Limbo Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Limbo RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best PS4 Horror Games to Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/u0jg3/best-ps4-horror-games-to-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/u0jg3/best-ps4-horror-games-to-play-on-ps5 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 10:14:56 -0500 Jason D'Aprile

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Carrion
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Horror is a broad genre that doesn’t just mean having to be the hapless victim. Sometimes, you just want to be the monster. Carrion is the amazing game that lets you do it.

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Imagine if the creature from the Thing had been captured and trapped in a massive underground lab, where scientists relentlessly experimented on it. Then imagine violently escaping, trying to find a way out, all the while growing stronger, evolving, and taking revenge on all those pesky humans who hurt you.

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Carrion is a metroidvania-style game with distinctly 16-bit graphics, but thoroughly addicting in every way. The way the monster moves is a marvel of animation, the puzzles are great, and the violence is almost too satisfying. If you missed Carrion the first time around, don’t make that mistake twice.

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That's the end of our horror game list, how do you feel about the lineup? Sound off in the comments below with some of your favorite horror titltes you can play on PS5.

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Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle
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For something completely different, here’s a gem that merges horrific Japanese folklore monsters, classic grid-based first-person dungeon crawler gameplay, and some intriguingly creative mechanics.

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The game allows the four-character party to split up to explore, solve puzzles, and even fight monsters. While it’s not by any stretch the most cutting edge game in our list, Hyakki Castle makes excellent use of its settings, lore, and especially wonderfully macabre collection of monsters and characters. It’s well worth playing for fans of classic RPGs who want something very different.

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White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
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For a flair of Korean horror, White Day checks the boxes for the genre. A remake of a remake, the game has a long history. Originally released in 2001, in an admittedly very different form, the final version on PS4 is a first-person horror adventure that takes players into those most horrifying of all locations: high school.

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A love-lorn boy sneaks into school after hours to leave his crush a present but instead finds himself trapped in a supernatural, angry ghost-addled nightmare. It’s cheesy and fun, with plenty of sneaking around, finding items, and solving puzzles.

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Perception
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A labor of love for the small team at the Deep End Games (led by former Irrational Game’s Bill Gardner), Perception is a short, but intriguing twist on the haunted house theme.

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While the house itself is pretty garden-variety gothic horror, the protagonist is not. Cassie, our heroine, is blind and the game translates her use of echolocation and psychic visions into a visually fascinating low-fi wave of vibrations reflecting off the objects around her.

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It’s a memorable and intense graphic solution for translating Cassie’s world and sense of ever-building dread. The story is well-written, Cassie is appealing, and Perception is a good example of an indie game that deserves a second chance at finding its audience.

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Resident Evil 7
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Resident Evil 7 marked such a huge departure from the traditions of the series that it almost seemed like a different game entirely. Switching from third to first-person perspective might appear to be a radical change, but the end result was nothing short of gory, horrific magic.

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Bringing the series back to the roots of a mansion of madness actually ended up making it feel more in line with the original and that new perspective amped up the claustrophobia. There’s a lot going on as you work your way through each member of one of the most screwed up families in all of horror gaming, and after that, there’s plenty of additional DLC that branches the story out even further.

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Given that the upcoming Resident Evil 8 seems to latch directly onto the end of this one, now is the perfect time to dive back in.

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Amnesia: Rebirth
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Amnesia started something in the horror game genre. Instead of standard survival horror games where ammunition and weapons were merely limited, here there’s none at all.

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Hiding and evading the dread that walks these halls is the only means of survival, and it created a subgenre where tension and paranoia were essentially gameplay mechanics. The two games have been re-released twice now, but if you’ve never tried these slower-paced nerve-wracking tales of terror they are definitely worth adding to your hard drive. 

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Blasphemous
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One of two retro-inspired 2D metroidvanias on our list, Blasphemous plays with horror on a nearly unique level. Everything in this game’s world is horrible (or wonderful, depending on your point of view) to behold.

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The thinly veiled inspiration of Dante’s Inferno concerns the obsession-driven quest of a unknown knight. He’s fighting demonic and godly forces that seem to have flown right up from the lowest circles of Biblical Hell, and the player is fighting a difficulty level to match.

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Blasphemous is bizarre and clever in its deliverance of hefty piles of gore, horrific monsters, and absurdly violent means to dispatch them. Just don't expect an easy time here.

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LIMBO
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Both of developer Playdead’s catalog is expertly disturbing, fascinating, and worth playing, and their second game, Inside, is a gem too.

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Limbo, however, is definitely the more horrific of the two. A side-scrolling puzzle platformer, the game hits its horror notes easily thanks to the fact that all the nightmarish situations, monsters, and absolutely brutal death sequences are all perpetrated against a young boy (probably don’t play the game with the kiddies around).

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Limbo has been on a lot of platforms since its original release way back in 2010 and it’s nice to know it can continue to disturb more players on the new generation.

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Until Dawn
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In the relatively brief and recent resurgence of FMV-style games, Until Dawn remains noteworthy for the way it takes the tried and true slasher genre interactive while still managing to stay within the boundaries of its cinemative roots.

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There hasn’t been any game since that manages so successfully to create an interactive horror movie experience. Admittedly, the emulation of slasher films works because it lets the cheesy acting and writing of Until Dawn to feel like a perfectly natural and even expected part of the fun.

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Resident Evil 3
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The remake of the third game in the original Resident Evil series continues the story fluidly forward, making it a natural progression after playing RE2. While it’s not the best of the series, Capcom’s eye for detail and successfully balancing between nostalgia and modern-day design sense makes it an excellent survival horror-meets-action endeavor.

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The big hook in Resident Evil 3 is the continuation of the chase elements as characters Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira struggle both independently and together to survive against not just a constant onslaught of the dead, but the relentless pursuit of the mysterious and horrific Nemesis.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
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Vikings have long been a favored subject in video games, but seldom has a game shown the utterly horrific effects of that much-lauded and glorified violence the people were known for. God of War showed it off, but also dug into it with fervor. Hellblade, however, shows the brutal truth of a lifetime of violence and abuse on an individual.

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Senua is a broken warrior, laid low by years of torment from Viking conquerors. Her love was murdered by them, her mind is fractured, and her struggle seems never-ending.

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Observer
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Cyberpunk is never out of style, but one of the least used aspects of this sci-fi subgenre is how well it melds with dismal, oppressive horror.

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Made by Blooper Team, who did the also fascinating Layers of FearObserver casts players Daniel Lazarski, a special brand of detective who can hack people’s minds as well as machines. Obsessed with finding his estranged missing son, Daniel finds himself trapped in a grungy run-down apartment complex that devolves into a techno layer of hell. The fact Daniel is modeled after and voice-acted by Rutger Hauer is icing on the cake.

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The original PS4 is still an excellent and evocative trip, but for the shiniest (well, high-res grungiest) version, there's also Observer: System Redux specifically released on the PS5.

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SOMA
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Frictional Games doesn’t have a huge library of games, but their two key releases are Amnesia: Dark Descent (see below) and the brilliantly moody sci-fi horror, SOMA. Originally released on the PS4 in 2015, it could be argued this is a horror-tinged “walking simulator".

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SOMA is wonderfully intelligent and harrowing interactive fiction. The emotional impact of the story hasn’t lessened in the intervening years, its presented conundrums over the nature of existence are hard to forget.

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Resident Evil 2
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Capcom’s Resident Evil series lands a few spots on this list, but with their complete remake of the second game, the company showed they still have a knack for horror. As with the original PlayStation game, you'll have to complete both Leon and Claire's campaigns to get the whole story.

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The mix between survival horror and all-out action is damn near perfect. Capcom’s been good at remaking their old catalogs, but Resident Evil 2 is especially noteworthy. It has plenty to offer nostalgic gamers who loved the original but also makes a great choice even for those who never touched the series before.

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Alien: Isolation
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It’s hard to believe Alien: Isolation is old enough to have been released right at the transition between the PlayStation 3 and 4 (and released on both). It’s even harder to believe that Sega and developer, Creative Assembly, haven’t returned to the world of this incredible and, even now, distinctively intense survival horror title.

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Isolation is a direct sequel to the original movie, where players take the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s famous Ellen Ripley character. 15 years after the events of Alien, Amanda is haunted by more than just the ghosts of her past as she finds herself in an Alien-infused nightmare aboard a space station. The retro-future set designs are stunning, but it’s the cat and mouse gameplay that makes Isolation remain one of the intense examples of its genre.

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The PlayStation 5 might not have much of a native horror library just yet, but thanks to the system's backwards compatibility you're able to play any and every fright-filled PlayStation 4 title on Sony's newer system.

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Luckily the PS4 library is extensive, and there's plenty for you to choose from between lower, more atmospheric horror games to those of the more blood-pumping variety. Let's get to the list.

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Got Dali? Check Out These Surreal Video Game Gems https://www.gameskinny.com/bwyd5/got-dali-check-out-these-surreal-video-game-gems https://www.gameskinny.com/bwyd5/got-dali-check-out-these-surreal-video-game-gems Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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These were just some of the top Surrealist video games out there. There are plenty of other options to explore, with a lot of indie developers coming out with more and more content like this. 

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What did you think of the games listed? Are any of these games ones that you really want to play? Let us know in the comments below!

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0°N 0°W
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Available Q1 2018

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You venture out on a cross-country road trip that ultimately leaves you stranded in a town in the middle of nowhere. Before you know it, you’re traversing time and space in some incredibly well-designed but odd places.

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0°N 0°W is incredibly minimalistic, but it contains bright neon colors that form the scenes you see in front of you. Sometimes they form objects and cityscapes, and others are just a collection of lines that still give you a sense of direction. This is a game that shows the player that you don’t need incredibly well-rendered, realistic set pieces to create a scene that is recognizable to the player. The use of color and the simplicity of the game create really stunning scenes that match the game's intent.

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Contrast
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Price: $3.39
Buy it on: Steam

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Contrast is one of those games that got mixed reviews when it first came out, but for me, I found everything about it to be incredibly stunning. The game is relatively short, so if you’re looking for a quick fix, it is a brilliant game. It follows a little girl who has an imaginary friend that appears to represent an older version of herself. As you travel through the game with them both, you learn things about the girl’s life with regards to her parents and her situation.

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Contrast challenges you to think about perception, and it uses light to achieve this. You predominantly play as the older self and traverse the area using shadows. By angling light and your camera, you can change what platforms you can get up to. Furthermore, most of the story is delivered by shadows, placing further emphasis on light. It takes an aspect of life you may never have thought about that much and transforms it into an integral part of the game.

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Limbo
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Price: $1.99
Buy it on: Steam

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Limbo is an incredibly classic game, and many fans rant and rave about how incredible it is. Its successor Inside is incredibly similar and is also worth checking out. Limbo follows a boy who is making his way through a 2D forest in which there are many creatures and things that want to kill him.

