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The Journey to the West Narrative in Video Games

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Let me tell you a story, one that you are almost definitely familiar with in some fashion. It comes from 16th century China, and goes by the name of Journey to the West. The story tells the fictitiously augmented story of Xuanzang and his three companions with troubled pasts as they make their way across western China atop a white dragon to obtain sacred texts and return them home. These three companions may begin to ring a bell to you. (more…)

8.0

Fallen

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If you grew up in the ’80’s like me, you probably read your fair share of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I was obsessed with them as a kid, and when I heard about Fallen, I knew I had to check it out. You see, anytime I’ve played an RPG, I loved the game, but not the time commitment involved. Conversely, when I play most adventure game, I love finishing in an evening, but I really miss the story-telling that gives my adventuring and fight purpose. Fallen is the best combination of RPG and adventure board game I’ve experienced yet. (more…)

9.5

Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister!

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If there’s is somethin’ strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Whoever it is, be prepared for some hefty, long-distance charges. Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister! is a German tabletop game (translates to Ghost, Ghost, Master Treasure Hunter) that has garnished a ton of attention since winning the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres (more…)

4.3

Ikachan

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I’ve been dipping my fingers into a few “indie” titles recently. It is a term that we aren’t quite sure about. Sometimes an indie is a game actually developed by an independent studio or individual and sometimes the name is slapped on to just mean a shorter title produced by a big company. It doesn’t bother me. (more…)

7.2

Relic Expedition

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In the heart of South America lies treasure from a lost civilization. Treasure seekers have gathered to explore the unknown surroundings and collect their riches. Relic Expedition is an ever expanding tile game, firmly backed with an unknown jungle theme. Beyond tile placement, there are elements of set collecting, dice rolling, and even a small amount of resource management. At first glance you might slap a “roll and move” label on Relic Expedition, but it grows into much more than that as the game progresses. (more…)

8.8

Infinity Blade

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Remember the good ol’ days of cellphone gaming? Solitaire and Snake. Forget those, Infinity Blade is the cell gaming lobotomy the industry needed. The game marks a revolution in the limitations of technology and whats expected out of mobile game developers. The iOS platform (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) has given a stage for games like this to shine on. Graphics, mechanics, storyline, and hours of gameplay are all attainable in the mobile environment. If you don’t believe me, download Infinity Blade. (more…)