The Last Jedi and Balance

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are thoroughly discussed here. You’ve been warned . . . Rey doesn’t...

Minding My Manners: Nine Examples of Odd Etiquette Reflected in How I Play Videogames

It’s a surreal sight. I immediately recall Matthew 14:22-33 as I saunter across the gray waters of Moonside Lake...

In The Mood: Game Genres To Play For All Seasons Of Life

When you decide to bank your career aspirations on videogame journalism, the climb to break through with a full-time,...

Valor and Sacrifice in Call of Duty: WWII

In the wake of Veterans Day, I’ve found myself thinking about Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss. Doss was...

Call of Duty: WWII Review

Each Call of Duty since Modern Warfare 2 has put the player in higher positions of power. Whether you’re the unspoken, do-it-all heroes...
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The Evil Within 2 – Preview

The Evil Within was an overlooked survival horror gem. It may have been rough around the edges with some performance and gameplay issues, but it was a much-appreciated return to old survival-horror design philosophies. Scarce ammo, unforgiving difficulty, intentionally limiting controls – elements like these filled the void that Resident Evil had failed to capture until earlier this year with Resident Evil 7. Now, The Evil Within 2 challenges Capcom’s spot for best survival-horror game of 2017. It’s nearly identical to its predecessor with mechanics and…

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Metroid: Samus Returns Review

Samus Aran has been in retirement. It’s not only been seven years since her last major game (the controversial Metroid: Other M) but also nearly twice as long since her own 2D platforming title. After the general disaster that surrounded Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Nintendo’s long-winded reluctance to approach the legendary franchise makes a bit of sense, but E3 2017’s announcements of both Metroid Prime 4 and a Metroid II: Return of Samus remake demonstrated that the company is mustering up the confidence to do right by…

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Peach Beach Splash Review

Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash wears its heart on its, er, bras and bikinis with unabashed aplomb. It’s the purest kind of ecchi content you could possibly imagine, arguably upping the ante for the game series with a cast of over 30 well-endowed women soaking each other with water guns. To say that things get wet and wild is an understatement, especially when considering how different this third-person shooter entry is from past instalments that have focused on action gameplay akin…

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Destiny 2 and Dependence

From destroying Wizards that came from the Moon to preventing the spread of SIVA, players that persevered in the original Destiny always rose to the top. Some Guardians with perfected Light levels even made some of the toughest Raids and Nightfall Strikes look like child’s play, in part by having the very best weapons and gear available. I may have struggled with some of the game’s hardest challenges, but I got a taste of the empowerment that pro players experienced when I…

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Sparc Review

As I figuratively stepped into the world of Sparc, I could instantly tell it would own up to its inspiration. It unabashedly apes the concept surrounding TRON‘s iconic disc battles but does so with a sense of class and faithfulness that lets you live out movie scenes in the comfort of your own home. After tossing glowing balls back and forth in digitized neon hallways for a while, I can conclude that this is one of those rare virtual reality games that simply works…

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Absolver Review

When you go into a fighting game, you expect your character to have a predefined list of moves. It’s just a matter of taking time to memorize them and making out viable combos that prove to be the main learning curves. Once you’ve generally mastered these steps, you observe which characters are strong or weak against your own and deal with them accordingly. Absolver throws this expectation to the ground as a 3D fighting game in a class all its own. You’re…

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Call of Duty WWII – Preview

Interestingly enough, we had a lot of positive things to say about Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s multiplayer when it was going through its beta. We liked how it was a middle ground between the so-called “boots on the ground” playstyle and Advanced Warfare’s twitchy, movement-based skill. However, we came to loathe the multiplayer a few weeks after the game’s launch. Everybody was still finding their footing during the beta, so it felt different and exciting. But the final product turned into a…

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