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It requires some thought to make your way through the game, and as you progress, it becomes harder and harder to realize what will harm you. The ending is phenomenal: It’s not in your face, but it makes your heart drop. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t played the game, but Limbo shouldn’t just be on a top surrealism list, but also on a top video games in general list.

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Plug & Play
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Price: $1.49
Buy it on: Steam

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Our previous selections have been very story-based games that instill surrealism in their imagery through the mental instability of their protagonists. Plug & Play isn’t that kind of game at all. It is surreal to the max, with no real purpose or distinct end goal.

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The basic idea is to fit the plugs together through different scenarios. As you progress through the game, these scenarios become odder, and part of what you’re doing is hidden until you have put the plugs together. Plug 7 Play takes what we know about a very basic item and alters it in so many different lights. It’s an incredibly strange game that has this enchanting way of compelling you to play it more and more.

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Alice: Madness Returns
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Price: $23.97
Buy it on: Amazon

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The game centers around a girl named Alice Liddell, who has to deal with the loss of her family in a tragic fire. After the loss of her family, she is thrust into the wretched conditions that beset many people in industrial Britain. Her world becomes a whirlwind of horror as she struggles to deal with her family’s death. Alice continually swaps backwards and forwards between England and Wonderland, a place that easily represents her world, but in an incredibly strange fashion.

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Anything related to Alice in Wonderland is undoubtedly going to have surreal elements throughout the story. The original tale written by Lewis Carroll is full of ordinary and otherwise uninteresting items that have become extraordinary and peculiar because of their odd, surreal twist. Madness Returns takes these pieces from the original tale and merges them with its own depiction of Alice Liddell. Combining this depiction with a Gothic/steampunk vibe creates a completely unmissable experience. 

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Fran Bow
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Price: $5.24
Buy it on: Steam

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Fran Bow is an incredibly creepy and horrifying game in which you are stuck waiting for the next horrific scene to play out. The story is about a girl who tragically lost her parents and was left with her only friend, Mr. Midnight, who so happens to be a cat. Fran is continuing to battle with mental health issues, and this is present throughout the game.

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Fran Bow exudes a sense of trauma through the imagery and set pieces present throughout the game. Large insect people, a tree with faces and hair, and deformed children are some of the pieces you will see in the game. The menacing twists and violations of everyday items continue to remind you of Fran’s childhood trauma. All these pieces within the game represent items we would see in our world, but here they are twisted into this frightening, surreal set piece that has ultimately been influenced by Fran’s mindset.

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Whenever you think of Surrealism, the natural reaction for anyone is to think of Dali. He was a master in his field and undoubtedly a well-known Surrealist artist. However, there are many pieces of art and literature outside of the master that fall into this category. Video games also have Surrealist tendencies. 

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Surrealism isn't just for art or literature. The combination of everyday objects in weird places or in different sizes creates a surreal piece of art. Video games and their capabilities are certainly able to hit this checklist as well. 

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We have compiled a list of the best games that feature a Surrealist art style, where to buy them, and for how much. You can experience the weird juxtaposition of objects against one another on your all-time favorite platform. 

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7 Scary Games You Can Play on Your Mobile Phone https://www.gameskinny.com/smjwb/7-scary-games-you-can-play-on-your-mobile-phone https://www.gameskinny.com/smjwb/7-scary-games-you-can-play-on-your-mobile-phone Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:05:07 -0500 bazookajo94

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So there you have it: 7 games to give you spooks for days, free, popular, or otherwise. Whether you're into the meta feel of SIM, you're looking for a VR experience to set your hair on end, or if just a good ol' bloody thriller is what you're after, there's something in this list for everyone.

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But if none of these games leave you with that feeling like you've just been abandoned in a haunted asylum and you've got to get out before you turn into one of the patients, there are countless other horror games just waiting for you, more than enough to make you sleep with the light on for the rest of your life.

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Have you played any of these yet? What's your favorite mobile horror game? Let us know in the comments!

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Hidden Agenda

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An interesting trend on PlayStation 4 is that players can now buy games that they play simultaneously on their PlayStation and their phone. Recent thriller release Hidden Agenda gives you what you've always wanted, ever since you played Until Dawn in room with all your friends and only one person could make the choices: the chance for everyone to play in a multifaceted, choices-matter game, where one small decision could ultimately lead to the ruin of everything. 

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Players can download the Hidden Agenda app on their phone (free in the app store, but the game on the PlayStation costs $19.99), and then up to six people can join the game, uncovering clues and making choices as they chase down the "Trapper" murderer. A character's choices can affect the life or death of other characters, so you might lose some friendships in this game. But that's a risk you should be willing to take to have this much fun.

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SIM - Sara is Missing

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If you haven't stopped thinking about Tap since I mentioned it earlier, then maybe the type of game you've been searching for is SIM - Sara is Missing. As soon as you download the app (which is free), it acts as if it is Sara's phone, with its own in-app apps and files. These all serve as a starting point for whoever "found" Sara's phone to solve the mystery behind her disappearance. 

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Though the horror of this game doesn't fall into haunted houses or spooky monsters, this game does remind players that not all fear stems from jump scares and that sometimes, what's around us every day can be the most frightening of all.  

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VR Haunted House 3D

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Like the thrill of haunted houses, but hate the prospect of having to go outside? Have I got some great news for you, buddy. There are some excellent VR games on the app store, one of them being the free-to-play game VR Haunted House 3D.

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I don't think it's possible for me to sound any less like an infomercial, so let's go all out. In VR Haunted House 3D, your goal is to defend the haunted house from its dead(ly) inhabitants, including zombies, ghosts, and other uninvited guests.

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Sure, you're basically just standing in one place as you experience an abandoned house full of monsters you can shoot. But the best part of VR horror experiences is that even if the graphics don't look entirely true to life, just the fact that you can't see the real world out of your peripherals makes the fear suddenly very real and very intense. So dive in, if you dare. 

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Slendrina

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If you've been waiting for Slender Man to make the list, fine: here you go. It's free, it's fun, you've probably already played it. What you probably haven't played is Slendrina

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Slendrina sounds like someone's Slender-sona name, or the name someone would pick for Slender Man's wife in some risque fanfiction; nevertheless, Slendrina is here, she lives in the cellar, and she doesn't like it when you look at her. And any game that models itself the Godfather of horror games himself is bound to deliver like a little shop of horrors (er, a little cellar of horrors?)

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Slendrina has got something special that can only be experienced by playing the games. Yes, plural. Currently, Slendrina has about 10 games to her name, but people can't get enough of Slendrina: The Cellar for its movie-quality thrills and nail-biting tension.

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They're all free on both iOS and Android, unless you don't want ads. 

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Lights Off

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If you can't get away from (or enough of) the eyes, then you might like Lights Off, developed by Henry Sorren and released by Inky apps. In this free game on iOS and Android, players try to solve a mystery in a haunted house, as they follow a blood trail and run away from scary monsters. 

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Sounds familiar. But, hey, if you like scary stuff, you like scary stuff, meaning you like searching through haunted houses and running from monsters. There's nothing wrong with liking a certain genre and never getting sick of its tropes, so there's no surprise you might like this game, too Embrace your obsessions. Explore another haunted house. Get spooked--and have a ton of fun in the process.

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Eyes - The Horror Game

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Now that the big guys are out of the way, let's fall deeper into the dark, dank, depths of the app store. Let's talk about horror games that are lesser known and cost less money (as in "free"). Let's talk about Eyes - The Horror Game, available on iOS and Android. 

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How does playing as a thief sound? A thief who explores a haunted mansion in search of money--and clues--while trying to discover the truth about the mysterious ghost constantly in pursuit. 

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 (Spoiler alert: it's not a benevolent ghost.) 

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You don't usually see horror games with this type of graphic quality and true jump scares, especially not on your phone, and most definitely not for free. So you certainly wouldn't be wasting your time and money checking out this game (as you won't be wasting any money at all).

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If you solve the mystery and beat the game, but hunger for more, fear not: there are plans for the game to expand, with even more maps in the future. So go ahead. Download the free horror game...feel the eyes watching you...don't be scared. 

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LIMBO

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Why must every horror article I write include LIMBO? Probably because it never leaves me. It's always lurking--on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox 360, the computer, and now, the phone. 

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Yes, that's right, you can buy LIMBO for $4.99 on iOS and Android and relive the dark and dreary delight of a young boy searching for his sister through limbo. Spiders abound, lightening strikes, and blood sprays in this award-winning indie horror game that forces players to solve puzzles and hope for the best, as they navigate a landscape barren of hope. 

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If a game this good and potent is available on almost every console, why not play it on your phone, too? Keep it closer to home--and closer to your face--than ever before. 

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Tired of surfing through Netflix for your next late night flick of the worst horror movie you can find? (......damn, you're right; that never gets old.)

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Regardless, if you're looking to add even more horror to your life, try your phone. Of course, you could always download Tap, a story-telling app where the majority of members post horror stories written in SMS format. But if reading isn't so much your thing (and let's face it: this is a game site) then I've got you covered. Here are just a few worthwhile games among many in the app store waiting patiently to prey on your fears.

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(And before you start fearing that I'll give a whole section to Five Night's at Freddy's, I'll just mention briefly that it's also available on iOS and Android for $2.99.)

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10 Scary Good Deals This Steam Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/2uz8n/10-scary-good-deals-this-steam-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/2uz8n/10-scary-good-deals-this-steam-halloween-sale Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:16:45 -0400 bazookajo94

The hype and activities included in the Halloween season only happen once a year, so you should take advantage of every Halloween-themed thing you can while the jack-o-lanterns are still spry and not brown and festering on your porch. Any proper Halloween aficionado will want to check out Steam's Halloween sale.

Sure, horror games, like movies, are fun year round, but are they 50% off year-round? No! So here's a few of the biggest horror games and movies on the market with some of the smallest prices they'll probably get (until next Halloween, probably). 

Fran Bow (70% off)

Fran Bow, a point-and-click adventure game, details the story of Fran Bow, a little girl trying to get out of an asylum, and then trying to get out of a forest, and then trying to convince some bugs to give her back her human body. Naturally, there's a cat guardian and a lot of blood, paired with the physiological dilemma of questioning everything and wondering if the pills Fran takes reveal the real world or obscure it from a young, impressionable mind. Point-and-click your way into Fran Bow's adventure for only $4.49. 

LIMBO (85% off)

LIMBO, a puzzle, platformer game released in 2011, follows a young boy in a black and white adventure through LIMBO as he searches for his sister. Because LIMBO is an older game, I would normally hesitate to add it to the list if not for the fact that its usual price of $9.99 was slashed for this killer Halloween sale, so LIMBO is available for $1.49.

Like, that's the price of a candy bar. That's the price of a Red Box movie. Why waste your money on candy you could trick-or-treat for or movies you can find on Amazon Prime when instead you can run from spiders and try not to get electrocuted in LIMBO?  

Amnesia Collection (90% off) 

You ask anyone who likes playing horror games what game scares them the most, and 11 times out of 10 they'll answer Amnesia. 

