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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…