[REVIEW] Syberia 2 Brings Closure to an Incredible Adventure

*This review will likely contain plot spoilers for the original Syberia, which I’ve already reviewed here. If you’d like to play the first two games on your own, you can pick them up as a bundle on Steam for $2.99 during the Summer Sale until July 5th. Of course, if you’d rather watch the story unfold, Christopher Odd has an awesome Let’s Play of both games over at his YouTube channel.

The 2002 adventure classic Syberia was a pleasant surprise when I played through it for the first time a few weeks ago. I was totally engrossed in Kate Walker’s evolution from a New York lawyer in a small French village to a woman trading the life she once wanted for the mere chance of adventure. Syberia captured a steampunk, automaton-filled world full of colorful characters and memorable locales, and concluded in such a great way that I wasted no time diving into the 2004 sequel.

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[REVIEW] Adventuring to Syberia 15 Years Late

As someone who never had a PC that was capable of running anything other than World of Warcraft on the lowest setting until 2010, I was mostly oblivious to the point-and-click adventure genre. Over time, I made friends who were heavily into games like Indiana Jones, Leisure Suit Larry, and Police Quest, but I’ve just always been a console guy. The closest I ever got was Maniac Mansion on the NES, which wasn’t even a faithful port of the PC release — thanks to Nintendo deeming certain parts “inappropriate for children.”

I’ve been playing catch-up with the genre ever since, having tackled (and sometimes reviewed) similar games across PC and console. The list of must-plays is seemingly never-ending!

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REVIEW: Armikrog

Developed by: Pencil Test Studios
Publisher: Versus Evil
Available on: PC, OS X, Linux, PS4 (reviewed), Xbox One, Vita
Price: $9.99

Back in 1996, a little claymation adventure game by the name of The Neverhood captured a few hearts and became a cult classic among the point-and-click crowd. Although it eventually spawned a sequel in Skullmonkeys, leaving the realm of thought provoking adventure games behind and moving toward the more console friendly platformer may not have been what fans of the original were hoping for.

Recent plans to revive The Neverhood were met with roadblocks, but when the folks at Pencil Test Studios teamed back up with animator Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim, The Neverhood), it was like getting the band back together. Not only had they worked together on the cult classic adventure title, but began development on a brand new spiritual successor, dubbed Armikrog.

It’s unfortunate, however, that what came to be is one of the most joyless, forgettable adventure games I’ve experienced in a long while.

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*RE-REVIEW brings to light a review written during my tenure at the now-defunct website, What’s Your Tag?, in order to avoid losing it to the abyss of the internet. It appears as it did back then, with only minor formatting or grammatical changes. Although the review was written by me, Bradley Keene, the source is always What’s Your Tag? (whose domain is no longer available).

With developer Over the Moon recently confirming The Fall Part 2: Unbound for an early 2017 release, it was only fitting to revisit my review for the original game’s Xbox One release last Summer. It’s probably one of the greatest, most well-written sci-fi narratives you’ve never played. Hopefully this review changes that, as The Fall is heavily discounted (we’re talking a $1 or $2 price tag, folks) across all available platforms.

But enough talk! Let’s dig in!

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