holiday happening this time of year. Those who love and celebrate the Day of the Dead will also love Grim Fandango Remastered. Everybody's a skeleton, you're in the Land of the Dead, and the dialogue is top notch. This horror isn't in the jump scares or enemies, but the level of corruption Manny Calavera has been dealing with in the Department of Death! Grim Fandango Remastered is an excellent game to pick up if you rather laugh out loud than scream this Day of the Dead.

Grim Fandango Remastered - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate does a great job of combining many gaming elements together. It's part card game, part board game, part RPG. The player is in control during combat but still subject to the RNG of the cards. Overall, the game has a fantastic concept and is a grind, albeit a rewarding one, for achievement hunters. If you haven't yet tried Hand of Fate, then now is a great time to do it. The sequel, Hand of Fate 2, is coming out Nov. 7.

Hand of Fate - sale price $6.29 - normally $24.99

Don't Starve

Don't Starve isn't an easy game, and with each DLC release, it doesn't get any easier. The base game alone presents a ton of challenge, and most players will spend hours in trial and error figuring out how to not only survive, but thrive in a world where nearly everything is designed to kill you. The horror in Don't Starve isn't the creepy wilderness or the arrival of Deerclops, but the oversight of forgetting your thermal stone during your winter venture.

Don't Starve - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Outlast

Sure, Outlast II came out earlier this year and it may be tempting to play the newest game. But, don't skip over the original Outlast, where the object of the game is in the title. There's no fighting; just a lot of running and hiding while trying to record as much as possible. Not everyone is an enemy either, so there's the suspense and tension in who to watch out for and where you need to go. Outlast is a must-play title for any fan of the horror genre.

Outlast - sale price $2.99 - normally $19.99

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is fast-paced and action packed. If you want your heart to race because all you're doing is moving, reacting and paying attention to every detail, then Hotline Miami is the game for you. The main character goes on murderous rampages and all the enemies can kill you in one hit. You can sneak by, but that's not going to work every time. The scare here is the blurred lines in who's controlling the main character's actions. Are you really in control, or are you just doing what the answering machine tells you to do?

Hotline Miami - sale price $1.99 - normally $9.99

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear isn't about action. It's not about resolving one scary scenario only to move on to the next scary scenario. It's drawn out. It's meant to feel like you can settle while, in reality, there's no room to get comfortable. Layers of Fear is meant to be about endurance. It's an excellently detailed game, designed to force the player to explore the complexities of fear much in the same way the paintings in the game can be much more than they appear.

Layers of Fear - sale price $4.99 - normally $19.99

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Are you planning on taking advantage of the Halloween sale? What games did you buy, or are you wanting to buy? Let us know in the comments!

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Why are 2D Point-and-Click Adventures Still So Appealling? https://www.gameskinny.com/3pmrn/why-are-2d-point-and-click-adventures-still-so-appealling https://www.gameskinny.com/3pmrn/why-are-2d-point-and-click-adventures-still-so-appealling Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:24:52 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

In this modern age in gaming where graphics have never been closer to imitating reality, and the higher-end games in the industry have budgets in the range of several hundred-million dollars, why is there still such a strong audience for the genre of 2D Point-and-Click Adventure Games? What keeps such a simple kind of game relevant among it's bigger-budgeted and more mechanically complex peers? 

Really old and possibly outdated example, but the point still stands.

There are a few likely reasons for this.

It may be due in part to the methodical nature of the genre. The average point-and-click adventure game is somewhat slowly-paced, but usually not from a lack of understanding of how to space out their gameplay or tell their story. More often than not, it's done in order to take advantage of the benefit that this genre has over most other genres in gaming; Problem-solving based solely in critical thinking.

While there are games and series of point-and-clicks that have fail states and manners in which you can die in time-sensitive situations (Most games by Telltale and the original King's Quest games spring to mind), an advantage had with the puzzle-centric gameplay of point-and-click adventures allows for game design based around creative thinking, wherein violence is the answer much less often than in most other games, and often the hardest option.

One of the most satisfying feelings a gamer can achieve in any game is the feeling of figuring out a really savagely mind-twisting puzzle (even better without a walkthrough), and allowing themselves to feel like they overcame an intellectual challenge, and that's what point-and-clicks are all about at their core. It is true that figuring out which item to use on what other item, or character, can be a tedious task if it takes too long or isn't very obvious to the user, but in those moments when they think hard and get the right answer on the first try, it makes them feel like a genius.

Going through conversations both in and out of the courtroom in Ace Attorney looking for the perfect evidence to solve the problem at hand. Always a treat!

It's also a genre that doesn't shy away from storytelling 

Being games that aren't known for their fast-paced gameplay, and that can't reliably create frenetic action or intense conflict to be involved in, point-and-click games tend to live or die on two things: their puzzles and their writing.

When a point-and-click player isn't solving a puzzle they're talking with other characters, clicking on objects in the background in order to search for new items and flavor text, and just generally doing a lot of reading or listening. This fact must have been a revelation that many developers of point-and-click games (especially golden-age LucasArts) had early on in the heyday of this genre, as nearly all of the point-and-clicks that are the most fondly remembered are the ones that are agreed to be well-written.

Games like Day of the Tentacle, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Grim Fandango (and other examples that don't involve Tim Schafer) all house beloved characters and intricate plot-lines, which become the most praised aspects of the games. Tales like that of Guybrush Threepwood overcoming adversity in Monkey Island or Lee doing his best to survive in Walking Dead are stories with gripping narratives that stick with most players longer than the plot of the average mainstream gaming experience.

Not to mention, because this genre built itself on MacGyver-esque makeshift problem solving that relied on a train-of-logic unique to each individual developer, which could get kinda crazy -- point-and-clicks aren't afraid to be strange most of the time. It's a genre with a library loaded with experimental and difficult to imitate titles.

This may also be why it's a genre with so many silly classics.

 Share a Grog with LeChuck.

A lot of the most fondly remembered point-and-click games are those that have comedic plots and characters. Again this is not always the case, such as with The Walking Dead, but games like Grim Fandango, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, and the Broken Sword series are all most often remembered for their quirkiness and comedy.

This is part of the reason that many laugh, rather than roll their eyes at instances of the famed "adventure game logic" at work in games like these. An instance that exemplifies this exists in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People where the player has to pour a tub of melted butter into a fog machine in order to season some flying bats and get a guitarist to eat them.

Yes, really.  

In a situation like this one some people may be irritated or annoyed, thinking to themselves "How was I supposed to think of that?" However, many others will be laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, and perhaps even applauding the game for forcing the player to think outside the box to that level; Maybe even feeling grateful that they got the chance to do something so outlandish in a video game.

