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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Review

The fear is back in The Chinese Room's spiritual sequel to The Dark Descent. Prepare to be scared!

Frightening games require a key ingredient that is not initially present in their makeup: a willingness, on the player’s behalf, to be scared.  Without this, horror games are seldom terrifying, and more often than not are only campy experiences as silly and ineffective as the latest Jason & Chucky crossover flick.  I went into Amnesia: Machine for Pigs wanting to be thrilled; and I made sure to play it at night, with headphones on, while everyone else in the world slept – to achieve this goal.  This certainly isn’t a Resident Evil experience, where you’ll be blowing away fiends with your acid rounds – but something different, more along the lines of some other modern horror games where you are essentially powerless against the forces of evil, rather than being a semi-immortal avenger. 

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Element4l Review

In a game with no enemies, physics and logic are the driving forces in Element4l.

Element4l is an innovative platformer that focuses on how well you know your physics, as well as your ability to adapt. You have control of the four elements, and the only enemy is your own environment. The four elements are bound together, and are on a quest to shape life. This is no ordinary platform game—you must use logic, reasoning, and physics to traverse through the levels. This is an experimental title that’s wrapped in a wonderful soundtrack, composed by MindTree. This game challenges you to rearrange your reflexes, and figure out which element is best suited to each obstacle.

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Indie PC Gaming for the Console Connoisseur

Indie gaming on the PC is easier than you might think. Here's an introduction to getting started, and some games you might enjoy.

People are always saying to me that they can’t game on their PC because it’s not powerful enough, or it doesn’t have this, or it doesn’t have that. Well, I’m here to tell you that might not be true.  While playing AAA games and other major releases may require hardcore gaming rigs, there are a lot of lower budget indie games available that are cheap and easily playable on the most basic of systems. 

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Reus Review

God is in the details.

Playing bad games is no fun, but what’s even worse is playing a game that’s amazing and then takes a sudden nosedive in enjoyment from which it never recovers. Even though it never falls far enough to be a bad game, Reus sure plummets from the heights of fun into the ho-hum zone. A god game with a complex series of interacting systems, Reus seems to have done most everything right until you advance in the game far enough to turn it into a tedious and anal retentive planning exercise.

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Tiny & Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers Review

Fact: Wearing tighty whities on your head gives you telekinetic powers.

Black Pants aims to break out from the indie pack with Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers, a puzzle/platform game based around slicing through pretty environments to cut a path to victory. While it has a quirky sense of humor and an interesting core game mechanic, it's nothing special.

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Humble Indie Bundle V Brings Heavy Hitters

Psychonauts and Limbo are just the start.

The latest Humble Indie Bundle has been revealed and it brings a brand new set of five critically acclaimed titles from independent developers, which will be available until June 14. The pack includes Psychonauts, Limbo, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Anyone who pays more than the average price will also get Bastion. Additionally, all of the games' soundtracks will be included in both MP3 and FLAC formats.

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Five Indie Games You Need To Try

You owe it to yourself to give these games a shot.

With the deluge of games being released all year long, none of us can complain about not having anything to play.  But therein lies another problem: trying to keep up with all of the great games out there.  The big releases with primetime TV ads are hard to miss, but it’s easy to overlook the little guys that can be just as, if not more fun than their bigger AAA cousins. 

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Indie Developer Bidogames Announces Nioki Adventure

The inaugural title from the new studio is coming to PC and XBLIG.

Bidogames, a new studio comprised of two people, has announced plans to release its first independent game on PC and Xbox Live's Indie Games service. Titled, Nioki Adventure, the game will feature a Terraria-influenced experience.

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Double Fine Kickstarter Campaign has New Rewards for Backers

15 days left to get in on the action

In case you haven’t heard, Double Fine has a kickstarter campaign that’s paid off very well for them so far.  Currently, the ticker indicates they’ve been pledged over two and a half million dollars, and they’ve got some new incentives that might help push that number even higher.

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Tim Schafer Delivers First Wave of Double Fine Adventure Updates

Languages and platforms now known.

At this point you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard how Double Fine amazed the gaming world by raising nearly $2 million (and counting) for their next game, Double Fine Adventure through crowd sourcing site Kickstarter.  Gamers who gave generously were given scant few details concerning the project aside from the fact that it would be a classic point-and-click graphic adventure game and that it would be released around October of this year.  But now that the project is certainly a go, Tim Schafer has released a special message with a couple of updates on the project.

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