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Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.

By MADDY MYERS  |  December 21, 2012

Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.

By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 21, 2012

Boyfriend Maker 101: We have met the boyfriend, and he is us

Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
Laser Orgy
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 07, 2012

Review: Darksiders II

"Gentlemen, I'm not going to mince words. THQ is in trouble. We're bleeding cash, and we need a hit game to save our ass. I want you to tell me what you're going to do to make Darksiders II that game."
A tour of gaming tropes
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 07, 2012

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
Mixed messages
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Dev
Holding a 38 to our head
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 18, 2012


Review: Trials Evolution

Trials Evolution is a game about launching dirt bikes off sweet jumps, gunning for record-breaking times, and occasionally doing backflips. It's like a modern-day Excitebike .
On the right track
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 18, 2012

Review: Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

Few writers cover games with more depth and insight than Brad Gallaway, the senior editor for He plays everything, and he's not afraid to go against popular opinion.
Zombies on the block
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 20, 2012

Review: Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

Few writers cover games with more depth and insight than Brad Gallaway, the senior editor for He plays everything, and he's not afraid to go against popular opinion.
Zombies on the block
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 20, 2012
The Darkness review

Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011


Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 felt formulaic — but, oh, what a wonderful formula it was. Modern Warfare 3 follows an identical trajectory.
What did you expect?
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 25, 2011

Review: Uncharted 3

What the hell happened? When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out just two short years ago, it hit like a bolt from heaven.
The Drake equation
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 18, 2011
Fantasy boyfriends: This year's hottest video game guys

Fantasy boyfriends: This year's hottest video game guys

Castlevania's Gabriel Belmont, one of this year's hottest heroes There's no better way to spend a snowy day than browsing through a slideshow of sexy...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 27, 2010
Fun with Photoshop: Video game characters visit Boston

Fun with Photoshop: Video game characters visit Boston

Holy crap, it's an Oregon Trail ferry crossing the Charles River. What is that doing there? We have no answer for you, other than, "Because...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 03, 2010
The Laser Orgy 500: Our list of the best games of all time

The Laser Orgy 500: Our list of the best games of all time

Normally we try to keep the geekery from leaking out of Laser Orgy, that other Phoenix blog where we chronicle all manner of things cultish, weird,...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 03, 2010


Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok Boston

The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
Video game characters take over the Hub
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Final Fantasy XIII

I’m so old, I can remember when Final Fantasy VIII came out and everybody complained about it.
Paradigm shift!
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 09, 2010

Review: God of War III

What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
New console, same game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 02, 2010

Review: Heavy Rain

Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 12, 2010

Daddy issues

When Andrew Ryan said this to your player in BioShock , it was part of a plot twist of surprising power — about halfway through the game, you realized you'd been taking orders from your antagonist.
BioShock 2 dives under the surface
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 26, 2010


Review: No More Heroes 2

In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
Pain in the assassin
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 19, 2010

Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day

When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 29, 2010

Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
 Zeroes from the Aughts
By LASER ORGY  |  January 15, 2010

Super 8-Bit Brothers | Brawl

It's easy to forget how annoying certain pop-culture artifacts were in their heyday.
The End (2010)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 15, 2010

Review: Bayonetta

Here's the thing about Bayonetta : you have to take all of it, not just part.
Season of the witch
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 15, 2010


Review: The Saboteur

When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
Pandemic Studios' swan song
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 08, 2010

2009: Year in video games

At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
Swimming the mainstream
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 25, 2009

Sexiest video-game studs of 2009

Video-game characters get more realistic all the time - and by more realistic, we mean sexier. This year offered a plethora of digital delights and graphical innovations, and although developers don't cater to their straight female and gay male audience
The cream of the crop
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 18, 2009

Review: Modern Warfare 2

You're standing in an elevator with men wearing bulletproof vests and wielding machine guns. "No Russian," the leader reminds you, as the doors open to reveal a line of persons waiting at the airport security gate.
Hell to play
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 27, 2009