The video games industry as a whole has been working towards realistic graphics and conflicts in games for years, and most AAA titles are adult-oriented with a typically serious tones. With Point-and click adventure games it's nice to know there's a genre whose bread-and-butter is surprising and joking around with the player's expectations nine times out of ten.

Overall, point-and-click adventures are the kind of game people like to play when they just wanna kick back and think for a while. They aren't for everybody, and strong writing can only carry a game so much, but as an alternative to the usual sorts of games that pop up these days, it's good to know there's a genre on standby to make you laugh and use your brain.

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The 10 Best Bars in Video Game History https://www.gameskinny.com/uvfvt/the-10-best-bars-in-video-game-history https://www.gameskinny.com/uvfvt/the-10-best-bars-in-video-game-history Thu, 17 Mar 2016 03:51:01 -0400 Brandon Morgan

Most video games aren't about relaxing, having a nice pint of Guinness, and telling tales from a bar stool. Instead, you would find yourself visiting such a location to receive a new quest or job, sell your loot, or perhaps speak to an NPC about a missing item.

Sadly, a lot of players will duck into these dives and then find themselves outside in an instant. No one takes the time to really take in the universe and the setting. Well, we think that should change -- and these ten bars should help immensely.

100 Rads

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl

After the collapse of civilization, even those hunting their way through the Exclusion Zone in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl need to relax for a moment from the worries of the post-apocalyptic world.

100 Rads, the closest civilized establishment in the wastes, can get you away from anomalies and into the loving arms of other fighters.

Shotglass's

Wing Commander

Shotglass's, which is run by a fellow named Shotglass, runs a legendary bar in Wing Commander from 1990. This is obviously a classic.

There is not much to do within the iconic bar, but the single track that plays is absolutely wonderful. The ambiance is the reason to be there.

Sierra Madre Casino

Fallout: New Vegas

While the Sierra Madre Casino from Fallout: New Vegas' Dead Money expansion is basically empty, you cannot argue against the aesthetics.

The hologram cashier will pay you in pre-war dollars instead of chips. There are numerous gamblers missing, though.

The Blue Casket

Grim Fandango

The Blue Casket from Grim Fandango (1998) feels more like a slam poetry establishment than anything else. Here, the player will experience dark undertones and morbid poetry being told.

Olivia, the poet in question, has some great lines for those willing to sit through it.

The Hairy Bear Inn

The Witcher

While the name may imply a sleeping spot to some, to others it implies the only gay bar within The Witcher. We're positive CD Projekt RED did not intend for that to happen, but with a name like that it is hard not to assume.

The beer is said to have been made from dog urine, though, so be wary of your pint glass.

Fighting McDonagh's

BioShock

Of course, there are quite few bars and nightclubs within the game world of BioShock and BioShock 2, but Fighting McDonagh's stands out for, well, the fighting.

The pub is a nice, old-fashioned Irish establishment filled with spirit and flair. And did we mention fighting?

The Pelican Inn

Uncharted 3

The Pelican Inn, as seen in Uncharted 3, was once a nice little establishment with an old-fashioned, western-themed pub downstairs. That was destroyed, however, after Nathan Drake got into a massive brawl.

The "classy joint for sailors" is probably home to numerous drunken brawls on a weekly basis, though.

The Grim Guzzler

World of Warcraft

Believe it or not, The Grim Guzzler is the only spot in World of Warcraft where players can meet the virtual alter-egos of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain, the band made of Blizzard employees.

With the right in-game item, players can even get them to play a tune in the bar.

Hercules

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Hercules is the only known openly gar bay within the world of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. The player may not like what is on the table, but the party sure is bumping.

Gay Tony certainly knows how to throw a bash.

Afterlife

Mass Effect 2

Afterlife is the single most impressive in-game bar of all time, and it is only featured in Mass Effect 2. The atmosphere, the feeling, the racism -- it is all exactly like a real bar would be in space.

Of course, don't trust the Batarian behind the bar. He isn't a fan of humans.

Honestly, any gamer would be lucky to spend an evening in one of these bars, as long as they were armed with a laser pistol, a revolver, or a pair of brass knuckles. Seriously, they are all really dangerous places to drink. You have been warned. 

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10 least spooky skeletons in games https://www.gameskinny.com/luvgs/10-least-spooky-skeletons-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/luvgs/10-least-spooky-skeletons-in-games Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:18:51 -0500 Clint Pereira

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What did we learn about skeletons today?

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They're skinless people who are often forced into a role. A lot of them are musically-inclined. And we're all very confused about whether they're supposed to be scary or not.

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Skeletons could have been scary once, but now nobody's sure what to do with them anymore. As it stands, they tend to be cast as throwaway enemies and comic relief.

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1. Mr. Bones from Mr. Bones

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Proof that glowing eyes doesn't automatically make you scary.

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In this game, you play as a skeleton with weird chimp-like features who is frantically trying to run away from other skeletons while losing his limbs. It's not uncommon to hop around on one leg or your spine. Truly, Mr. Bones demonstrates how beleaguered the life of a skeleton army soldier must really be.

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Oh, and he turns his skeleton friends good with the power of music. Yep.

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2. Dry Bones from the Mario series

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Dry Bones used to be vaguely threatening, if a bit slow-moving. In more recent iterations, like in Mario Party 7 and Mario Kart 8, he looks more like a plushy. Even Luigi is scarier than this pile of bones.

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3. Papyrus from Undertale

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I take it back. David is not the silliest-looking skeleton.

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What can I say about Papyrus? He is a cartoon villain with an actual Skeletor laugh who is terrible at his human-hunting job. In fact, the army he's trying to get into is full of adorable, fluffy dogs, and they're still better at hunting down humans. Instead of trapping and/or killing the human he's after, they go on a date and become best friends.

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Not a good representative of skeleton-kind.

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...just don't tell his brother I said any of this, though, or I might have a bad time.

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4. David from Shin Megami Tensei 4

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Boss fight difficulty aside, David is the silliest-looking skeleton in existence.

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For one, he's not even wearing his Elizabethan-era clothing correctly. He should be wearing leggings underneath those puffy dealies. Also, his name is David! How unspooky is that?

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It's like he got out of bed, forgot to put pants on, and said, "Here I am. Let's fight. Or play music. Whatever."

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5. Manuel Calavera from Grim Fandango

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Manny is just a guy trying to do his job. Unfortunately, corruption and the skeleton mob keep getting in his way.

