Joe Keiser


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Unscored - Never Alone
Dec 4, 2014

Never Alone is not just telling a story—it is connecting the player to a culture. To play it is to be transported to two places simultaneously. First, to the world of Nuna and Fox, and their epic journey through the blistering cold. And second, to the warmth of a fire, listening to an old man tell a story that is as old as the Earth, feeling it sink into you for the first time.

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Unscored - The Evil Within
Oct 22, 2014

The Evil Within eventually gives Seb a reason to soldier on, far too late into the story. At that point, he's the only one it helps.

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Jun 10, 2014

It's times like that one, when Murdered actually feels like it is thinking about what the player wants, that it's possible to enjoy the game's elusive premise and nonviolent eeriness. But most of the time, it's an unfocused experience that breaks its own rules and serves up the barest of challenges. It's much easier to accept that Murdered isn't really thinking about what it's doing at all.

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Unscored - Transistor
May 20, 2014

So yes, Transistor is slow and annoyingly coy. You shouldn't have to play it twice to perceive all of its lovable quirks. Playing it twice, though, is still preferable to not playing it at all.

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Mar 19, 2014

It is just a polished spy game that has something to say, but not too much and not for too long. It speaks well. But for those of us who spent years tuning ours ear to Metal Gear's strange language, this is the first small sign that it might soon be time to throw all that work away.

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Mar 4, 2014

Park: The Stick of Truth is South Park. Even coming back to it after years of not watching the show, there was something for me here. That something was good comedy, which is rare in games or anywhere, and never gets old.

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Apr 28, 2015

Let us try to imagine a world where crowdfunding somehow still exists 20 years from now. Perhaps then, we will all be invited to pay for a return to the halcyon days of Broken Age. We would probably do it. There would certainly be precedent.

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Jan 21, 2014

The completed Broken Age could well be an excellent game, and I'll be back when it's finished to review it in its entirety. But the better the game turns out to be, the more of a disservice it is to play the first act now. To play it now is to be a part of a process. To play it later is to, well, play it.

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Feb 26, 2015

Kirby And The Rainbow Curse itself doesn't feel old at all, despite closely following in the footsteps of its decade-old progenitor. If anything, it feels like it belongs here right now. It's not taking us anywhere we haven't already been, or showing us a bold new future, and that's okay.

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Jul 1, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight works as a piece of summer blockbuster entertainment, even if it's not always pulling its weight as a game about being Batman.

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