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The Weakest Links: The Flaws In Breath Of The Wild

…However, it’s important to remember that games with uncommonly strong, masterful design in some areas can overshadow significant flaws, and that’s okay. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an exceptional example. It’s a game riddled with terrible pacing, a disappointing story, lacking bosses, and rehashed content in the latter half of its campaign, but the core stealth mechanics and gameplay are a peak for the series. As a result, it’s far better than it has any right to be. I’d…

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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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Articles, Opinion, Published, Push Square

Uncharted 4’s Higher Difficulties Kill the Joy of Combat

I’m on chapter 20 of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, having just escaped explosive deathtraps with a good companion by my side. We’re ready to take on the bad guys that have taken another friend hostage, and I happen to see him attempting to escape from my vantage point. I’m overlooking a vast cove run dry with marooned pirate ships, and once I drop down the cliffs into this ancient graveyard, I’m sure I’ll find plenty of mercenaries to shoot,…

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’s Exclusivity to Infinite Warfare Is Foolish

Video game corporations are prone to making asinine decisions across the board. Ubisoft is no stranger to misrepresenting titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Watch Dogs, and I Am Alive, which respectively ended up with an unforgivable amount of glitches, vastly downgraded visuals, and lacking creativity everywhere. Likewise, EA has committed similar sins with Battlefield 4 and Sim City, but has also perpetuated harmful practices like its infamous Online Passes and intrusive microtransactions. The list could go on with Microsoft’s big…

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Subtleties Of The Soul Series That Make It Special (+ Video!)

Who would have guessed that FromSoftware would go on to make a dent on the global game development scene when it dropped Demon’s Souls? A seemingly inconspicuous title upon release, it spawned a game formula that has evolved and enthralled more and more with its sophisticated sequels. The games test your resolve with a blend of unbearable frustration and profound jubilation, which few games can achieve effectively. This isn’t even mentioning the extensive lore, gorgeous locales, and dark, fantastical art…

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Should Be Among 2015’s Greatest Games

Proclaimed to be a “love letter” to the earlier days of the franchise, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood was intended as a call back to Return to Castle Wolfenstein with supernatural elements in its narrative and visuals, and while I had never played it, I was excited about the general, early-2000 first-person shooter vibes emanating from it. Many reviewers considered this direction a step back from The New Order since it lacks the original heart and wit of the other’s story, contains…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s Campaign Is Among the Worst in the Franchise

I have played nearly every Call of Duty campaign since Finest Hour in 2005. I’ve endured the trenches of World War II in gritty missions with Call of Duty 2 and World at War. I’ve stopped a traitor from deceiving the world in Modern Warfare 2, prevented a biochemical outbreak in Black Ops, taken down a private military corporation from controlling the nations in Advanced Warfare, and more. What can I say? These stories that Call of Duty’s developers have…

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