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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo: Spartan Strike

    We took Halo: Spartan Strike – Microsoft's twin-stick shooter, which takes place around the events of Halo 2 – out for a spin. Did we have fun? See for yourself. In the game, you play as a Spartan supersoldier working through simulations of the events that took place during Halo 2. In... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy Record Keeper Is A Pixelated Trip Down Memory Lane

    I’m exploring the Mist Cave, complete with some of the classic enemies and score. At the end of the stage, my team is forced to do battle with the Mist Dragon, complete with his shifting mist form from FFIV. But this time, Cecil isn’t around – instead, Kain, Cloud, and a handful of... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Ideas For Nintendo On Mobile

    In light of Nintendo's announcement of a deal with DeNA for development of new Nintendo games on mobile platforms , we've went back to an earlier story on ways that the company's franchises could make the jump to mobile. [Original story published on January 24, 2014 at 04:36 PM] If you’ve... More
  • Blog Post: How I Completely Murdered Thaddius: A Hearthstone Love Story

    Despite not being a huge collectible card game fan, I completely fell in love with Hearthstone this year. Here's a recap of the ridiculous boss match that won my heart (again). One of the reasons I (along with everyone else) love Hearthstone so much is the sheer variety of unique abilities cards... More
  • Blog Post: Best iOS Games To Play Over The Holidays

    Whether you’re flying home to see friends and family, kicking back after a big meal by the fire, or just trying to avoid another one of grandma’s yarns about what life was like back in the Lincoln era, there’s a ton of great stuff on iOS to play while you’re enjoying all the trappings... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes

    Join Daniel Tack, Ben Reeves, and Jeff Marchiafava as they check out the new Hearthstone expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes! With over 120 new cards featuring mechs, pirates, and a smattering of iconic Warcraft universe heroes, this new addition to the digital card game is shaking things up in both constructed... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge 2014 – The Banner Saga

    I'm a big fan of strategy/RPGs, and I always regretted not having time to invest in The Banner Saga. That's why I gladly accepted Ben Reeves' challenge . Strategy/RPGs are a dime a dozen nowadays, and I love that developer Stoic incorporates choice as an extra layer of strategy. What I wasn't... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 2014 – Monument Valley

    When we put together our list of the top 50 games of the year, we don't distinguish between retail, downloadable, and mobile titles. A great game is a great game, regardless of its platform. The result of putting all games on one master list is that many smaller titles – and mobile games especially... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Capcom’s Ace Attorney Series

    Capcom's Ace Attorney has become a niche darling and is partially responsible for helping visual novel games catch on in the West. These games put you in the shoes of a defense attorney, finding clues and deducing information to put the right person behind bars. With fun gameplay, great humor, and... More
  • Blog Post: Smosh’s Ian And Anthony On Their Food Battle Video Game And YouTube Notoriety

    Smosh, founded by Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, is one of the most popular YouTube channels, period. Ian and Anthony define comedy entertainment for a young generation, and the two have decided to make a larger, much more involved video game than their previous release, Super Head Esploder X. Food Battle... More
  • Blog Post: Nanoloop, The Amazing Game Boy Music Creation Cartridge

    Recently, I was cleaning out my basement, and found an interesting bit of of video game history: one of the original Nanoloop Game Boy cartridges. I remember receiving this in the mail -- or at least grabbing it out of a pile of unopened Game Informer mail when I was an intern. It came as pictured, a... More
  • Blog Post: The 10 Best Strategy/RPGs You Can Purchase Now

    The strategy/RPG has always been a niche genre, which is ironic since it's a hybrid of two popular genres in Japan. Great series like Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Shining Force have no doubt put it on gamers' radar, but the genre is like a diamond in the rough with only a few releases... More
  • Blog Post: Terra Battle Is Stylish Mobile Strategy Fun

    When I heard that Mistwalker (The Last Story) and some of Final Fantasy’s finest developers were making a new game, naturally my interest was high. When I learned that it was going to be a free-to-play mobile game with monetization similar to Puzzle & Dragons, I was less excited. But you know... More
  • Blog Post: Osmo Update Lets Parents Create Word Games For Their Kids

    A few months ago, I wrote about Osmo , an edutainment product designed for kids. After clipping a special cap on the top of an iPad's camera, young players can tackle a variety of word games and other puzzle-oriented challenges. Today, Tangible Play has announced that it's giving parents, teachers... More
  • Blog Post: Peter Molyneux Thinks More Developers Should Go Free-To-Play

    Peter Molyneux created a number of well-known gaming franchises, such as Populous, Dungeon Keeper, and Fable, before leaving the big studios behind and starting his own indie developer, 22 Cans. Earlier this month, the studio launched Godus on iOS, which is currently working its way through early access... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Franchises That Went Mobile

    Certain games are practically guaranteed to be fun when they come out on conventional consoles, but dominating that realm isn’t always enough. Some publishers want to make a major splash in the mobile market with their biggest properties, not content to churn out silly companion apps. For instance... More
  • Blog Post: MMO On The Go? Clash of Clans and Clan Wars

    Supercell’s immensely popular mobile title Clash of Clans has long been the target of replication, from both a gameplay and monetization perspective. Traditional free-to-play time-gating makes the game easy to play for both casual once-a-day players and whales that want to rocket to the top quickly... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Games That Are Better On Handheld

    The original version of a great game is always special, but it doesn’t always provide the best or most complete experience. Remakes, ports, and special editions can add features and make tweaks, creating definitive versions that surpass the initial release. While that isn’t a rare event,... More
  • Blog Post: Free-To-Play Done Right: Six Lessons To Learn From Hearthstone

    For many gamers, nothing sucks the excitement and promise out of a title like the term "free-to-play." The monetization method has become synonymous with time gates, nagging messages, broken balancing, and other unnecessary burdens designed to maximize profit instead of entertainment . However... More
  • Blog Post: How I Went From Mocking CCGs To Loving Hearthstone

    I have never once even entertained the idea of playing a CCG. In fact, I just now had to Google what they were actually called because I used to refer to them as “that dorky elf crap that nerds play with cards.” As someone that’s not a fan of fantasy stuff in general, I assumed that... More
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