Okay, so maybe not everyone is spooked by unhinged jaws and chases that happen by invisible monsters in water, but you can't tell me that 90% off two titles isn't a scary good deal. Get Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for only $3.49, and you can finally join the crowd in admitting that Amnesia is kinda the scariest game ever. 

Friday the 13th (50% off)

Over the outdated-but-still-good games? That's fine, too, because recently released Friday the 13th: The Game is also a part of this sale. Released in May of this year, you can either play as Jason and kill your friends or play as the camp counselors and die at the hands of your friend in this slasher multiplayer game. 

One thing’s for sure: you have to have friends (and $19.99) to play this game. 

Dead by Daylight (50% off)

Okay, so finding friends isn't a problem for you, but maybe finding good multiplayer games is. There's only so many times you can have your stars taken from you in Mario Party before you start wishing you could kill your friends--in game, of course. 

Dead by Daylight gives you that opportunity. In this 4v1 horror survival game, one player acts as serial killer while the others try to survive. It's everything you love in the horror scene, except for you get to be a part of the action without actually dying in real life. 

Survive until daylight and scare your freinds for only $9.99.

Emily Wants to Play (60% off)

Sitting and staring isn't your thing? Prefer standing and screaming? Well, great news: VR games are on sale, too, and while some people prefer gore, some like the thrill of jump scares. Emily Wants to Play is a great horror game to help satisfy any heart that just wants to fly right out of its cage.

Released in 2015, the game follows the player who has to survive a few hours in a house haunted by dolls. The graphics aren't up to par with some of the other VR games available, but I'm sure that won't matter once you have the headset on and can only see the house around you, the boxes and dimmed lights, and that creepy-ass doll that pulls a Boo and only follows you when you aren't looking.

Get your cheap thrills and quick jumps for only $1.99. 

Boogeyman 1 & 2 (85% off)

Like cheap thrills and grotesque monsters? Great. So do people who play Boogeyman, another in a long list of strategy games similar to Five Nights at Freddy's survival tactic of standing in one place and hoping you don't die --except this one is pretty good.

Being on VR adds another layer to the already latent fear of knowing, just knowing, that the Boogeyman is in your closet and he's going to get you. Or he's under your bed... or he's coming through the window...

What's great is that you can buy the first and second game as a bundle for cheaper than they would be in their individual sale price. So get both games--both!--for only $1.78.

FNAF Franchise Bundle (80% off)

You'll notice that I mentioned Five Nights at Freddy's already. What I didn't mention is that the entire franchise is a part of Steam's Halloween sale. All four games, plus Sister Location, are on sale for $7.35. W

ith this deal, you're made in the shade. And by shade, I mean you're hiding in a dark room, waiting for haunted animatronics to kill you, all while trying to solve the mystery of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza and figure out what the hell the "Bite of '87" is supposed to be.

Don't Knock Twice (40% off)

There's nothing quite like that thrill you get during the first few weeks of owning a VR headset: searching for fun and exciting games that look good and make you feel like you're actually in a dank, decrepit house. 

Well, look no further that Don't Knock Twice. Released September 5, 2017, this VR game looks great, sounds scary, and makes you remember the good ol' days of playing P.T. over and over again until it was forcibly removed from your heart and dreams.

Try not to knock more than once in this game, available for $11.99.

Saw: The Complete Collection (49% off)

I've been talking about movies so much maybe it's time I start showing some--because yes, Steam has included movies in their Halloween deal. While most of them you can find on Netflix or Hulu, some you can't, like all seven of SAW's movies. 

Yeah, dude. All seven

Seven movies of blood and guts, bones breaking and limbs flying and Jigsaw being a conniving mastermind, all for only $38.87. Just in time for the newest Saw movie, too. 

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These are only 10 of the monster deals Steam is offering in their Halloween sale this year. Check out all the games I didn't mention but wish I could have over on the Steam store, and treat yourself to some screams this season--before the Christmas trees start coming out (or the sale ends) on November 1.  

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Why Video Games Should Be Considered Art https://www.gameskinny.com/mzcvo/why-video-games-should-be-considered-art https://www.gameskinny.com/mzcvo/why-video-games-should-be-considered-art Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:56:03 -0400 Sarah Elliman

It is incontrovertible that the debate around whether video games can be considered an art form or not is a contentious subject. Some believe it is the ultimate medium of expression, combining various art forms into one and making it interactive. Others believe that considering video games as art devalues the works of various artists in different fields. Although video games are legally recognised as art forms, the debate is still widely discussed. I personally believe that video games combine many beautiful art forms into one incredible interactive piece. You can learn from and experience situations you may never have been in before. The public's view on art and what mediums should be considered art vary as widely as the pieces of art present in our world.

In 2011 it was ruled by the Supreme Court that video games should be protected by the First Amendment.

“Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas – and even social messages – through many familiar literary devices…and through features distinctive to the medium.”

- Anthony Scalia, Supreme Court Justice

Even legally protected as an art form, many don’t see the artistic nature of video games.

People view art in different ways and without a clarification of meaning it can be hard to differentiate between the mediums. Jonathon Jones wrote for The Guardian on the matter stating that:

"...any definition of art is one person’s reaction to life. Any definition of art that robs it of this inner response by a human creator is a worthless definition."

Understanding that this is a valid point if that is how you view art is applicable, however the basic component of this definition is that art is a reflection of life. If you take the opinion of the famous playwright, Oscar Wilde, he believed that ‘life imitates art far more than art imitates life,’ having varying personal definitions of art harms our view of video games as art.

So when definitions aren’t clear it is hard to define what should fit the unstable definition of art. Perhaps, you may argue that there are much more established forms of art and their importance is greater. It can’t be denied that prose, song and visual art have been established far longer than video games. However, this does not mean it isn’t an art form--video games simply haven’t had the time to gain the prestige of other art forms. Furthermore, what are video games but an interactive medium comprised of prose, song and visual art? Albeit not every video game is a masterpiece, but neither is every single book. When video games combine these three traditional art forms and use them masterfully, they create a soulful experience.

For example, if we are to start with visual art there are plenty of examples of video games that are visually appealing. There is no one true style when it comes to the visual aspect of video games. You can have a completely realistic style with a game such as Uncharted and be blown away by beautifully rendered landscapes. Or alternatively a game such as Limbo has a simpler art style, but carries the sinister nature of the game. It is not simply how we use the visual style but how it adds to the tone of the game. What Remains of Edith Finch is an absolutely stunning game and emits a sense of quiet and mystery even from its art style. The visuals match the purpose and the narrative of the game.

The same can be said for the writing of an individual game. Nobody could deny the power and heart-wrenching nature of the opening to The Last of Us. It set the entire tone for the game. You understood Joel’s character and knew why his interactions with Ellie were tenuous at the beginning of the game. A game with a good narrative does the same thing any piece of prose does: it makes you want to continue on. Whether you’re running home to read the next chapter of the book you’re reading or complete the next mission of the game you’re on, good writing makes you want to continue the story.

In addition if you played the first season of TellTale’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead, you would know that at the end of the season there was not a dry eye to be seen. And what about video games that take inspiration from a piece of prose? The Witcher 3 reached legendary game status back in 2015, with many games, such as Final Fantasy XV and Assassin’s Creed Origins desiring to implement many mechanics from the eponymous game. The Witcher 3 had fantastic source material. (I highly recommend the books to anyone who is a fan of the series.) Does having source material based in more established art forms make it better? No, good writing comes from the team who are passionate about the game they’re making.

Lastly is the soundtrack. Song is an incredible part of human nature. Folk music is a testament to the longevity of song, and when a video game has the right soundtrack it makes all the difference. Life is Strange is a perfect example of this. It has a soundtrack that carries the message of the game, but the tracks are in themselves pieces of art. I have been introduced to so many new artists through games such as Life is Strange that I would never have found otherwise. Even instrumental music composed for a game carries a tone and a beauty within it, such as the Assassin’s Creed 2 opening instrumental. It carries an emotion and purpose that a video game would be lost without.

When you have the combination of so many brilliant art forms, how can you not justify video games being classed as an art form?

“Video games are also the only form of media that allows for personalizing the artistic experience while still retaining the authenticity of the artist,” - Chris Melissinos

is one opinion standing for the validity of video games as an art form. You’re not just a passive consumer when you engage with video games. You’re directly part of that experience and with more and more games implementing various choice paths in their games you can see the appeal. Video games allow you the option to interact with a whole new world and sometimes make it your own. You’re still experiencing someone’s vision, but you’re also part of that vision--which allows anyone who plays the game to become part of the art.

What is your opinion? Should video games be considered art or not? Leave a comment below with your opinions! 

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Co-founder of Playdead Resigned After Intense Power Struggle https://www.gameskinny.com/3u3ob/co-founder-of-playdead-resigned-after-intense-power-struggle https://www.gameskinny.com/3u3ob/co-founder-of-playdead-resigned-after-intense-power-struggle Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:23:11 -0500 Nam T. Bui

Back in July of 2016, Dino Patti, co-founder of indie studio Playdead, left the company after working there for nine years. He was reported to have sold his shares and granted full company ownership to fellow co-founder Arnt Jensen, stating that he wanted "to seek new challenges." However, a recent report from Danish financial newspaper, "Børsen," has revealed a messier side of the story with power struggles and buy-outs within the company.

According to the report, the conflict between Patti and Jensen started back in 2015 with Patti's frustration of the slow development progress of their projects, with each game taking four to six years to complete. The disagreement also extended to the ownership of Playdead's game rights.

Since then, their conflict has escalated to the point that the two only communicate with each other via lawyers and emails. On November 10th, 2015, Arnt Jensen expressed his dissatisfaction with working with Patti, as well as his desire for "other ways to continue my creative activities."

Jensen's statement prompted a removal of Jensen as the director of Playdead's Central Business Register (CVR) in Denmark. This act was conducted by a shocked Patti since he interpreted Jensen's statement as an intention to step down from the company. However, Jensen's lawyers claimed that it was all a "misunderstanding" and Jensen only intended to resign from the position of "creative director", not co-owner of the company.

Sometime later, the Danish Business Authority decided that Patti must leave the company due to continuous disagreement between two parties. Jensen was reported to have paid 50 million DKK (~7.2 million USD) in order to buy out Patti's shares in Playdead, thus giving him complete ownership of the company. After that, Patti believed his received amount was undervalued and attempted to trade in the money, hoping that in exchange, he could be granted back his old position at the company.

At this moment, Arnt Jensen has refused to comment about the conflict, while Dino Patti has said that he considers this all to be very personal. He has even compared the questions about the disagreement to questions about a breakup with a significant other.

Do you think this will affect the studios output? Or can Playdead weather the storm? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Crazy Game Theories That Will Blow Your Mind https://www.gameskinny.com/01zuv/7-crazy-game-theories-that-will-blow-your-mind https://www.gameskinny.com/01zuv/7-crazy-game-theories-that-will-blow-your-mind Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Squall is dead through the entire last half of Final Fantasy VIII
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Squall is the protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII – one of the best games in the series. At the end of disc 1, Squall and his friends fight Edea, the game’s antagonist. She seems to be defeated, but then she casts a powerful spell that kills Squall.

