Snake Pass - Review

3D platformers are hard to come by these days. I’m not talking about your typical action-adventure titles with light...

For Honor and The Impossibility of Peace

The Great War took the lives of around 17 million people. It also served as the catalyst for World...

Breath of the Critics: A Qualitative Analysis of Video Game Reviews and How We Should Approach Them

Whether outlying reviews are positive or negative, calling them “real” reviews that go against the grain or “fake” ones...

Resident Evil 7: Banned Footage Vol. 2 - Review

Depending on the initial meal, leftovers can be inferior or better the second time around. It can be consumed...

Final Fantasy XV - E.R. Review

Final Fantasy XV is a weird video game. One moment I was driving down the highway in my luxury...
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Snake Pass – Review

3D platformers are hard to come by these days. I’m not talking about your typical action-adventure titles with light platforming and collectables as ancillaries, but games that stand on these as foundations: collect-a-thon 3D platformers. While Nintendo keeps the genre beating faintly with the likes of Super Mario 3D World and the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey, Knack was honestly the most recent attempt in the mainstream scene to revive the days of Banjo-Kazooie and Spyro the Dragon, but it faltered…

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For Honor and The Impossibility of Peace

The Great War took the lives of around 17 million people. It also served as the catalyst for World War II: the most devastating conflict in human history that claimed four times as many. Another distinction between the two events is purpose. Whereas the latter was wholly just in what it prevented, the former left no one knowing why anyone was fighting over time. Historians debating its primary causes demonstrates in itself that the nations essentially warred for the sake…

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Breath of the Critics: A Qualitative Analysis of Video Game Reviews and How We Should Approach Them

Whether outlying reviews are positive or negative, calling them “real” reviews that go against the grain or “fake” ones that are only seeking attention are wrong ways to perceive them. We need to approach reviews by their content, not just by their score. We should pay more attention to the individual and their record, not wholly judge an outlet. We must be advocates that their opinions are allowed, not censored. Reviews should be judged by their sincerity and quality. This…

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Resident Evil 7: Banned Footage Vol. 2 – Review

Depending on the initial meal, leftovers can be inferior or better the second time around. It can be consumed the same way to play it safe, but it can also be prepared differently with some new ingredients to mix things up. The latter applies to Resident Evil 7‘s DLC as it attempts to handle the core tone and gameplay while reimagining it with fresh ideas. Banned Footage Vol. 1specifically addresses this by putting greater emphases on puzzles and tough combat…

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Typoman: Revised – Review

Writing is rewarding in its inconsistency. Half of the time, your fingers can fly across the keyboard where your stream of consciousness flows like a river. Nothing can stop you as you ride these waters of inspiration – but there are plenty of moments where you’ll get caught on something. How should this sentence be structured? What’s the purpose of this paragraph? Mulling over these questions can cut off your momentum in discouraging bouts, but when freeing yourself from these…

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Resident Evil 7: Banned Footage Vol. 1 – Review

Resident Evil 7 is a perfect example of how to innovate with a franchise while retaining its core legacy. Slow, deliberate movement, limited supplies, meaningful backtracking, tense atmospheres – elements like these are core pillars to the survival horror series. It’s universally acknowledged that the two previous Resident Evil games abandoned them to varying degrees of severity, which catered to the en vogue, generic tastes of the gaming marketplace. Instead of playing it safe like the solid Revelations spin-offs, Resident Evil 7 circles…

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Parasite Eve – Review

I was introduced to the wide world of video games through my dad with a PlayStation console and Crash Bandicoot. These were the foundations upon which I began my lifelong journey as a gaming aficionado, but I’d be remiss to not mention the “Interactive CD Sampler Pack: Volume 8” disc I owned, which introduced me to my favorite 3D platformer series: the Spyro the Dragon trilogy. Other demos were featured that I played several times over, such as portions of…

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