Burial at Sea Episode 2, Part 2

This game is taking much longer than I expected. There are too many writing topics piling up as I play. If I save them all until I’m done, I’m either going to write a 20,000-word blog post or walk away leaving many ideas unvoiced. I don’t much care for either option.

So let’s dig in, and let’s start with something that’s bothered me from the start:

Am I supposed to understand why Elizabeth is so fixated on Sally? And if I have to ask that question, isn’t that a sign of a flaw in the game?

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CounterSpy

CounterSpy is a fun little gem of a game from indie studio Dynamighty that draws on a rich stylistic history of espionage in 1960’s cinema. It starts with excellent graphic design inspired by the likes of Saul Bass, then layers on a cool, “spy jazz” soundtrack that would have made Mancini proud. Add some fun, light gameplay combining side-scrolling action with simple stealth mechanics and you have an experience that will have you longing for the simpler times of cold war espionage.

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Mirror’s Edge

Here’s a toast to the games that could have been. The games that held such great promise, yet failed to deliver. The games whose pre-release trailers and downloadable demos piqued our interest and sparked our imaginations, but revealed themselves to be mere illusory shadows of…

Okay, blah blah blah, you get the idea. Mirror’s Edge could have been a really fun game, but wasn’t.

Narration Audio

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