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Author: Ben
Posted: July 23, 2010 (07:43 AM)
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This is a superb review that I'll be honest only makes me more torn about whether to buy it or not. This would've been an instant purchase were it not for its 1,200 MSP price, and you've just confirmed my doubts. Maybe I'll wait until there's a sale or something.

The biggest danger of reviewing a game like Limbo is getting the balance right -- you don't want to give too much away, but you also want to tell enough. I think in this review, the balance is spot on. You never reveal any of the solutions, but I got the sense of satisfaction that you get when you play the game.

Just one thing I'm not sure about, though:

There are around 12 of them available. Most of them are hidden away quite cleverly. Each one that you find is worth an Achievement, so there's good incentive to keep looking.

You say that each of the 12 collectibles are worth one achievement each, but then later on, you mention that you get another achievement for dying five or less times. That doesn't sound right -- that means there are at least 13 achievements, but I'm pretty sure the maximum for an XBLA game is 12?


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: July 23, 2010 (01:03 PM)
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There are two achievements that don't relate to those hidden objects, and then there are the ones for the objects themselves. The total is 12, as you said. I'll fix that.

I'm glad that you enjoyed the review. It definitely didn't come easy for me, and striking that balance was difficult (as was giving a good example from the game that would mean something to the gamer without giving it away). I chose the one that I did because you can encounter it within the demo, if you choose to download it, but I still didn't want to give away the answer and spoil it for anyone. Honestly, I spent about as much time writing the review as I did playing the game. It's nice to hear that the results worked for you.


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Author: zigfried (Mod)
Posted: July 23, 2010 (02:32 PM)
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I wrote up some feedback, but then I realized you might use this in the TT.

So now you'll just have to wonder what I was going to say.

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Author: zippdementia
Posted: July 23, 2010 (03:51 PM)
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Definitely the Xbox beats PS3 in terms of their indies. Limbo looks amazing, even if it probably is just a mere diversion.


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Author: jerec
Posted: July 23, 2010 (04:22 PM)
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I played the demo for this. It was good, and genuinely creepy when that spider showed up. The decision isn't so hard for me, because I have so many games I haven't played yet, that I can wait for an eventual special deal for this one.


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Author: Lewis
Posted: July 24, 2010 (05:21 AM)
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I'd argue that its length is one of its strengths: like Portal, the short running time means Limbo can be consistently brilliant and constantly surprising throughout. It's an easy GotY so far, for me.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: July 24, 2010 (06:19 AM)
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Lewis bigs up artsy monocrome title; shock and awe abound.

I've wanted to play Limbo for a while now, but there's no way I'm dropping that many points on it.


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Author: JANUS2
Posted: July 24, 2010 (06:27 AM)
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Just download the demo. It features quite a lot of content. You probably won't need to buy the full game.


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Author: jerec
Posted: July 24, 2010 (06:47 AM)
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I do declare Limbo to be the finest electronic video game to be released in the year of our lord 2010.


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Author: zigfried (Mod)
Posted: July 24, 2010 (06:42 AM)
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The length really isn't the issue, as tons of shorter games offer plenty of challenge and reason to return. Playing Limbo is like a would-be lover who always kicks you out right after you both get naked. It plays like the prelude to what should be a great rest of the game... I hope they finish it someday. Until then, I've no reason to replay the prelude. Finishing was more frustrating than gratifying.

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Author: Lewis
Posted: July 24, 2010 (08:07 AM)
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Really? I thought it built up to a wonderful and satisfying ending.

Gary: Limbo does indeed look beautiful, but what I loved about it was the constant evolution of the puzzles and the environments, rather than any artsiness. I found it to be a very unpretentious game.


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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: July 24, 2010 (08:41 AM)
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I'm only kidding, old chum.

Trial version is downloading away now.


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