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Game Review: The Banner Saga 2

Game Review: The Banner Saga 2

Note: This review contains spoilers for The Banner Saga, but remains mostly spoiler free for The Banner Saga 2 In 2012, a little game studio called Stoic ran a Kickstarter for a game called The Banner Saga; an apocalyptic tale set in a Norse fantasy world. The Kickstarter project garnered plenty of attention (and money) and when the game launched, it was a hit. This year, The Banner Saga 2 was released and while it does in many ways feel like a midpoint in a trilogy (because that’s just what it is), it’s also a well-written adventure that’s a worthy sequel to its predecessor. The... Read On

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Game Review: Stories: The Path of Destinies

Game Review: Stories: The Path of Destinies

Stories: The Path of Destinies is a game that I’d had my eye on for a while; developed by Spearhead (the folks behind Tiny Brains and Arena Cyber Evolution), Stories: The Path of Destinies is an ARPG/adventure game hybrid, and it’s well worth your time if you’re looking for an adventure game with many paths, great writing and gorgeous visuals. In Stories, you play as a wily fox named Renardo. As Renardo, you hack and slash your way through a variety of levels, fighting off vicious crows with four different swords, each offering unique abilities. I’ll be straightforward: the platforming itself is a... Read On

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Game Review: Quantum Break

Game Review: Quantum Break

Intro Three years after the launch of the Xbox One, Remedy finally released the long awaited next gen debut Quantum Break. Quantum Break was one of the first games shown off for the Xbox One back in 2013 with the thrilling trailer showing a ripple in time as a giant tanker crashed into a bridge.  Remedy also announced that within the game would be a live action show that would be altered depending on the choices you make in the game.  A lot has changed in the past three years but the principle conceit remains the same. What’s it... Read On

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Game Review: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Game Review: Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth

Intro Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is what happens when you combine Digimon, Persona, and The Matrix. The end result is a mixed bag that succeeds more than it fails due to the solid gameplay mechanics, colorful characters, and slick presentation.  The bulk of your enjoyment however is directly proportionate to your affinity for the Digimon brand. If like me you grew up watching the TV show you’ll be right at home with Digimon Story. Fun Factor Make no mistake, Digimon Story is by all means a Persona clone. It’s one of the highest order but a clone none the... Read On

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Game Review: Shardlight

Game Review: Shardlight

NOTE: We’re giving away a Steam key for Shardlight– you can enter here. Post-apocalyptic settings are nothing new or unique in the world of video games- from Fallout 4 to The Flame in the Flood, ruined worlds executed well can be compelling, sad, memorable and somehow, inspiring. Shardlight, the latest adventure from Wadjet Eye Games, is one of these sad and yet hopeful games- and it’s well worth your time. In Shardlight, you play as a woman named Amy Wellard; for much of your life, your world’s been a dystopia stained by war, disease, corruption and poverty. You hardly remember the time before the bombs fell- back when the... Read On

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Dealer’s Aces: Overfall

Dealer’s Aces: Overfall

  Overfall is a very immersive fantasy role-playing game. Great graphics, sound design, music and mechanics create an authentic world for which your two heroes explore by boat. Find my full review below: Read On

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Movie Review: The Boy and the Beast

Movie Review: The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda is famous for bridging the real world with fantasy. Ever since his first full length movie “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” Hosoda has released hit after hit with “Summer Wars” and “The Wolf Children” (which is my personal favorite) and steps up to the plate again with his fourth feature length film “The Boy and The Beast” Read On

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Game Review: The Flame in the Flood

Game Review: The Flame in the Flood

To be straightforward, I’ve never been particularly fond of survival games. I’ve seen one, I’ve seen them all- or so I thought, until I played The Flame in the Flood. It’s not the first survival and crafting game to capture my attention- ARK and Don’t Starve have already impressed me- but The Flame in the Flood is something very different. Sure, it’s a survival game, but it has a very different spirit from the others I mentioned- it’s slow, to the point of tedious at times- it can be frustrating, and yet, it’s rewarding, full of character and may be among my favorite games of... Read On

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Game Review: Gemini: Heroes Reborn

Game Review: Gemini: Heroes Reborn

Let’s get this out of the way: Gemini Heroes Reborn is a pretty decent game, bordering on good. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this a licensed tie in game? Aren’t they always terrible? Well in most cases you would be absolutely correct however Gemini dodged that bullet (pun intended) even though it fumbles the landing. Gemini is a first person action adventure game set in the world of Heroes: Reborn. You play as Cassandra a young girl in search of clues about her family and stumbles into her Evo powers. At first her powers are limited to time... Read On

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Game Review: The Deadly Tower of Monsters

Game Review: The Deadly Tower of Monsters

Do you like Mystery Science Theater 3000? Are you a huge original Star Trek fan? If the answer to either of these questions is yes you’ll get a kick out of The Deadly Tower of Monsters. If the answer to either of those questions is yes then you’ll be right at home with The Deadly Tower of Monsters. DTM is presented as a VHS/DVD of a classic 60s Sci-fi film complete with “commentary” from the film’s director. He narrates the game much like the game Bastion but with more of a comedic twist. He comments on some of the... Read On

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Game Review: Steamworld Heist

