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E.R. (Concise), Personal, Reviews

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 vehicle, stopping to refill the tank and stock up on potions and fishing tackles from the roadside convenience store. After coming back outside, I noticed a short hiking trail nearby that seemed like it met with a massive river just under a mile away. Why not see if there’s a fishing spot? I strode down the peaceful path with my friends….

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Hyper Light Drifter – E.R. Review

If you’re meeting a potential client or applying for a pivotal job, you’ve probably had someone tell you there are no second chances for a first impression. It’s one of those canned adages we roll our eyes at, but sometimes the most prominent clichés never lose their relevance. Anyone can tell you that these moments of first contact can change the course of history. An inconsequential one-off could spell the difference between a stranger remaining just that or becoming a…

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – E.R. Review (+Video)

Video games that become cult hits are called that for a reason. They may aim for a narrow audience or be riddled with flaws that can’t be ignored, but they’re saved by excelling in certain areas with innovative, eccentric ideas that rare few games can boast. Deadly Premonition, Catherine, American McGee’s Alice, EarthBound, and even Demon’s Souls are differing examples, with some exhibiting major issues or very little and others being remembered for their unique stories or bizarre yet memorable…

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Quantum Break – E.R. Review (+Video)

Remedy Entertainment is known for taking its time with video game development, and Quantum Break is not an exception in breaking this reputation. Having released the wonderfully bizarre Alan Wake in 2010, the Xbox One exclusive (well, sort of) has a lot to live up to, particularly in the storytelling department. Since there’s a high-budget TV show produced around the game that’s interwoven and influenced by in-game decisions, it’s a sure indicator that this Finnish developer has potentially realized a…

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Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake – E.R. Review

You know that amazing moment when something just clicks? If you’re a writer, it’s like when you’ve finally figured out the perfect points to bolster your article’s topic. If you’re an artist, it’s the moment when you’ve discovered another artist or a stylistic concept that will help guide and shape your work to greater heights. Whatever you might do, it’s simply that illuminating second where you shout “Eureka!” and realize that what you’ve just learned will be highly influential in…

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Metal Gear – E.R. Review

You know who Hideo Kojima is, and let me tell you, he’s always been enthralled by cinema. It blatantly reflects in his philosophy as a video game developer, whether it be using characters’ names from 2001: A Space Odyssey, including lines from 1984, being directly inspired by character designs in Terminator, or taking cinematographic cues from 24, Kojima gives meaning to the adage that “nothing is original.” Indeed, before he even made Metal Gear, it was a movie that pushed…

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