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As you play the second half of the game, you see Squall being alive again and trying to find answers to questions from the first part. You may think that he survived the hit, but this theory suggests that he didn’t survive and everything that happens in the last half of the game is simply Squall’s post-death visions.

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There's lots of evidence that prove this theory and there is even a dedicated fan-made website. So, if you are a fan of the game and never heard about this theory before, then check it out for yourself and get your mind blown.

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What other crazy gamer theories surprised you the most? Share them in the comments section.

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Booker DeWitt, Comstock and Andrew Ryan are all the same person
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The main theme of Bioshock Infinite is the existence of parallel universes and an ability to move between them. So, there is no secret anymore that Booker DeWitt and Comstock – the protagonist and antagonist of the game – are the same person that made different choices in these parallel universes.

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But this gamer theory states that Booker is also Andrew Ryan, another antagonist in Bioshock Infinite. This can be proven by following Elizabeth and Booker to the underwater city of Rapture in the DLC titled “Burial at Sea”. There is a bathysphere that can be controlled only by Andrew Ryan through the process of checking his DNA. And guess what, Booker DeWitt passed the test.

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This means that he is not only Comstock, but also Andrew Ryan. Bioshock Infinite is one weird game, isn’t it?

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Shepard could have been indoctrinated
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There are many crazy theories about the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3, but one of them has a really interesting point to it. If you remember, at the end of Mass Effect 3 Shepard is given three choices by the Harbinger: Control, Synthesis or Destroy the Reapers.

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Well, many fans of the series think that this is just another manipulative move to indoctrinate Shepard and make him not destroy the Reapers after all, and here is why. The Destroy choice has a red color, which is nothing special at first, but when you think about it, you may remember that morality choices in ME3 are Paragon and Renegade, which correspond to good and evil, with the corresponding colors of blue and red.

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So, if Shepard chooses to destroy the Reapers, then he will take the red choice, which makes him a bad character, and if he chooses to salvage them, then he will make a good choice, thus the theory of being manipulated by the Harbinger makes a lot of sense.

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In Destiny you play for bad guys
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The golden rule of any narrative states that a protagonist is a good guy, so it is a common sense to believe that when you play as a protagonist in the game, such as the Guardian in Destiny, then you are a good guy.

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But what if it’s not true at all? What if Guardians are just as bad as the aliens that they fight against? The hints to this can be found while you try to sneak up to Fallen Dregs, who will notice you and yell: “It’s the Darkness!” As you may know, the Darkness is the destructive force in the universe of Destiny, so why would they call us the Darkness? That’s a really good question, isn’t it?

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On top of that, ask yourself: why the enemies are called Wizards, Knights, Acolytes, but your team is called either Titans, Hunters, or Warlocks, which all have evil connotations to them. Or how about the titles of the quests you are given, such as Slaughter the Fallen, Kill Them All or Decimate The Hive. Why not something along the lines of Save the World or Protect the Innocent?

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Anyway, there are a lot of good points in this theory and you may see yourself in the different light from now on when you play Destiny again.

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The Pokemon universe is recovering after a great war
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Have you ever wondered why there are so few middle-aged characters in the Pokemon games? Usually you only meet either kids or their grandparents. Well, it looks like this crazy gamer theory can explain such an unusual phenomenon.

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It appears that the world where Pokemon takes place has suffered through a great war in which most middle-aged men simply died. That is why there are so many single mothers and old people left. There isn’t much evidence proving this, but the constant battles between Pokemon and humans hint that the war is still going, but in a more subtle way.

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Another fun fact is that you see kids who don’t go to schools, and basically just do whatever and go wherever they want. Further proof that they have no fathers, who may be a little bit stricter to them.

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All this may sound really wild, but the theory definitely has the right to live.

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Limbo never actually ends
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Limbo is one of the grimmest and most depressing games out there. It tells a story of a boy who tries to find his sister (who may or may not be dead), and eventually he does find her peacefully playing outside. But at the very end he is caught up by a leech that takes him further away from his sister once again and everything repeats once again.

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This gamer theory states that the ending is not real (meaning that he doesn’t actually find his sister – it’s just an illusion) and everything that happens is just the boy’s post-death visions that repeat themselves endlessly. That is also why he will never stop running away from the scary spider, and that he will never get out of this nightmarish limbo.

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Fallout and Skyrim are parts of the same universe
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The source of this gamer theory is a tiny easter egg that fans located in Fallout 4. As you search for Prydwen, a Brotherhood of Steel airship floating above Boston, go to the main deck and find a room full of scientific experiments. There you will see a small garden of familiarly-looking plants.

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The description of the plants states that they emit strange sounds and cause addiction. They also look very similar to the Nirnroot plants that can be found in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So, does this mean that Skyrim and Fallout take place in the same world? That is absolutely possible, just in different time periods – one in the future and one in the past, but which is when?

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Gamers have always been very creative and smart group of people. They obviously like playing games a lot, but what gamers probably love even more than that is debating about the events that take place in their favorite titles. The amount of research, and effort that some of them put into finding the clues to their most beloved stories is staggering.

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Gamers like speculating about games that haven’t even been released yet, thus create a whole lot of theories. But the best ones come after the releases of the biggest franchises, and this is where their imagination skills go above and beyond.

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However, no matter how strange and unbelievable some of these theories may sound, they can actually be totally legit. So, let’s check out some of the craziest and most incredible gamer theories.

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Inside comes to PS4 on August 23rd https://www.gameskinny.com/h9fuq/inside-comes-to-ps4-on-august-23rd https://www.gameskinny.com/h9fuq/inside-comes-to-ps4-on-august-23rd Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:45:03 -0400 Anne-Marie Coyle

Inside launched as an Xbox One exclusive a little over a month ago, but it turns out PlayStation fans won't have long to wait until they can experience the acclaimed 2D puzzle platformer.

Developer Playdead has announced the game will make its way to PS4 on August 23rd. This marks a vast improvement over the studio's previous game, Limbo, which took a year to release on a Sony console.  

Despite having hefty boots to fill, Inside received rave reviews when it launched on Xbox One, with many suggesting the follow-up not only lives up to, but surpasses the brilliance of its predecessor. 

Inside bears a striking resemblance to Limbo both visually and technically; it stars a young boy exploring a primarily monochromatic world where failure to correctly traverse the gloomy, puzzle-filled environments results in a certain and traumatically gruesome death for the tiny hero. 

The news of the inbound PS4 version was also accompanied by a new trailer, which you can check out below:

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Inside Looking To Be One of the Greatest Games of 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/cknnk/inside-looking-to-be-one-of-the-greatest-games-of-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/cknnk/inside-looking-to-be-one-of-the-greatest-games-of-2016 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:52:13 -0400 cactusjudy

2D-puzzle adventure game Inside comes out on the Xbox One tomorrow (and on PC July 7th), and the reviews are already rolling in. Spoiler Alert: they're spectacular. 

The second game from Danish indie developer Playdead, which gained critical acclaim for its 2010 title Limbo, Inside follows a nameless boy as he struggles against forces who are trying to take over the world through experimentation on human bodies. The game starts off in a dark woods where the playable character is being hunted by guards, and soon continues into a military factory where the majority of gameplay occurs.

The boy must complete a number of puzzles and avoid death as he continues through the factory, uncovering secrets about his world. The only actions available to the player are "jump" and "interact," limiting the boy's movements and adding to the atmosphere of terror and mystery surrounding the game. Additionally, no dialogue or text instructions exist in-game, forcing the player to enter the game clueless as to the backstory and details of its characters, locations, and conflict.

Inside is being hailed as a masterpiece by numerous gaming magazines and websites due to its detailed, bleak visual design, stellar use of sound and camera work, and intricate, engrossing plot. The game is certain to provide a number of tense moments as the boy continuously escapes death by the skin of his teeth. Or doesn't... leading to a number of gruesome death scenes that add to the game's thrilling and mysterious experience (and don't punish the player too harshly, given the generous number of save spots).

For all of these reasons and more, Inside is already proving to be one of critics' top choices of the year, earning a perfect 10/10 from both IGN and VideoGamer.com (and 9.5s from most other review sites) and holding a score of 91 on Metacritic. Though not for the young or the squeamish, Inside should be on the radar of every gamer this year as it continues to win accolades and aims to become one of the greatest titles of 2016. 

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Limbo is Free on Steam Until June 22 https://www.gameskinny.com/7bv1m/limbo-is-free-on-steam-until-june-22 https://www.gameskinny.com/7bv1m/limbo-is-free-on-steam-until-june-22 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:45:09 -0400 HaruOfTime

The developer Playdead is giving away Limbo on Steam for free until June 22, at 10 AM Pacific Time. Simply add the game to your Steam account, and you will keep the full game after the free period.

Limbo was also free on the Xbox One for a short period. So if you missed your chance to claim it from the Xbox store, you can now get a free copy for your PC.

Limbo is a dark 2D puzzle platforming game that follows a boy's journey to find his sister. The game's world is dangerous, filled with obstacles, traps, and deadly enemies. The game has received overall high reviews.

Playdead has an upcoming title called Inside, which will be released for the Xbox One on June 29, 2016, and for the PC on July 7, 2016. Inside is also a puzzle platformer and shares some visual similarities with Limbo.

Get your free copy of Limbo on the Steam store before time runs out, and experience the game's eerie beauty.

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How games use instinctual fear against us https://www.gameskinny.com/taw26/how-games-use-instinctual-fear-against-us https://www.gameskinny.com/taw26/how-games-use-instinctual-fear-against-us Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:57:28 -0500 Clint Pereira

Psychologists tell us that there are five fears that everyone shares: extinction, mutilation, loss of autonomy, separation, and ego-death. These are fears that have plagued human beings since the dawn of man.

But how do video games, specifically, use these fears? There's more to spooking someone than jump scares.

Extinction

What is it?

The fear of no longer being. The fear of complete oblivion. You no longer exist. You are no longer conscious. You have returned to a state of emptiness.

Games that do it well

Most games don't pull this off very well. After all, death is usually just a minor irritation. It's games like Limbo and Mirror's Edge that really make the act of death terrifying. That spider's leg through the chest or that whooshing sound before hitting the ground is terrifying.

Arcade games were probably the best at scaring their players, though, but not in the way you might think. Game over screens, like the ones in Ninja Gaiden and Final Fight, were designed to get people to feel like they were letting their character die, all so they could put more quarters into the machine.

Mutilation

Games that do it well

Losing a limb is extremely traumatic. People who have lost limbs will even experience phantom pains. Mutilation is closely related to extinction, though you can be mutilated without dying. We'd all like to live our lives in one piece, and even just seeing a person with an amputation can be unnerving for most people.

