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#1 gbrading
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Castle Explorer is one of several edutainment games from the 90s I have great fondness for. You got to learn loads about life in a medieval castle and at the same time, explore some 3D-rendered rooms and chat to characters while looking for pieces of the map. You got thrown in the dungeon if you got caught. I remember they stripped down the exploration angle for the "sequel" to this game, Stowaway!

Anyone else remember this game?

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While it is rather funny, Prison Architect's page is showing the release date as December 2097.

The game fully released out of Early Access in October 2015.

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#3  Edited By gbrading
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Nicely argued. However, I feel Max Payne 3 as a poor imitation of the real Max Payne games of 1 and 2. 2 especially is my favourite; it manages to hit the right balance of excellent gameplay with an interesting and noir-esque plot, which is willing to make fun of itself at frequent intervals.

Max Payne 3 is a good game in it's own right, but it's not a Max Payne game, really. One of the things that really soured me on it was arbitrary time limits on doing things. I remember in the nightclub level, if you didn't move forward in the level quickly enough, you'd automatically fail as the game would say someone was killed. Also, Max Payne 3 neglected to have the trademark sense of humour Max Payne 1 and 2 had. I suppose that as Remedy wasn't developing it that was to be expected.

Also, I loved the graphic novel cutscenes from the first two games; the stylish in-engine cutscenes of 3 are cool but they can't beat a hand drawn graphic novel.

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@klunt_bumskrint said:

@gbrading: I thought you went off to write on a gaming website or start a website....

Well kinda sorta; I write for entertainium.org but it isn't something I do the whole time. :P Just kind of moved away from GS over time, alas.

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#5 gbrading
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Many congratulations Kevin; you have been a pivotal member of GameSpot for ages and your writing has always been incisive and enlightening. Very best of luck in your new job! :)

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@klunt_bumskrint said:

@gbrading: you're back! How goes the website?

As you can see from my long delay in replying, not really "back" per se. :P Which website do you mean?

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#7 gbrading
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@klunt_bumskrint said:

@renegadesteve: Rest assured that nothing has been deleted, it's still there. Was there something specific you wanted?

Apologies for intruding, just wanted to say that I was a GS Mod back when the site migration happened in 2013, and at that time the content of the old Hardware Forum, AV Forum and PC/Mac Forums was merged together, so any posts made before that time in any three should now be inside the PC forum.

Of course it may have changed since I left the team (I haven't really been active on GS since January 2014), so feel free to correct me! :)

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#8 gbrading
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@LarkAnderson: Cheers Lark; I knew if I left it long enough someone would spot it! :)

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#9 gbrading
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When Dead Rising came out in 2006, I think we could safely say "the zombie theme is overdone". I have no idea what it is these days.

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#10  Edited By gbrading
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For it's day, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Spent so much time with that game.

These days I might go for something like Sleeping Dogs or even Red Faction: Guerrilla. That's not even mentioning Minecraft...