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Dark Tales™: Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven Collector's Edition Icon
Great
by rosemary jean dyer, United Kingdom - May 17th 2018

Good story, good games. Another dark tale of Edgar Allen Poe...

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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon Icon
Interesting DLC if you play near China
by Miltiadis Apostolidis, Greece - May 16th 2018

This DLC is quite interesting from a historical perspective but its main problem is the fact that the Chinese presence is mainly noticable in the regions near China (India and the far East).

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Cat Quest Icon
Ameowzing Game!
by Froggie, USA - May 16th 2018

Graphics are cute, soundtrack is cute, and the kitties are adorable! Gameplay is basic rpg, but with real time combat. Various enemies to attack. Full of cat puns. Lots of quests to do, though a little repitive. Various armors/weapons to get.

Has native gamepad support - even DS4! No need for converters to get the ds4 working, it works right out of the box. However, there can be issues when connected wirelessly; I just use a wired connection and haven't had any issues.

Overall, an excellent game! A cat the slays dragons, how cool is that?! Meow! Happy catventuring!

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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization Icon
A DLC for a specific play area
by Miltiadis Apostolidis, Greece - May 16th 2018

This DLC focuses mainly on Middle Eastern countries and is certainly a must have for players who are interested in choosing a country in that region.

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Obsidian Edition Icon
Great game and worth full price
by GaWytt, Switzerland - May 15th 2018

Absolutely fantastic game! If you liked the first one (PoE1) you will love this. Can't recommend this enough.

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Layers of Fear Icon
Está bien.
by sarahholmwood, Costa Rica - May 14th 2018

Al principio me aburrí mucho y pensé que no valía la pena, que no había nada por qué asustarse, solo me estresaba la oscuridad.

Luego le subí el brillo y se puso bueno.

Tal vez sería bueno pintar el cuatro una vez al día, no más, porque al final te satura tanto jumpscare.

[At first I got bored and thought it was not worth it, that there was nothing to be scared of, only the darkness stressed me out.

Then I raised the brightness and it got good.

Maybe it would be good to paint the four once a day, no more, because in the end it saturates you so much jumpscare.]

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SKYHILL Icon
I played it for 32 hours.
by sarahholmwood, Costa Rica - May 14th 2018

It is repetitive, yes, but at the same time, each time you start it is different.

The achievements make you continue to start a new adventure.

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Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics Icon
Welcome to the cult!
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

If you're considering buying this DLC then you already know that Crusader Kings is an amazing game. This expansion adds even more fun and flavor. Want an example? My ruler's fifth-born son murdered all his siblings and ascended to rule as the leader of both the kingdom and a secret Satan-worshiping cult. He was the head of that particular cult because it turned out he was literally the spawn of Satan, so you know that could only lead to an entertaining number of years of blood sacrifices and unruly peasants!

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Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven Icon
Excellent if you like Asia
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

There is a lot of controversy in the EU4 community about expansion content versus pricing. Putting that aside, I feel that if you look at this expansion and judge it just by what it adds to the game that you will find it absolutely essential if you interested in exploring Asian gameplay. I agree that full price is a little steep, and that loses a star from me, but if you get this on sale then you'll get your money's worth and enjoy some really interesting expanded adventures in the mysterious Far East.

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Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia Icon
Rule Britannia!
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

While I agree with others that this pack is not technically mandatory, I would say that if you are a fan of playing as one of the nations of what would become the United Kingdom that this pack actually would probably feel mandatory to you! The new mission system is fun, the British content is deep and satisfying, and the addition of the Anglican church makes for even more immersion. Absolutely worth it, and even more worth it if you can pick it up on sale!

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Tyranny - Tales from the Tiers Icon
Random is fun!
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

With the caveat that you should absolutely not pay full price for this, let me say that the added story and travel events work to make a good game even better. Grab it on sale!

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Cities: Skylines - Relaxation Station Icon
Groovy!
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

Musical taste is subjective, but if you're looking at buying this station then it's safe to say that you're probably into this type of music. Personally, I think it's great and it really helps me chill out while I build my city. Check out samples of the music on Youtube and if you like it, buy this!

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Endless Legend - Guardians DLC Icon
Adds more to a great game!
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

If you're a fan of Endless Legend then chances are you'll be of the opinion that more can only be a good thing. In the case of this expansion, you'd be absolutely correct. Anyone who owns the base game owes it to themselves to have this DLC.

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Endless Legend - Shadows DLC Icon
Even more fun.
by Torvanyr, Denmark - May 13th 2018

I've already gushed about how I love this game and feel that adding more can only be a good thing. Well, I personally have enjoyed this expansion even more than the Guardian expansion, which I loved, so there you go. Own Endless Legend? Get this right now.