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Grim Fandango is proof that skeletons are just regular people... who don't have any of their skin or organs.

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6. Spinal from Killer Instinct

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Meet Spinal, the loincloth-wearing badass from the Killer Instinct series, because nothing says "dangerous" like a bright orange sweatband and buck teeth.

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Spinal's newest iteration is a bit more intense, but his original model is anything but terrifying.

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7. The Skull from F-Zero GX

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Every time I see this guy's face, I'm tempted to do a Skeletor impression. Nice calves, bud. What is that, a laser tag vest?

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I don't know whose idea it was to resurrect the greatest racer of all time, but why they felt the need to file down his teeth is beyond me.

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8. Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil

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Sir Daniel Fortesque doesn't want to scare anyone. He just wants to prove himself after his first chance at heroism was ended with an arrow in his eye.

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Probably the scariest thing about him is imagining what he looked like as a human. Probably something like Nigel Thornberry.

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9. The skeleton warriors from Castlevania 64

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Castlevania loves its skeletons. But Castlevania 64 didn't really seem to try to make the skeletons scary or threatening. They just kind of annoyingly throw themselves at you like so many bony gnats.

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Pictured above is the aptly-named "bomb skeleton." It lights a fuse on its head, jogs after you, then explodes after a few seconds. Not the skeleton army's brightest.

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10. Jackal from Abyss Odyssey

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What's weird about this suave skeleton is that he is both an enemy mob with a rapier and an NPC who likes to play guitars and tell stories.

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Maybe he's just on his lunch break?

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I was just Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and it seems like prime time to talk about skeletons. As in, those creatures that everyone says are supposed to be scary but never actually are.

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For one, everyone has a skeleton. Skeletons are just our bones walking around. Skeletons also pretty easy to break. When they die, they usually fall apart or their head pops off in a comical fashion.

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And yet, video games insist on throwing hordes of skeletons at players. Here are the least spooky members of the skeleton army.

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Ten Classic Point & Click Games To Play On Your Modern PC https://www.gameskinny.com/l7kb9/ten-classic-point-click-games-to-play-on-your-modern-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/l7kb9/ten-classic-point-click-games-to-play-on-your-modern-pc Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:27:07 -0400 Geir Haugland

Point & click adventure games have regained some of their relevance in recent years. Telltale's surprise hit The Walking Dead won game of the year at Spike's Video Game Awards in 2012, and there are indies developing some incredible examples of the genre. If you have pixel hunted your way through indie darlings like Machinarium and had your very soul shattered at its core by Telltale, why not take a step back, and experience some classic point & click adventure games?

I hear you saying, "I can't be bothered to pay a premium on eBay for a copy of a game I am unsure I can get working.” Thankfully, there won't be a need for that, as all the games presented in this list are readily available on digital platforms like Steam and Good Old Games. GOG, in particular, is an old-school PC gamer's best friend as their entire catalog is ready to play on modern PCs. And if the deal still needs sweetening: they are dirt cheap. Join me, and let us delve into adventure gaming's past to unearth some gems.

10. Sam & Max: Hit the Road

Sam & Max: Hit The Road is a fully voiced effort by Lucas Arts, based on the comic book characters created by Sam Purcell. You can expect Sam & Max to tickle your funny bone. Sam is a cool, calm, and collected investigator who just happens to be a dog. Whereas Max is a hyperactive rabbit “thingy” (to quote the game), who relishes chaos, violence, and mischief. This admittedly, odd-couple decided to enter the lucrative freelance police business.

The game starts with the duo receiving a phone call from the commissioner alerting them to the escape, and potential kidnapping, at the local circus. The circus' star attraction has disappeared together with a giraffe-necked girl. In our investigation, we point and click our way through beautiful pre-rendered backdrops. This classic adventure game is an excellent choice for gamers who enjoy thinking outside of the box, and appreciate a comical premise.

9. Indiana Jones: and the Fate of Atlantis

LucasArts' Indiana Jones: and the Fate of Atlantis is notable for providing the player with the choice of three different playstyles. Those of us who can work well with others could choose the team path, where the alluring Sophia joins us. We could go for the wits path if we have faith in our puzzle solving prowess. Or we could choose the fist path if we prefer to punch Nazis first and think later. This innovative system provides replay value to the game; as the various paths present us with different puzzles to solve, and slightly alters the story.

In the game, Indiana Jones is once again tasked with thwarting the nefarious schemes of Nazis. Set in 1939 on the cusp of war, Indy travels the world to track down Klaus Kerner, and the horned artifact he stole. Fun fact: if you have the Wii version of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, you can unlock a fully playable version of The Fate of Atlantis. This game is a perfect fit for adventure gamers that desire a serious tone, and for fans of the Indiana Jones franchise.

8. Torin's Passage

Together, Al Lowe and Sierra created some of the genre's most revered games. Torin's Passage is not one of those, but it possess a unique charm and represents something completely different from Al Lowe. He has stated that he wanted to create a game geared towards a younger demographic after watching the Robin Williams classic Mrs. Doubtfire with his daughter. He wanted to create a game that parents could play together with their kids, something of a departure from his previous work on the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Torin is a simple farm-boy enjoying a quiet life that is abruptly interrupted when an evil witch uses black magic to capture his parents. It is our job to assist Torin in his rescue mission, and together we travel to the world below through portals on the surface. On our journey, we become acquainted with a vast array of interesting characters. Torin's Passage is a charming point & click adventure game, that serves as an excellent starting point for future adventure game aficionados.

7. Loom

In the times before graphic point & click games, there existed text adventures. One man who successfully transitioned from text- to graphic adventure games was Brian Moriarty. In 1990, LucasArts published Loom, a high-fantasy epic possessing a more serious tone than the company's other more light-hearted games. Today, Loom is perhaps best known for the incredibly funny sales pitch included in The Secret of Monkey Island (Ask me about Loom!).

Which is a shame, since Loom is such an interesting game on its own. The original version of the game came with a thirty-minute audio drama on a cassette. The game features an involved and complicated narrative, filled with magic, betrayal, and silly names like Bobbin. Loom was a truly ambitious effort that perhaps didn't live up to expectations on release. Nevertheless, it remains a piece of adventure gaming history that is well worth your time if you are craving a serious storyline.

6. Legend of Kyranida Book Three: Malcolm's Revenge

Let's be completely honest for a second, we've all rooted for the bad guy at one time or another. Apparently, Westwood Studios rooted for their antagonist, turning their final installment of the Kyrandia trilogy into a villain simulator where we assume control of Malcolm - who just happens to be your run-of-the-mill deranged jester. The clever inclusion of the moodometer mechanic facilitates interesting puzzle solving, where in some situations honesty is the best policy - whereas in others liars prosper.

