It’s not so much that it’s easy to like Dust: An Elysian Tail as it’s difficult to dislike it. XBLA’s latest 2D action-platformer reminds me of a friend’s Dachshund puppy, Tiger Lily. She was a lovely but clumsy youth who tap danced around tiled corners like a speeding freight truck around Monaco. She so often misbehaved, but her big doe eyes always made her look repentant.
Like Tiger Lily, Dust is too sweet to ever truly annoy. Likewise, however, it ain’t no pedigree.
“This week’s Super Joystiq Podcast is broadcast in multiple versions of the English language. Xav, Ludwig, and JC open the show with thoughts on Darksiders 2, Sleeping Dogs, Retro/Grade and the upcoming free-to-play shooter, Dust 514. There’s also a discussion on how narrative and gameplay sometimes don’t mesh. In Talk Back, the team discusses games they love to return to and can’t bring themselves to replay, game cancellations, the best weapons in gaming, and more. In the second segment, we welcome Joystiq’s newest staffer: Sinan Kubba. To wrap it up, the news crew of Alexander, Richard, Ben, and Mike Schramm discuss the ongoing OnLive situation, news from the world of League of Legends, Nintendo Power closing, and more.”
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“This is the final episode of Big Red Potion. The topic is gaming bubbles i.e. periods during which certain genres have enjoyed great success only for the bubble to eventually burst. Host Sinan Kubba is joined by regular guests Jeffrey Matulef, Gary ‘Xantiriad’ Blower, and Eddie Inzauto. The episode features closing messages from Joe DeLia and Sinan.”
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A decade ago, cheat devices were a veritable phenomenon. These peripherals let players use cheats that game developers hadn’t programmed in, bestowing players with anything from limitless health to the ability to walk through walls or jump from level to level. Despite an increasing fear of hacking and many attempts from console manufacturers to thwart these devices, they were legal and sat on the shelves of major electronics stores. What’s more, they often outsold the games next to them.
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns makes me sleepy. The latest iteration of this long running Japanese farm simulator is so leisurely that after a half or so with it my eyelids inevitably feel heavy and I let out a yawn all over my 3DS
With the gold-coated New Super Mario Bros. 2 glimmering around the corner, here at ONM we are counting the days until it releases. With the announcement of Coin Rush mode, however, there’s a group of people that are even more excited than us, especially by the Rush part. Not that a new Mario game isn’t enough on its own to get speedrunners salivating like crazy.