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  • White Night Review

    I'm not a fan of jump scares. I find them cheap and ineffective. Five Nights at Freddy's did nothing for me, Outlast got me two or three times. I prefer the crushing despair of I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream or the tension of P.T., the scariest game I've ever played. It's the suspense that gets me, and White Night gets it right.

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    White Night released quietly on Xbox One (the platform I played it on; it's also available on PlayStation 4 and PC) on March 6. The game itself is toned down from what usually constitutes a "horror game" nowadays, so perhaps the suddenness... More
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2  belongs in 2006. Back then it would’ve been widely regarded as a good superhero game by most critics. Its flaws wouldn’t be as noticeable. People would still be playing it now and even though other, better superhero games released after it, nostalgia would carry it on the wings of good grace.

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    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 belongs in 2006. Back then it would’ve been widely regarded as a good superhero game by most critics. Its flaws wouldn’t be as noticeable. People would still be playing it now and even though other, better superhero... More
  • Yoshi's New Island Review

    When a platformer is attached to the Nintendo name it’s also attached to certain expectations. Nintendo is the king of the platformer and should be able to pull them off blindfolded at this point. Yoshi’s New Island,  the fourth sequel to Yoshi’s Island,  which itself was a sequel (Super Mario World 2), was obviously handled mostly by game developer Arzest, with nary a hint of Nintendo’s magic to be found. The original was beautiful and imaginative, and it has stood the test of time. Its follow-ups have not, suffering from a severe case of sequelitis even in their own time. Yoshi’s New Island  is a step up from previous efforts, but it never comes close to being anything more than “meh”.

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    I Miss My Super Nintendo When a platformer is attached to the Nintendo name it’s also attached to certain expectations. Nintendo is the king of the platformer and should be able to pull them off blindfolded at this point. Yoshi’s New Island... More
  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode Two - Smoke and Mirrors Review

     

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    Better Things to Come Telltale Games have “Telltale” in their name for a reason. They are the current champions of storytelling in video games. No other game development companies contain writers that are as consistently solid as Telltale... More
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Review

    Portable Batman games have…not been good, to say the least. I shudder now as I recall having played Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker  on Game Boy Color, which ranks right up there as being one of the worst games ever created. Before the Arkham  series, his console exploits weren’t really all that great either (I did enjoy Batman Begins and Batman: The Brave and the Bold,  though). Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate  is meant to be a companion to its console brethren, Batman: Arkham Origins.  It’s not a very memorable experience.

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    Batman: Vent Inspector Portable Batman games have…not been good, to say the least. I shudder now as I recall having played Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker on Game Boy Color, which ranks right up there as being one of the worst games ever created... More
  • The Bridge Review

     

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    A Puzzle Wrapped in an Enigma Wrapped in Another Puzzle Jonathan Blow’s Braid is one of the best games available on Xbox Live Arcade. It’s also one of the best games ever period. Its brilliant narrative structure and ingenious level design... More
  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode One - Faith Review

    Anyhow, in the first episode a fable is murdered, and Bigby is on the case! He’s tasked with questioning other fables about where they were on the night of the murder, what they might have seen, etc., and he just might have to use force. His alter ego may or may not make an appearance, but I won’t spoil anything. I don’t want to spoil anything about this story, which may sound nonsensical, but isn’t actually thanks to Bill Willingham, the creator of Fables,  who made sure everything about the Fables  world was interesting in his ingenious comics. The game has captured that interesting nature perfectly. Faith  is captivating from its shocking start to its REALLY shocking conclusion.

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    Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Telltale Games brought the graphic adventure back into relevancy last year with the The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead was a perfect marriage of gameplay and narrative, so much so that everyone started ignoring... More
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Review

    Dream a Little Dream

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    Dream a Little Dream 17 years have passed since the release of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, which is kind of unbelievable. It’s because of that game that the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series exist. Mario & Luigi: Dream... More
  • Pandora's Tower Review

    Taking down the various minor enemies in Pandora’s Tower is usually an easy task, but bosses are an entirely different story. Aeron must constantly utilize the Oraclos Chain during boss battles, and players will have to hold down the B button while performing pulling and snatching motions with the Wiimote to drain each of the tower masters’ health bars. When the health bars are depleted players must perform one last attack with the Oraclos Chain, an attack that rips out the master’s heart. Aeron must then deliver the heart to Elena, who hesitatingly eats it. Figuring out each of the Shadow of the Colossus-esque bosses’ weaknesses is fun, and ripping out their hearts is always awesome and satisfying.

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    Ascend! Pandora’s Tower should have released in North America sooner. It came out in Japan in 2011. Europe and Australia got it last year. It’s the type of game that could have carried the Wii during those dull months Nintendo allowed the... More
  • Diablo III (PS3) Review

    I Want It All and I Want It Now

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    I Want It All and I Want It Now Hey, remember Baldur’s Gate and its sequel, Shadows of Amn ? Remember how awesome those games were? I do. I also remember when Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance was announced, and how a lot of people were complaining... More
  • LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins Review

    Not a Good Way to Begin the Chase, Chase

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    Not a Good Way to Begin the Chase, Chase I have a soft spot in my heart for LEGO games. I know they’re simplistic, silly and primarily for children, but I’ve still had hours of fun with Traveller’s Tales’ most successful franchise... More
  • Killer Is Dead Review

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    The Man on the Moon

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    The Man on the Moon "Suda51" is a name that's synonymous with "strange". Goichi Suda has been involved with the creation of some of the oddest games to have ever been released, from killer7 to No More Heroes to Shadows of the Damned... More
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