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Mystery Steam Reviews: single player video games with multiple playable characters

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It's good to get a different perspective on things. To see the world through another's eyes can really broaden your horizons.It can also mean that you're controlling an irritating blonde boy when all you want to do is sneak around the oil rig as Kojima's gruff war man. But, the ill will towards Jack isn't in the spirit of this week's Mystery Steam Reviews, so just ignore that one!

This edition of MSR is all about single player video games that have multiple playable characters. Basically, the games that occassionally push their supporting cast into the foreground.

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So, for this Mystery Steam Reviews, both myself and Matthew had to choose three games where you control more than one character through the single player campaign. Again, Metal Gear Solid 2 is a good example. An example that made a lot of people cross when it came out, but an example nonetheless.

If you're new around these parts, you can see a full breakdown of the rules in the Mystery Steam Reviews Rule Bible™ below. Also, remember to boast about getting all six right in the comments.

If you like this, then you may very well enjoy this week's episode of The PC Gaming Weekspot. We chatted about Ubisoft's free-to-play plans, I gave my early impressions of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and Matthew spoke about his time with Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Remaster.

While you're here, why not have a look at last week's episode of Mystery Steam Reviews, which focused on video games that have multiple endings.

We run weekly polls on the Rock Paper Shotgun YouTube channel, allowing you you to choose the themes of Mystery Steam Reviews. Next week's theme has been chosen: video games set in Japan. If you missed the poll or you're not regularly on the YouTubes, leave a comment letting us know what series/genre/theme you'd like to see added to our MSR polls.


For those not in the know, or who need a refresher.

Colm and Matthew both bring three Steam reviews to the MSR arena (yes, arena), but they omit the name of the game each review is for. Their opponent must correctly guess the name of that game, including any numbers or subtitles. However, there is some leeway for things such as "Complete Edition" or "Definitive Edition." One correct answer = one point.

While both combatants have 90 seconds on each Mystery Steam Review, they also have help in the form of three lifelines. These can be used at any stage during battle, and pause the 90-second timer. Each lifeline can only be used once.

When Publisher is called upon, the hotseat-haver learns the publisher of the game. When Second Opinion is used, the man in the fiery chair will get to hear a second Steam review of the same game. And when Genre is activated, the genre of the game is revealed to the one with the warm arse.

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