Games that do it well

Dead Space and Outlast are two games that come immediately to mind. In Dead Space, the loss of limbs and eyes is often preceded by death. In Outlast, you get to watch your character's fingers brutally amputated before escaping the asylum.

Loss of autonomy

What is it?

You are trapped. Whether in a literal space or not, your freedom and choices are limited. Like an animal, it is your instinct to go into fight-or-flight mode when you feel cornered.

Games that do it well

This is one of the most common fear exploits in games, often employed in games that have jump scares. P.T. and Five Nights at Freddy's are two games that restricts autonomy by limiting player movement to one (neverending) hallway. The fear is in the feeling of being trapped; the jump scares are just there to trigger the fight-or-flight panic.

Some games will use game mechanics and graphics limitations to their advantage. Silent Hill, for instance, has a constant fog or darkness around the player character. Resident Evil uses fixed camera angles and tank controls to keep the player from feeling too powerful or in control.

Separation

What is it?

You are alone. There is nobody around, at least nobody you can relate to. If there are any people, they are empty shells or alien personalities. You can't touch them or talk with them or relate to them at all. You start to feel less human...

Games that do it well

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth has characters, but they all seem off and inhuman. Silent Hill, too, uses vaguely inhuman characters to its advantage. The town's fog also acts as a way of making the player feel isolated and alone. Additionally, Yume Nikki and Silent Hill 4: The Room, create a feeling of isolation by having a bland room be the only solace from a nightmare world that you have to traverse. In both games, dealing with monsters becomes a relief when confronted with the stark isolation of your apartment.

Ego death

What is it?

You are not the person you thought you were. A rift forms in your psyche. You can't tell right from wrong, the truth from the lie. Ego death is often considered the first step in a spiritual transformation, but it is in itself not beautiful or radiant.

Ego death is the death of one's identity. And if one cannot find a way to cope, it may as well be a real death.

Games that do it well

This is notoriously difficult to pull off, as players see themselves as separate from the character. Unless first completely immersed in the character identity, there's little the game can do to cause any kind of ego-death.

Still, some games are able to use the player's feeling of heroism and power against them. Spec Ops: The Line and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are two such games in which the player starts out as the hero but turns out to be the villain. Both the player and player character have to face the fact that they made bad choices and are not really the person they thought they were.

Summary

Games don't have time to condition new fears for players. Instead, they have to tap into instinctual, or sometimes cultural, fears.

All of these fears are survival mechanisms, to keep us from dying, from losing ourselves into the dark unknown. But in spite of the dehumanizing nature of these fears, sharing them through stories or games does one miraculous thing.

It makes us feel human again.

Image sources: Alien: Isolation via kotaku.com; Ninja Gaiden via youtube.com; Dead Space via en.wikipedia.org; P. T. via anthonyvecch.com; Silent Hill 4: The Room via venturebeat.com; Spec Ops: The Line via everydaygamers.com

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These 4 indie games pay homage to Mario in the strangest way https://www.gameskinny.com/27a6w/these-4-indie-games-pay-homage-to-mario-in-the-strangest-way https://www.gameskinny.com/27a6w/these-4-indie-games-pay-homage-to-mario-in-the-strangest-way Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:45:58 -0400 Joe DeClara

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Heroes (In Conclusion)

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Donkey Kong NES box art.In its beginnings as a videogame company, Nintendo offered the world several masterclass games, all featuring a story that had been told hundreds of thousands of times before: the male hero must save the damsel in distress. As art forms have evolved — theater, music, literature, opera, poetry — each has gone through stages of primitivism similar to Mario's borderline sexist plotline, eventually revisiting these ideas from newer, more progressive perspectives. 

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Braid is not just an ode to the world's favorite Italian plumber; it is a turning point in the medium, one which takes the two-dimensional format of the Super Mario Bros. plot and adds a new dimension through multiple perspectives, thus making the player question the narrator, the game, and sometimes themselves.

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In the year 1804, legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his third symphony, later titled Eroica, at a private performance held at the palace of Prince Lobkowitz. The piece was written in sonata form — a traditional form for a symphony, yet the sound was unlike anything ever heard before by man. There were many reactions to this piece; positive, negative — many were even frightened by the might of sound Beethoven's work produced. But his instructor, Haydn's reaction remains truest.

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Unusual. He's done something no other composer has attempted; he gives us a glimpse into his soul. I expect that's why it's so noisy. But it is quite new--the artist as the hero...Everything is different from today.

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And so it was. After Beethoven's death, following another six symphonies, all of the music changed. Composers began to create works that reflected their inner turmoil, or their insurmountable rapture, instead of simply serving to please the listener with stable sounds of elegance. Many of the same composers even paid tribute to various works by Beethoven with musical motifs and little melodic or harmonic parodies (Mahler's Symphony No. 5, Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 to name a few examples).

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This was over two hundred years ago. This was the point in history wherein musicians were finally beginning to realize what this art form is and how it can be used for self-expression and even transcendence. Now, we have reached the same point in a new art form. Videogames started as little more than marketable crowd-pleasers. Titles like BraidLIMBOFezTitan Souls, and many others revisit traditions in the same way Beethoven revisited the symphony and sonata form, bringing to the public new innovations for the medium in ways both familiar and exciting.

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What do you think? Are these games doing right by Mario? Are arthouse games the way of the future? Is this thesis ridiculously convoluted and silly? Sound off in the comments. Thanks so much for reading, and may the force be with you always!

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Braid

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Jonathan Blow's critically acclaimed platformer takes Super Mario Bros' format and flips it on its head, spins it around, then flips it right-side up again and swears it was all just a bad dream. Much like Super Meat Boy, the Mario/princess paradigm in Braid is made evident immediately upon entering the first world.

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However, as the player progresses through the game, the ambiguity of Tim's quest becomes increasingly peculiar and even disturbing. The first oddity lies in the missing World 1; the first world available to the player is labeled World 2, giving us reason to believe that we are being told Tim's story out of order. This is the first flaw in the game's narrative — a flaw intentionally created by a manipulated perspective.

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The second oddity is presented by Toad's apparent replacement. With each level's end, Tim is greeted by a dinosaur who tells him that the princess is in another castle. However, this message is delivered with increasing confusion. By the final available level, the dinosaur admits that he has never actually met the princess and even asks Tim if he's certain of her reality.

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This solidifies any speculative doubts the player might have developed for Tim's perspective. The game started with a very concrete fact: the princess had been snatched by a horrible and evil monster. Now, Tim's credibility has been nearly obliterated. That is until we enter the last level of World 1.

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Tim talking to the dinosaur Greeter in Braid.

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Here, we finally are given a second perspective on our story, courtesy of none other than the princess. Upon entering the final level (prior to the epilogue), we see a burly knight climbing down a rope, clutching the princess. As they fall, the princess seems to escape the knight's clutches and calls for help as the knight beckons her back down, growling like the horrible, evil beast he is.

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Tim and the princess then run away from impending doom, the princess throwing switches to aid Tim as they flee. Finally, they both are about to reach each other when — everything stops. The game hints at reversing time. As the player does so, we see the events of moments ago transpire in retrograde.

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Only now it tells a very different story. The switches thrown by the princess seem to be used against Tim, keeping him away. Dropped chandeliers, closing barricades — all seem to now be working against our hero. Finally, the princess reaches the knight, still beckoning her to come down. Obedient to the retrogression, the princess obliges the knight, and together, the two climb away from the evil Tim, both looking far happier than we remember. This, of course, is the princess's side of the story.

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Is the knight the monster? Is Tim? Is the princess even real? Does the entire game serve as a symbolic reminder of the Manhattan Project? Gamers and critics are still pondering the meaning of this game today and will most likely continue to do so for a very long time.

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But for all the ambiguity and mystery surrounding this game, there is one certainty: no doubt, Braid will stand as a great allegorical milestone in gaming history.

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LIMBO

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Playdead's premiere title presents a much darker and more indeterminate interpretation of the model in question. While Super Meat Boy and Shovel Knight featured endearing parodies and humorous references to classic 2D games, LIMBO draws parallels with only a few (or perhaps one) of these games with a grim subtlety. The two previous examples certainly featured simplistic stories, but LIMBO's plot sets the standard.

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Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters the unknown.

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True to its word, any further details of this game remain unascertained. Such ambiguity always leads to speculation and interpretation, and with LIMBO's popularity, many fan theories about the game's meaning have been circulating the internet since its release.

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Some adopt a more literal school of thought, believing the Boy and his Sister have entered a post-mortem reality where they must atone for their sins. Others believe the gameworld represents the Boy's greatest fears manifested to extremes (e.g. giant freakin' spiders), and that he must face them head-on in order to save his sister.

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One of the more morbid theories identifies the Boy as the antagonist, referring to the actions of the other children in LIMBO and the game's title screen as evidence.

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Though each of these holds validity in its own respect, one critical element unites each theory behind this game: the sister. No matter where the boy is or how he got there, his quest remains unequivocal.

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Similarly, in Super Mario Bros, we are tasked with saving the princess, though only a select few players knew the reasoning at the time. I don't know about you, but 4-year-old me had no love for reading, thus resulting in a swift trip to the trash for Mario's instruction booklet, along with the little detail given on why I should consider continuously venturing from left-screen towards the ever-expanding right-screen. LIMBO calls on this now inherent instinct in order to reward us with a glimpse of our goal towards the end of the game, only to be denied.

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In Chapter 29, the Boy seemingly finds his way out of the industrial labyrinth of gears and saw blades to find himself back in the wilderness. Venturing rightward, the Boy finds his sister, her back turned to him, seemingly in prayer or at play. He eagerly runs to her, only to be turned around by another sneaky brain worm, bringing him back to the nameless factory he had just escaped. When the Boy finally makes his way back to the exit... it has disappeared. No wilderness, no exit, no sister. His princess is in another castle.

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Shovel Knight

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More of a tribute to all classics of the "bit" era of gaming rather than focusing on one title (though one could argue Mega Man is favored), Yacht Club Games took the best gameplay bits (I'm gross) from the greatest of these games and applied them to Shovel Knight with elegance and grace.

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Its gameplay, bosses, and level designs are inspired by Mega Man. Its charming world map, with its roving parts, limited non-linearity, and inconveniently sealed-off segments will be recognizable to anyone who has played Mario 3.

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Its combat contains a significant dash of Duck Tales. Its hub towns, inventory and money systems — as well as its cast of NPCs to interact with — represent a hybrid between Zelda II and Faxanadu, while its sub-weapon system is an ode to Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden. The real beauty of Shovel Knight isn't that it's a clearly worded love letter to the storied NES era; it's that it drew inspiration from nothing but great NES games.

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- Shovel Knight Review by Colin Moriarty

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Though the game combines mechanics from various classic NES titles while featuring a primary format derivative of Mega Man, the driving force behind Shovel Knight's endeavors is, once again, saving the princess — or, in this case, Shield Knight. Each night, our hero becomes increasingly consumed by his quest — his dreams encumbering him with guilt over what the player assumes is her untimely demise.

