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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Switch)

The history of Kickstarter-funded video games isn't exactly full of success stories. For every Shovel Knight, there's a Mighty No. 9. Much like movie tie-ins, you do occasionally get good games from Kickstarter, but for the most part, you should exercise caution and keep the hype to a minimum. We still don't know whether Koji…

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The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (PC)

I thoroughly enjoyed Life is Strange, but given how it ended, I wasn't exactly screaming out for a sequel. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a free prologue tasked with getting us interested in whatever the hell is going to happen in Life is Strange 2. Well, mission accomplished. Captain Spirit wastes no time…

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Subsurface Circular (PC)

Subsurface Circular is a visual novel about talking to strangers on a train. Basically, a British person's worst nightmare. It ends up being a relaxing and thought-provoking experience where you talk to androids and solve a mystery without ever moving from your seat. At ninety minutes long, Subsurface Circular doesn't overstay its welcome and if…

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Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness DLC (PS4)

Far Cry 5's first piece of DLC—Hours of Darkness—shifts the focus to stealth with a reworked perked system that's an ideal fit for a short piece of DLC. Unfortunately, not much else has changed. Hours of Darkness feels like a fan-made mod for Far Cry 5. There's barely any story to speak of, no interesting…

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Detroit: Become Human (PS4)

Detroit: Become Human offers a fascinating glimpse into a possible future where the US is rife with prejudice and discrimination. A future where people are angry about the loss of job opportunities and direct that anger towards those they feel took their jobs. A future where politicians are in the pockets of large corporations, putting the…

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The Other Problem with that New York Times Article About Gamers

On May 2, 2017, The New York Times stated the following in an article about gamers: This quote was also included in a tweet which was rightly lambasted and laughed at by gamers and people with common sense. Stereotyping is rarely accurate or productive, especially when you're talking about 150 million people. For context, there are about 126…

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God of War (PS4)

"Ares, you tricked me into murdering my family. They weren't supposed to be among the completely innocent people I was brutally murdering for no reason." Yeah... the new GoW will have to go some way to make me give a shit about Kratos. https://t.co/dWjIbRIVBd — Chris Davis (@cdavis_games) March 26, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js That's a tweet…

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4)

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has everything it needs to be a great JRPG. There's a deep combat system, charming characters and environments, and an interesting fantasy premise. It could have been really good, maybe even great. Instead, Level-5 spread the quality too thin, mixing it with half-baked concepts such as skirmishes and kingdom…

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered (PS4)

*Free review copy provided by Ubisoft* Assassin's Creed Rogue has a relatable protagonist and an intriguing premise, so it's a shame that both are wasted on a mundane game that was churned out to drag a few more dollars from gamers who hadn't upgraded to the PS4/Xbox One generation. The mission structure is uninspired, you…

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Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS4)

*Review copy provided by publisher* Devil May Cry transitioned from being a Resident Evil sequel to one of the best new IPs on the Playstation 2. It inspired three sequels, a reboot, and the God of War and Bayonetta franchises. In other words, it's a series that has earned some respect. Unfortunately, this HD Collection is…

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Iconoclasts (PS4)

Fair warning: this review is longer than usual and descends into analysis territory at times. An earlier draft was much shorter, but I didn’t feel comfortable putting my criticisms out there without concrete examples. Despite spending a lot of time focusing on the negatives, I don’t hate Iconoclasts by any stretch. It’s average. Iconoclasts is…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (PS4)

Video games can—and indeed should—deal with sensitive subjects like mental illness. Celeste and Night in the Woods tackled depression, however including sensitive such topics carries an inherent risk and isn't something to be taken lightly. If the developer doesn’t do its research or messes up the implementation then the illness can come off as a…

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Ubisoft to Create More “Live Service” Games

Ubisoft's latest financial results provide further proof that major publishers are shifting from selling "traditional" $60 games to selling what Ubisoft refers to as "live service" games i.e. ones with recurring revenue streams. DLC, microtransactions, and loot boxes make money and a lot of it. When I was a wee lad, publishers made money by…

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a disappointing follow up to The New Order. The story in The New Colossus features two of the craziest scenes ever included in a video game, and yet for most of its fifteen hour campaign, the story meanders from destroyed city to destroyed city—and then back to the first destroyed city—as…

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Vita)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the follow-up to the crazy but delightful Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The original had me glued to my Vita the entire way through as I watched an evil animatronic teddy bear force a group of school children to murder each other. Goodbye Despair offers more of the same. There’s a bigger…

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Steins;Gate 0 (PS Vita)

Steins;Gate is my favorite visual novel and I recommend it to anyone. It’s a time travel story that makes as much sense as a time travel story ever can and includes a healthy dose of science to keep everything appropriately grounded. Steins;Gate’s “true ending” felt complete and it never occurred to me that we’d get…

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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…