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September 19, 2011

Human Revolution is a game that carries a heavy burden. Being a spiritual sequel to the 2001 success Deus Ex, the expectations of fans loyal to the original bear down on it from all directions. On top of that, it has to allow any newcomer to the series to dive straight into the universe and […]

September 5, 2011

The Sims, admittedly, is not the most exciting addiction on offer. Neither can you stand inside the smoking chamber at Mighty Mighty and inhale it, nor can you run the risk of it leading you down a sordid road which inevitably ends in dumpster habitation. Right? Don’t be so naive. I’ve been a Sims addict […]

May 23, 2011

Last month, the New Zealand Government passed into law its controversial ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy law. This piece of legislation allows copyright holders to present evidence of illegal downloading to Internet Service Providers. Offending account holders can then be taken to the Copyright Tribunal to face charges, or even have their internet access barred if repeat […]

May 16, 2011

In any industry that bandies about six-figure digits on a daily basis, finance is a hugely decisive part of how things are produced, marketed and distributed. Like the vast majority of blockbuster films, modern top-selling games now take millions of dollars and thousands of hours to ensure that they clear the bar of today’s expected […]

April 4, 2011

Set in the post-apocalyptic rendition of a New York City that has come down with a nasty case of invaded by aliens, Crysis 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Crysis, which has you once again don the Nanosuit, a slick-looking super-suit that gives you the speed, armour and strength of a juggernaut as well as […]

March 28, 2011

Nerds rejoice! Another Pokémon game has been released! Pokémon Black/White is the latest game in Nintendo’s mammoth Pokémon franchise. This is the fifth generation of games and the second (and assumedly last) on the Nintendo DS platform after the Diamond/Pearl games and the Gold/Silver remakes. Again Nintendo haven’t changed the formula much and the same […]

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 […]