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SteamWorld Dig 2 (PS4)

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a beautiful and charming game with a satisfying mixture of exploration, puzzles, and mildly challenging platforming. The more treasure you collect, the more abilities you unlock, which in turn, lets you collect even more treasure. It’s a simple yet addictive loop that pushed me forward until I beat the final boss.…

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Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4)

With Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft has made wholesale changes to its most popular franchise. There’s a new combat system that feels more like For Honor than Arkham Asylum, side quests with meaty stories like those in The Witcher 3, and a loot system ripped straight from Destiny. You can even hide in tall grass like,…

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Doki Doki Literature Club (PC)

“I can’t tell you anything about Doki Doki Literature Club. Just play it.” “It starts slow, but it’s totally worth it.” “You have to play this blind to get the full experience. It’s like nothing else I’ve ever played.” That is how people talk about Doki Doki Literature Club. Everyone wants you to play the…

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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC (PS4)

Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the best games released this year. It had a unique post-apocalyptic story told through strong characters and excellent writing, a visually stunning world populated by machines ranging from small animals to massive dinosaurs, and a relatively deep combat system that let you feel like an expert hunter. Horizon Zero…

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proves two things about the Uncharted series: One, Uncharted games do not need Nathan Drake. Two, Uncharted games do need an overhaul from the ground up. I love most of the characters in this series. I love the writing—which is largely unparalleled in the video game industry—and I love going on…

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

Early 3D platformers don’t stand the test of time. That’s the general consensus and it’s easy to build up a compelling list of examples to prove the thesis. Bubsy, Gex, and Croc all tried to jump into the third dimension and they all misjudged the landing thanks to poor controls and terrible cameras. Playing those…

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The Sexy Brutale (PS4)

The Sexy Brutale is a murder mystery game where the mystery is not figuring out who did the crime, but figuring out how to stop it. It's the first game from Cavalier Game Studios, an independent studio created by former Lionhead Studios developers, and made in conjunction with Tequila Works. https://youtu.be/4YZeHaYobKk In The Sexy Brutale,…

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Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Horizon Zero Dawn is the first game in recent memory where I’ve been thrown into a post-apocalyptic future and actually believed in the world around me. Horizon places you 1,000 years into the future, when humanity has been reduced to tribal societies, and machines roam the land. The concept sounds far-fetched and yet every minute I…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4)

My first five hours with Mass Effect: Andromeda weren’t just disappointing, they were flat-out bad. I rarely went ten minutes without encountering a glitch such as floating enemies or huge frame rate drops. The characters were dull and their dialogue cringe-inducing. My mission log filled up with pointless fetch quests, and the user interface seemed…

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Battlefield 1 (PS4)

DICE has done something new with its Battlefield franchise and it isn’t about to let you forget it. On booting up Battlefield 1 for the first time, you’re thrown straight into a horrifying single-player prologue that sees you struggling—and eventually failing—to survive against an onslaught of enemy soldiers. It’s a not-so-subtle attempt to demonstrate the…

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4)

Crystal Dynamics gave the Tomb Raider series a much-needed shot in the arm with 2013’s Tomb Raider. Truth be told, it didn’t feel much like the Tomb Raider games I remember from the late nineties, but given the countless failed attempts to move the franchise into the 21st Century, that is perhaps for the best.…