Malcolm's Revenge is a retelling of the first Kyrandia game told from Malcolm's perspective. In the original, he was accused of murdering then protagonist Brandon's parents. I feel obligated to point out that the title of the game is misleading, as Malcolm's primary goal seems to be redemption. Today, Westwood are perhaps better known for creating the excellent real-time strategy series Command & Conquer, and being unceremoniously shut down by EA. Malcolm's Revenge is a good choice for gamers who desire a humorous experience, and who are willing to overlook the clunky interface.

5. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded

The premise of the Larry games are as simple as they are ingenious: hook up with women. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, N-Fusion Interactive, Intermarum and Replay Games, in collaboration with series' creator Al Lowe, released an enhanced version of the Sierra classic. Reloaded feature updated graphics and some minor gameplay tweaks. Al Lowe's masterpiece from the 80s dares us to keep a straight face as we're aiding Larry's quest for booty. Leisure Suit Larry's puzzles are expertly rooted in the narrative; Larry needs wine and condoms for his night out wooing damsels. Larry needs to convince said damsel to partake in some boogie on the dance floor.

We do this because Larry badly needs to get laid. Being a 40-year old virgin two decades before Steve Carell, he is, understandably, desperate. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is the perfect choice for point & click gamers looking for a hilarious game with familiar themes. Guys have been Larry, and girls have been subjected to a Larry.

4. Sanitarium

In 1998, Dreamforge Intertainment released Sanitarium. A disturbing point & click adventure game partially set in an asylum, and partially in a warped world beyond our reality. In Sanitarium, we are maneuvering through strange and eerie locations; questioning what is real. The protagonist is suffering from amnesia, and the object of the game is piecing together his memory. Sanitarium is wonderful in its presentation, disturbing in its content, and an absolute joy to play. Featuring a twisted narrative that is a demented pleasure to uncover, Sanitarium is likely to stick with you.

Released at the tail-end of point & click adventure games' popularity in the late 90s, Sanitarium saw little commercial success. It garnered some positive criticism and subsequently became a cult classic. Fans of psychological horror games will appreciate Sanitarium. The visual depictions of insanity are a work of art. A note caution, Sanitarium is not for the timid.

3.  I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

Harlan Ellison is an interesting figure. In 1967, he published the short story "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream". It chronicles the lives of the last survivors after an advanced artificial intelligence deemed human life unworthy and consequently wiped the entire human race out. For the remainder of the story, the A.I. tortures the remaining survivors.

In 1995, Ellison together with developer DreamsGuild, turned his short story into a video game. The standout feature of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream unquestionably is its oppressive, dark, and depressing atmosphere. The game approach ethical dilemmas in a fashion video games rarely do. As a result, it is impossible to "win" I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, your only hope is to achieve the best possible end conditions - which is a nice nod to the source material. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a challenging game, intended for mature, and intelligent players.

2.  Grim Fandango Remastered

Grim Fandango is legendary game designer Tim Schafer's magnum opus. In Grim Fandango, we assume the role of Manny Calavera, who works as a travel agent in the afterlife. Manny is working off his debt by guiding his clients to their final destination, and the better the person you've been, the better your travel accommodations will be. Grim Fandango's story takes place over four consecutive November 2nds and chronicles different stages of Manny's un-life.

Grim Fandango has been a holy grail among PC collectors and getting the game to run on modern PCs is a daunting task. There are several hacked installers released online to get it running adequately on modern computers. Therefore, the announcement of a remastered version was a welcoming surprise. Everyone should experience this classic, as it is universally praised for a reason.

1.  Monkey Island: Special Edition Bundle

Being the brainchild of Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, with design help by Tim Schafer, the Monkey Island games just had to be good. Released in 1990 and 1991 respectively, the first two installments in the Monkey Island series are some of the best adventure games ever created. They star Guybrush Threepwood - mighty pirate! Monkey Island is known for its wacky characters, charm, comedic storylines, and satisfying puzzles. Who can forget the blind look-out of Melee Island? Or Stan, the used coffin salesman in Monkey Island 2 you nail inside one of his coffins?

The bundle containing both the remastered versions of the Monkey Island games has to be one of gaming's best value propositions. They are some of the best games ever created, as funny as they are challenging, and as difficult as they are charming. The Monkey Island games stand as pinnacles of the genre and comes highly recommended to anyone who likes games.

What do you think? Did I leave out any great point and click adventure classics? Let me know in the comments below. 

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9 beloved games fans hated (or didn't play) https://www.gameskinny.com/jk51m/9-beloved-games-fans-hated-or-didnt-play https://www.gameskinny.com/jk51m/9-beloved-games-fans-hated-or-didnt-play Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:14:49 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So those are the 10 games that were either hated by fans or largely ignored upon release. It's interesting to note that most of them are Nintendo and PC games. It also seems that most people end up changing their minds or rediscovering these games later in life.

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Remasters have certainly helped Grim Fandango, two Zelda games and EarthBound get more attention and love. Maybe the same could happen for Super Mario Sunshine, System Shock 2, and Street Fighter III.

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So what games did you initially hate but then changed your mind about? Let us know in the comments!

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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There's a lot of revisionist history to be done with Majora's Mask. Since its 3DS remake, the game has been rightly lauded by almost everyone. But back when it was released in 2000, the same could not be said.

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Critics adored the game. Here's what one of them had to say: 

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"The Empire Strikes Back of Nintendo 64...it's the same franchise, but it's more intelligent, darker, and tells a much better storyline."

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And yet gamers were not so happy. The lack of dungeons, Zora eggs and darker story were not so well-received.

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Fast-forward 15 years and Majora's Mask is a darling of Nintendo fans. Of course, some people still dislike the game, but the 3DS remaster saw it receive a lot of love from those who previously disliked it. The consensus seems to be that those who wrote it off did so as kids that wanted more of the same, now as adults they could appreciate Majora's Mask for what it was.

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More than any other gaming series, Zelda seems to attract initial hatred, then find love in later years, as mentioned with Wind Waker.

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Diablo III
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This one might be hard to believe, considering how much love Diablo III has, both from fans and critics. Truth be told, however, the game did not have a smooth start.

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Even though fans waited 12 very long years from Diablo II to Diablo III, the game was heavily criticized because of story elements that contradicted or retconned earlier events, a lack of atmosphere and end game content, and the mistreatment of a few characters. The gameplay wasn't the issue with Diablo III, it was mostly the story.

