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  • Pokken Tournament Nintendo Wii U Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on March 27, 2016 under Featured, Nintendo Wii U Reviews
    For Pokemon fans big and small, Pokken Tournament is a dream come true. The sheer spectacle of watching identifiable characters from Nintendo's 20-year old franchise fully realized in a fighting game is presented so well it makes the wait worth it. As a fan of the series since it came to North America I was especially assaulted by nostalgia, seeing the likes of Pikachu and Charizard zap, claw, and... more.
  • Salt and Sanctuary Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on March 23, 2016 under Featured, PS4 Reviews
    Salt and Sanctuary is the latest in the rising subgenre of action RPGs taking heavy inspiration from the breakout hit series, Dark Souls, appropriately called Soulslikes: brutal experiences characterized by depressing post-apocalyptic locations, environmental storytelling with minimal dialogue, nonlinear Metroidvania level design, and inherently satisfying execution and memory intensive combat. An... more.
  • Samurai Warriors 4: Empires Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on March 12, 2016 under Featured, PS4 Reviews
    While most people are familiar with Omega Force's button-mashing series, Dynasty Warriors, I've always had a fondness for their spin-off series, Samurai Warriors. While a loose adaptation of the key characters and battles from the Japanese Warring States era isn't that discernible from the loose adaptation of the key characters and battles from the Chinese Three Kingdoms era, I always appreciated ... more.
  • Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 3DS Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on February 27, 2016 under 3DS Reviews, Featured
    The Fire Emblem series has always been known for its aggressive tactical RPG combat. You had to plan each one of your moves carefully, because at any moment any of your allies could permanently die and cost you the game. What it wasn't known for was difficult moral decisions with longstanding consequences or having a single game broken up into different versions like Pokemon. So it's no surprise t... more.
  • Firewatch Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on February 14, 2016 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    Videogame protagonists are rarely complex. Rarer still are complex protagonists with nuanced problems that aren't immediately solved by saving a princess or killing thousands of monsters. There have even been several critics that have posited that such subtle storytelling and character depth was incompatible with videogame narrative, citing that it wouldn't be engaging to a general audience or exc... more.
  • Tharsis Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on January 20, 2016 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    For anyone who knows the training and study that astronauts undergo, space travel is very dangerous, violent, and over a million things can go wrong at any moment. Even if you do everything right with a professional team, all it takes is one bad cosmic event no one could have predicted for things to take a turn for the worst. It seems that Choice Provisions took this stark reality to heart with th... more.
  • Is the Shovel Knight Amiibo Worth It?

    0 CommentsPosted by on January 16, 2016 under Feature Articles, Nintendo Wii
    In case you didn't pick up on this, I really enjoy Shovel Knight. I love the characters, I love the level design, I love the art direction, I even love the free update where you get to play as one of the boss characters. Yacht Club Games has made an absolutely joyous experience, have plans to keep supporting it with free content, and are also notably the first third-party to license and manufactur... more.
  • Star Wars Battlefront Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on December 4, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    Editor's Note: This review was written by freelancer Benjamin Carlander. Thank you for your contribution. There are, in general, three tiers of multiplayer games. Games like Call of Duty or Fifa, which stick to a tried and true formula but rarely goes beyond their respective comfort zones, represent Tier 3. Then you have titles like Dark Souls or Rocket League, games with a unique identity and cr... more.
  • Bloodborne The Old Hunters Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on December 4, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    I cannot overstate my absolute love of Bloodborne. Its action-RPG combat, aggressive difficulty, imaginative and disturbing boss fights, and its deep expansive world and universe-building are all standard fare for director Hidetaka Miyazaki and his team at From Software, but what put this particular descent into masochistic insanity in a league of its own was the game's great shift in tone from go... more.
  • Fallout 4 Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on November 20, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    Fallout 4 is a game that needed very little hype. The post-apocalyptic open-world RPG was announced several months ago with very little in-game footage shown off by Bethesda. In an industry that makes a habit of placing high expectations with incessant trailers, game footage, and a lot of smoke and mirrors hiding the game's actual quality paired with lots of delays, the fact Bethesda did the exact... more.
  • Tales of Zestiria Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on November 6, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    All games have some merit to them. Despite what review scores and impersonal blurbs might make an average reader believe, reviewers and critics always try to see the good, or at the very least the novel, in every single bit of software under their scrutiny. But Tales of Zestiria is a certain pain in the neck; a game that has some experimental elements to it, but the entire experience manages to be... more.
  • Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on October 23, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    Note: This review does contain spoilers for all past episodes of Life is Strange, read at your own risk Polarized is a pretty apt descriptor for how I feel about Life is Strange as a whole. In many ways I want to applaud DontNod for the creativity they have put into this series. If you told me the same people who made a AAA dystopian sci-fi action game involving memory manipulation's next project... more.
  • LEGO Dimensions Nintendo Wii U Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on October 15, 2015 under Featured, Nintendo Wii U Reviews
    Editor's Note: This review is based off of the Starter Pack and the Portal 2 Level Pack. Said packs were bought out of pocket Unlike most lovers of the Skylanders or Disney Infinity series, I was always skeptical of the toys-to-life style of game. When companies utilize overpriced DLC or putting exploitive freemium elements in fully priced experiences, the idea of also tying plastic figures into ... more.
  • The Good and the Bad: Destiny The Taken King

    0 CommentsPosted by on October 11, 2015 under Feature Articles, Featured, Playstation, Xbox
    Well, it finally happened. A year after release at full price and two overpriced map packs mislabeled as Expansions, Destiny 2.00 has finally listened to criticism and feedback harkening back to the beta. A game with great gunplay and good co-op play tied to one of the most awful narratives in recent memory and a loot system that might as well punch you in the face every single time you ask it for... more.
  • Transformers Devastation Playstation 4 Review

    0 CommentsPosted by on October 8, 2015 under Featured, Playstation, PS4 Reviews
    I only have minor nostalgia with the Transformers franchise but I've always enjoyed their appeal. Giant car robots with guns and swords fighting an ongoing war with the safety of the earth in the balance just speaks to the little ten-year old boy in all of us after all. It's a brand that Actvision knows has a fanbase, they published three games so far, but it's with Devastation that they're going ... more.
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