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  • The best 5 games I played in 2017

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    I played a lot of great games this year. Despite all the shenanigans around single-player games and loot boxes, the gaming industry put out several great works of art. Since the best part of December is end-of-year lists, I rounded up my favorites.

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    I played a lot of great games this year. Despite all the shenanigans around single-player games and loot boxes, the gaming industry put out several great works of art. Since the best part of December is end-of-year lists, I rounded up my favorites. Take... More
  • The two original sins of Battlefront II

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    So this week has not been great for Battlefront II. Players are boycotting, canceling preorders and starting a storm on the Battlefront subreddit. They’re mad that the final game is a player-unfriendly mess of loot boxes.

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    So this week has not been great for Battlefront II. Players are boycotting, canceling preorders and starting a storm on the Battlefront subreddit. They’re mad that the final game is a player-unfriendly mess of loot boxes. The reviewers seem to agree... More
  • There was a surprising amount of loot box news this week

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    Like the title says, there was a surprising amount of loot box news this week. Battlefront II, Need For Speed: Payback and Hearthstone are all in the news for their random crates. Unfortunately, not a lot of the news is good. Anyway, check it out below.

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    I've been wanting to do a regular email newsletter, and loot boxes have never been more relevant, so I started a new one called Loot Box Hell . It is still a work in progress and I'm not sure what needs improving. The good people at Game Informer... More
  • Japanese game developers understand the value of ignoring their audience

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    Nintendo and other Japanese game developers (who have really had a renaissance this year with Persona 5, Nioh and Resident Evil 7) understand something their Western counterparts do not.

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    With the recent release of Super Mario Odyssey , Nintendo has pulled off a seemingly impossible feat. In one year, the company released one of the best Zelda games ever made and one of the best 3D Marios ever . Considering the time and talent both franchises... More
  • Everything about Visceral's closing is wrong

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    For a fan of a certain kind of video game, Visceral's shutdown couldn't be more bleak. From Game Informer's news post:

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    For a fan of a certain kind of video game, Visceral's shutdown couldn't be more bleak. From Game Informer's news post : Work on the game will slowly wind down at Visceral as EA shutters the studio and will transfer to EA Vancouver, who had... More
  • The SNES Classic's greatest flaw

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    The SNES Classic looks great. The 16-bit era has a lot of games that have aged well. Looking at the list of games on the Classic is basically perusing all-time gaming classics. Taken altogether, it's an almost complete snapshot of the SNES's great games.

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    The SNES Classic looks great. The 16-bit era has a lot of games that have aged well. Looking at the list of games on the Classic is basically perusing all-time gaming classics. Taken altogether, it's an almost complete snapshot of the SNES's great... More
  • Resident Evil 7 is the answer to the plague of filler content

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    Modern video games are getting boring. It's a trend you see across genres and franchises. Developers seem to think if a game is longer, that means it's better. I get why they do it- players love feeling like they're getting good value for their money. If you're a kid with only a little disposable income, wouldn't you spend your $60 on the game that lasts longest?

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    Modern video games are getting boring. It's a trend you see across genres and franchises. Developers seem to think if a game is longer , that means it's better . I get why they do it- players love feeling like they're getting good value for... More
  • 4 reasons Metroid: Samus Returns is worth your time, and 1 reason it's not

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    It's been said elsewhere, but if you play this game, try to do it with the 3D on and using headphones.

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    This June during E3, I saw a headline that made my mind grind to a halt. I couldn't process what I was reading. I read it, quickly scanned the top paragraph of the story, then read the headline again. Insane. It's been nearly 15 years since the... More
  • Exploring Old Tombs with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

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    I had it lined up perfectly. There was another platform maybe five feet away. Beneath it, hundreds of feet of falling water crashing into the sharp rocks at the bottom. All I had to do was make the jump. Then things went off the rails. The rocks beneath me began to crack, and I took off running. A last second leap from the falling boulder took me across the gap, where I grabbed the edge of the rock by the tip of my fingers. 

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    I had it lined up perfectly. There was another platform maybe five feet away. Beneath it, hundreds of feet of falling water crashing into the sharp rocks at the bottom. All I had to do was make the jump. Then things went off the rails. The rocks beneath... More
  • Why the New Smash Bros Could Be the Best

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    Hit stun is the best part of the new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U. Forget the new characters. You don’t need new stages. Hit stun is the biggest change Nintendo made, and it’s awesome. 

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    Hit stun is the best part of the new Super Smash Bros game for Wii U. Forget the new characters. You don’t need new stages. Hit stun is the biggest change Nintendo made, and it’s awesome. Most casual players wouldn’t know what hit stun... More
  • Game Development Can’t Go On Like This

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    When Ubisoft made headlines this week, it was for all the wrong reasons.

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    When Ubisoft made headlines this week, it was for all the wrong reasons. The French gaming publisher aimed high this Christmas season and released two Assassin’s Creed games on the same day. It should have been a major coup for the company, something... More
  • Who Knew You Could Recruit Morinth in Mass Effect 2?

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    The surprise hit me when I was browsing an old Game Informer. It came out a couple months after Mass Effect 2 and had a flow chart describing how to save your teammates during the suicide mission. Only something was off about Samara's entry. 

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    The surprise hit me when I was browsing an old Game Informer. It came out a couple months after Mass Effect 2 and had a flow chart describing how to save your teammates during the suicide mission. Only something was off about Samara's entry. "Samara... More
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