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Game Review: Final Fantasy XV

Game Review: Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV has finally arrived. It’s a game quite literally 10 years in the making. With 10 years in development ( 6 in development hell / 4 years of active development) this game is bringing along a lot of baggage and expectations. Having transitioned from Versus XIII to a main numbered entry also adds another level pressure to Square especially after failing to connect with audiences on their last single player outing, The Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy. Three demo’s later, a couple of delays, and copious amounts of pre-release coverage it’s time to render a verdict on the... Read On

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Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 5

Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 5

Episode 5 of Telltale's Batman brings everything to a conclusion, though not necessarily a great one. Read On

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Game Review: Farming Simulator 17

Game Review: Farming Simulator 17

True to its name, Farming Simulator 17 does a good job of putting you in a farmer's shoes, and that can either be fun and relaxing or tedious and difficult depending on who is playing it. Read On

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Game Review: Dishonored 2

Game Review: Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 makes big improvements from the first one, adds a slew of new and fun content and throws in a fantastic tale of revenge and intrigue worth playing multiple time. Read On

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Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 4 Review

Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 4 Review

Episode 4 of the Batman series starts off with a fantastic scenario, but unfortunately the rest of the episode doesn't do much to propel the narrative forward for the final episode. Read On

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Game Review: Titanfall 2 Review

Game Review: Titanfall 2 Review

While the story is typical fanfare, Titanfall 2 shines with it's fun, fast paced gameplay and multi-player. Read On

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Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 3 Review

Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 3 Review

Telltale has upped the ante with the story in this latest episode of the Batman series. While the narrative is worth experiencing, Telltale has released it's most flawed episode yet on the technical side. Read On

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Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 2 Review

Game Review: Telltale’s Batman – Episode 2 Review

Telltale continues to tell an excellent Batman narrative, despite some technical shortcomings. Read On

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Movie Review: Branching Paths

Movie Review: Branching Paths

There’s a bit of an established formula for the video game documentary; generally, a filmmaker will find a subject in gaming, focusing on a particular community of creators or players, open the documentary with a few shots of everyday life, have a developer interviewed in a space that’s either open and a little bit too bright or cramped and full of blinking LEDs, and inevitably end the documentary with some optimistic thought about the future of the gaming community featured in the documentary. Branching Paths sticks to this formula, and at times its style feels a touch cliched- in spite... Read On

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Anime Review: Sweetness and Lightning

Anime Review: Sweetness and Lightning

I take a look at Sweetness and Lightning; the story of a single father connecting with his daughter over a good meal. Read On

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Game Review: Tellltale’s Batman: Episode 1

Game Review: Tellltale’s Batman: Episode 1

Telltale Games has decided to craft their own Batman story this time around and the first episode has been released. Is it a worthy addition to the Batman mythology? Read On

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Game Review: Furi

Game Review: Furi

Furi is one of those few games that perfectly captures the games of old, while bringing in modern elements. With its simple gameplay, beautiful graphics and tough boss fights this game is reminiscent of the olden days when games didn’t have 2 hour tutorials. You were told how to play the game and set loose without anymore instruction and your successes and failures were up to you. Make no mistake, you will fail in Furi very often, but when you succeed it can be a satisfying experience leaving you with feeling like the ultimate badass. Furi is a simple... Read On

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Movie Review: The Lost Arcade

Movie Review: The Lost Arcade

“Chinatown Fair was the last arcade in New York City. The last arcade that made money from people putting quarters in machines and playing them. There was no bar or food, just games.” Too often, documentaries about video games fall into the trap of a “Golden Age” mindset- steeped in honeyed nostalgia and cloying eight-bit sentimentality, they tend to be less informative about whatever games they’re supposed to be about and more about the filmmaker’s undying love for the subject. I’ve long been of the mindset that if you’ve seen one gaming documentary, you’ve seen them all. Too often,... Read On

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Game Review: Inside

Game Review: Inside

Intro After a 7 year absence, Playdead finally returns with their follow up to Limbo, Inside. On first glance it looks like Limbo’s big brother in color but beneath the surface is a much deeper experience that builds on mechanics found in Limbo. Inside transcends its predecessor thanks to its haunting visuals and intuitive puzzles. This is definitely a must play for Xbox One and PC owners and well worth the buzz and critical acclaim it has been garnering from critics and fans alike. Gameplay The very first thing you notice is about Inside is that its control scheme... Read On

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Game Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Game Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Intro Everyone has their white whale game. The game that you’ve been dying to play but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened. For me that game was Odin Sphere. I saw a trailer years ago on IGN and I thought anime style Norse mythology where do I sign up? Unfortunately for me it was a limited release PS2 game and I was never able to find a copy. Fast forward 5 years and it arrived on PS3 as a PS2 classic and for one reason or another it still didn’t happen. Vanillaware must have been reading my... Read On

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Game Review: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Game Review: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

The original Mirror’s Edge was either a love it or hate it game for most people. Its beautiful world and soundtrack combined with its first-person free running and clumsy combat made for a mixed experience, yet gamers saw the potential in the game and wanted Dice to make another go at it. Eight years later, gamers received a reboot which aimed to take what worked and improve upon it while giving an overhaul to what didn’t work and the results make for a fun game that is a major improvement over its predecessor, but still misses the mark overall.... Read On

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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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