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In the 3 years since its original release, Diablo III has moved to more platforms and sold over 30 million copies. It also received a huge expansion known as Reaper of Souls, which was much more appreciated by fans. The game continues to grow and the popular opinion has swayed much more to the happy side.

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Street Fighter III
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The biggest criticism thrown at Street Fighter III was the roster. Subtitled 'The Next Generation', the game introduced an entirely new cast except for Ken and Ryu. It's rather obvious that this wouldn't go down well with fans of the series.

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It seems that every new iteration of Street Fighter is initially disliked because of the tweaks to the mechanics that throw die-hard fans off their gameplans. However, they tend to come around to the changes once they've had time to adjust.

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On top of the huge roster change, the game was also really difficult in comparison to SF2, which is always a turn-off for new or casual players. On top of that, the game was ridiculed for having poor balancing, which is always the main concern for fans of the series. That being said, SF3 has gone on to become a cult classic.

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EarthBound
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EarthBound was a Super Nintendo game that released in 1994 to poor critical response and even worse sales. For a long time the game was disregarded in Europe - as opposed to Japan where it was rather well received.

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EarthBound was a JRPG that followed Ness and his compadres as they travel the globe searching for melodies that would help them defeat an alien called Giygas. As you can see from the picture above, EarthBound was a very pretty game in its day and offered a ton of charm.

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It wasn't until the game was reissued for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013 that opinions vastly changed. Critics reassessed the game when it came to the Wii U and decided it was a timeless classic. The revisionist history was very strong with this one.

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Super Mario Sunshine
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Ahhh, poor Super Mario Sunshine. This great game tried some new things and was completely lambasted for it. The biggest change, which was also the most hated, was Mario's jetpack: F.L.U.D.D.

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F.L.U.D.D., or Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device, is essentially a water jetpack. Mario can use various nozzles for F.L.U.D.D. which allow him to squirt enemies, hover, blast upwards or boost across areas. The jetpack was present for the entire game, and fans were not happy about being forced to use it.

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Super Mario Sunshine also introduced a more prominent story than most games in the series, which included Mario being arrested and forced to clean using the water, an evil Mario clone that framed him, Baby Bowser, and even Princess Peach. The game took place entirely on a tropical island, known as Delfino Island, which also frustrated fans who were accustomed to a variety of landscapes, i.e. snow, lava, the desert and more.

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Basically, Super Mario Sunshine was disliked for trying new things with the series, but in reality the changes were a welcome take on the tired formula. Sunshine was a beautiful, creative game that deserves a remaster to reach a new audience.

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Counter Strike 1.6
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Despite being an absolute behemoth in PC gaming, and arguably having the most longevity of any game ever, Counter Strike has seen its share of hatred.

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As you may know, the game has had several iterations and sequels through the years. But the most famous, and divisive, was 1.6. This version of the game was initially hated by fans of the series because it tweaked the gunplay and introduced the infamous riot shields.

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As is always the case (with the games on this list that is) fans eventually came around to 1.6. It is the most famous iteration of the game and one that nearly everyone prefers to the current Global Offensive.

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Grim Fandango
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This game wasn't so much hated as it was completely overlooked. Grim Fandango has even been labelled as the "game that killed the adventure genre".

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Grim Fandango was highly lauded by critics when it released, but it didn't sell spectacularly, and it came at a time when Lucas Arts wanted to move away from the adventure genre. Over time, the game achieved cult classic status, but it was pretty much impossible to get a copy - that was, until Sony helped fund Double Fine in remastering the game for PlayStation. Grim Fandango can be played on a PS4 or a PS Vita and has finally received the love it deserves.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
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The revisionist history of The Legend of Zelda is more prominent than any other series. The series is known for consistently changing gameplay mechanics, art styles and even dimensions, and yet with each iteration there seems to be newborn dislike for the changes.

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In the case of Wind Waker, fans immediately voiced their hatred for the new art style. The GameCube game was revealed in 2000 and received a large amount of backlash from fans for its cel-shaded, cartoony art style. What's important to keep in mind is that just a year earlier, Nintendo showed off a tech demo of Zelda that showed photo-realistic graphics and a much more mature take on the series. So when Wind Waker was actually revealed, it was not taken well by fans that were excited at the prospects of the series.

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Fast forward 10 years: the game gets re-released on Wii U and is suddenly beloved. Over the years, fans came around to the game, but it was the Wii U version that really changed their minds.

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System Shock 2
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As the spiritual predecessor to Bioshock and a game that was ahead of its time and very influential to modern FPS games, it may be a surprise that System Shock 2 received little fanfare upon release.

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The original System Shock was a game that not too many people played, and yet it received a sequel nonetheless. System Shock 2 sold poorly as well, despite being critically adored. It wasn't until much later, particularly after Bioshock, that people went back and found the game and saw it for what it was worth.

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Hindsight is 20/20. Often our favorite games, movies, music, or even people, were not something we initially liked. Some games are disliked by gamers right out of the gate - in some instances, before it even releases. Sometimes the dislike is justified, other times it really isn't.

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Nowadays, vitriol can be found in response to absolutely anything. The poisonous nature of the Internet has given everyone a platform to speak their minds. Here's where I should say, "for better or worse", but I think it's painfully clear that it's for the worse, considering the horrible things people say and the animosity found on almost any site. But the state of the Internet is a topic for another day.

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The point is that despite how beloved some properties are, you will easily find naysayers. In some cases, the dislike for these games stems from the very-human aversion to change. We always want new things, until we get them. So you will probably notice such a trend in this list.

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Almost every game on this list was loved by critics, but not-so-loved by gamers. Needless to say, not every gamer disliked these titles, but a fair share did. A number of these games ended up being adored years later. Fans eventually came to appreciate (or overlook) the changes that they initially opposed.

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Are the games you love on this list? Were you one of the ones who hated them at launch? Read on and find out!

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The 20 cult video games you need to play before you die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

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Ikaruga

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Ikaruga is shoot 'em by Treasure for the PC, Dreamcast (Japan), Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox 360.

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In the nation of Horai, their leader discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai (Power of the Gods) gaining great power. Calling themselves "The Divine Ones," begins conquering nations until they are challenged by those longing for peace.

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Ikaruga's combat system is just mind-blowing. It's a polarity mechanic where only the opposite polarity can destroy the enemy. This constant "flipping" while maneuvering your ship, the "Ikaruga," had me on my toes.  It is one of the best shooters I have ever played.

