100th Review Special, Part 3: Thrashing the Threes

Whether it was through Schoolhouse Rock, De La Soul’s debut album, or the Planescape setting of Dungeons & Dragons, we were taught that three is the magic number. That is sort of the case here on Extra Life as well. Specifically, 3/10 is that highest score a game can get without me being able to recommend it. The main difference between this grade and the two that preceded it is that I can imagine people liking the following games in a non-ironic fashion. I would suggest several alternatives, but I can see why they would garner a fanbase, as there’s enough to like about them.

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The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

Originally released as a Source engine mod in 2011, The Stanley Parable is a game with a novel concept behind its narrative. It was conceived by Davey Wreden and the game seeks to deconstruct the very nature of gameplay and choice in video games. After catching the attention of a player named William Pugh, who had experience designing content in the Source engine, he helped design an HD version of the game. This new version includes more story and dialogue while making it a standalone game. The HD version was released in 2013 and is currently available on Steam, the game distribution service owned by the people who created the Source engine.

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