Game Review: Steamworld Heist

As a big fan of Steamworld Dig, I was pleased to hear that Image & Form was making another game in the Steamworld series, and I was a bit perplexed when I discovered it wasn’t a sequel to the fantastic Metroidvania, but would be something else entirely. That said, I was not surprised to have enjoyed the game- a lot of love went into Steamworld Heist; here’s what makes it worth playing. As I mentioned before, Steamworld Heist is not a sequel to Steamworld Dig; besides being set many years after the aforementioned game and starring an entirely new cast of characters, Steamworld Heist has totally different gameplay- where Steamworld... Read On

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Television Review: Attack on Junior High

Television Review: Attack on Junior High

With all the different iterations of Attack on Titan, let's see what is limping to the barn now in this cutie chibi mess called Attack on Junior High. Read On

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Game Review: Concrete Jungle

Game Review: Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle is a rather unique take on a city planning game- it’s a turn-based strategy puzzle that plays a lot like a digital board game with a surprising amount of character. The premise of Concrete Jungle is rather simple; you’re given a deck full of cards based on the character you’ve picked. Each card is either a building or a modifier that affects buildings that you place on the play space, a grid of tiles that will vary in size from level to level. Your goal is to bring property values up with nice things, such as parks, while raising the level... Read On

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Dealer’s Aces: Knight Squad

Dealer’s Aces: Knight Squad

Knight Squad is a fun little 2D Arena game from Chainsawawesome Games. Outon Windows, Mac and Linux. Great for when you have friends to entertain and draws parallels  from a game called Tower Fall Ascension. Relatively weak single player, but that is to be expected from a game meant to be played with friends. See my opinion here!:      Read On

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Television Review: The Seven Deadly Sins

Television Review: The Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins is Netflix's newest tool in it's expansion of original content. Read On

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Game Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora

Game Review: Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora

Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora is a video game that’s hard to describe in a mere few words; at its heart, it’s a metroidvania with plenty of puzzle-platforming elements and a fun story- that, however, is only really scratching the surface of a video game love letter to film noir. The game opens in the office of Detective Emma Jones- the phone’s ringing off the hook and your partner- a little white cat named Franky- is asking you about the gun you just snatched off the table. When you pick up the phone, it’s a desperate client- there’s been a... Read On

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Dealer’s Aces: Albert And Otto

Dealer’s Aces: Albert And Otto

Dealer’s Aces: Albert And Otto Albert And Otto is an Indie platformer by K Bros Games, see my opinions here!: Read On

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Comic Review: Asphodel #1 – Newborn

Comic Review: Asphodel #1 – Newborn

If you’re familiar with flowers, you may know that an asphodel is a sort of lily that you may find growing in New Zealand; if you’re familiar with mythology, you know that it’s said to grow in Elysium, and as such, has developed a close association with death in literature. Thematically, Asphodel #1 is more closely related to the mythological concept of Elysium, Valhalla, the Isles of the Blessed, or whatever hereafter you prefer. Set in 4419, the comic opens with Sedna of Willendorf explaining to Vic Delaney that she has rescued him from a pathetic existence as a mind... Read On

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Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

This retro review looks at the 1999 Psychological Thriller Perfect Blue. Read On

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Kowabon and the Little Show of Horror

Kowabon and the Little Show of Horror

The fall 2015 anime season kicks off with a micro horror series Kowabon. Read On

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Game Review: How to Survive

Game Review: How to Survive

How to Survive is a top down zombie survival game which borrows heavily from titles like Diablo and Torchlight. What mechanics it manages to pull off, result in a game that, done right, could have been refreshing. However, the tired zombie tropes, and clunky mechanics leave a lot to be desired in 2015. So, is How to Survive a lost cause, or is it worth the trouble in the end? Let’s find out. I’ll be blunt and say that the story has the approximate depth of an episode of Blue’s Clues. An especially gory episode of Blue’s Clues that is… Voice... Read On

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Game Review: Planet of the Eyes

Game Review: Planet of the Eyes

You could be forgiven for having missed Planet of the Eyes; this sci-fi platformer was released with very little fanfare and is on the surface unspectacular; while it was on display at a couple of shows and covered by a few online venues, it never really gained much recognition- a pity, really. I’ll be straightforward; Planet of the Eyes isn’t a game that will appeal to a lot of people. It’s short enough to be beaten in a couple of hours, is only challenging in fits and spurts and doesn’t have particularly special gameplay- and in spite of its flaws, it’s a game that I... Read On

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Game Review: Rocket League

Game Review: Rocket League

I honestly find it very, very hard to care about sports games. There’s nothing about FIFA that excites me, and the NBA 2K series doesn’t tickle my fancy- and racing games aren’t really my thing either. Besides Burnout Paradise, I can’t think of the last one that had me on my feet. Yet, Rocket League combined speeding cars and football (soccer for those of you in the United States). These are two things I generally can’t bring myself to care about, but Rocket League made them interesting with exhilarating gameplay and tremendous replayability. So, how does Rocket League play? It’s simple- you control a rocket-powered car... Read On

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Shimoneta: A Boring World

Shimoneta: A Boring World

Take a look at Japan's newest installment of perverted blue ball humor in Shimoneta: A Boring World... Read On

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Thoughts on We Bare Bears #bearstack

Thoughts on We Bare Bears #bearstack

Does a bear selfie in the woods? Nope they take selfies when waiting in line at the food trucks. This is a review of Cartoon Network's newest show We Bare Bears. Read On

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