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Verdict

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As previously stated, cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong fan following. Some of the games here weren't always hits at launch and some even gained their 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others. What deems a game as "cult" varies from gamer to gamer and that's okay. It is great to see how gamers impact this industry.

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What did you think of our list? What games would you add? List in the comments. 

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Killing Floor

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Killing Floor is a cooperative zombie, horror, survival FPS by Tripwire Interactive for PC.

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Set in London, England, the Horzine Biotech, a biotechnology company, conducts military experiments involving mass cloning and genetic manipulation. During the process things go very badly and the human subjects begin to exhibit horrific mutations, disfigurement, becoming hostile, and eventually overrun the internal security forces. They escape and begin overrunning the city of London.

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Where do I begin? Killing Floor has the most realistic weapons of any game I have ever played and I am a gun owner. The gameplay never gets boring no matter how much you play. This isn't a simple zombie survival by any means, oh no.

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"So how did Killing Floor become so successful you ask? It's a really good question but simple to answer, this game is possibly one of the most clever games ever created due to the fact it's not one of the games where you try to get the other side of the level and re-stock on supplies then trying to get to the other side of that level or trying to gather supplies and making gangs and being a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ruining other people's experience with that game." - scud[i]Ö!

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The zombie hordes will ensure death and believe me--they will. Each wave becomes harder than before until meeting the final boss, the Patriarch. In between each wave you can visit the Trader's location which changes with every wave. Players earn money for every kill and for surviving the wave. Use the money to buy: katanas, shotguns, flamethrowers, and more. Select perks at the start of each match for bonuses.

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Killing Floor is deliciously fun and shouldn't be missed.

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Steel Battalion

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Steel Battalion is a Mech-simulator by Capcom for the original Xbox. The game bundles with the controller included. The controller has two control sticks, approximately 40 buttons, and a separate foot pedal.

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The controller lights up at key times, especially when taking damage. The unison lighting effect is to make the player "feel" like they are really taking damage.

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Steel Battalion is a true sim to first exist on the console. The Mechs acted like real machine and the gameplay feels as close to the real thing as you can get. The controller set up makes you feel like you are in control of the Mech. If you run out of money and don't eject in time--game over! There is no pause button folks... just like real battle.

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Truly immersive game, a must-play.

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Portal

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Portal is a first-person puzzle-platformer by Valve for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. It was originally bundled with The Orange Box upon release.

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Chell is challenged by GLaDOS, an artificial intelligence (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), to complete puzzles in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using a portal gun with the promise of cake upon completion.

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Why you should play
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Portal offers unique gameplay and GLaDOS' dark, dry humor is brilliant. The portal gun is used by creating inter-spatial portals (orange & blue) between two flat planes in order to solve the puzzles. It is amazing, fun, and quite challenging. The test chambers vary in terms of hazards, so be prepared to die--a lot. There are challenge maps and two additional modes are unlocked once the game is completed.

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Valve never anticipated Portal would be such a hit with players and was originally a mod for Half Life 2.

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'Splosion Man

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'Splosion Man is 2.5D action platformer by Twisted Pixel Games for the Xbox 360.

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'​Splosion Man is created by the laboratory Big Science. He is completely made of explosive material. The purpose is to "splode" through the levels of puzzles, traps, and enemies to escape. A splode is a jump which is used to kill enemies, demolish walls, detonate explosive barrels or even trigger other surrounding effects.

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'Splosion Man offers a hefty amount of single-player and 4-player cooperative levels (local or online). Its humor, originality, and simplicity is what makes this classic great. The controls are easy as pie I might add, so there's no difficult combinations to remember. The puzzles are cleverly designed to constantly add new mechanics to the players. It can be challenging but never to the point of frustration or boredom; it's fun. There are so many references to the 1980's that you are sure to be engaged in nostalgic fun.

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Earthbound

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Earthbound aka Mother 2 is an RPG by Ape and HAL Laboratory for the Wii U (originally NES).

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Follow Ness and his friends as they travel the world to collect melodies while defeating the evil alien Giygas.

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Why you should play
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Earthbound has a Lovecraftian theme that is both dark and fun. There are unique elements to this classic game that I found delightful such as the the numbered health wheel and never combating an enemy beyond your limit. It doesn't punish you but still allows you to gain the XP. Give it try.

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Demon's Souls

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Demon's Souls is the action RPG by From Software for the PS3 that accumulated more deaths than YouTube has epic fail videos. This is the game that started the Souls series.

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The kingdom of Boletaria is being ravaged by a curse. The "Deep Fog" brings forth demons to feast on mortal souls in this dark, fantasy. Brave warriors set out to save the kingdom against this threat.

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Why you should play
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If you are like me when it comes to playing any series, you have to go to the beginning. Demon's Souls is a testament to decision making all thanks to the auto-save system. Weapon mapping is critical when in combat. Death is cruel... but delicious.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles is a sci-fi RPG by Monolith Soft for the Nintendo Wii.

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Follow Shulk and his friends as they search for answers regarding the mysterious "Monado" sword to defend their land from robotic creatures called the Mechon.

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Why you should play
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Xenoblade is loaded with quests with an MMO similar combat system. The world is grand and gorgeous. Oceans, caves, and swamps can be found scattered throughout. The soundtrack is equally dynamic. It is a game that you'll either love or hate.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a crude adult-oriented, action platformer by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

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Take the foul-mouthed squirrel Conker, who has one hell of a bad fur day, through levels based on popular movies, even one made of poo. Yes... poo. Conker goes through all of this just so he can sleep off his hangover.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a classic full of dark, vulgar humor, puzzles, cigars, booze, and fighting loads of enemies. Do you really need any more reasons?

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Catherine

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Catherine is an adult adventure puzzle-platformer and dating sim by Atlus for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Catherine weaves a tale of a young man named Vincent as he attempts to come to grips with settling down with his girlfriend Katherine. However, when Vincent gets involved with another young woman named Catherine... all hell breaks loose. This is a game that makes you think twice about being unfaithful.

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Why you should play
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Catherine is a unique game unlike any other that I have played before. The use of puzzles as nightmares due to Vincent's moral dilemma is the game's core. The anime style is a fantastic and will certainly appeal to fans of the genre.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG by Sega for PS3 and PC.

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Set in Europa, similarly to Europe during World War II & the 1930's. The abundance of Ragnite ore has caused the neutral nation of Gallia to come under attack from the Empire; who is currently at war with the Federation. Soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon are fighting back to unify the continent under its power.

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Why you should play
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Valkyria Chronicles has an epic storyline, beautiful graphics engine, a great gameplay system, and loaded with tons of customization. The immersible environments are stunning to boot.

