Reviews

With every Mario RPG game comes its own unique gimmick, and Bowser’s Inside Story perhaps has one of the most memorable. Enhanced for the Nintendo 3DS, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story encapsulates some of the best this subseries has to offer: a colorful art style, joyous music, quirky humor, sharp writing, a fun “other”
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If anything has been clear from the beginning of 2019–even only two months in–it’s that post-apocalyptic games are thriving and here to stay. This year alone we have the playful rivalry between Far Cry: New Dawn and RAGE 2, as the two games are competing for the title of “Most Colorful Apocalypse of 2019.” Meanwhile, Days Gone is
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The Grand Tour is an Amazon Prime show featuring three grown men that you either love or hate. Their motor show has ended up being developed into a video game thanks to Amazon Game Studios, making The Grand Tour Game their first foray onto consoles. The game lets you become the three frivolous presenters, allowing you to take control
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Level-5’s Yo-kai Watch series has always featured a wonderful sense of humor, but I was caught off guard with the role-playing game starting off with an extended parody of Chris Carter’s magnum opus, The X-Files. Cheekily called “The Y Files,” players get to see cartoon versions of Mulder and Scully (now called Blunder and Folly) bicker about
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Genesis: Alpha One is a combination of rogue-likes, ship building, and first-person shooting, each of which are serviced enough to work but not well enough to earn your time investment. The movement is fast, but the shooting itself is weightless and lacks the impact of other shooters. The rogue-like element simply means this is a
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The very beginning of Capy Games’ (Capy) Below offers a taste of what you’ll come to experience as you venture down into the depths of their rouge-lite dungeon crawler. The camera is pulled way back over a stormy sea; thunder cracking all around as the waves roll. Slowly tracking in, a small boat comes into
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Few indie games are able to command the internet’s attention on the level that Bendy and the Ink Machine has. Doki Doki Literature Club, Five Nights at Freddy’s, and Undertale certainly make the list, but something about Bendy, the game’s Golden Age art style, and the elaborate horror story underneath has flooded store shelves and YouTube channels. However, unlike the previously-listed
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The Phantom Thieves are back again with Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight for the PS4 and PS Vita. The rhythm genre and Persona isn’t anything new, with Persona 4 having previously received its own dancing title. But Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight brings its own identity and style that keeps me coming back for more. Persona 5 Dancing, or P5D for short,
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While Nintendo has gotten especially good in the past years at coming up with interesting twists on the Mario series — giving us everything from Mario Tennis, to Mario Kart, to Captain Toad, and beyond — few were willing to go as far as Luigi’s Mansion. Set in a completely different style from the likes of his brother, Luigi’s Mansion gave
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There is beautiful simplicity to DMM Games’ Gal Metal — a rhythm game without burdensome pre-set melodies or on-screen prompts, or licensed music for that matter. All that exists is a quirky alien invasion story, an adorable artstyle, and percussion-based gameplay that will really speak to any skill level, provided that you can carry a beat.
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Most digital marketplaces are currently flooded with horror titles to coincide with the spookiest season of the year. Blood-splattered franchises like Resident Evil, Amnesia, Friday the 13th, and an entire catalog of games with the word “Dead” in their titles are all supplying scares for discounted prices. However, there’s no denying that a horror-based haul
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There are two things you’ll notice upon starting NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, the new arcade basketball title from developer Saber Interactive and publisher 2K Sports. First, you’ll see a user agreement that, for some reason, feels like reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Second, immediately after agreeing to the game’s terms of service, you’ll notice the
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Emotion, expression, and feeling aren’t particularly the main points of focus when we talk about video games. Maybe a well-produced and motion captured cutscene produced tears, a tense multiplayer round without respawning caused sweaty palms gripping the controller, or an NPC or announcer made a quip that earned a chuckle. When I played Wandersong, I
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There’s no denying in my mind that MOBA’s, or multiplayer online battle arenas, brought competitive eSports into the general public’s eye. Now, Nintendo Switch is seeing the first title in the genre, Arena of Valor, make its way onto the platform. With some minor tweaks to controls, Arena of Valor is ideal on the Nintendo Switch when compared to
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Playing level creation games can be an uphill battle for many—sometimes the toolset is simply too difficult for the layperson to wrap their head around, and even if creating a level itself isn’t the most significant challenge, playing the absurdly hard levels that seemingly-sadistic players make online certainly is. Enter Ultimate Chicken Horse, a game
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I do not like driving. Maybe it’s because I live in a tourist trap and there is a lot of traffic. Maybe it’s because my car has been hit on three different occasions while it was parked. Maybe the act of driving is actually terrible. For whatever reason, I have hardly enjoyed my time behind
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