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The Evil Within Review

2014 was an interesting year for horror games. Dying Light, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and several indie titles were pretty big highlights, but surprises like Alien: Isolation and P.T. were unexpected in how they seemed to buck the recent trend of “actionizing” this genre by reintroducing old school mechanics and/or toning down gameplay to make foes scarier, have players be more methodical in gathering supplies and navigating levels, and whatnot, which fairly recent poster boys for the genre like Dead…

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The Order: 1886 Review

Here Lies Order in Disorder There’s this thing about the loud voices of gamers: If you listen to what they say about any given video game without delving deeper into what might really be going on with something, you might be needlessly deceived. An example? The Order: 1886 was bombarded with negativity because it runs at 30 frames-per-second and is presented in a letterbox format for “cinematic quality” (there are black bars on the top and bottom of the screen,…

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Review

What a Wunderbar World If there’s one thing I can claim to be a decent expert on, it’s on the first-person shooter genre. I’ve played a wide variety of them since I was around 11 years old and can point out minute details in and specific game mechanical variations between every one. I feel the difference in the nebulous “heaviness” of a character I’m playing as in a Halo or Killzone title. I notice small, inconsequential idle animations, and other…

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review – A Touching and Tragic Tale of Two Sons

It had been quite a while since I bought an Indie game from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, let alone the last time I turned on my Xbox 360. However, among titles such as Bastion, Halo 4, and Alan Wake, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of those rare instances that turns me away from my PS3 to give my Xbox 360 some needed – albeit short-lived – attention. However, I did not expect my experience to be marked…

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The Last of Us Review – The Best Has Been Saved For Last

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but Naughty Dog has taken a gradual, downward spiral in terms of how the tone of their games has been over time. Crash Bandicoot had all the pleasant, kid-friendly strangeness of Mario games with a preposterous setting built around fun platforming. Jak and Daxter is set in a cartoonish, sci-fi fantasy universe, but things such as its violence, humor, and stories are noticeably geared to a slightly more mature players (early teenagers)…

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Darksiders II Review – Vigil Games’ Death Was Not In Vain

Darksiders 1 is an enjoyable experience with a standout cast of diverse characters, biblically/mythically inspired story, excellent choices for voice acting, unbelievably fantastic art direction, and is just simple fun with the hack-and-slash/puzzle solving/platforming gameplay. I know this game was the product of a bunch of passionate people that poured all their creativity into it, but certain things hold DS1 back from greatness. To name a few, there isn’t much replay value or side-content to delve into (excluding the fact…

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Dishonored Review – Worthy of Honor

With a bold new IP in hand among a slew of renowned AAA franchises, Arkane Studios has set out to make a name for themselves with Dishonored. Even though they have little to their name, their intriguing vision has had gamers excited for months to see the city of Dunwall through the eyes of Corvo Attano: an unstoppable assassin on a request for revenge after he’s blamed for the death of the empress he protected. The way he enacts that…

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