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  • Blog Post: Matthew Kato's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    I've been playing games for many years now, and I couldn't be more fond of the last console generation. It doesn't have the excitement of the new systems nor the romance of past golden eras, but when I look back on the last generation of gaming I feel like we've experienced a high point... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: The Madness Of Far Cry 4

    A good open world is about more than just the map's size and its number of missions. The world has to feel like one – complete with A.I. and an environment that feels natural. Far Cry 4 definitely has this; proving itself with a bizarre and amusing series of events. Walking along the countryside... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Please Accept Our Apologies: DLC Doesn’t Cut It

    A sincere apology can go a long way, and these days publishers and developers have had to say a lot of them to gamers over botched launches. As we're finding out more and more, launch day isn't the end of the game's development. Instead, it's just another step in a title's continuing... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge 2014 – Monument Valley

    I heard a little bit about Monument Valley before I recently played it for our Top 50 Challenge, so although I didn't know what exactly to expect gameplay-wise, I was intrigued. After playing the game, I can understand why people are talking about Monument Valley. Learn more about Game Informer's... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Being Excited For Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    So far I don't think Konami nor Kojima has done a great job with the marketing and publicity behind Metal Gear Solid V. Don't get me wrong: I found the Phantom Pain prank humorous if transparent, but for some gamers Konami has lost the PR war with its strategy to release MGS V: Ground Zeroes... More
  • Blog Post: A Nintendo 3DS Mea Culpa

    With the recent news that the Nintendo 3DS was the best-selling system ( according to NPD ) for the year, I'm here to admit I was wrong about it – I didn't think it would take off for various reasons. It appears I was looking at the wrong variables, once again proving that handhelds have... More
  • Blog Post: They Still Make Those?

    Somewhere between the one-hit wonder games and the popular franchises we all know and love lies a few series that soldier on in relative obscurity. Here's a brief list of some games from franchises you may have thought were no longer around, but actually have releases slated for 2014. I'm not... More
  • Blog Post: Kato's Titles That Excite In 2014

    It's always fun to catch the buzz on a game. You discover details on a title and your mind starts to explore all the possibilities and where the game is going to take you. So far, 2014 looks to be another year capable of filling us with such wonder. Here's a list of titles I'm earmarking... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Tapping Into Potential

    I'm usually pretty careful of looking before I leap and gettin a new system. Problem is, I feel like more and more like I am not able to make the purchase I really want as we move into the future. I was recently thinking about getting a Vita. Oddly enough, this thought was mainly manufactured because... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Telltale’s Approach To Game Of Thrones

    I was more than pleasantly surprised when HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones turned out to not only be competent, but a good experience in its own right that complements the property and offers its own merits. Now Telltale Game is taking a turn at the trough with a game... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Gunpoint

    Upon learning that Gunpoint is a side-scrolling noir puzzle title, I was a little skeptical. I didn't want the noir to be too campy, and I hoped the puzzles would be interesting enough to hold my interest – and I'm not a big puzzle gamer. Thankfully, Gunpoint is an engrossing enough game... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Papers, Please

    Choice in video games is often a black or white construct around being good or bad. Thankfully, Papers, Please is a title that explores the grey void where such simplistic labels do not apply. Even though you're a paper-pushing bureaucrat with limited gameplay options available to you, the game does... More
  • Blog Post: Quitting Assassin's Creed (For The Moment)

    I only played the beginning of the first Assassin's Creed title before losing interest. I don't remember turning away from it in disgust; I probably just got absorbed in something else more interesting at the time. I was slightly surprised, then, when I became excited for Assassin's Creed... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: What Kind Of Consoles Are We Getting At Launch?

    Many gamers are excited by what the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are capable of. It's sad then that at launch they won't be getting the systems they think they are. We've gotten used to games being updated after release to fix problems or even enable features, but the fact that Microsoft and... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The End is Nigh For EA Sports' College Football Franchise

    The NCAA is living on borrowed time. The association overseeing college athletics is in the legal wringer for its long-held rule of not letting college athletes receive compensation. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, this turmoil is having an effect on the video game world. The NCAA has severed... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    There's often something undefinable about the games that we truly love; a quality that isn't captured by logic. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is on many gamers' lists of favorite games, and like me, you've likely spent a great amount of time doing any number of things in Skyrim's world... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The High Barrier To Entry Of Video Games

    I can't believe that more people don't play video games. When I think of all the fun times I've had playing games, I'm surprised that more people don't want to join our ranks. Then I think about the high barrier to entry for home console gaming, and I realize it's no wonder more... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Am I Playing This Right?

    We usually have a good idea of what we're supposed to do when we play games. Shoot the bad guys. Score more points than your opponent. Craft and quest. And yet, why do we feel lost? It's a very common occurrence in this office – and I'm sure you've had a similar experience with... More
  • Blog Post: A Season Full Of Games

    Let's face it: The spring release schedule this year was all about the release of BioShock Infinite. But since that's now out, let's not forget that there are plenty of other good new releases to dig into. Whether you've beaten BioShock Infinite and are looking for something else to play... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Out Of This World

    Out of This World is one of my most memorable video game experiences for a variety of reasons. Being thrust into its alien world, figuring out its puzzles, and having a wild adventure with friends both in and outside of the game made it a title I fondly recall. There is a blemish on my memory of it,... More
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