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4 months ago
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Review: Chernobylite

My review copy of Chernobylite arrived on my front doorstep as an ammo box wrapped in bubble wrap, taped haphazardly and bearing half-ripped labels. That last part probably has more to do with the fact that it was shipped from Poland, but it felt somehow appropriate to be tearing at the bubble wrap only to
5 months ago
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Review: Samurai Warriors 5

When I first booted up Samurai Warriors 5, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On the one hand, I’d played Warriors games before, and was well aware of their penchant for delivering a unique action game experience while also not switching things up too much. On the other hand, it was clear that this particular
5 months ago
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Review: NEO: The World Ends With You

So here it is, the sequel. It’s not exactly a mystery that The World Ends With You became a cult hit on its release, and with good cause. It wasn’t just that it had a very different setting than normal, setting itself in the beating heart of a stylized version of Shibuya with a cast
5 months ago
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Review: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

It’s been nearly five years since we’ve seen an entry in the Ace Attorney series arrive in the west, but at long last the wait is over. Coming to Switch, PS4, and PC on July 27, 2021, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a remaster of a pair of 2017 3DS Ace Attorney titles that
5 months ago
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Hands On: Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare

If you’re anything like me, you saw the release of Streets of Rage 4 as a wonderfully pleasant surprise in an apparent sea of new beat ’em ups (check out our review here). It’s no surprise that the devs behind this would want to expand the content through DLC, but the way that they’re approaching
5 months ago
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Review: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

I’m going to cut to the chase with this one, folks. I’ve got quite the backlog of games I haven’t finished or own but haven’t played yet. What tends to happen, especially for RPGs, even though I love them, is I invest quite a bit of time in them, get distracted by another new game,
5 months ago
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Hardware Review: RIG Pro Compact Controller

I’ll be honest. My first gaming device was a computer – the Commodore 64. I laid my hands on it barely after I learned to walk. Despite being a big Nintendo fan and getting the original NES for Christmas when I was six, I’ve actually played more games using a keyboard (and mouse later) than
6 months ago
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Review: Chivalry II

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a thing for medieval stuff. Knights, castles, siege weapons, swords, bows, everything really. I also really dug the more fantasy type stuff like wizards and elves and such. I have some real pieces of armor, swords and stuff in my personal space, so that should validate
6 months ago
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Review: Scarlet Nexus

Given that it’s still a relatively new system, I have been anxiously awaiting more games for the PlayStation 5. Scarlet Nexus was one of my most anticipated titles, as it was supposed to scratch that modern JRPG itch that I’ve felt for a while now. In a lot of ways, the game definitely delivered and
6 months ago
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Review: Dark Deity

When it comes to the Fire Emblem franchise, there’s a hard cut-off point between the entries fans consider “classic and hardcore” and “modern and casual:” Fire Emblem Awakening. According to some of the fanbase, after Awakening, the franchise lost some of the elements that drew in its original base in exchange for bringing in a
6 months ago
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Review: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and INTERmission DLC

When we reviewed Final Fantasy VII Remake last year, we loved it. Square Enix took a game that everyone loved and remembered and gave us something new, while also taking the risk of shaking things up a little bit in the process. This week, the PlayStation 5 version of the game, Final Fantasy VII Remake
6 months ago
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Review: Winds of Change

Growing up as a furry in the late 90s and early 2000s, it seemed unthinkable that it’d ever be some degree of mainstream. Sure, animators on various cartoons were undoubtedly throwing us a bone here and there, but the thought of something unapologetically made by furries, for furries, escaping our niche corner of the internet
6 months ago
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Review: Ninja Gaiden Master Collection

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always looked at bone-crushingly hard games with equal parts respect and abject fear. From the NES days to now, we’ve always had that one game that other gamers point to as the pinnacle of difficulty. For some it’s the Souls franchise. Others point to the usual suspects like Contra,
6 months ago
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Preview: The Last Spell

For whatever reason, I wind up reviewing and previewing a lot of roguelikes here. I don’t know exactly why, especially when the line between a good roguelike and a mediocre one can be so thin. See, the thing is that it’s really easy to make a game wherein you start out underpowered and have to
6 months ago
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Review: Solasta: Crown of the Magister

I spent a lot of time playing Dungeons & Dragons-based RPGs (or games at least partially styled after them) in the late 90s and early 2000s. Neverwinter Nights in particular was one of my favorites, along with Icewind Dale and later, Dragon Age: Origins. The detailed character creation, the engaging story, I even remember having
6 months ago
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Review: Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World

Wonder Boy – a classic Sega franchise from the Master System/Genesis era that has been going through a sudden renaissance in the past few years. Having originally gone dormant in 1994, the series suddenly saw a return in 2016 with Wonder Boy Returns, a remake of the original game. However, it wasn’t until 2017 when
6 months ago
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Review: Sumire

While I am not an expert on the intricacies of game development, I have noticed that video games put out by indie developers tend to take some rather unique routes and even introduce new concepts. It is one of my favorite things about the genre because it truly feels like developers have been able to
7 months ago
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Review: Layers of Fear 2

A while back I’d played through a little indie horror title centering around a depraved artist called Layers of Fear, and enjoyed it. Years passed, and then what do I see but a sequel arriving on the Switch! Of course, this is but a port of a PC version which launched two years ago, leading
7 months ago
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Review: Of Bird and Cage

If there’s one thing that I dig about the breadth of human creativity, it’s the willingness to smoosh two things together and hope that it works. Comic books are notorious for crossover events happening on a fairly regular basis. But movies, video games, and music are also rife with plenty of examples of cross pollination
7 months ago
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Review: Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids

The problem of expanding a game in the Assassin’s Creed series, at this point, is that usually the base game is already so fully stuffed with stuff that it’s difficult to really see obvious places to go. Of the criticisms you could offer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, a lack of content was not one of