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The Play it/Avoid it Report - 001 // Bioshock Infinite, Sleeping Dogs and more

Hello, bloggers. �I have been struggling with what direction to take The Buy it/Avoid it Report for a while now. �Although I have always enjoyed writing it, lately I just haven't been buying much. �Other than a few digital games here and there, I've mostly been renting games through GameFly in an effort to save myself some money. �I've never been much of a collector so this just makes more fiscal sense.

So, because I'm weird and I can't write about games that I�didn't actually buy�in a blog that makes purchasing recommendations, I changed the name. �It's more for my sake than yours, I assure you. �Also, "buy" and "avoid" aren't really opposite ideas, but "play" and "avoid" are. �That makes sense, right? �The only problem now is that I'm setting myself up for confusion between my "P/A Report" and�the real PA Report. �Hopefully Ben Kuchera won't get too upset. �Anyway, let's roll.


>>� If you had told me a couple years ago that the new�Tomb Raider�game would knock my socks off, I probably would have laughed in your face. �I had roughly zero respect for Lara Croft and assumed her popularity had simply stemmed from her big boobs and short shorts. �However, when this reboot came around and I started seeing footage, I instantly noticed a difference. �Lara was filthy, cut up, bruised and beaten but had a fire in her eyes that wasn't there before. �She looked tough as hell. �All of a sudden she was a compelling character.

This game does so many things right that it's ridiculous. �The environments are incredible looking but also brilliantly constructed. �Linear paths bleed into huge, open areas with tons of secrets to discover. Running, jumping and climbing are all tuned perfectly. �It's simply a joy to traverse the environments, and the animations for every movement are simply fantastic. �You get Lara's signature bow very early in the game and can upgrade it extensively. �It was so fun to use that I often forgot that I was even carrying guns at all. �I didn't need them.

There are lots of cinematic moments in�Tomb Raider�that feel heavily inspired by the�Uncharted�games. �Yes, I see the irony in that statement. �Stuff will crumble or break at the worst times and Lara will have to make countless life-or-death leaps before the credits roll. �The main difference here is that the theme of survival is constant. �She may survive a terrible fall, but she'll land on a piece of rebar and have to pull it out herself. �The character you start as and the character you finish the game as are two completely different people, and you get to witness the entire transformation. �It's an incredible journey.

PLAY IT�if you are craving a cinematic adventure with perfect pacing and impressive production values.

AVOID IT�if you're bad at quicktime events because the death animations are almost too violent to have to watch over and over again.


That's it folks. �This was a long one but it had been a while since the last issue so I guess I was making up for lost time. �Thanks for reading! �See you next time.
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My name is Eric. I'm 39.
Here are some random things I'm into:

The Buy it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Ilomilo, Uncharted 2, Infinity Blade, Pac-Man CE DX, Battlefield BC2: Vietnam, PixelJunk Shooter
#002 - Batman: Brave & Bold, DJ Hero 2, Dead Space 2, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Bulletstorm
#003 - Pokemon Black/White, PixelJunk Shooter 2, Monster Tale, God of War III, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, Torchlight
#004 - Portal 2, Steel Diver, Sin & Punishment Star Successor, Pilotwings Resort, Crysis 2, Blocks That Matter
#005 - L.A. Noire, Alice Madness Returns, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D, Shadows of the Damned
#006 - GoldenEye 007, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, AC: Brotherhood, Sword & Sworcery EP, Trenched
#007 - Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Jetpack Joyride, Gears of War 3, The Binding of Isaac, Renegade Ops
#008 - Dark Souls, League of Evil, Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Super Mario 3D Land
#009 - The Buy it/Avoid it Report's Awards - 2011
#010 - Spelunky, Max Payne 3, Trials Evolution, Mario Kart 7, Escape Goat
#011 - Super Hexagon, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Lollipop Chainsaw, Mark of the Ninja

The Play it/Avoid it Report - back issues
#001 - Bioshock Infinite, Darksiders II, Dead Space 3, Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider
#002 - Dishonored, DKC: Tropical Freeze, Grand Theft Auto V, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Rogue Legacy
#003 - The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Mario Kart 8, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Sunset Overdrive

Secret Moon Base - episodes
Subscribe on iTunes - a podcast about video games and other stuff with my pals knutaf and Occam

Spelunky HD - blogs
Mega Guide - part one
Mega Guide - part two

The Binding of Isaac - blogs
Blood, Shit and Tears - a love letter
Instruction Manual - w/ tips and tricks for beginners
Unlocking Godhead - tips for playing as The Lost

Social Network(s) - ugh
Twitter - @corduroyturtle
Xbox LIVE:Corduroy Turtle
PSN ID:Corduroy_Turtle
Steam ID:17wizards
3DS Code:4639-8962-6190


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