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Home Sweet Home Icon
Potential not realized...
by LunaNik, USA - May 13th 2018

I expected more autonomy in my designs, rather than just choosing items that fit the customers' exact requests. I mean, why hire a designer when you know exactly what you want?

It became tedious paging through tons of similar items which lacked decent descriptions. And the inventory was rather unorganized. More logical categories would have helped; instead of multiple categories for decorative items, just "wall decor" and "floor decor" would be more intuitive. Also, I would have preferred to choose first the style, then the color. That would have provided more variety.

Lastly, there are a number of bugs. It froze up on me once. I couldn't click on one of my builders because he was behind a couch that hadn't yet been built. And the game kept telling me that curtains wouldn't fit over windows. Plus, it wouldn't play in fullscreen and the window was tiny.

This is definitely more of a time management game than an interior design game...and I would have liked the latter much better. As it stands, messing around with Sweet Home 3D is more fun.

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The Stroke of Midnight Collector's Edition Icon
Engaging and immersive...and different.
by LunaNik, USA - May 13th 2018

STORYLINE
Quite engaging. It's a historical murder mystery involving a love triangle. Eva and Vlad are in love, but Vlad's parents arrange a marriage for him with Lydia. I won't mention who is murdered and how, though. That's up to you to discover.

GAMEPLAY
It's technically a hidden object game with puzzles, but the game mechanics are different. There's no inventory; you collect items only as you need them. (Once you realize this, it explains why you can't pick up items you see...because it's not time to use them yet. A bit awkward. If you chance to pick up an item you don't yet need, right click to drop it.) HO scenes are basic lists that aren't difficult. Look to the mirrors for instructions on your next task; these frequently come in the form of poems or riddles that need to be figured out.

PRODUCTION
Stunning still graphics with lovely textures. There's not much animation except for when you navigate; you actually move through the environment, which is more realistic. Cutscenes are of the stop motion variety. (I had the volume down so I won't comment on the music, voiceovers, or sound effects.)

BOTTOM LINE
It's an extremely linear game. You have no choice regarding what to do next, but are guided from one task to the next. Even so, the challenge level is higher than most HO games being released today with their 30-second HO scenes and childish puzzles. This game requires neurons. It plays more like an old-school adventure game, really. And it's a beautifully immersive experience.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum Icon
Just like org
by yamo, Canada - May 13th 2018

Roughly what I remember when I played it back then.

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Campfire Legends - The Hookman Icon
Short, but sweet...
by LunaNik, USA - May 11th 2018

You're off to meet your boyfriend at your family's cabin. When you arrive, he's not there...but someone else is. Excellent backstory about the origins of the Hookman legend, but I can't really say more without spoiling it.

This is more of an adventure game than a HO game. Gameplay consists of a series of logical tasks for which you generally need to find supplies. Each scene also includes at least one firefly; finding them earns you more hints. There are also some pretty good puzzles to solve.

Storyline = excellent
Gameplay = very good
Level of Challenge = good
Graphics/Animation = good
Sound/Music = very good

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RHEM 4: The Golden Fragments Icon
Mindbending puzzle adventure game...
by LunaNik, USA - May 11th 2018

You receive a black crystal and a note from Kales explaining why you must return to Rhem. When you arrive, Kales tells you your quest is to find nine golden fragments.

Fair Warning: This is game for experts in the adventure game genre. It's packed with exceedingly difficult puzzles. I recommend three things:
1. Be observant about your environment. Clues and puzzles are everywhere.
2. Take copious notes. The clues you find are frequently obscure, but the information is needed, so you have to figure out how to interpret it.
3. Make yourself a map. It's easy to get frustrated when you know where you need to go, but can't remember how to get there.

The puzzles are nearly always multi-layered in that several steps are required for the solution. Your path will, at times, be blocked until you discover how to open doors and gates, rotate bridges, and the like. This is NOT a "casual game," but one you'll be playing for days, possibly weeks.

Storyline = Minimal, but enough to give your tasks context.
Gameplay = Brilliant with lots of innovation.
Level of Challenge = Extremely difficult, but easier if you are observant, take notes, and draw a map. (The clues you'll find always lead logically to the solution. There's never an, "I don't get it" moment.)
Graphics/Animation = Fairly static and not overly detailed with some procedurally generated landscaping. However, I'd rather have awesome gameplay with bare bones graphics than lousy gameplay wrapped in state-of-the-art animation.
Sound/Music = Good, nicely ambient.

I recommend this game for adventure game fanatics, folks looking for a challenge, and puzzle lovers. I loved it and wish the previous episodes would be updated for modern computers.

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The Abbey Icon
Had potential...
by LunaNik, USA - May 11th 2018

...but waiting for the characters to walk to the next location was extremely annoying. It made me lose interest. If this game were upgraded with better navigation, it would be excellent.

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