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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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Published, Push Square, Reviews

The Evil Within 2 Review

There’s a certain genius to madness. That’s especially true for crafting superb survival horror that balances the irrational and bizarre with careful consideration. The Evil Within, which put players in a psychopath’s mind-made reality, was one such example. There was tension-inducing enemy encounters amid erratic pacing. Calling it a diamond in the rough is more than apt, but after a few years of polishing and cutting, the gem takes the form of a sequel. The Evil Within 2 is more refined with its…

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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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E.R. (Concise), Personal, Reviews

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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E.R. (Concise), Personal, Reviews

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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A.D.P. (In-Depth), Personal, Reviews

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – A.D.P. Review

There can be a subtle difference between “bad” and “disappointing.” People like to conflate the two words, but whenever the former encapsulates something for me, it’s usually said with no holds barred. A video game that’s bad simply doesn’t receive any sympathy from me, which usually contains flawed design, generic gameplay, and/or a poorly written story. However, there can be another game with aspects like these that’s more disappointing than it is bad, which is primarily determined by how much…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – The Bright Lord DLC Review

Over the several months since its release, minor pieces of DLC have been released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, but the prized package that fans have been clamouring for is The Bright Lord. This short campaign story puts you in the armoured boots of the legendary Celebrimbor: the Elf wraith that Talion is bound to throughout the main story, which granted him his supernatural abilities. Down the line of the narrative, it’s revealed that Celebrimbor actually fought Sauron during the…

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