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11 Feb 2014
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Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

  It has been eight years since the world was first introduced to Lightning, a character that would lead Final Fantasy into the console generation and be the new poster child for Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and now Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII make up the Lightning Saga: three games revolving
5 Feb 2014
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Review: Insurgency

Back to Basics The First Person Shooter genre is probably the most popular genre of video games in current times. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that, as you are likely aware of that already. The FPS genre dominates sales charts and the big names (Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc) command high
2 Feb 2014
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Review: Tales of Phantasia [iOS]

Left Behind Until recently, the Tales series has had a spotty history of Western localization. On average, one in three Tales games has yet to reach American shores, and even less for European regions. Namco Bandai is starting to change this, with two Western Tales releases scheduled for 2014, and a simultaneous worldwide release for
23 Jan 2014
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Classic Review: Ys II

[NOTE: It is difficult to discuss the story of Ys II without mentioning plot points of the first game. This review will have spoilers for the end of Ys I] Halves of a Whole Direct story continuation across video games sequels is relatively uncommon. After all, most game creators want to be able to attract a
20 Jan 2014
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Classic Review: Ys I

The Obscure Third In the 1980s, there were three big names in the JRPG genre. Two of them are well-known to just about every gamer in the West: Square, the company that rose to prominence with the release of Final Fantasy, and Enix, whose Dragon Quest series exploded in popularity in the East. The third pillar, while
19 Dec 2013
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Classic Review: Tales of Destiny

The Next Big Genre Following the release and rave reviews of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, publishers went on a race to bring over as many JRPGs as they could to the West. Just about anything with an anime aesthetic and hit points was up for grabs. After all, JRPGs were becoming the “next big
27 May 2013
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Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Classic games are called “classic” for a reason. The Donkey Kong Country series were some popular platformers on the Super Nintendo back in the mid to late 90s. They combined unique graphics technology with sharp platforming elements to create some seriously challenging experiences for gamers. Few players will forget the white-knuckle mine cart segments, or
23 May 2013
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Review: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

The Last Action Hero What happened to the action hero? That impossibly buff, remarkably handsome, and completely badass, hardcore, ain’t-afraid-of-nothing, ice-cold mamma jamma has been curiously absent since the 80s and 90s. The new-age action hero is more concerned about his feelings and the ramifications of his actions when he really should be blowing stuff
14 May 2013
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Review: Bioshock Infinite

Lets think back to 2007 for a moment. That one time you somehow survived a plane crash, finding a deserted lighthouse and using the submersible within to be wowed and slack-jawed to the underwater city of Rapture, only to be almost killed the minute you docked by a splicer. Bioshock: Infinite has been released and
7 Oct 2012
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Review: Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 was announced to the world with Leon S. Kennedy killing a zombified President of the United States. From that moment, we knew that the next entry in the series wasn’t going to hold anything back… or at least that’s what we assumed. Capcom’s latest installment to the Resident Evil franchise was created
17 Aug 2011
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Review: Bastion

Supergiant Games Bastion was on my watch list from the second I saw its gorgeous art style. Since then, Ive been counting down the days till I could finally pick up this game and see what it was all about. Now that the game is out, I had the chance to download my pre-ordered copy