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However, we later find out that Shield Knight is not deceased, but corrupted by the power of the Enchantress, and that Shovel Knight has been pursuing the Knights of No Quarter to rescue his fellow Knight. Therefore, he is in a way fighting to rescue the "princess."

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And rescue her he does... for a moment. Immediately after liberating Shield Knight, both she and Shovel Knight are faced with an even greater obstacle; one which can only be overcome by working together. 

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This somewhat trumps the Mario/Princess paradigm, seeing as Shovel Knight not only depends on Shield Knight's assistance (and vice versa), but is also saved by this "princess" when she sacrifices herself to defeat the Enchantress and give Shovel Knight a chance to flee. In this light, Shovel Knight serves as a more progressive take on the Mario/Princess paradigm, one which favors a more gender-neutral interpretation (also slightly reminiscent of the ending sequence to Zelda: Ocarina of Time).

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As far as the "princess is in another castle" requisite goes... call it a stretch, but I feel the Shield Knight sacrifice sequence could serve as a somewhat extreme reinterpretation of this model. Shovel Knight fought the entire No Quarter (twice), freed Shield Knight from her possession, then defeated the Enchantress, only to lose the one he cared for most all over again.

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Whatever woeful grief you went through when Toad first gave you his unceremonious apology, I'd say Shovel Knight's got you beat.

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Super Meat Boy

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The developers behind this legendary XBLA title were anything but subtle in portraying their influences. Many, if not all of the cutscenes in Super Meat Boy feature shot-for-shot parodies of iconic moments in games like Mega Man, Castlevania, and even Pokémon.

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But the greatest ode to any of the classics is saved for Mario, taking form in not another clever cutscene, but in the moment-to-moment gameplay. Though 2D platformers were already on the rise, no contemporary of Super Meat Boy offered such hyper-precise controls, excellent map design, or smoothness in progression of mechanics. Of all the games mentioned in this list, Super Meat Boy stands as the truest dedication to Mario in both gameplay and presentation.

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It isn't hard to see the parallels between Team Meat's super hardcore platformer and the Nintendo title that started it all. Indeed, even the name "Super Meat Boy" sports the same initials as Super Mario Bros. From the game's opening cinematic to the final blow dealt to the evil Dr. Fetus, references to Mario are littered throughout Meat Boy's arduous journey to saving Bandage Girl. In fact, this journey itself is a parody of Super Mario Bros.

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Bandage Girl.Most gamers can easily recognize the Mario-Peach-Bowser paradigm in Super Meat Boy. However, Meat Boy's story has more endearing qualities amidst tongue-in-cheek humor. Bandage Girl is not royalty; she is essentially an equal to Meat Boy (besides being a semi-typical damsel in distress). The imagery of Bandage Girl clearly suggests that she is a real necessity in Meat Boy's life.

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Conversely, it may have become more clear to us several game generations later that Mario is infatuated, if not in love with the princess. But it wasn't so clear in the initial game. For all we know, Mario is doing no more than his civic duty to the Mushroom Kingdom by taking up arms to rescue the princess (or something far more sinister, as many conspiracy theorists believe). In Super Meat Boy's case, it is very clear from the start that Meat Boy is on a quest of the heart.

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Unfortunately, this proves to be one of the most relentlessly unforgiving quests of all gaming history. Throughout the game, Meat Boy is beaten, squashed, sliced, and otherwise inhumanly slaughtered over and over again. The game makes Meat Boy's sufferings gruesomely apparent with a kill-cam compilation of every failed attempt playing upon finishing each level.

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What makes this all the more painful is that even when he does reach Bandage Girl at the end of each level, she is once again snatched away by Dr. Fetus. No matter what our efforts, no matter how great our triumphs, the developers here constantly remind us of the inescapable truth that our princess (Bandage Girl) is always in another castle.

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Spoilers: The games below are discussed in great detail, though all spoilers are confined to each game's section. Skip any sections for games you haven't played. Also, go play those games. Seriously.

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We all know it to be true: Mario is, without question, the single most influential character in videogame history. From the day our red-capped hero first hopped onto our screens, Mario has been an irrevocable icon not only in the gaming industry, but in all mainstream media worldwide.

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A masterclass game even today, one which all at once saved the industry from the videogame crash of 1983 and paved the way for games of its generation and the generations to come, it is safe to say that Super Mario Bros. will be a game remembered and revered for centuries.

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There are few who understand this game's importance better than today's game developers, who have been consistently recycling and reiterating on ideas first introduced by Nintendo's legendary title in ways both big and small. However, as games evolve, complexity grows, and game design strays further and further from the foundations first established by the likes of the world's favorite Italian plumber.

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Enter the indie devs. In the latter half of the 2000s, the gaming industry saw a rise in independently developed videogames, due mostly to the new accessibility of digital distribution. Many of the developers behind these games, having no ties to big-name publishers, had a certain artistic drive behind their ambitions. Although still seeking compensation for their work, these developers were equally concerned with their artistic integrity as they were with their financial success, if not more so.

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If [Super Meat Boy] makes $20,000, that would be enough to make the next game... Even though it's a game that people are supposed to buy, it's not a game that I made for people; I made it for myself. Ed [McMillen] and I made it as a reflection of ourselves.

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-Tommy RefenesSuper Meat Boy developer

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Though many of these new artists hope to innovate and venture into the unknown, some indie developers have taken it upon themselves to pay tribute to the great games of past generations. And of course, no game has been celebrated in this form more than Super Mario Bros

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These indie games take from Super Mario Bros. and other 2D classics in ways best suited to each individual game. The creators of Fez chose to use platforming as a simple means to traverse the game world in a tranquil and engaging collectathon, while Team Meat took an approach more focused on the timing and precision of Meat Boy's platforming skills.

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However, while all of these developers set out to create something unique, there is one theme under which many of them stand united; a paradigmatic element that calls directly back to Mario, making these games a masterful collection of odes to the Italian plumber.

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In each of these games, you must save the princess, and she's always in another castle.

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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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Why you should play
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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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Why you should play
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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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Why you should play
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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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Why you should play
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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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Why you should play
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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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Why you must play
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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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Why you should play this
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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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PS Plus IGC August Preview https://www.gameskinny.com/rt8lq/ps-plus-igc-august-preview https://www.gameskinny.com/rt8lq/ps-plus-igc-august-preview Sat, 08 Aug 2015 17:11:04 -0400 Curtis Dillon

It's that oh-so-sweet time of month again when we get (basically) free games from Sony! Rejoice!

Last month was a particularly great month for PS Plus, because it featured the new sensation, Rocket League! Unless you've been living under a rock, you know just how amazing and popular that game is - and its 6 million strong player base can be largely attributed to PS Plus. Putting that game out for free allowed millions to get their hands on it who otherwise may not have bought such a niche game. And that's what is so great about this service.

So this month doesn't really compare, because it doesn't feature anything brand spanking new, but it does have a few recently released games, one AAA PS3 title, and a wide array of choices to suit all. So let's get on with the preview!

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4)

First up is the second game in the Lara Croft spin-off series that features 4 person co-op. This isn't your typical Tomb Raider adventure but it is a fun, polished, and challenging game to be enjoyed with your friends.

You play as Lara, a rival treasure hunter Carter Bell, and two imprisoned gods by the name of Horus and Isis, in order to defeat the evil god Set. To do so, you must work as a team to solve puzzles, avoid death traps, and shoot a lot of enemies. The funny thing is, this spin-off series is a lot more like the original Lara Croft games than the Tomb Raider reboot - classic look Lara, dual-wielding guns, supernatural elements, treasures, and monsters.

Limbo (PS4)

Indie classic Limbo is the next game for PS4. The monochrome 2D platformer oozes atmosphere and tension. Limbo does a wonderful job of bringing your childhood fears of the dark back to the forefront.

You play as a little boy who must traverse a dark and eerie world, filled with spiders and death traps that can and will maim you. It's a brutal game in a charming package that looks like it fell right out of Tim Burton's head. If you like Journey, Never Alone, Child of Light or Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Limbo is right up your alley!

Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

The follow-up to the cult classic stealth game, Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones casts you as a clone attempting to escape a high-tech testing facility. Think Splinter Cell meets Escape Plan.

Stealth Inc. is renowned for being a real stealth game when few others still exist, and for being pretty darn difficult. You play over 60 satisfyingly sneaky stages and test your brain power in the process.

God of War: Ascension (PS3)

The fourth game in the spectacular God of War series takes Kratos back to just after his wife and child were killed. Yes Ascension is a prequel that shows Kratos at his youngest and most brash.

Making full use of the PS3's processing power, God of War: Ascension takes the series' iconic boss battles to new heights both visually and mechanically. While it may not be the best in the series, Ascension retains and refines the insane gameplay while boasting the best visuals in the series, and maybe even the PS3.

Sound Shapes (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

It may be the most niche and quirky game available this month, but you shouldn't write Sound Shapes off just yet. In Sound Shapes, you progress through a series of levels where sounds and shapes seamlessly blend together to create a unique platforming experience.

What's really interesting about the game, and makes it worth checking out, is the level creator. There are already tons of user-created levels you can play - as well as create your own. You can even make the music yourself.

Castlestorm (PS3, PS Vita)

And finally this month we have Castlestorm, a tower-defense game that uses real-time physics like Angry Birds. This game is surprisingly deep. It boasts solo campaign fully equipped with story, co-op mode, online multiplayer and more.

Build your own castles, choose your armies, and defend them in a variety of modes. Personal tip: this is game is perfect on the Vita.

Verdict - 8/10

For a limited time only, you can get a rendezvous with Miss Croft, a walk on Mount Olympus with Kratos, a moonlit trek through a forest, a music-guided obstacle course, an illegal tour of a high-tech facility, and a journey through history to play Knights vs. Vikings, all for the low low price of $9.99/£5.59. All inclusive!

Total Value of the IGC: $84.94/£54.44
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Free gifts for day one users of PS Plus in celebration of 5th birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/lz8sn/free-gifts-for-day-one-users-of-ps-plus-in-celebration-of-5th-birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/lz8sn/free-gifts-for-day-one-users-of-ps-plus-in-celebration-of-5th-birthday Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:26:32 -0400 Larry Iaccio

Sony is celebrating the launch of PlayStation Plus which debuted in North America 5 years ago on August 3rd, 2010.  To commemorate this joyous occasion, Sony has decided to reward their most loyal users of the service by sending out special gifts to those who have been subscribed to PS Plus since it first launched.

While it is still unclear what the special gift may be for North American users, Sony plans on contacting their most loyal users via email very soon.  As PlayStation Plus content manager, Chris Howe explains,

"To celebrate those of you that have been with us from the very beginning, a limited edition gift will be arriving in the mail for those of you that have been part of the journey since the very start. Think you may be one of them? Then keep a close eye on your emails as we’ll be getting in touch today."

