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A game that uses a mixture of 2D & 3D techniques. Commonly used to describe the use of either 3D graphics restricted to a 2D perceptive, or 2D graphics used to fake the appearance of a 3D perceptive.
Games that feature co-operative play for 4 players.
Characters either begin with multiple outfits, unlock them through play, or purchase them as in-game items. These costumes are sometimes integral to play.
Anthropomorphism is the concept of an object, concept or character that has human qualities or traits, such as speech, a level of intelligence similar or higher than a human's and self consciousness. "Anthro" means "of human" and related to the concept of humanity.
Some games offer alternate modes or specific sections of the storyline that involve arena combat, gladiator style.
Some games don't feature a traditional co-op mode that makes the players equal partners, but allows a second player to participate in the game to assist player one albeit with significantly different gameplay mechanics.
The game automatically saves for you when you reach certain points. Implemented in order to reduce frustration for forgetful savers.
Levels that progress forward by themselves at a fixed rate.
Backtracking is the act of navigating through previously explored areas, usually for the purpose of progressing in an objective-based adventure game. Players who are lost may also backtrack to reorient themselves.
Platforms that are manipulated by weight. Too much weight on one side can drastically alter the equilibrium. *Not to be confused with Unstable Platforms*
Big Daddies are the lumbering genetically modified behemoths in the underwater city of Rapture. Clad in garish diving suits, these monstrosities were created to protect Rapture's population of walking ADAM factories, the Little Sisters.
A proprietary video codec (.bik/bk2 extension) developed by RAD Game Tools and used in a very large number of video games.
Games that are depicted with a predominantly black-and-white appearance, with sequences to this effect, or optional color filters.
Blindness is an affliction that robs a person of their sight. In games it usually causes physical attacks/projectiles to miss, but magical spells aren't as widely affected.
Boost takes a game to a new level giving players a greater level of speed. This speed opens up new doors to sports games, driving games, and any game that can benefit from the reward of speed.
A boss fight is a culminating challenge that pits the player against one or more enemies representing a greater threat and/or difficulty than those previously faced. These scenarios typically feature unique antagonists.
A distinct and predictable pattern of attacks or movement a boss takes. This can be based in reaction to a player's actions or simply a stringent script the boss adheres to.
Video game bosses are usually the main antagonist, and arch nemesis of the main protagonist. In most cases the end of a game is when the main character defeats the final boss.
Boulders that one has to escape are often implemented in games as a homage to Indiana Jones.
The most prestigious awards in the British videogame calender, the BAFTA Video Game Award honour the achievements of the best game developers and their games.
When characters largely go by code names or call signs to protect their identities during their missions. They are also adopted for conveniences sake.
A stereotypical prehistoric human, usually clad in animal skins and rather violent. Does not always live in a cave.
Character Creation refers to characters created by players themselves, rather than developers.
A point within the game whereby the game saves its current state whether it be for the purpose of a more convenient respawn point or a gameplay design (such as in racing).
A Christian holiday widely celebrated in the western world. It is often associated with festive spirit and presents.
Collectibles are items such as coins, rings, gems, packages etc. that can be gathered, usually for some kind of reward, or sometimes to simply beat a level. Often (almost too often) the source of earning achievements and trophies on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Limited editions of games that include extra "perks" like Making of DVDs and a nice and shiny tin with extra box art
Games where you cooperate with other players to accomplish certain goals, yet at the same time compete for power (items) and glory (wealth).
Games that have been offered to players free of charge, from a publisher or distribution platform, as a form of apology for a service issue.
When previously purchased content is able to be imported into another game, usually a sequel.
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