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Review: Shadowrun Returns (2013)

The following is a review of Shadowrun Returns (2013), available for PC on Steam.

Enjoyable story and gameplay

After having the game for a little over 9 months, I've finally beaten the main campaign, Dead Man's Switch, of Shadowrun Returns (2013).

It didn't take this long to beat it because the game wasn't enjoyable, but rather because the machine I had until a few months ago wasn't ideal for gaming, so it wasn't until the last three months that I really got into this.

The game itself has a robust story, as one would hope from a Shadowrun game. The game isn't particularly difficult, as I found myself only losing two characters over the course of the ~11 hours of time I put in

With a robust editor and community, I expect I'll be able to come back to Shadowrun Returns again and again over the years, for continued enjoyment.

I highly recommend Shadowrun Returns, and give it a 5 of 5 stars.

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Review: Still Life (2005)

The following is a review of Still Life (2005), available for PC on Steam.

Great story, interesting puzzles

Having liked Syberia (you have to like a game if you've bought multiple copies over the years), when I saw the Still Life trilogy in a bundle (Post Mortem, Still Life, Still Life 2) a few months ago I decided to pick it up.

While it's taken me a while to get to this game (not thinking, I played the second in the series first), I'm glad I finally did.

Still Life eventually ends up following the lives of two characters, with the real focus on one, Victoria. While at times she seemed like a bit of a teenager (attitude), I actually enjoyed her character pretty dang well. The other character is also interesting, and ... well, spoiler, look forward to playing as him when I get around to Post Mortem.

Some of the puzzles are rather challenging, and I'll readily admit that I opted to just look at a guide as time went on; I'm not as smart as I once was, and really I was just digging the story. I have no shame in admitting that.

I look forward to playing the rest of the games in this series. Honestly, Still Life gets 5 of 5 stars.

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Review: Belkin Universal Case and Cover for 7-Inch and 8-Inch Tablet, Ink

The following is a review of the Belkin Universal Case and Cover for 7-Inch and 8-Inch Tablet, Ink, which I received as part of the Amazon Vine program.

Actually like it more than my Supcase case

The Belkin Universal Case and Cover for 7-Inch and 8-Inch Tablet has a fairly low rating on Amazon as I write this, and has had a low rating since I ordered this a few weeks ago. However, having now used the case for a few weeks, I think I generally like it.

I'm using this with a second generation Nexus 7, instead of the Supcase case I had originally purchased for it. While I like Supcase products in general, I found that the power off was getting triggered too often when I moved the cover to the back of the case.

For better or worse this Belkin case doesn't have an auto-power on/off magnet, so that issue doesn't arise. However, it also means I must manually turn on the tablet, which after a few days of getting used to again, wasn't a big issue.

This case also allows you to fold the back to angle the tablet. Unfortunately, after a few weeks use it's gotten fairly flexible, which means the available angles are limited. However, it does make for a nice holding spot, as I can grasp the angled cover in one hand, instead of resting the entire back on my palm.

With a 7-inch tablet there is a bit of extra space within the case. However, this hasn't been an issue, as I've had no trouble with it getting tossed into my bag and then being messed up when I pull it out at work or home.

Note that I have experienced that the volume down button is close to the clasp keeping a side of the tablet in. However, it doesn't cover it up, so it's not a big deal.

I don't use the camera on my tablet, but the folding corner does open a rather great deal, so as not to block any shots. It also flips back easily, so there shouldn't be an issue with it staying open.

The big issue is probably the price. At almost forty dollars the price is rather expensive. At half that it would be completely worth it. If you were using this for an 8-inch tablet it also might be worth around thirty. But with the quality of product you can get for less, I'd recommend waiting for it to drop in price.

Based solely on the quality of the product, I give the Belkin Universal Case and Cover for 7-Inch and 8-Inch Tablet 4 of 5 stars, as it'll be staying on my tablet. Taking into account the price I'd have to drop off a star. However, since I'd expect the price to drop, I'll stick with a 4 of 5 rating.

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