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Flower

During the big Thanksgiving sale on PSN last month, I finally downloaded ThatGameCompany’s Flower for a scant $4.99. I’m really glad that I did.

Flower is a very simple game: you control the wind, and your goal is to collect flower petals. That’s it. In fact, in spite of any game-like characteristics that it might possess, I would hesitate to refer to Flower as a game, but rather a directed interactive artistic experience.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

A couple of weeks ago, I finished Batman: Arkham Asylum, and since then I’ve been struggling to come up with some anecdotal means of describing my experience with the game. I continued to put off the task as I played through the game a second time, but now that I’ve done that, the time is at hand for me to have an opinion. I’ll do my best.

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Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a dungeon crawl and never finished it (let’s not talk about Neverwinter Nights). I always get off to a strong start, meticulously building my character and scouring every inch of the introductory quest for loot. But for some reason, I always reach a point where I’m no longer having fun, and I stop playing. Perhaps I just get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the choices that the virtual world affords me. Maybe the oppressive darkness of the caves and sewers that I creep through compel me to find solace in the real world. Or it might just be that I grow tired of attacking the same types of enemies over and over.