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition is cyber-punk theme action RPG by Edios Interactive for PC.

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Set in the year 2052, Deus Ex follows JC Denton, an nano-technologically-augmented (UNATCO) agent, as he combats terrorist forces in a world slowly slipping chaos. He then becomes involved in an ancient conspiracy where he encounters groups similar to the Illuminati and the Hong Kong Triads.

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Why you should play
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Deus Ex: GOTY is an upgraded edition of the original that started a revolution as far as I am concerned. It brought an all-new gameplay to FPS with a real  immersive 3D, first-person perspective. Despite the original launching over 15 years ago, this is still a favorite among gamers.

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Alan Wake

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Alan Wake is an episodic psychological survival horror by Remedy Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PC similar to a television series. 

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Alan Wake is novelist suffering from a bout of writer's block who must uncover the mystery behind his the disappearance of his wife. However, his best clues come from torn pages of a book that he hasn't written yet.

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Why you should play
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Alan Wake is a fantastic combination of elements of storyline, television, and game creating an experience loaded with thrills, humor, and scares that is just as fun to play as it is to watch.

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Mirror's Edge

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Mirror's Edge is an action-adventure by DICE and EA for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Join the free-runner Faith as she works to uncover corporate conspiracies by moving across rooftops, walls, through ventilation shafts, and navigating the environment using parkour.

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Why you should play
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Mirror's Edge graphics are breathtaking. Once its parkour elements are mastered, Faith's movements are traversed seamlessly. This is a game that words cannot describe, you simply must see to believe. Its expansive environment provides a dynamic setting for the fluid parkour.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Grim Fandango Remastered is an adventure game by LucasArts and Tim Schafer for PC, Mac, PS4, PS Vita, Android, and iOS.

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The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of the afterlife with film noir style to create the Land of the Dead. Departed souls, represented as skeleton-like (calaca) figures, must travel to reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. The story follows travel agent Manuel "Manny" Calavera as he attempts to save Mercedes "Meche" Colomar.

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Why you must play
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Grim Fandango Remastered's story, its characters, and humor make it a classic unlike anything else. It truly is one-of-a-kind. You need to pay close attention to things people say, and everything you read and see in order to complete the puzzles. Its stylistic choice to mimic the Mexican paper dolls for the Day of the Dead is wonderful. Even after 17 years from its original launch, this game is still a must-play.

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American McGee's Alice

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American McGee's Alice is a third-person horror action by Rogue Entertainment and EA for PC.

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The game is an unofficial sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. Set years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is dark and Alice is maniacal. After witnessing the death of her family in a blaze, Alice suffers from survivor's guilt and is sent to the Rutledge Asylum when she begins losing her grasp on reality. Her only possession... her stuffed rabbit.

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It's a steampunk, Gothic horror with no signs of Disney. A dark, deliciously morbid storyline with an amazing soundtrack. The level design and artwork are so elaborate, you will find yourself mesmerized. I cannot tell you how gorgeous it is. The characters are twisted and The Cheshire Cat delivers some of the most memorable lines to date.

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"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat

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There is currently a petition on Change.org requesting that EA make another Alice game.

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Psychonauts

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Psychonauts is a fun platformer by Double Fine Productions for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, and PS3.

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Psychonauts follows Razputin (Raz), a boy with psychic abilities, who runs away from the circus to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers to become a "Psychonaut" (spy with psychic abilities).

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Why you should play
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Psychonauts is a creative game that features fun gameplay, wonderful voice acting, beautiful environment, strange humor, and a great soundtrack. Each character's brain is  a world for Raz to explore. The puzzles are challenging without being too difficult. I love its bizarre cast of characters. They are hilarious and well constructed.

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Tim Schafer delivers a fantastic story with the comedic style he's known for. If you love his games, you need to play this one.

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Limbo

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Limbo is a puzzle-platformer from Playdead for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. Its black-and-white theme and lack of dialogue resonate similar to rich film noir. Its artwork speaks of German Expressionism and it is gorgeous.

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The darkness hides loads of hazards such as:

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The second half features mechanical puzzles and traps that use machinery, electromagnets, and gravity. There is no dialogue or instruction, just the ambient eerie setting in which you must explore while using critical thinking in order to advance. Love it!

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Limbo is intuitive and creative; cold, lonely, and stark. The nameless boy's journey provide a breathtaking experience. The stunning artwork and physics system lend itself to its maze of masterfully crafted puzzles that make every mistake a brutal consequence.

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Simply put... it is a perfect and emotionally moving game.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror available on PC, Mac, and Linux. It is a game about immersion, discovery, and living through a nightmare made by Frictional Games.

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If you are in the darkness too long, witness unsettling events, or stare at monsters, this will reduce Daniel's sanity (which needs to be maintained). If not kept in check, you are in for hallucinations that draw the attention of the monsters. Not fun at all!

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Why you should play
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the scariest survival horror games I have played on PC. Its thick atmosphere is terrifying. I love how well the gameplay is crafted. The scares are horrific and memorable. The story unfolds slowly to its unsettling climax. In my opinion it is a must-play, you do not know what you're missing.

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Castle Crashers

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Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling 2D beat 'em up game from The Behemoth available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and a remastered for Xbox One.

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Castle Crashers offers a single-player and up to a 4-player cooperative gameplay either locally or online. Gain experience points, unlock weapons, animal orbs, earn coins, and unlock characters. The melee and weapon combinations are so much fun to use, especially when fighting the giant cat fish (literally... it's a cat) while in battle on the raging river.

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Why you should play
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There are giant cats, corn, knights, sandwiches, lollipop swords, and... sketches of unicorns.

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The art style of Castle Crashers is by no means any indication that it is a G-rated "baby" game. It's Diablo meets princesses that crashed into the World of Dr. Seuss. It is hysterical, fun, and will make you feel like a crazy button-smashing kid again.

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Hello gamers. If you have ever wondered what cult games should be on your must-play list, GameSkinny has got you covered. We have selected some of the best games to play before you die from PC to console.

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Cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong and dedicated fan following. Some of the games on this list weren't always hits at launch and some gained 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others in the same series or released around the same time. Unconventional elements are a common appeal that will also categorize a game as "cult."

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It just goes to show you how much of an impact we as gamers make in this industry. Here's our Top 20!

