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Super Smash Bros. is the number one reason I would actually buy a Wii U; I just can’t get enough of beating down family and friends alike before sending them flying off the side of the map.

So you can imagine my excitement at rAge this year when I managed to pick up the controls long enough to go head to head with my archnemesis, Matthew Fick.

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In a recent column, I listed Mortal Kombat as a franchise that had lost my interest somewhere along the line. However, I did also mention that I’ve always loved the series and that they could definitely get me back.

So, did Mortal Kombat X manage to reel me back in?

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Wits must he have who wanders wide,
For all is easy at home.
At the witless man the wise shall wink,
When among such men he sits.

So ends Munin after thirteen hours of tricks and tenacity, and I’m all the better for it. Munin is a puzzle game in which you play the titular character Munin — one of Odin’s crows — who, according to Nordic myth, travels the globe each day with his brother Hugin to report all that they have seen and heard.

In a cruel trick by Loki, you’ve been cast into the body of a rather dour-looking human and your memory scattered throughout Yggdrasil in feather fragments. Munin sees you bedeviled throughout nine realms, each with a number of stages inspired by locations within Nordic legend, in search of your memory.

Munin is quite minimal in its presentation. Opening with a short poem (based on the poetic Edda, a collection of heroic ballads that serve as the primary source of Scandinavian mythology), each area is presented in a semi-animated watercolour style that provides a certain ambiance to the stage without being too distracting. Whether traversing the spiritscape of Hel or the frozen wastes of Niflheim, each area captures an austere mood very much in tone of the epics on which they’re based.

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CARS. GUNS. EXPLOSIONS.

CARS. GUNS. EXPLOSIONS.

Gosh, just how many of our childhood memories can be traced back to the venerable Bullfrog? Syndicate, Magic Carpet, Populous, Dungeon Keeper… the list goes on and on. However, some of their titles were more misses than hits which didn’t particularly stand out for one reason or the other, but still managed to attract a dedicated cult following. A textbook example is 1995’s Hi-Octane for the PC, PlayStation and SEGA Saturn.

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Reviewed in a vacuum, Destiny would be the most competent of shooter experiences. If the merit of a game was based solely on its fundamental mechanics and whether or not one has fun engaging with those mechanics, then this would be the shortest review you’d read this year; Destiny would get 100% and I’d tell you that you couldn’t possibly go wrong.

Unfortunately, publishers and marketers ensure that games can never be reviewed in a vacuum, and contemporary big budget titles are always more than a primary game mechanic. Still, it would be nice to review Destiny without the rubbish preamble that overhyped the game’s eventual release. It would be nice to play through the game without that cloying mantra from marketers and PR representatives saying, “Judge Destiny by what it will become, and not what it is now.” I don’t buy that. We’ve all bought Destiny now, and we’re reviewing what is in front of us – that’s how video game reviews work.

Yes, in the future there will be more content for Destiny, and features will be added as the game continues to evolve. If that model sounds familiar, then you’ve played MMO games before. This game should have been marketed as an MMO, and not some new industry buzz-genre known as a “shared world shooter”. But Activision didn’t want to do that (probably rightly so) because they wanted to get the console shooter fans firmly on board. MMOs are a hard sell these days, but for all intents and purposes, Destiny is an MMO. Here’s the thing though: I HATE MMOs, but I had (and I still am having) terrific amounts of fun with Bungie’s new baby.

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It’s amazing how far we have come.

Ten years ago South Africa’s best Defense of the Ancients (DotA) players would head over to their favourite local LAN, where no more than a handful of teams would battle for bragging rights and, in rare cases, they’d win back a small portion of the costs they incurred attending the event.

Competition rules were decided by individuals with little understanding of the game and often ended in controversy. Spectators were limited to a small group of people standing behind the PCs of their favourite players, trying not to disturb them.

These days, competitions are very different. This weekend, the last of four online qualifiers for the NGL AORUS Corsair Dota 2 Clash are taking place. Three teams so far have secured their spots in the grand final, so let’s have a quick recap of what’s happened and what’s still to come.

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Hello everyone. Come, take a seat and listen. A while back I challenged Chris Kemp to be a real gamer and play Peggle. He played it for a week, wrote about his experiences, and emerged a broken man. In retaliation, during last week’s Podcast, he challenged me to play a little game called Peasant’s Quest. The game has changed my life. Hit the jump to see how.

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crimsonland

MUST… KILL… GAH

Coming home from a long, hard day at work, the last thing you want to do is think. You want to sit down, relax, shut the brain off and get involved in some mindless, stress-relieving carnage. There are more than a few games that sate this desire, but one in particular from 2003 won the hearts of a lot of gamers: Crimsonland. It was one of the earliest examples of blood-soaked arena shooters and one of the first games to move the action to a 2D plane in the wake of Serious Sam.

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I absolutely hate Minesweeper. That tiny piece of fluff-ware that seems to be bundled in so many operating systems simply irks me to no end. I feel this way because, while there is some strategy involved, most of the gameplay boils down to blind luck. And when chance takes preference instead of direct influence over the outcome, I simply lose interest. With this bitter taste in my mouth, I was cautious when I approached Hexcells, whose description bears more than a passing resemblance to the infamous ‘sweeper. Thankfully, my prejudices weren’t realized and I found it to be a rather delightful puzzle experience.

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It’s rather embarrassing you see, because this game has been around for over a year already. I’m tempted to throw in an obscure Star Wars reference about ships this small not having cloaking devices, and then liken Enemy Starfighter to the Millennium Falcon, but in explaining that analogy I have inadvertently obviated its need. So let’s carry on then!

Enemy Starfighter is another upcoming space simulator that’s gleefully riding atop the crest of the genre’s resurgence. I for one welcome our new space sim genre overlords because they remind me of my youth when I’d while away the weekends playing Wing Commander and X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter. I’m waiting for EA’s inevitable realisation that space simulators are a thing once again, and for them to go on and announce a new Star Wars space simulator. That distant shrieking you’ll hear shortly after that announcement will in all likelihood be me as I spin around in circles, get dizzy and puke from excitement.

Enemy Starfighter, however, is not big budget. It’s nowehere near as gargantuan a project as Star Citizen, but that doesn’t mean that it’s something that should be ignored. Allow me to put this game firmly on your radar (assuming you were, like me, fast asleep and completely oblivious to its existence because we’re terrible, terrible human beings) by describing it as such: it’s pretty much Homeworld but you fly the space ships as well. OH GOOD GOLLY BUT IT HAS MY ATTENTION NOW.

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