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Fall, out

This season, indie game designers play by their own rules

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GAMER Gamers who've grown weary of blasting aliens and other generic supervillains need not worry: the Bay Area's indie video game designers share your pain. There's an indie game revolution being birthed right here in our backyard, led by a cadre of designers who really couldn't give two flying flamethrowers about making another first-person shooter. The best part? The games are all (mostly) free.

 

 

DY5PHORIA

By Anna Anthropy, music by Liz RyersonRead more »

Big game hunting

FALL ARTS: GAMER 'GTA V' and the rest

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FALL ARTS As summer slips away for another year, our consolation prize is that we are about to witness one of the most jam-packed seasons gaming has ever seen. Not only are we welcoming two spiffy new game consoles for the first time in six years, but here are six games that prove those suddenly less-shiny systems you already have are not going quietly.

 

 

GETTING IN EARLY

Before bidding summer a true farewell, we can enjoy a few releases that sneaked in at the tail end of August.Read more »

Console prizes

Gamer reports on E3 — and 2013's best title so far

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GAMER The days of game consoles being all about pretty graphics are over. The leap in visual fidelity when we went from PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3 isn't going to happen this time, which is one reason it's been seven years since the current consoles have been refreshed. All that changes this year, with the impending release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.Read more »

Loud, with clouds

'BioShock Infinite' takes players on a fantastic voyage

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GAMER BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games; Xbox 360, PS3, PC) presents an experience that video games are best suited for: plopping players in a captivating fantasy world and saying, "Check it out!" The sequel to BioShock, a first person shooter set in a city beneath the sea, Infinite takes us instead to the clouds, in an alternate version of 1912 America that includes a floating city called Columbia.Read more »

Back to life?

Aging titles strategize to attract new interest

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GAMER There's no single trick to staying relevant in today's game market. The past month has seen three overt attempts to kick-start flagging franchises, and the different approaches developers have taken to boost sales demonstrate just how wily this second Wild West has become for the industry.Read more »

Threequel blues

GAMER: Impressive graphics can't save the too-familiar 'Crysis 3'

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GAMER Crysis 3 (Crytek/Electronic Arts; PC, PS3, Xbox 360)is a very familiar experience, and not just for players versed in the story and mechanics of the Crysis series. If you've played a futuristic shooter in the past 10 years, you've seen everything Crysis 3 has to offer: a hodgepodge of sci-fi clichés, stealth combat, and big alien guns. It's an exercise in déjà vu that leaves little in the way of a lasting impression, but it's a really good-looking hodgepodge.Read more »

Scare tactics

Old spaceships, desolate planets, unloading bullets into undead creepy-crawlies: horror videogame 'Dead Space 3' gets it mostly right

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Zombies FTW

Gamer looks back at 2012's best experiences behind the controls

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Hail to the Chief

Halo 4 gives the fans what they want, and then some

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GAMER They say you have to go away in order to make a comeback. To be fair, the Halo series never really "went away," having released two non-numbered titles and an HD remake in the four years since Halo 3, but those entries lacked the presence of the iconic Master Chief and, compared with the pop-culture phenomenon that was Halo 3, they didn't exactly set the gaming community on fire.Read more »

Good. But revolutionary?

'Assassin's Creed III' takes on the American Revolution

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'Assassin's Creed III'

(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC Read more »