Category Archives: Games

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (1991)

After tasting the succulence that is The Secret of Monkey Island, savoring of its sweet adventure gaming goodness and sighing with a great sense of satisfaction upon completion, the turn comes. Like the late night after a fantastic Mexican dinner, a great disturbance in the force; There is another: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge or, as I like to call it, revenge of the beef fajitas, refried beans and fried rice. Continue reading Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge (1991)

The Witcher (2007)

A brief lull in the climactic battle of The Witcher proved the most memorable moment in the entire game. As I stood amid the corpses of my fresh kills I spotted a dead female elf lying in the dirt. I’ve killed her, I thought. She was not one of my assailants, I didn’t actually cut her down, but after making it to this point I finally began to understand the repercussions of my actions throughout the game, the choices I had made that led to this moment. And for that brief moment I felt something wholly unique in my video game career: deep regret. Continue reading The Witcher (2007)

Escape from Butcher Bay (2004)

Note: This is a review of the Assault on Dark Athena version of Escape from Butcher Bay which features a few gameplay tweaks and an annoying extra layer of graphical shininess.

I am the shadow in the night, the phantom that haunts your dreams, that which the darkness fears. As I slowly descent down the flight of stairs, screwdriver in hand, I anticipate the kill, see the prey, prepare for the lunge. I step into the light and as I prepare for that moment, that blissful moment of ecstasy, the prey turns around. Continue reading Escape from Butcher Bay (2004)

Mass Effect 2 (2010)

Picking up after the events of the first game, Mass Effect 2 opens with the death of Shepard. A few years later, The Illusive Man, the shady leader of a group called Cerberus that believes the ends justify the means, reconstructs Shepard from his or her recovered DNA. The setup is a perfect opportunity to explore questions of identity, human nature and the soul, a thematic staple of classic sci-fi texts. Instead, the game sidesteps philosophical pondering and makes a popcorn blockbuster, sending Shepard to collect a team of deadly killers to fight a new threat to humanity: The Collectors, a group of aliens wiping out fringe human colonies. Continue reading Mass Effect 2 (2010)

STALKER: Call of Pripyat (2010)



The goal of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is not to investigate the disappearance of a military group in the Zone. The real goal of the game is to survive The Zone, a post-apocalyptic futuristic area surrounding the Chernobyl accident. Radiation has leaked out, leaving a world dangerous and unpredictable but also one full of profitable secrets and scientific marvels. Continue reading STALKER: Call of Pripyat (2010)