Users in Japan who were eligible for the gift received free games such as Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate or Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN while European users were promised a free personalized print detailing all of their achievements on PS Plus.

Keep an eye on your email, but in the meantime enjoy the games that PS Plus has to offer for the month of August which include God of War: AscensionLimboLara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and a few others!

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Inside, The Spiritual Successor to Limbo, Has Been Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/nnky6/inside-the-spiritual-successor-to-limbo-has-been-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/nnky6/inside-the-spiritual-successor-to-limbo-has-been-delayed Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:36:37 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Inside, the upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive, has been delayed until 2016.

Developer Playdead announced that the spiritual successor to hugely successful Limbo won't be making it to Xbox One in 2015. "After 5 years in development, we, more than anyone, are looking forward to the release. We are so close, but getting it right has taken a little more time than we anticipated."

It isn't often a smaller game takes anywhere near this long to develop, so it will be very interesting to see why Inside warranted such a lengthy development cycle. Limbo has an impressive 88 on Metacritic and the game garnered a cult following over the years, being labelled as one of the first great indie games. Playdead has set the bar high.

Inside was revealed at E3 last year but there has been no mention of it since, as is the case with other anticipated indie titles like Cuphead, Ghost of a Tale, and Superhot. Playdead has not said when we will see more of Inside but it's possible Xbox show more at E3 next week. Stay tuned to GameSkinny to find out!

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The Long-Lasting Influence of Short Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/szsgn/the-long-lasting-influence-of-short-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/szsgn/the-long-lasting-influence-of-short-video-games Sat, 30 May 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

Every video game is a journey - a journey through unknown worlds and untouched lands, untold stories and unfamiliar characters, and unexpected feelings and unforgettable experiences. And as is so with journeys, some are long, while others are short. Generally, it is safe to say that the majority of us prefer the latter, as long journeys tend to take a lot out of us, both energy-wise and time-wise, while short journeys are convenient and gentle on our bodies and minds. One can then infer that this preference of ours applies to the interactive art form we call "video games" as well.

Short video games have been ridiculed by many outspoken gamers for being inefficient returns for investments of money. "They're too simple and brief to be immersive experiences," they say, "the longer the game is, the more time I have to understand it." Although it is true that understanding new information requires a certain amount of time, it is rather narrow to think that simplicity and brevity cannot create a fully immersive and coherent experience. A game that is complex and lengthy does not automatically amount to greatness; the portal to an immersive experience is created when every single feature complements each other.

Experiences that are short complement the schedules of arguably any person with responsibility. Experiences that are long require a person to go into a state of limbo where reality is momentarily forgotten and left to take care of itself. The loss of a large chunk of reality scares people away from an interactive art form such as video games, as the return is uncertain in spite of a hefty investment of time and energy. This is why short video games have so much power within; short journeys can lead to longer journeys if only the audience is cared for well.

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Top 10 Great Video Games Well-Suited for Short Bursts of Play https://www.gameskinny.com/4wdu1/top-10-great-video-games-well-suited-for-short-bursts-of-play https://www.gameskinny.com/4wdu1/top-10-great-video-games-well-suited-for-short-bursts-of-play Sun, 17 May 2015 13:30:01 -0400 Autumn Fish

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Of course, there are plenty of other games out there that are good for short sessions. Mario Kart 8 is another Wii U game that features short, fun races, each one lasting around 2 minutes.

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The entirety of the rogue-like genre would also be a safe bet. Ziggurat, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and Rogue Legacy are all great examples, though Isaac is a bit harder to progress in.

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What games do you like playing when you're low on time?
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We'd love to hear about the games you play when you're pressed for time and want a quick-fix! Make sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 (3DS, Wii U)

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Settle it in Smash!
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

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Average Match Time: 2 - 6 minutes

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Find It: Website, Nintendo eShop (3DS / Wii U)

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Super Smash Bros. 4 is among the greatest entries in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and has finally made itself accessible to gamers on the go with the 3DS release!

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is one of the best 3DS games you can have if you need to cram your playtime into short, less-than-10-minute matches. There is even a unique mode in the 3DS version that mixes up the game a fair bit and takes no more than 8 minutes to complete an entire round! There's nothing like a quick round of Smash.

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Unreal Tournament 2004

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Cult Classic Futuristic FPS
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Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

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Average Match Time: 5 - 30 minutes

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Find It: Steam, Website

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Despite its age, Unreal Tournament 2004 manages to keep an active playerbase even 11 years after its release. Unreal Tournament 2004 is a first-person shooter that defined the genre years back, and is somehow completely age-defying.

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The graphics may look outdated, but the gameplay is just as fun as you'd remember it. Unreal Tournament 2004 is a great example of a game that aged well. Hop in and play for a round or two when you have the time, and see if you can round up some of your friends to play with! UT04 will never get old!

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Mirror's Edge

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Cityscape Free-Runner with Action Sprinkled In
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Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS

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Average Chapter Length: 25 minutes

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Find It: Website

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Mirror's Edge is a great platforming action game, but it can get a tad repetitive at times and is best digested in segments rather than a full sitting (the story runs for about 4 hours). Play a chapter or two and put the game down - chances are you'll appreciate it more than if you just blundered through.

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Games with shorter campaign lengths often benefit from segmented and short play sessions, so long as the story isn't so complex that you'll forget it all by the next time you want to play again. And Mirror's Edge fits the bill. 

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Crypt of the Necrodancer

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Rhythm Rouge-Like Groovy Dungeon Crawler
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Platforms: Windows, Max, Linux

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Average Zone Length: 12 minutes

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Find It: Website

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Crypt of the Necrodancer is a unique take on the rogue-like genre that sends you down the Crypt to the beat of a spectacular soundtrack. Not to mention, Crypt of the Necrodancer has the most expertly crafted features ever seen in a rogue-like game.

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Each and every character you can play in Necrodancer has their own unique play-style that often drastically changes how you play the game. Each character also has their own background, and the lore behind Crypt of the Necrodancer is the best we've ever seen from the genre. The zones don't take too long to complete, especially if you end up dying a lot, and it has endless hours of fun just waiting to be had (a few lunch breaks at a time).

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Borderlands

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Treasure-Hunting RPG FPS
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Platforms: Windows, Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

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Average Play Time: Any

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Find It: Website

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Borderlands, despite being an interesting mix of first-person shooter and RPG, is actually really easy to jump into and play for just a short while. No matter what you do - whether you're clearing simple quests, taking on the main mission, or just doing some character grinding - it always feels like you've made progress.

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Too much Borderlands in one sitting honestly could make you sick of the game, but it's perfect for short bursts of play where you just want to knock out a couple of objectives and move onto something else.

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Trine: Enchanted Edition

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3-Character Fantasy Action Puzzler
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Platforms: Windows, Max, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360

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Average Level Time: 30 - 45 minutes

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Find It: Website

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Trine: Enchanted Edition was a huge upgrade from the original Trine game, and it wasn't just the graphics that got updated either. Trine Enchanted Edition takes Trine 2's engine and puts it into Trine 1, making the game a hundred times more accessible than ever before.

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It doesn't matter where in a level you quit the game. You will reappear in the exact spot you left off when you come back. That way, you can play your three character puzzle-platformer without worrying about saving early to leave on time! Happy adventuring!

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Limbo

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Eerie Puzzle-Platforming Adventure
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Platforms: Windows, Max, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, iOS

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Average Play Time: Any

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Find It: Website

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Limbo is a silently charming game following the journey of a boy through this land of shadows, where everything is open to interpretation. This critically-acclaimed future classic has carved its own unique place in the gaming world, and most certainly deserves a spot on this list.

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No moment in this game feels dull, and overcoming each obstacle is incredibly rewarding. Best of all, it doesn't matter where you leave off, the game will pick itself back up from the same place when you decide you want to play again. Huzzah for no back-tracking!

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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3DS Village/Life Simulation Game
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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Average Play Time: 1 hour

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Find It: Website

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the newest and most well-received game of an already classic Nintendo franchise. Not only do you get to move into a town full of animals and customize your home like the previous Animal Crossing games, but you stumble upon the time right when they are in desperate need for a new mayor.

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Who better to fill the shoes of mayor than the next person to step off the train (a.k.a. you)? Animal Crossing is a great game that goes at the pace of a peaceful, day-to-day life. There's never a whole lot of things to do in one day, so it's hard to play for much more than an hour, unless you're really good and finding something to do out of nothing.

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Pour your heart into your very own town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and make it anything you can dream of. It's your world, make it what you will.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

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Multiplayer TCG w/ Smart Phone Support
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Platforms: Windows, Mac, Andriod, iOS

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Average Game Time: 10 minutes

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Find It: Website, Google Play, Amazon Apps, App Store

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a free-to-play Trading Card Game (TGC) by Blizzard Entertainment that features simple gameplay in the form of short, turn-based battles with digital collectors cards.

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The goal of Hearthstone is simple: drop your enemy's health to zero before they can do the same to you. Use a combination of the cards in your deck and your Hero's abilities to wipe out your opponent and come out victorious.

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While Hearthstone may let you pay to get a little bit ahead of the game, there's nothing you can pay for that you can't obtain just by playing the game a bit more. Hearthstone is a fantastic choice to kill 15 minutes, even if all you have with you is your smart phone.

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Team Fortress 2

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FPS Team Multiplayer Lobby-Based Shooter
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Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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Average Match Length: 20 - 40 minutes

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Maximum Match Length: 1 hour

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Find It: Website, Steam

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Team Fortress 2 is a free-to-play lobby-based first-person shooter for PC (via Steam), PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. You pair together with other players online to form two separate teams, RED (Reliable Excavation & Demolition) and BLU (Builders League United).

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Team Fortress 2 is the biggest free-to-play first-person shooter on the PC, and it's no wonder why. There are a plethora of game modes to play in, such as Arena, Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Special Delivery, Territorial Control, and more with plenty of maps to play them all on.

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Each match can last up to an hour, but that's about it. Most in-game matches last around half an hour and are good for a quick play session!

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There's nothing quite like immersing yourself in a fantastic game. That feeling you get when you set down the controller and peek at the clock to find you've been playing for 12+ hours is completely unmatched. Having copious amounts of time like that in 2015 is becoming increasingly difficult, and the demand for games that are easy to pick up and play in short bursts is staggering.

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With so much going on in our daily lives, it can be hard to find more than an hour at a time to play games anymore. Some games — infamously RPG and open world games — make it hard to get the satisfaction of progress without dumping an absurd amount of time into each title.

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If you're looking for something to play that will satisfy your gaming fix without taking up more than an hour of your time, then you've come to the right list! One of these games is bound to give you the satisfaction of progress no matter how little time you have to play.

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Gamer Gift Guide: Indie Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/hhgbl/gamer-gift-guide-indie-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/hhgbl/gamer-gift-guide-indie-games-on-steam Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:50:50 -0500 Pierre Fouquet

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Interstellar Marines

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Interstellar Marines will set you back $18.99, €16.99, £13.99.

