Post-Launch Review Doom 3: BFG Edition (PC) Developer: id Software Released: August 2004 Played:Doom 3 complete in 9 hours; Resurrection of Evil complete in 3 hours; Lost Mission complete in 1 hour 50 mins
As a marine newly stationed at Union Aerospace Corporation's Mars research facility, you have the bad luck to arrive on the day that everything goes to hell. As one of the only survivors of an invasion of horrific monsters, you'll have to fight your way through the base to close the portal and prevent the creatures from reaching Earth.
Released: September 2012
Played: 7 hours as Outlander; story complete in 17 hours as Engineer
The Destroyer, the Vanquisher, and the Alchemist defeated Ordrak and ended the ember corruption... but the Alchemist, corrupted by the power of Ordrak's heart, has attacked and destroyed the town of Torchlight. As the Alchemist razes a path of destruction with unknown purpose, a new hero must rise to stop him.
(before I get into this, here's a disclaimer: I haven't been following development of the Oculus Rift super closely, so I may be lacking in detail. Also, a lot of this is pure speculation and might be crazy or completely wrong. If that's the case, feel free to rant in the comments.)
If I had pre-ordered a Rift headset, I would cancel it. Of course the worst-case scenario is that the Rift will be tied to your
Facebook account and every time you play a game you'll face an
apocalyptic rain of advertisements before you get started and between
levels, but that's not really what's important right now.
Post-Launch Review Dungeons of Dredmor Developer: Gaslamp Games Released: July 2011 Played: 25h:36min
The evil lich Dredmor is attempting to break out of his ancient prison, and he must be stopped! Wield silly skills, face ridiculous monsters, and hoard strange items as you die repeatedly trying to stop Dredmor.
Post-Launch Review S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky Developer: GSC Game World Released: August/September 2008 Played: story complete in 20 hours
As a prequel to S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky follows the mercenary Scar as he investigates the cause of the recent massive radiation emissions from the centre of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. With the help of a research group called Clear Sky, Scar determines that a stalker has disturbed the balance of the zone - Strelok, the player's character from SoC.
Post-Launch Review Mass Effect 3 (PC) Developer: BioWare Released: March 2012 Played: best ending and all DLC in 38 hours; 2 hours multiplayer
The Reapers have arrived and no one is ready. After an initial assault on Earth, the Reapers quickly spread across the galaxy, laying siege to the homeworlds of the strongest species to begin their harvest. Facing impossible odds and fighting against a cycle that's lasted millions of years, Commander Shepard must unite the galaxy for a desperate, all-out offensive against the overwhelming force of the Reapers.
Played: story complete, 100% shards and dead drops
Note: much of this review is comparison to the first game since the story depends somewhat strongly on knowledge of the first
The beast that Kessler warned of arrived in Empire City, and superhero Cole McGrath was not as ready as he thought. Empire City is destroyed and Cole's injuries have drained him of most of his electrical powers. Moving south to New Marais, and followed by the beast, Cole needs to amplify his powers - but to do so he'll have to combat a militia that hunts conduits like Cole as dangerous freaks.
Post-Launch Review Outlast Developer: Red Barrels Released: September 2013 Played: complete in 4h:24min
Freelance reporter Miles Usher receives an anonymous tip hinting that something strange is going on at the Murkoff Corporation's Mount Massive Asylum. Miles sets out to investigate, armed only with his digital camcorder, and quickly discovers that he's in over his head - trapped in the asylum with escaped inmates terrified of (or worshipping) a mysterious force.