Review: The Last of Us Remastered

Developer: Naughty Dog | Year: 2014 | List Price: $49.99 | Buy from Amazon

TLOUIf there’s a game from the last five years that will be remembered forever as a landmark in videogame storytelling, it’s probably The Last of Us by Naughty Dog. I went into the game with the highest of expectations, having heard the almost unanimous praise the game has gotten from the press, and was not disappointed in the slightest. Honestly, if you haven’t played this game yet, stop reading this review and go play it right now on PS3 or PS4. You need some more convincing? Alright, read on, and don’t worry about any major story spoilers, but I will be discussing gameplay elements, so if you’re worried about that, you should probably just go play the game now. Just do it anyway. Seriously. Note: I haven’t played any multiplayer yet, so I can’t comment on that mode at all. I’ve heard it’s pretty good. 
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Review: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

Developer: From Software | Year: 2011 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

Dark SoulsIf you’ve read some of my other videogame reviews, you’ll know I have a tendency to play games on hardware that really shouldn’t be allowed to play games. I reached a new level when a couple of weeks ago, I bought Dark Souls on the recommendation of a friend. My Sony VAIO running Windows XP didn’t even meet the minimum requirements this time! But after some lowering of resolutions and disabling of textures using DSFix I was able to run the game at a solid 15 FPS most of the time (except in Blighttown!). And last Friday, after 25 days and 62 gametime hours, I finally beat the game! Now beating Dark Souls is not like beating any other game. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I’ve beaten a video game that did not want me to beat it. Dark Souls is known for its notoriously hard gameplay, and playing it offline solo, I can certainly validate that sentiment. Dark Souls is the kind of game you don’t feel bad looking up guidance for, because it’s so darn hard even when you know exactly what to do!
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Review: DualShock 4 Controller

Manufacturer: Sony | Year: 2013 | MSRP: $59.99 | Buy from Amazon

dualshock-4-blueThis review has been a long time coming. Even though I don’t yet have a PS4, I’ve had a blue DualShock 4 since Black Friday, when I saw it on sale. With it connected to my Mac, I’ve played through BioShock, Spec Ops: The Line, and BioShock Infinite. I’ve also just finished a 60+ hour playthrough of Dark Souls with it as well (expect a review soon!). I don’t actually own a DualShock 3, but I have used it extensively at friends’ places and will be comparing the DualShock 4 to it a lot. I can tell you right away, that from the 100 or so hours I’ve used the DualShock 4, it has met if not exceeded my expectations in every way.
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Tutorial: Use your DualShock 4 with a Mac

iw4vdsmdppnguodkok3eDuring a Black Friday sale, I bought a blue DualShock 4 for the rather low price of $40 even though I don’t (yet) have a PlayStation 4. This is because I’d played with it extensively at a friend’s house and really liked it. For the best compatibility with games, the better choice might’ve been the Xbox 360 controller, but that’s less compatible with the Macintosh architecture itself, and comes with it’s own set of problems. I knew it’d be a hassle now and then, but I was willing to give the DualShock 4 a shot because of how great it is as a controller (but more of that in a future article). With the right tools, you can even get the DualShock 4 to work with games that don’t natively support it. Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first though:
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Review: BioShock Infinite

Developer: Irrational Games | Year: 2013 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

cover_close-upDESIGN03I discovered last week during a Humble Bundle sale that, once upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion, my Mac almost exactly meets the minimum requirements to play BioShock Infinite. So I got it, but I was half-expecting it to crash and burn halfway through my adventure. It didn’t, and after 7 hours of running around Columbia (over 3 sittings), the adventure is over and the questions have all been (sort of) answered. Note: I’ve played BioShock, but not BioShock 2 (yet), so I can’t compare Infinite to the latter, but will certainly be comparing it to the original BioShock.
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