Humble Indie Bundle V Available

Remember what I said about not paying full price for indie games? Case in point: the Humble Indie Bundle V.

For the next two weeks, you can pick up Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Limbo, Psychonauts, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP for the low price of pay-what-you-want. Soundtracks are included with each game, and people who pay more than the average price will also receive a copy of Bastion. All games are for the PC, DRM-free, and as always, a portion of the proceeds goes to charity.

You can check out the Humble Indie Bundle V trailer after the break.

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Inferno+ Torches the Apple App Store

If you have an iPad or iPhone and dig Radiangames (and why wouldn’t you?), you will want to check out the newly released Inferno+, aptly described as a cross between Geometry Wars and Gauntlet.

Additionally, Super Crossfire and Super Crossfire HD have been updated with a new survival mode, while Fireball SE, Ballistic SE, and Gobs of Fun have all received minor changes that you can view on the respective iTunes pages.

War of the Roses E3 Gameplay Trailer

It’s more E3 trailer madness, this time with Paradox’s upcoming Medieval action battle game War of the Roses. The trailer is gameplay footage of people beating the snot out of each other with swords.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes E3 Trailer

As you know, or should know if you read No High Scores on a regular basis, we don’t post every trailer or news bit that comes across our desk. We generally stick to what interests us. Well I love Sherlock Holmes and I have been stoically waiting for a good Holmes game for years and I hope this is the one. The trailer is promising and we’ll get a look at the game at E3. In fact, checking the schedule…Brandon will see this at E3. How did that happen?

Open World Holmes mystery game? Please be good. I saw this at E3 last year and it looked good then, too, but a bit rough. It’s come a long way if that trailer is any indication.

Harley Quinn’s Revenge in Review

How long is too long when talking about post-release DLC? Drop it at launch, or soon thereafter and fans will wonder why you didn’t just include it with the main game. Launch it too late and fans have moved on to other endeavors, potentially diluting the narrative impact of a return to your game. Batman: Arkham City had a mixture of both strategies with Catwoman missions and combat maps available at launch, Robin and Nightwing combat maps available shortly thereafter and now, Harley Quinn’s Revenge, a good seven months after the release of Arkham City.

The return to Arkham City in a single player capacity, as opposed to the combat map only DLC releases for Nightwing and Robin bring back that familiar feeling of prowling the rooftops of Gotham City, however a combination of too much time away and too few hooks results in a set of missions that provide a hefty challenge but no narrative rewards.

Warning, Batman: Arkham City spoilers to follow…

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance E3 Trailer Is Awesome

There are so many over the top, awesome things in this trailer, I’m not sure where to start. Do I start with the excellent use of Depeche Mode’s “Wrong”? The big, burly cyber-ninja who has a knife that turns into a bigger knife? Raiden cutting down a support beam to kill the guy behind it? No, I know, it’s the slo-mo hacking apart of a helicopter in mid-air. Too. Many. Choices.

Dishonored E3 Trailer Combines Rat Attacks and Creepy Singalongs

I have no idea why the fine folks behind Dishonored needed to change “what do you do with a drunken sailor” to “what do you do with a drunken whaler” but that’s what my ears hear. I imagine you would do the same thing to any drunken seafaring lass or laddie. Any way, this trailer has a lot of creepy children’s songs, a rat attack, a gaggle of stilt men and an inordinate amount of stabbing. I gotta say, all of these trailers are making me quite interested to play this game, a good thing as that’s exactly what I’ll be doing while Bill watches trailers in the Bethesda booth. “Why Brandon, you sure do get to play a lot of awesome games at E3″, you might be thinking. You would be correct, as is my right, because I am so devastatingly sexy.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 E3 Trailer

Ok, this trailer is pretty badass and I’m not a big Castelvania fan. It’s rare when the trailer for a sequel makes me want to play the original, but if you can do that awesome smoke hawk thingy in the original, count me in. Castelvania: Lords of Shadow 2 is being developed by Mercury Steam for the PS3 and Xbox 360 with a companion game, Castelvania: Mirror of Fate for the 3DS.

Less Content, More Game

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind from Bethesda is a prime example of a game that would have been better with less content

Last weekend, I had the enormous pleasure of gathering up all my old Xbox stuff and passing it on to a friend for his children to enjoy. Pulling my old games off the shelf, I encountered Morrowind and quite suddenly was struck by what an enormous waste the game represented. A fantastically detailed, living, breathing fantasy world over which you could walk or fly in its entirety, exploring to your hearts content. And yet, in spite of running several characters over many hours of play, I never finished it because the game was fundamentally flawed.

Some of those flaws are well documented. The character building system was fatally undermined by the ease with which you could build super-powerful characters, and by the way it sidelined mages. A senseless economic system that forced players to either beggar themselves or utilise built-in Easter Eggs. But those, surely, should be nothing more than a minor annoyances in a game that’s defined largely by its immense scope and story. As I stood there gazing down at the box it occurred to me that the game was in fact simply crushed under the weight of its own ambition.

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New E3 Tomb Raider Trailer

This new E3 trailer for Tomb Raider gives us a pretty good idea of what we can expect when the game launches on March 5th, 2013. I’m looking forward to getting some hands on time with the game at E3 next week, mostly because it means that Todd doesn’t. Nyah, nyah, nyah. Given how much Lara gets beaten up in this trailer, the game should make for some interesting conversations regarding violence against women and what is considered appropriate and what starts looking misogynistic when you have a female protagonist in a game about shooting and killing things. I know that the point is to put Lara through the ringer so that she can come out the other side as the Lara Croft we’ve come to know, but I don’t remember Nathan Drake getting the piss beaten out of him this much.