Why XCOM: Enemy Unknown Should Be Game of the Year

April 16, 2015
Location: Sapporo, Japan
Operation: Extraterrestrial Terrorism Response
Codename: Lost Spark
Mission Parameters: Failure will result in the immediate loss of resources and support from Japan. This would deal a devastating blow to the XCOM project.
Project Goal: Save the Earth, and all who call it home. » 1/04/13 8:00pm 1/04/13 8:00pm

Why Super Hexagon Should Be Game of The Year

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Why Papo & Yo Should Be Game of the Year

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Why Spelunky Should Be Game of the Year

On the surface, Spelunky is a roguelike platformer where you become like Indiana Jones, going farther and farther inside ancient caves holding untold riches and perhaps even lost civilizations. You have some rope, some bombs, a whip and whatever else you find along the way. It's a difficult game, and you will die a… » 1/03/13 9:00am 1/03/13 9:00am

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Why Far Cry 3 Should Be Game of the Year

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