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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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Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition Review

When THQ went bankrupt two years ago, we feared the worst for our favourite franchise that the publisher produced: Darksiders. It’s an underrated yet fantastic hack and slash series inspired by God of War and The Legend of Zelda, and just a year before THQ’s collapse, you could say the company released one of its most ambitious, high quality titles with Darksiders II, which we believe improved on the original game in nearly every area. Naturally, when we discovered that…

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

It’s natural to be sceptical about licensed video games, and everyone has the right to feel this way about them, especially when a blockbuster-sized one comes around with a burden of expectations and hype to live up to, despite having a broad ancestry of mediocre releases. Of course, we’re referring to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and the many Lord of the Rings titles before it. Much of this problem could be attributed to the Tolkien Estate, which has been difficult…

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Mind Zero Review

Without a doubt, Mind Zero appears to be a genuinely high quality JRPG. It has an enticingly sleek art direction, an atypical twist on its familiar gameplay, a diverse cast of characters, and a promising story premise, so we were naturally impressed by the brainpower that must have gone into the game. But as we delved a little deeper into the core experience, we were left craving far more creativity and depth to bolster the otherwise great potential that this…

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Academic Work, High Point University

Theory & Criticism of Games – Reviewing the Visuals of Pokémon X and Y

Just as Pokémon has evolved over time with developer Game Freak expanding upon, improving, and perfecting its classic game formula, the visuals of every title have increased in quality as well, adequately showing off the power of Nintendo’s handheld consoles over time. From 1996 to 2012, We’ve played from an overhead perspective with 8-bit, black and white, pixelated graphics to a pseudo-3D perspective with colored graphics that have a higher pixel density, making way for fully animated Pokémon (versus the…

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars Review

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is one of the strangest games that you’ll ever play. Its premise – which, in essence, revolves around mating – provides an odd starting point, but get past this and you’ll find a surprisingly enjoyable excursion that’s only really let down by repetition and some unnecessarily sexual content. Read the full review on Push Square by clicking here!

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Rollers of the Realm Review (PS4)

There are some unusual mash-ups of game genres out there that are either smashing successes or faltering failures. There are RPG third-person shooters like Mass Effect, hack-‘n’-slash action RPGs such as Darksiders II, and then there’s something like Destiny, an MMORPG open world first-person…well, you get the gist of what we’re saying. Whenever game developers attempt to mix things up, their projects turn into riskier wild cards, as it’s tough to predict how gamers will respond to the end result….

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