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Game Review: Dyscourse

Game Review: Dyscourse

Dyscourse surprised me, because I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it when I got started; the idea of a narrative-focused plane crash survival game excited me, and based on the game’s trailer (and the little bit I had read about the game) I leapt right into it. Upon entering the game, however, I realized it was rather different from what I was expecting, and I thought the game would be, well… Lame. After playing through the game once, I liked it for what it was, and after subsequent playthroughs, I really came to appreciate Dyscourse. So, what is Dyscourse? Simply put, it’s... Read On

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Game Review: Apotheon

Game Review: Apotheon

Apotheon is a game that I had been chomping at the bit to play. Part Greek adventure, part action platformer, I was truly hoping for the best. I witnessed Apotheon’s hopeful maiden voyage in February, and immediately knew that it would be on my list. Especially when I downloaded it for free at launch. Long story short, games like Apotheon which fall into my hard drive free of charge, shouldn’t get a pass when it comes to my judgement, but they do. So, keep that bias in mind as I do my best to be objective. The first thing I always notice... Read On

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Movie Review: Inside Out

Movie Review: Inside Out

A look inside the mind of an 11 year old girl is a lot more engaging than what is on the surface in Pixar's newest hit Inside Out. Read On

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Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

This anime proposes a simple question; is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon? The short answer; yes, the long answer; maybe, it depends. With the short name DanMachi (for Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka in Japanese), IWPGD is based on a light novel series of the same name written by Fujino Ōmori and follows a familiar concept of fantasy anime, role playing games. Read On

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Movie Review: Tomorrowland

Movie Review: Tomorrowland

I had my hopes set high for Tomorrowland early on. During the 2014 New York Comic Con, I got the spiel on the movie months in advance; that it was directed by Brad Bird (of The Incredibles and The Iron Giant fame), that it was a marvelously optimistic movie about a hopeful future inspired by what’s now called “retrofuturism”, that it promised all sorts of wonderful things and would take viewers to bright, brave new worlds. A few days ago, some critics went and dashed my hopes to pieces. What most of the reviews I read complained about was the movie’s supposedly nauseating sense of optimism and... Read On

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Game Review: Toren

Game Review: Toren

I’m not disappointed with Toren, but I feel that it was the end of a much bigger game that doesn’t exist- it didn’t feel like the video game equivalent of a novelette; it was more akin to the final chapter and epilogue of an epic novel. Toren is imperfect, and though it has flashes of brilliance, it’s not a game I can strongly recommend. Toren is a 3D platformer, and the first game from Brazillian developer Swordtales. In Toren, you play as the Moonchild, a girl who has been reborn again and again, imprisoned forever in the titular tower of Toren. The tower, you... Read On

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Game Review: Dreaming Sarah

Game Review: Dreaming Sarah

Dreaming Sarah offers an interesting and beautiful trip through a young girl's dream world, and while short it makes for a fun experience. Read On

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Star Vs. The Forces of Evil

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil

With its fast pacing and bright visuals, Star Vs. the Forces of Evil promises a show that is a lot of fun to watch and look at. While it may not be as deep and mysterious ad Gravity Falls, and it may have to compete with Phineas and Ferb for laughs, but Star is a fine addition to the growing trend of well-made Disney animated shows. Read On

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Game Review: Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo

Game Review: Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo

As a veteran of multiple mech games spanning multiple genres from turn based strategy RPG Front Mission 3 to action mech simulation Armored core to fast arcade style game Zone of the Enders. There really isn’t a mech game I wouldn’t play at least once. I’ve even played a lot of the really terrible PS2 era gundam games. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Vita would be dropping a lesser known gem from Japan that seems to combine some of my favorite mech games. That game is Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo. Never mind the obnoxiously long... Read On

