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Disability Game Review: Thief
Thief will forever be known as a primogenitor of the stealth genre. The newest reboot of Thief by Square Enix holds true to the classic Thief formula while treating the player to updated graphics and gameplay mechanics. From the standpoint of game quality, it’s mostly all good. However, from the standpoint of accessibility the new Thief represents a rewarding mine-field, which can be enjoyable if players are able to navigate through it without running into major barriers.
There are a number of features that make a game playable without adaptations. There are other features that make games completely inaccessible. Castlevania, Lords of Shadows 2 holds a different kind of spot in the gaming world, especially for this disabled gamer. The game is playable, but the way that the game is designed will be a constant reminder that there are players who do not have a disability and can play this game a lot easier.
inFAMOUS: Second Son was one of the biggest system sellers for Sony’s new Playstation 4. The game offers players the experience of being a regular guy who is suddenly granted the Demi-God like powers of a Conduit. Along the way to save your family players will be confronted with morality choices that either move them towards Infamy or Heroism. inFAMOUS has been known as the franchise that offers the Super Hero experience coupled with great gameplay mechanics and a great story, but none of this matters, since right out of the gate most disabled players will be confronted with one or more extremely difficult barriers to overcome. And unfortunately, they don’t let up after the prologue.
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