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PAX '09: the top ten PAX 10


1. Closure (PC)
And finally, my number one pick for the PAX 10, Closure. Though I was struck by most of the games for one reason or another, Closure was the one game that really blew my mind. The artwork is completely monochrome, but it has a profound effect on the gameplay. There are lights in the world, which have a relatively small radius of effect, but essentially, when they show something, it exists, and when something is shrouded in darkness, it does not. This allows the player to pass through walls or floors, so long as no light shines on them. It also sets up elevators for light moving up a wall, and other machinations using immobile environments and moving lights. I suggest you go try out the Flash version on the link above to really get a feel for the game, as it is a bit difficult to put into writing. The Flash version is unfortunately uglier than the one on the show floor, but it still contains the same gameplay mechanics, which are totally rad. Check it out.
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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