Dragon Age: Origins Awakening Review

The first thing that comes into my mind when seeing the wide range of DLCs studios struggle to come up with is this: “Why the rush?” I have to admit that curiosity sort of killed the cat this time, because Return to Ostagar made me less enthusiastic about additional Dragon Age content. So, when Awakening started to friendly wave to websites on the Internet, I stood back in doubt. I could already visualize the boring and useless fights, the mechanical Darkspawn kills and tons of loot being thrown down my throat. Continue reading…

Warhammer Chaos Rising Review

Don’t be fooled by the package – Chaos Rising is actually less chaotic than his daddy-o, Dawn of War II. Dressed somewhat nicer than Queen in the “I want to break free” video, this expansion pack dragged its vacuum cleaner all across its predecessor, to clean up all the moldy corners. Which means DoW II fans will most likely receive this Child of Chaos with their arms wide open. However, those that are still nostalgically crying for bringing back base-building in the Warhammer series will once again have to shyly retreat in a corner and punch the meat bag.

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Champions Online Review

I was twelve when I first walked on water. And I was just a bit taller than a chair when my Master discovered me in the city and promised me that my powers will help me see the world with different eyes. I spent fifteen years of my life in a cellar, trying to accustom myself with the sticky latex, learning to levitate with my eyes closed and to melt metal with my stare. I talked to myself in the mirror for fifteen years, pulling threatening or serious faces and making promises to the whole of mankind.Then one day, I told myself I am ready to show the universe what I’m capable of. Master let me go with a content smile and the same content death. It’s okay, I said to myself, I will soon be the idol of the weak and the air will fill with cries for help. I will be irreplaceable and less alone. Unfortunately, from that cursed moment on, when I stepped in the light of day, I realized that the world is a super-hero funfair.

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Resident Evil 5 Review

Being confronted with a violence-thirsty society, it is worth wondering what makes the difference between high quality horror and your average Halloween farce. It’s the same as differentiating between a Hitchcock movie and the clichés that feature blondes never-endingly running up and down the staircase.

We could talk about principles, about that single neuron or unique idea that carve a huge rift between horror as art and horror meant for consumption.  Or, just as well, we could talk about conventions and light. And that is how we reach Resident Evil 5, a game that slowly slides away from predefined ideas to the refined and delicious shivers upon the spine. Continue reading…