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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, well-paying job is like grinding your way toward beating a seemingly insurmountable boss. You acquire new skills, buff your stats, and slowly learn the ins and outs of your arch-nemesis. It may take ages and dozens of restarts, but you’ll eventually get there if you persevere…maybe, especially if the boss in question is from the Souls series. The same kind of…

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Published, Reviews, TechRaptor

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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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Metrico+ – Review

While Sony may not give the PlayStation Vita much love these days, others have set out to do so over the years to prove the handheld’s worth. Digital Dreams was one such developer who exclusively released its debut title Metrico on the neglected platform in 2014. It received both glowing and scathing remarks for varying reasons, but if one consensus could be reached, it was that the game had unique ideas to offer with its level design and unconventional use…

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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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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Gunslugs (Vita) Review

Gunslugs offers the promptest path to a dose of explosive Rambo-esque action on the PlayStation Store. When you first boot up this 2D side-scrolling shooter, you’ll be greeted to an electrifying arcade song and the image of an 8-bit inspired military agent decked out in a facemask. A dead ringer for famous cartoon ladies’ man Johnny Bravo, you’ll control this yellow-haired hero through randomly generated levels replete with enemies, weapons, obstacles, and more. But does this smartphone port by Orangepixel…

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Sound Shapes – Review

Sound Shapes wastes no time introducing you to its mechanics. As soon as you boot up the game, you’re greeted to a minimalistic environment, a turntable, and an adorable, sticky blob that you control. As you are prompted to jump to the next section of this tutorial stage, you see a coin-like object. Once you make contact with it, it emits a single note, and then you discover something: the more of these tokens that you obtain, the more a…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Trine 2: Complete Story – Review

How would you sum up a typical children’s fantasy story? Perhaps words like whimsical, imaginative, and magical come to mind. For some reason, fairy tales have this strange ability to captivate the minds of not just children, but adults as well, because they bring out feelings of wonder and longing for adventure. Trine 2: Complete Story attempts to invoke these feelings with its colourful, detailed graphics, platforming and puzzle-solving gameplay, and a simple story based on classic fantasy lore. However,…

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