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The Stanley Parable Review

The Stanley Parable started as a Half Life 2 Mod years ago, but has recently been remade into its own game. TSP is an exploration game with no action or violence whatsoever; It is driven by the narrator, and how he wants the story to go. If the player does as the narrator says, the game technically will end very shortly (took me 5 min). But that’s not what this game is. When the player “beats the game” the player hasn’t actually beat the game, because it is impossible to beat this game. TSP is called an exploration game. The player is supposed to disobey the narrator and explore the story; Find out what happened to Stanley’s co-workers, wife, and job.

The game is called The Stanley Parable for a reason. It is a parable. By definition, a parable means – A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. This game does exactly that. TSP has a much deeper meaning than you may think. In my personal opinion, the game tries to teach us that we need to decide how we live our life, and not let others manipulate us into how they want us to think. The game is all about choices. The player has a choice to explore the story or simply do as he/she is told.

Story: TSP’s story is as simple as it can be. Stanley has been a victim of “mind control”, but is released by the narrator. The narrator gives specific directions on how to escape and says what Stanley is thinking. The player plays as Stanley, so, the narrator has in actuality, not released Stanley from this “mind control”. (From this point forward everything I will say is subjective and is my opinion.)It is obvious to the player what is going on at this point in the story. The narrator is attempting to dictate how and what Stanley thinks. This motivates the player into doing to complete opposite of what the narrator instructs Stanley to do, because nobody wants to be told what to do. People feel the need to be in control their lives, even though they may or may not be. Like I said before, this game has a much deeper meaning that is almost incomprehensible to think. That may sound absurd, and maybe even confusing. You really have to play the game and experience the TSP for yourself, then decide what YOU think about it.

Gameplay/Controls: TSP has very few gameplay mechanics, WASD, every pc gamer knows those keys and what they do. In TSP, those are the only keys you use. The player walks around, interacts with objects using the mouse, and listens to the narrator.

Graphics/Art Direction: The graphics in TSP are in some areas bad, but in some other areas great! For example, the lighting in TSP is amazing. But that’s about it, all the other graphical features in the game suck.



Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The sounds and music in this game are amazing. How the game attempts to portray the narrator is done perfectly with the voice of the narrator. The music is simply perfection as well. The background music that is always playing goes perfectly with what is happening in the story at that exact moment.

Multiplayer and Replay Ability: TSP is not a multiplayer game. It would make no sense whatsoever to ad co – op play, because there would be nothing to do. TSP is about the story. Replay Ability? Nah. This game always has a surprise around the corner; The player will never know what is about to happen. It is an experience to play this game. TSP has no replay ability because the player would already know what is going to happen, taking all the excitement/fun out of the game.

Final Verdict:

TSP is a flawless game. It is more than just a game, it a parable hence the title. The graphics may be sloppy, but this is not a graphics game. TSP is about the story, what it means, and the choices the player makes. Everybody who plays this game will have a different experience. Considering what the developers were trying to accomplish, they nailed it. The Stanley Parable was created flawlessly, therefor earning a 10/10.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 10 / 10

Developer / Publisher: Galactic Cafe

Available On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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The Bridge Review

Now this title has to be one of the most unique titles I have ever played, even when it comes to the puzzle genre. Mario Castañeda the artist on this title seems to have crafted some kind of a masterpiece in this 2D game with the art, the levels, and challenges all leading up to crossing the bridge.

Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The OST in this title features some ominous themes such as a mix between happy and sad which is very odd for music but still great in the game. You can hear balls rolling and other items when you need to rotate for puzzle/platforming mechanics as far as sound effects go.

Graphics, Physics, Glitches, Engine Performance: The art style in this game is some of the best I have seen. Sometimes the main character can look creepy at times, and there’s plenty of symbolism especially with the chess board as seen above. The Bridge has physics involved with its rotating objects in specific patterns and moving to avoid things in order to get doors open to proceed. The game engine used in The Bridge works good with flawless performance running very, very smooth.

Controls / Gameplay: As I stated earlier gameplay really consists of rotation and using your mind. This game really does require critical thinking that some people just don’t have. The Bridge is going to for sure be one of the harder games in the puzzle genre as you get deeper into the chapters. Lots of focus on getting to the door that gets to the next level is needed. Sometimes you need to find a key, other times you need to just go straight to it, or even move things out of the way of the door.

Story: The game starts off with the hero, which is never named, waking up by an apple tree after a good rest. Readings appear on the screen from time to time, thought to be him, throughout the game which slowly unveils the story and back story of The Bridge even to an eventual mirror image ideal. One day you will be able to cross the bridge. You will see what is on the other side. How well you are able to critically think will determine if you can get to it.

Replay Ability: High

Final Verdict: The Bridge is one of the most interesting games I have played, keeping interesting levels and thinking constant. The Bridge is by far one of the best games of the year. It shall get a 9.75 out of 10 making it a .

 

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.75/10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developers: Ty Taylor and Mario Castañeda

Publisher: The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild

Available On: Xbox 360 and Windows PC

Played On: Xbox 360

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Latest DLC Highlights for NASCAR The Game: Inside Line

As we get ready for another weekend or racing at Watkins Glen, NASCAR The Game is continuing to be updated with weekly Inside Line Highlights DLC, with 19 packs currently available. Inside Line Highlights gives fans of all age the chances to relive their favorite moments from previous races. Nascar The game also features the gen 6 model stock cars and over 40 of the sport’s elite drivers including Dale Earnhartd Jr, Danica Patrick, and Jeff Gordan.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

“Latest Inside Line Highlights-

GoBowling.com 400, Pocono Raceway, August 4

Highlight: GoBowling with Brad

Who: Brad Keselowski

Type: Rewrite

Description: Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski were battling closely for the lead from lap 88. Can you rewrite history and maintain Brad’s lead by lap 93?

Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 28

Highlight: Penske vs. Penske

Who: Joey Logano

Type: Relive

Description: Joey Logano restarts in second place on lap 86. Can you relive the restart and take the lead from your teammate?

Camping World RV Sales 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, July 14

Highlight: Go for the Win

Who: Kyle Busch

Type: Rewrite

Description: After the green-white-checkered restart, can you rewrite history as Kyle Busch and take the win?

Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, July 6

Highlight: Clean Sweep

Who: Jimmie Johnson

Type: Relive

Description: Jimmie Johnson restarted the green-white-checker finish in first place. Can you relive his victory over Tony Stewart?

Quaker State 400, Kentucky Speedway, June 30

Highlight: Restarting a Restart

Who: Jeff Gordon

Type: Rewrite

Description: After the caution restart on lap 254, Jeff Gordon started in 4th place and quickly slipped down to 9th. Can you improve his restart and lead the race?”

For $24.99 (2000 MSFT points) you can purchase the season pass giving you full access to all Inside Line Highlights and also 2013 Gen 6 paint schemes. Nascar The Game: Inside Line is avaliable for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Wii U.

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Dev Diary

2K Marin’s The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, lead narrative designer Erik Caponi explains the apeal of mixing the XCOM universe with the 1960’s setting and environment in the dev diary below.

Excerpt from press “The story through any game is going to change throughout the process of making it,” Caponi says in the video. “From 2010 to 2013, it [The Bureau‘s story] was kind … knocked down to the ground and built back up at a structural level several times, but what has stayed the same is largely the characters. Carter has always been part of the story, he’s always been our main character, because it’s a very personal story. We’re telling the story of Carter’s emotional arc throughout this invasion—getting into his head and seeing how he reacts to the events going on around him.”

XCOM comes out for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on August 20 in North America and August 23 in Eurupe. Watch the video below.

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days Launch Trailer

Telltale Games has released their newest DLC for The Walking Dead called, 400 Days. This DLC is not season 2, it is only an add on to season 1. We can expect to play season 2 sometime later this year. You may be wondering why you can’t buy 400 days on your xbox 360 or iOS device. Well that’s because its not out yet. Telltale Games has a weird release schedule.

  • Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network (North America)
  • Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
  • Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live (Worldwide)
  • Wednesday, July 10th – PlayStation Network (Europe)
  • Thursday, July 11th – iOS (Worldwide)

 

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E3 2013: PS Vita The Walking Dead 400 Days


Telltale Games announced recently that their would be a season 2 of The Walking Dead but not much other details were revealed. But today, to start off Sony’s press conference, The Walking Dead 400 Days DLC was announced for the PS Vita. It is not known at this point if it will be on the xbox 360, PC, or Mobile devices that it has been in the past. Nothing else was said about the game except it will be available this summer for PS Vita along with the rest of the series. The game will eventually be on PSN but no release date or information was mentioned.

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Deus Ex: The Fall (Amazon Fire TV Game) – E3 2013 Trailer Released by Square Enix

Square Enix has released their E3 trailer for Deus Ex: The Fall. It is set in 2027 and continues the story of Ben Saxon who has to discover a conspiracy that surrounds human augmentation and could kill all augmented humans in the world. The odd thing about this game is that it will only be available for iOS devices like an iPhone or iPad. This is first mobile game in the series, and is said to have 6 hours of gameplay which is a lot for iOS games.

Update: This game is also available on the Amazon Fire TV.

 

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Wolfenstein: The New Order E3 2013 Trailer

Bethesda has released their E3 trailer before E3 actually started. Wolfenstein: The New Order takes place in a world where the Nazis have won WWII, and they take over the world in the Nazi Order. You play as William Blazkowicz, as you try to defeat the Nazis. Their is no official release date, but is expected to launch late this year for Xbox 360, Xbox ONE, PS3, PS4, and PC.

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The Last of Us: Pre-Order the Digital Edition and Season Pass

You can pre-order the full digital edition of the game starting today on the PlayStation Store. The game will be a Day 1 Digital download, this means you can get it at midnight on June 14th. The digital edition features a unique download installer which will allow you to start playing the game once the data is over half way downloaded. That way you don’t have to wait for the full game to download before you can play it.

If you want to get in all three of those DLC packs at discounted price, grab the Season Pass. The Last of Us Season Pass DLC is available for pre-order now on PlayStation Store. For only $19.99, you can get all the three DLC Packs. This is a 30% discount over the pricing of the DLC packs individually. The Season Pass will be available at your local GameStop when you pick up The Last of Us, as well. Unique to Season Pass buyers are the following Day 1

Day 1 Bonuses

  • Increased Crafting Speed
  • Increased Healing Speed
  • 9mm Reload Speed Upgrade
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Upgrade
  • Grounded – exclusive 90min “Making of The Last of Us” documentary

These Day 1 bonuses will help you get a head start and an edge in Joel and Ellie’s struggle to survive through the single player campaign of The Last of Us. The documentary, Grounded, is an in-depth look at the making of The Last of Us throughout its development.

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