Excerpt: I seem to be on kind of bizarre game kick as of late. Hyperdimension , Agarest Zero and I replayed through Cladun . Each one strange in their own right, but combined they still can't compare to the strangeness of my latest endeavor: Limbo . It begins in a forest, the entire atmosphere black and white. No narrative, no dialogue-barely any sound. Your young character lies unconscious on the ground, camouflaged by his surroundings.
Excerpt: Simple 2D platformers are back in style. Braid led the way with its storytelling, graphical style, and simple yet difficult gameplay. Limbo takes a similar approach, although I find it to be significantly more enjoyable. It has all of the essential elements of being a masterpiece. If only it lasted longer than a few short hours.
Excerpt: ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s been a little over a year since Limbo launched to enormous critical acclaim on the XBox Live Marketplace. Now, the game-meets-art title is coming to the PC and the PSN...
Pros: + Fascinating art style, + Great management of sound, + Challenging puzzles
Cons: Can be unnecessarily difficult, Narrative presentation is either “love it” or “hate it”
Excerpt: From malevolent children bearing bows and arrows and the inexorable presence of a giant spider early on, to crushing gears and high-voltage surfaces in later industrial-themed levels—everything is beset upon you to bring about your ruin. You will be skewered, bludgeoned, electrocuted, decapitated. And you’ll get used to it. It's a small price to pay to learn, to see what comes next.
Excerpt: Webster’s non-religious definition of limbo reads: “A place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are regarded as being relegated when cast aside, forgotten, past, or out of date.” Well, that fits. In PlayDead’s creative and surprisingly addicting title, we find ourselves in a very dark world, where even our main character is merely a shadow with eyes.
Summary: Playdead's Xbox Live Arcade title Limbo is like a gorgeously constructed mix of Lost, Edward Gorey, LittleBigPlanet, and just a dash of Portal thrown in for good measure. It is one of the most haunting and finely crafted games of the year, downloadable or otherwise.