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March 14, 2011

Hello, Salient readers. I, Angus Winter, will be writing Anomalous Materials week on/week off, alongside the handsome and wise Donnie Cuzens. As I mulled over ideas for my first piece, I felt that I wanted to start with something that really represents how I feel as an avid videogame consumer. Looking through my Steam library […]

March 7, 2011

Greetings, gamers. Here marks the advent of Anomalous Materials, the dedicated games column here at Salient. This year, we will be bringing you a weekly fix of game reviews, commentary and straight up ranting as we share with you the passion that infested itself firmly in our childhoods and has grown alongside us for the […]

September 13, 2010

Limbo is bleak, dark, and downright creepy. You guide a small silhouette of a boy with two glowing white eyes through a monochromatic and grainy world. Moving along from left to right, the boy seamlessly enters stages that start in nature, continue through to tribal, and eventually wind up in the industrial age. It’s a […]

August 16, 2010

It’s almost ironic that you’re reading this now, because Alan Wake is a game about writing. No, it’s not Shakespeare, but something more akin to Stephen King’s Secret Window, Secret Garden. Alan Wake is an author of a series of thriller novels. He’s actually pretty famous too. But at present he’s having a bit of […]

July 12, 2010

Red Dead: Redemption is the latest from Rockstar Games, the studio responsible for the Grand Theft Audio series. And wow, does it show. This isn’t a bad thing—having played well over 30 hours of GTA IV I appreciated a familiar (read: identical) control scheme. Red Dead builds on that which made GTA so successful and […]

May 31, 2010

Heavy Rain was released in late February this year to massive critical acclaim and sales of well over a milllion copies—boosted in part by the simultaneous release of the pricedropped PS3 Slim. It touts itself as the first modern “interactive movie”, something that many games have been striving for (to some extent) since the format […]

May 17, 2010

Sid Meier’s Civilization series has always been the high-water mark of turn-based strategy gaming. The 19-year-old franchise now boasts seven full games and numerous expansion packs, which have added everything from online play to alien landscapes to the game’s set of features. Despite a legacy of games spanning almost two decades, Civilization has maintained a […]

May 10, 2010

Out of all the games released last year, Uncharted 2 was undoubtedly the biggest. Forget Modern Warfare 2 and its billion dollar sales, Uncharted 2 is an action adventure you won’t forget. If over 20 industry awards (many of which were for Game of the Year) wasn’t enough to persuade you, I don’t know what […]

May 3, 2010

Robot Unicorn Attack is one of the manliest games to have ever existed, with Putin giving it two bears up (and we all know how hardcore unicorns are). The idea of this free online arcade game is that you play as a robot unicorn who must run over hills and cliffs, as well as dashing […]