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Game Review: Axiom Verge

Game Review: Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge is awesome. Let’s just get that out of the way. It is old school platforming distilled to it’s purest form. When I started playing Axiom Verge earlier this month at was apprehensive at first. I went from playing The Order: 1886 in all its graphical prowess to playing a 16-bit side-scroller. However a few minutes in a part of my brain long dormant since the early 90’s re-awoke. Games like Super Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, and Castlevania pushed gamers such as myself to the breaking point with their extreme difficulty. I remember only getting to the final boss of... Read On

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Game Review: Out There: Omega Edition

Game Review: Out There: Omega Edition

Out There feels like leaving everything else behind. Adrift doesn't quite express the feeling and neither does wandering, it's too hurried and too almost purposeful. Fuel, oxygen and the strength of your hull are a spinning-plate act you're always trying to keep up with. But you don't feel fretful, death comes too easily and your life is lived too out of your control to feel that pressure, again you feel purposefully and hurriedly adrift. Read On

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Game Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Game Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Sneaky Sneaky is a fun stealth-puzzle game for short periods of time, but it's lack of replay value make this a game you should only purchase if you're in the mood for something else other than the myriad of other indie games out there. Read On

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Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

One seemingly normal night, the Earth was shocked by a giant explosion up in the sky. When they looked up, they discovered that ¾ of the moon had been destroyed. The culprit, a yellow octopus-like alien capable of traveling at Mach 20 speeds! Now after all attempts at killing the alien failed he gave the world governments an offer; he will pose as a teacher in Japan. Of course there was a twist. Not only are the students the drops outs and delinquents of the other schools, but they only have until... Read On

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Game Review: Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball

Game Review: Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball

A long time ago in Boston, I attended a virtual reality meetup– one of the games that caught my eye was Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball. It was a rather unusual FPS- one shot would take you out, you could see everybody’s locations (their names were visible through walls) and it was in levels looked like they belonged in some sort of skating game- albeit one with a disco twist. What I discovered in Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball was an incredibly fast-paced FPS with a friendly community and fantastically creative gameplay modes- at current, it’s one of my favorite multiplayer games. When I’m not playing Dota... Read On

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Game Review: Sunless Sea

Game Review: Sunless Sea

There’s a mysterious and multithreaded story to explore across Sunless Sea’s netherworldly zee. For all intents a trading game, it fills its intimately conceived Victorian depths with horrible delights and delightful horrors. The cargo you haul here is as much political intrigue and tales of terror as it is crates and barrels. Even mystery isn’t so much an abstraction here as it is a tangible object, a literal thing to be blindly traded for understanding or danger. In my earliest voyages the most effecting unknown was the map. Constantly dwindling fuel and supplies were an ever present weight against... Read On

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Funimation’s Free Anime Part One: Twin-tails and Futures

Funimation’s Free Anime Part One: Twin-tails and Futures

There are a lot of places to get anime online. There are trusted streaming sites like Crunchyroll, Animefreak, and even Netflix. There was a time when Youtube could be a reliable source before Google came around. However, Funimation has done a strange thing by letting some of their lesser known (or maybe less marketable shows) be released on their Youtube channel for free. As of writing this article there are six shows available for free streaming on Funimation’s Youtube. So in a three part series I will be looking at two a week seeing... Read On

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Game Review: Life is Strange Episode 1

Game Review: Life is Strange Episode 1

During the tail end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 I found myself neck deep in adventure games. After a couple of Telltale Games under my belt, DONTNOD steps up to the plate and drops Life is Strange onto my lap.  Life is Strange casts you as Maxine Caulfield a mild mannered high school returning to her hometown to attend a prestigious private high school.  After having a vision in her photography class she awakens to the ability to rewind time ala Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The conceit of the game sort of flies in the... Read On

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Game Review: Verde Station

Game Review: Verde Station

Verde Station is, in three words, short, strange, satisfying. Hopefully, this review will be at least two of those things, as there’s not much to say about the game that won’t spoil it. All I feel comfortable saying about the premise of the game is  that you’re on Verde Station, a space station that’s researching life in space- or something along those lines. You’re a caretaker of sorts; it’s your job to walk around the ship, water the plants, and make sure that everything’s running as it ought. That’s all I can say about the story. I managed to beat the game... Read On