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We Need to Change How We Talk About Game Genres https://www.gameskinny.com/gd6ul/we-need-to-change-how-we-talk-about-game-genres https://www.gameskinny.com/gd6ul/we-need-to-change-how-we-talk-about-game-genres Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:53:16 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

Game genres are pretty big business, they allow you to identify what the game is, and what type of game it is. Take Mass Effect, well, it's an RPG with 3PS mechanics.. but is it only that? What is Call of Duty? It's a first person shooter, right? And Halo? It's also an FPS, yes? The Elder Scrolls? Oh, pick me! Pick me! It's an RPG, with some FPH (first person hitting) mechanics? Did I get it?

But there's an issue: these genre labels don't really tell you enough about the game beyond the mechanics. I think this needs to change. As games are playable media, knowing the mechanics is useful; but, as games get more diverse we also need to know what type of game they are. Is it story driven? Is it funny? Is it action? Or is it adventure (as in Uncharted, not Grim Fandango)? Is it sci-fi or any number of other things?

How We Talk About Game Genres Matters

When vastly different games are under the same umbrella, how do you really know what you are buying? If Mass Effect, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls are all next to each other in the RPG section, and you didn't know about these games, how would you know that one is a space romp, one is a wasteland walker, and one is a high fantasy? Side note: I know that The Elder Scrolls isn't Lord of the Rings, but all Fantasy takes cues from Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth (or Arda if you are into your LotR lore).

Don't just 'RPG' it, action drama sci-fi it!

If you take The Stanly Parable, what genre would it be? FPS? Wwait you don't shoot, so it wouldn't be that. How about platformer? Well, you don't really jump anywhere. Maybe art game? That could really mean anything, "art" doesn't describe what type of game it is! But, if we started to use a more book or filmic genre style, we could call it a comedy game because it's funny. And because perspective is important in games, The Stanly Parable be re-genre'd to a first person comedy.

Mass Effect, I now pronounce you action drama sci-fi, with RPG and 3rd-person shooter elements.

Why do we need a change?

Games have become so diverse now, that simply saying RPG doesn't tell you anything you need to know beyond a few conventional mechanics. A genre should tell you roughly what the game is in terms of where/when it's set, and how it will play. If you look at RPG, this could be turn-based or real-time, it could be a shooter, or involve swords and magic. Some games may be Fantasy RPGs or sci-fi RPGs, and we need to know this.

Now if you look at first-person 'shooters.' They can show you:

Things that were… things that are and some things that have not yet come to pass.

- Galadriel (from Lord of the Rings).

But they are not just about wars, so these can't all be called war games. The FPS games that are more about exploration, or survival, like DayZ. Disaster games maybe? Some are simply about a story, like Dear Esther or The Stanley Parable, possible to be referred to as a first-person thinker or aforementioned first-person comedy games respectively.

Semantics Affect Purchases

Games are also crossing over the current genre lines more and more, is Borderlands an RPG FPS? Is Destiny an MMORPG FPS? Does the 'Massively' in MMO really stand with Destiny? Maybe Borderlands should be an action comedy FPS? And Destiny might be an online sci-fi FPS.

Does adventure game really tell you what it is? It's an adventure but how does it play exactly? Take Grim Fandango, it can be funny, but is it a comedy? Adventure games are hard to put into a genre, but if we take the core aspects of them, that they are story driven. We can now call them story comedy games. Which new genre would you put your favorite adventure game under?

Genres need to shift slightly

Genres in gaming are no longer telling us what the games are, and as games have become so diverse they are now crossing over the genre lines it is time for a change.

Header image credits to mediahsba.

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New Games Coming to PlayStation and PSN 1/27/2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/re2n8/new-games-coming-to-playstation-and-psn-1272015 https://www.gameskinny.com/re2n8/new-games-coming-to-playstation-and-psn-1272015 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:14:12 -0500 Ciara Guibault

Sony will be releasing several new games available for purchase on PSN this coming week, for the PS4, and PS3, and the PS Vita. All of the games are digital, with the exception of Dying Light and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation, which can both be bought at certain retailers. 

Dying Light

Dying Light will be exclusive to the PS4, and will allow players to roam a city invaded by a mysterious epidemic. In this first-person, action-survival game, players will need to scavenge supplies and craft weapons in order to survive the nightmare ahead of them, where the dead grow stronger in the night. 

Grim Fandago Remastered

Grim Fandago Remastered is a PS4 and PS Vita cross-buy game, where players are introduced to Manny Calavera, who is a travel agent working at the Department of Death. While selling luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest, he gets himself caught in a conspiracy that threatens his salvation. 

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation

In this PS Vita exclusive game, players fight in free-roaming battles as characters known as CPU Candidates, who watch over the nations. Players will have to use over-the-top attacks, transformations, and more in order to help the Candidates save their sisters and the world of Gamindustri. 

Life is Strange (Episode 1)

Life is Strange will be availble for PS4 and PS3, although it won't be launching until Friday. Players take control of a character named Max, who saves her old friend Chloe by discovering that she can rewind time. By allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present, and the future, Life is Strange becomes based on choice and consequence. 

Nihilumbra

Nihilumbra is also a PS Vita exclusive, where players take control of Born, who was created from the absolute nothingness. Born somehow separates himself from the black emptiness and appears into the world, and it's up to the player to help him escape from his inevitable curse. 

Teslagrad

Teslagrad will be available for the PS4 and PS3 with cross-buy available. Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle-platformer set in a steampunk-inspired vision of old Europe. While exploring more than 100 hand-drawn environments, players will use magnetism and other electromagnetic powers to reveal the secrets of a long-abandoned Tesla Tower. 

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A Dozen Double Fine Employees Have Been Laid Off https://www.gameskinny.com/awpj3/a-dozen-double-fine-employees-have-been-laid-off https://www.gameskinny.com/awpj3/a-dozen-double-fine-employees-have-been-laid-off Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:26:20 -0500 Adam Koziol

Double Fine Productions, the independent developer behind Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, has just announced that it has made twelve members of staff redundant. Tim Schafer, the owner of Double Fine, has said that the ex-employees were working on a secret project that was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher. With the unfinished game unable to bring in any revenue, the developer has been forced to let them all go.

Schafer has been keen to stress that these layoff have not affected any of the other projects that his company is working on. Double Fine Productions have announced three of the games they're got in the works, including the second act of point-and-click adventure game Broken Age. The first Act released earlier this year in January 28, with Kickstarter-backers getting it two weeks early.

Double Fine's other two projects are the crowdfunded strategy game Massive Chalice and Grim Fandango Remastered, a remake of the 1998 LucasArts adventure title. All three titles are due out before the end of the year so the employees were probably working on a 2015 game.

We'll likely never know what the cancelled project was but our thoughts go out to the people who've lost their jobs and all those affected by the layoffs.

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