Thursday, September 08, 2011

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reivews.

Bastion:
This is an indie action-RPG game available on Steam, played from a top-down third-person perspective. The gimmick here is that a crusty old narrator tells the story as you play, giving it an Old Western feel. The music is top-notch, and the game itself is light and enjoyable. The way that skills are allocated makes it fun to experiment with different builds without getting locked into anything, and the optional mini-games are tough, but not essential for enjoying the game. The only downside is the sometimes-flaky control scheme that leaves you falling off the edge pretty often or blocking when you were trying to dodge. At $14.99, you're bound to get your money's worth before you get bored with it.

Final Grade: B+

The Wire, Season Two:
The second season of The Wire enlarges the breadth of the story across Baltimore to the dock workers and stevedores. It's not quite as compelling as the first season, but still does a great job keeping things interesting while gradually increasing the tension. The last few episodes are as powerful as can be, but take a little patience to reach. We're now almost at the end of the third season and plan to watch it to the end, but maybe we'll take a Dexter break!

Final Grade: B+

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