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Seven Video Games That Let You Play As Kickass Canines

January 27, 2011 3 comments

The saying goes that dogs are a man’s best friend. Certain video games have decided that dogs should be a gamer’s best friend too, giving your characters a lovable pooch to aid you in your quest to destroy the Evil Whatever on Mount Doomydoom.

Final Fantasy VIII even let you shoot a dog out of a cannon.

But some games go that extra mile by actually allowing you to play as the dog itself. Today, we honour those playable canines and demonstrate just why the video game world needs more magical dogs with superpowers.

(I’m going to lay down some ground rules for this: each entry has to be all-canine. None of this “was actually something else but was cursed into a dog form” or werewolf crap. Furthermore, the canine must have full Player Character rights- being directly controllable at the very least- even if it’s just for a short time.)

Also, be warned that there are spoilers below.

With that said, let’s get into the list!

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The Clothes That Make The Man

July 13, 2010 1 comment

I’ve found myself in a very strange position regarding Realtime Worlds’ latest MMO, APB: All Points Bulletin. The game has been receiving very average marks from reviewers: though the level of customisation available to you- from your avatar’s appearance to your car radio’s playlist- has been universally praised, heavy criticism has been placed on… well, pretty much every other part of the game system. As Rob Fahey put in his review on Eurogamer:

It’s a game about shooting and driving. Unfortunate, then, that so little attention has been paid to the crucial task of making the shooting and driving entertaining. Instead, this is a game whose combat bears all the finesse and refinement of the early 3D GTA titles, and whose driving, although greatly improved since earlier betas, remains a reasonable facsimile of attempting to sail a bathtub down a canal.

Now APB has vowed to fix these issues in upcoming patches, but at the moment the gameplay is less than desirable. Yet I’m still tempted to shell out the money to buy APB. Why would I want to do that? The game’s main strength: customisation. I absolutely adore avatar customisation.

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