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Game Review: Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice

Game Review: Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice

Fresh on the heels of Tales from the Borderlands comes Telltale Games first foray into a television property. Game of Thrones episode 1: Iron from Ice is an original story told between the events of Season 3 and Season 4 of the show. With that being said If you haven’t watched the show PLEASE DON’T PLAY THIS. It literally spoils most of the major plot points of the first few seasons. Now much like Borderlands the previous week, this game as a huge pedigree to live up to, and for the most part it delivers. This episode much like... Read On

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Game Review: This War of Mine

Game Review: This War of Mine

Typically when going into a review of a video game it’s customary to describe the visual fidelity of the graphics or how fun the game is. Perhaps you would bring up how deep the combat system is or how engrossing the story is. Maybe one would mention the incredible pedigree of the developer. This War of Mine has none of these things and yet it is an experience that must be played. It is one of the deepest yet emotionally draining games I’ve played since The Last of Us. When I initially signed on to review This War of... Read On

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Game Review: Tales From The Borderlands

Game Review: Tales From The Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands marks Telltale Games’ first effort at adapting an existing gaming IP for their popular brand of adventure games. While at first I found myself being meh to the idea of a Telltale’s Borderlands game, once the familiar intro credits hit I knew this game would be right up my alley. I’ll be the first one to tell you that I own both Borderlands 1 and 2 and maybe put in a grand total of 5 hours combined. While the world and artistry of the Borderlands series has on multiple occasions sucked me in, the transient... Read On

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Game Review: Endless Legend

Game Review: Endless Legend

2009 me is very happy. 2009 me never thought we’d see such a glut of modern 4X titles all expanding on, exploring, exploiting, and exterminating each other in an effort to stake their own claims on our all-night gaming sessions. Endless Legend stands apart from the others, it understands its goals very well, it understands what its competition is lacking and the direction Amplitude Studios have taken it in feels surprisingly unique as a result. After an initial setup menu, with the standard geography, size and faction choices, we’re given a screen that very succinctly shows what drives the... Read On

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Game Review: Insurgency

Game Review: Insurgency

Over the past year and a half or so, I have been struggling to find a decent first person shooter to play. Back in the day, I played Halo 3, and Bad Company 3 religiously with Battlefield 3 in the more recent years. No other first person shooter has really given me the same feeling of fun or consistency that those games did. For some reason, newer first person shooters such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Battlefield 4 are really lacking with consistent mechanics and gameplay to the point that they just weren’t fun anymore, and that’s a... Read On

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Game Review: Elegy for a Dead World

Game Review: Elegy for a Dead World

I’ve been a writer for a long time now. Beyond my work as a game journalist, I’ve written books, poetry, short stories– I even wrote the short story Orion Hunted for the game Steam Marines. Writing is something I love doing, but it’s not something I’ve done while playing a video game- yet in Elegy for a Dead World, a gorgeous but otherwise simple platformer, writing is the core mechanic. Elegy for a Dead World is the latest game from Dejobaan, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Drunken Robot Pornography (which only has anything to do with one third of its name) and Monster Loves You. To begin... Read On

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Game Review: Scrolls

Game Review: Scrolls

Before Scrolls, I thought that digital card games weren’t for me. At all. There are a few genres of game that I’ve not gotten into- mostly because I never imagined them as being exciting. I’m a video game journalist- I should be trying new things- and thus, I decided to try my hand at Mojang’s Scrolls which, to my great surprise, is a lot more fun than I could’ve imagined- in the space of a week, I played over one hundred games of Scrolls, and while I’m not very good at it, I’ve loved every turn. So, what is Scrolls? Put simply, it’s a turn-based strategy game... Read On

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