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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, 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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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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Published, Reviews, TechRaptor

Resident Evil 7: Banned Footage Vol. 2 – Review

Depending on the initial meal, leftovers can be inferior or better the second time around. It can be consumed the same way to play it safe, but it can also be prepared differently with some new ingredients to mix things up. The latter applies to Resident Evil 7‘s DLC as it attempts to handle the core tone and gameplay while reimagining it with fresh ideas. Banned Footage Vol. 1specifically addresses this by putting greater emphases on puzzles and tough combat…

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Resident Evil 7: Banned Footage Vol. 1 – Review

Resident Evil 7 is a perfect example of how to innovate with a franchise while retaining its core legacy. Slow, deliberate movement, limited supplies, meaningful backtracking, tense atmospheres – elements like these are core pillars to the survival horror series. It’s universally acknowledged that the two previous Resident Evil games abandoned them to varying degrees of severity, which catered to the en vogue, generic tastes of the gaming marketplace. Instead of playing it safe like the solid Revelations spin-offs, Resident Evil 7 circles…

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Parasite Eve – Review

I was introduced to the wide world of video games through my dad with a PlayStation console and Crash Bandicoot. These were the foundations upon which I began my lifelong journey as a gaming aficionado, but I’d be remiss to not mention the “Interactive CD Sampler Pack: Volume 8” disc I owned, which introduced me to my favorite 3D platformer series: the Spyro the Dragon trilogy. Other demos were featured that I played several times over, such as portions of…

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Umbrella Corps – Review

Being loyal to a franchise’s roots and formula is a tricky thing to manage. Veer too close and people will cry out concerns of stagnation and lack of innovation. Stray too far and they’ll say it isn’t worthy of the series’ name. Whether this involves direct sequels or spin-offs, the amorphous goal of striding between faithfulness and evolution is difficult. This particular scribe thinks that Resident Evil 5 is a solid demonstration of hitting these two goals that appeases new…

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