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Interstellar Marines is a tactical FPS, it will have a full story campaign down the line, as it's in Early Access. But the content is has is well worth the price of admission. The developers, Zero Point Software, love to call this a AAA Indie game. This means it has good graphics and is built to a high quality, and this is reflected in the game. There is a recent addition in the form of a co-op mode, which is fantastic. The goal of the game is to offer a fully story driven tactical FPS experience, with co-op and competitive online play. The game first started as competitive only, so that the server systems and netcode could be built to a high standard and have low ping no matter where you are. And this is exactly what the game delivers. Once again for all Early Access games, please read the Steam page before purchasing.

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Super Meat Boy

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Super Meat Boy will set you back $14.99, €13.99, £10.99.

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Super Meat Boy is a game where you play as a piece of meat. Yes you read that correctly. The game is inspired by Mario, apparently. Well in the way that it's a platformer which you have to dodge traps. One of the games best features is the ability to see all of the times you failed in a when you finish a level. Be warned it is VERY hard!

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Next Car Game: Wreckfest

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Next Car Game: Wreckfest will set you back $29.99, €23.99, £19.99.

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Next Car Game: Wreckfest is a game all about aggressive driving. This means crashing into other cars to give yourself the advantage. In Wreckfest there are no rules, only the ones you set yourself. With an amazing damage system, where every scrape to massive pileup is reflected on your car. And really good handling mechanics which free real enough but are still very forgiving. Wreckfest is a developed by the guys behind the FlatOut series, Bugbear Entertainment and their skill is onces again shown in this game. This is in Early Access also, meaning the game, as good as it is now, will only get better. Like with all other Early Access games, check the Steam page first.

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Starbound

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Starbound will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £11.99.

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Starbound is similar to Terraria however with some fundamental differences it's sci-fi for one. It also supports drop in and drop out co-op, making playing with friends a breeze. Also there are multiple planets for you to explore, as well as your own home planet and own Starship. Both your home planet Spacecraft can be decorated and customised. Starbound is a great game in the same way Terraria is but it just keeps getting better due to it being in Early Access, so again see the Steam page for details.

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Terraria

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Terraria will set you back $9.99, €9.99, £6.99.

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Terraria is a 2D side scrolling building, exploration, digging and combat game. Run through the game mining, fighting and building. You might want to go to the deepest darkest parts of the world to find some special items, or you may want to simply build a massive house, or a small town. Be creative or destructive, the choice is yours.

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Kerbal Space Program

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Kerbal Space Program will set you back $29.99, €29.99, £22.99.

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Kerbal Space Program is a space simulation game where you fly characters called Kerbins off an Earth like planet called Kerbin. But that is not all, start your own space company. Launch your own space ships, which you have designed yourself. I say launch, it will be crash or explode, to start with. You can also set up your own orbits, collect science points, and use them to research new and amazing toys to explode your space ships with. This game is in Early Access which means it is not fully out, and is undergoing constant improvements, see the steam page for details.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £10.99.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth lets you die a lot. You play as Isaac who has escaped death by the hands of his mother, she wants to kill her son as God has demanded a sacrifice. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth has Rogue-like elements, which means death is permanent. The levels are randomly generated. You fight deranged enemies, Isaac's fears, family members and finally Isaac's own mother. The art style and the content of the game contradict each other, due to the art style being very cartoonish but there being a lot of gore. It has a lot of very dark humor, but it's all done tastefully.

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Transistor

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Transistor will set you back $19.99, €18.99, £14.99.

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Transistor is a sci-fi action game, with light RPG elements. It is by the same guys who brought you Bastion (which is also on this list). And the similarities to Bastion it has are in the narrator. Transistor however has a combat system which merges real time, and turn based.

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You play as Red, a singer who has lost her voice. You stumble across a magical talking sword, called the Transistor. Finding previous owners of the sword grants you the ability to use different Functions, which can be chained in combat to change how each Functions reacts.

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Bastion

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Bastion will set you back $14.99, €14.99, £10.99.

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Bastion is an action RPG. Well it has light RPG elements. You play as a character who is only ever called The Boy. You fight your way through a world which has just suffered a catastrophic event called the Calamity, you must also find the secrets of the Calamity. Bastion also features a one of a kind narrator. He will narrate every action you take, reacting to what you do. And just look at the art style, gorgeous right?

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The Fall

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The Fall will set you back $9.99, €9.99, £6.99.

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The Fall is set in a mysterious environment. You start off in a cave, and find your way to a facility for the testing and destruction of faulty droids made by a company called Domesticon. The game is a side scroller with point-and-click style puzzles. You take control of an AI called ARID. ARIDs job is to save the occupant of the suit who is mortally wounded. Read my full review here.

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Limbo

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Limbo will set you back $9.99, €9.99 or £6.99.

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Limbo is an atmospheric side scrolling puzzle game. You play as a boy who enters Limbo to find his sister. Battle spiders using your wits, dodge traps and solve puzzles. The game is simple, yet the atmosphere really pulls you in. Run and jump your way to answers, or will you just have more questions?

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So it's the time of the year again where everyone wants to buy, for others of course. This 'other' is a gamer, and this gamer wants games, naturally. However you already know that they don't like the AAA, or they only like a select few AAA games. So what do you get them?

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Go no further for indie games are here!

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Indie games are all special, but which of them is the best? If this gamer plays on Windows, Mac or Linux there is something for everyone in Indie, especially on Steam.

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Buying $100 Worth of PS Vita Games https://www.gameskinny.com/s1jt4/buying-100-worth-of-ps-vita-games https://www.gameskinny.com/s1jt4/buying-100-worth-of-ps-vita-games Sun, 05 Oct 2014 23:19:41 -0400 mchiu

Recently, the PlayStation Blog put up a post about how you can get $15 credit for spending $100 or more in the PS Store. The promotion runs from 10/1/14 - 10/28/14, so I better get started!

What games would I buy for $100 from the PlayStation Store?

While, I could just buy 2 games for the PS3 or PS4 and make it happen, I figured that this might be a good excuse to expand my nearly non-existent PS Vita collection. In the legendary words of Barney Stinson, "Challenge Accepted!"

I really only have a few PS Vita games which are: Uncharted: Golden AbyssBatman: Arkham OriginsPlaystation All-Stars Battle Roayle, Limbo, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. For the purpose of this article, I will throw out these games in the games I consider.

I will also only consider games made for the PS Vita, excluding games that are playable on the Vita, but made for PS1, PSP, or are PS Minis. The games I will mention in this article are games that I have not purchased yet, and will base my decisions primarily on titles that interest me, and their previews, descriptions, and screenshots. I have decided not to base any decision on game reviews, mainly because reviews discourage me from buying games 99% of the time. 

That being said, here are my choices for games that add up to around $100:

CounterSpy


I really love the stealth genre of games, which means that games based on spies, ninjas, and thieves usually will grab my attention. Looking at the game preview of CounterSpy, what really caught my attention was the soundtrack, which has a James Bond-esque sound to it, combined with fluid animation, and lots of stealth action. However, it looks like the game can also be played in a non-stealth way, and if you choose, you can also play it guns out, with heavy gun play and explosions. I also like the fact that I can play it across various PS systems, though I probably would end up just playing it on the Vita.

At the time of this writing, the game is $14.99. So, that'll be game #1.

Still left to buy: $85.01

Murasaki Baby


Purple is one of my favorite colors, so the title Murasaki Baby definitely caught my attention ("murasaki" is the Japanese word for "purple"). The game looks to be very unique, considering the graphics are all hand-drawn, and the game looks very unique, in that you are to help this baby girl find her mommy, while guiding her through the world, and teaching her right from wrong.

As a new father, this game particularly caught my interest, though I am not sure if this would be the way that I would teach my son about the world. What I also found interesting in listening to the interviews with the developers is that they want the user to create an emotional bond with the character, which makes me want to play it even more. Along with the fact that the game uses only touchscreen and rear touchpad, I think this would make for a fairly interesting game.

This game is also selling for $14.99. That's game #2.

Still left to buy: $70.02

Metrico

I have absolutely no idea what Metrico is about, except that the game is looks to be a puzzler based on infographics. Infographics! I love those things! Putting them to use in a video game is very intriguing to me, and I would buy this game simply to see how they do this! According to the description, everything you do in the world, will directly affect it, which makes me think that while there may be more than one way to solve a puzzle, how you solve the puzzle will determine the difficulty of solving other puzzles in the game, which also makes for a very interesting gameplay.

This game is a little cheaper at $13.99. That's game #3.

Still left to buy: $56.03

Mousecraft

Mousecraft combines several games of my past together! In part, it reminds me of Lemmings, in the sense that you direct the mice through an obstacle course, by placing objects in their path. The pieces that you lay down remind me of Tetris, and I guess the mice themselves, remind me of ChuChu Rocket. That's three great games all come together in an updated, 3D and cartoony look! Hmm... I see that I seem to be on a kick with puzzlers here. Gotta do something to change that...

This game is currently selling at $10.49. That's game #4.

Still left to buy: $45.54

Stick It to the Man

I like the clever naming of this game. Stick It to the Man has a unique story where your character has the ability to read people's minds, and can change the world using stickers. I like the crazy artwork in the game, where everything is paper in a 3D world. It looks like it's basically a strategy game, with a bit of a puzzle element to it. (yup, I think I am addicted to puzzlers)

The game sells for $12.99. That's game #5.

Still left to buy: $32.55.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Another clever naming of a game. Akiba's Trip (or Akiba Strip) is an adventure game where you hunt down vampires, but in order to kill them, you need to rip off their clothing so they burn in the day light. The setting, as the name implies, is in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, (aka Akiba) best known as a district for selling all kinds of electronics, but also for its huge otaku culture. The open-world game recreates the entire district, along with over 100 real-life shops. Yes, I guess a game about ripping off other people's clothes could seem a bit pervy - but aside from that, a game based on Akihabara is also very interestingif only to see how close it can come to to recreating the actual district.

This is by far the most expensive game in my selections, at $39.99. That's #6!

Still left to buy: -$7.44 Goal Reached!

So these are the games that I would purchase to reach my $100 goal:

CounterSpy
Murasaki Baby
Metrico
Mousecraft
Stick It to the Man
Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed

Additionally, I should take a look and see what I would do with the $15 credit.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

Now that I am older, I have more of an appreciation for the game of golf. While I have played other golfing games in the past, they all seem to be a bit too serious for my tastes. Hot Shots Golf seems to be more up my alley. It has a more NBA Jam style of gameplay to me, in that everything in the game seems to be larger than life, and much more cartoony. 

So that's my list. I know everyone has their own opinion on the games that they would get, and since I had $100 to play with, I just chose the games that really popped out at me at first. Of course, there were other games that I would also consider, but I think these are the ones that I would first buy in order to jump-start my collection.

I would be curious to see what other people might get instead, and also would be interested in seeing whether the games I chose actually will meet my expectations based on their descriptions. When I get around to it, I'll have to update this in another article to see how they all fare.

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