4 months ago
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Review: KarmaZoo

As I’ve spent the past several years as a reviewer, I’ve increasingly grown to think of games as broadly belonging to one of two categories. The first category are games that basically wear their hearts on their sleeves. Within the first half-hour you have seen most of the game’s core loop and ideas, and you
4 months ago
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Review: Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion

Way back in the late 90s, I had many a fond memory of playing Turok 1 and 2 on my N64. Naturally when they were remastered I had to pick them up, but I never did play Turok 3. Now it’s finally getting a remaster of it’s own, and it was finally time to see what I had been missing all these years.
4 months ago
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Review: Of Blades & Tails

There are a few types of games that will always grab my attention. Old-school CRPGs, games with retro aesthetics, stories with cute critters embarking on fantasy adventures… so it was inevitable that I’d take a look at Of Blades and Tails. Developed by Felix Laukel and published by Pineapple Works, Of Blades and Tails promised tactical turn-based action and exploration, but I just had to ready my sword, dust off my armor and see for myself how it held up.
5 months ago
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Destiny 2’s ‘The Final Shape’ DLC is Officially Delayed to June 4, 2024

When Jason Schreier initially broke the news about the recent layoffs at Bungie at the end of October, he also reported that Destiny 2‘s next DLC – and the culmination of the series’ ongoing ten year saga – The Final Shape would be delayed to June. Today, we got the official confirmation from Bungie. In
5 months ago
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Hardware Review: Nacon RIG 900 MAX HX Gaming Headset

Not too long ago, I covered a then-recently released RIG headset, the 600 PRO HS. One of the cheaper items in the product line, it was pretty good, but a step back from some of their past models. Now, as we approach the holidays, I had the opportunity to look at Nacon’s highest end headset:
5 months ago
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Riot Games Announces New League of Legends Champion Hwei

Riot Games has just announced the release of a new champion in League of Legends: Hwei. Much like Jhin, this champion’s lore thematics are very centered around a violent manifestation of art. Similar to Aphelios, this champion relies on combinations to manifest a very wide array of abilities. Even though League always follows the “QWER”
5 months ago
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Preview: Super Dungeon Designer

I enjoy quite a few games that focus and depend on User Generated Content (UGC), most prominently among them Super Mario Maker and its sequel, which took a known and loved franchise where many of us probably came up with our own ideas for levels in our dreams, and made the whole game about creating
5 months ago
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663 Games Announces Action Roguelite ‘Realm Of Ink’ for 2024

The Chinese indie publisher 663 Games announced today their first global release game: Realm of Ink, developed in cooperation between Leap Studios and Maple Leaf Studio. Players will begin their isometric journey through the ink-style game as the sword-wielding Red on her quest to slay a Fox Demon. Through her journey, Red eventually realizes she
5 months ago
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Review: Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Like many folks in the fandom, the arrival of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life seemed to signal the end of the story arc for one Kazuma Kiryu. Since then, the franchise as a whole has been far from dormant. We were introduced to Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the main series.
5 months ago
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Review: The Last Faith

Nothing beats getting stuck into a great metroidvania. The non-linear exploration, the progression of new abilities, challenging boss fights—when prepared properly, all of these elements confect one of gaming’s most satisfying, addicting experiences. The appreciation I have for this genre is on my mind with every metroidvania I play, but it’s especially true for those
5 months ago
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Review: Yohane the Parhelion: BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE

There is a recurring theme for me in taking reviews for games that are spinoffs of series I know nothing about. Yohane the Parhelion: BLAZE in the DEEPBLUE, aside from having the probably most overwritten title I will see all year in my review queue (it has very little time left in the year to
5 months ago
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Review: Astral Ascent

So, hey, that game Hades is pretty good, huh? Like, everyone liked it. Don’t pretend you don’t know that’s why we have a nice big rush of games that are cashing in on the whole roguelike thing. You know it, I know it, a variety of stray cats know it. And most of them are…
5 months ago
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The Game Awards Announce Nominees, Voting Open Until December 6

The year is wrapping up quickly and with the Golden Joysticks Awards merely two days gone, the next awards ceremony is already on the horizon. Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards announced the nominees for the 31 fan-voted categories today. Unsurprisingly, Larian Studio’s Baldur’s Gate 3 is again a hot contender with eight nominations by itself.
5 months ago
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Honkai Star Rail – Version 1.5 Event Overview

Hoyoverse has just announced details for some of the content coming with Honkai Star Rail’s Version 1.5. The central content for the patch is a continuation of the Main Story, with the quest being titled “A Foxian Tale of the Haunted.” The short description from Hoyoverse is as follows: “With the Creation Furnace having burst
5 months ago
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A Quick Guide for Huohuo, the New Limited Five-Star Character in Honkai Star Rail Version 1.5

Hoyoverse recently announced the new limited five-star character that is getting released alongside Version 1.5 – Huohuo! Huohuo is a five-star wind abundance character, with a playstyle focused around buffing and cleansing debuffs from her allies while healing them. Her character trailer showcases her clumsy and forever-spooked personality. In terms of gameplay, here’s a condensed,
5 months ago
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Review: This Bed We Made

Does anyone remember playing those old Nancy Drew mystery games for Windows? The thrill of solving a mystery? The daunting task of investigating suspects and poking around for clues? I used to *love* them and have to admit that I end up comparing every mystery game I play to them in some way or another. However,
5 months ago
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Final Fantasy XVI wins Best Lead Performer and Best Audio at the Golden Joystick Awards

With the calendar year coming to its close, game award season is upon us. The Golden Joystick Awards started us off today, with a number of Final Fantasy entries being among the winners. Final Fantasy XVI won in two categories, first of which going to Ben Starr, voice actor for lead protagonist Clive Rosfield, taking
5 months ago
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Review: Roboquest

Sometimes my reviews require a fair number of caveats. That’s just good practice, in my mind. It’s a good thing to make it clear if you are predisposed to not particularly like a game or predisposed to like it, that sets out a baseline. If I say that I wasn’t really inclined to like something
6 months ago
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Three New Playable Characters Announced for Honkai Star Rail

HoYoverse has just announced three new Honkai Star Rail playable characters for a patch after Patch 1.5. The first character is a Five-star Ice Harmony Character, Ruan Mei. For many of us, we’ve encountered her in the form of a very powerful Simulated Universe Blessing. From in-game lore, we know she is part of the
6 months ago
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Review: Jusant

A couple months have gone by since I had the opportunity to preview Jusant, the latest release from developer Don’t Nod. The demo wasn’t a complete homerun, particularly when it came to the more straightforward elements of its storytelling, but I left the experience heavily enticed by the game’s beat-by-beat climbing gameplay and unique atmosphere.