Reviews

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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Playing Senran Kagura Reflexions has definitely been an uphill battle for me. I wouldn’t even necessarily call Senran Kagura Reflexions a full-blown video game. It’s most certainly not what I expected it to be. There were many times I wanted to stop playing Reflexions but the game’s wide-eyed protagonist, Asuka, begged me to keep going, to keep shaking my two
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This is only my second year into my Pro Evolution Soccer journey, with PES 2018 being my football game of choice last year. And overall, I’d still consider my experience in the game nascent when compared to the years I dumped into the FIFA franchise. And while the rivalry still burns hot between the two, no other year has publisher
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Like many, my love for professional wrestling has the WWE front and center. I have become infatuated with the product they have created, for better and for worse. As I grew more interested in the sport, I wanted to broaden my horizons. This is where New Japan Pro Wrestling comes in. The premier pro wrestling
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Virtual Reality is still in its early stages and developers are trying to figure out what makes a fun VR title and what doesn’t just like when consoles made the jump to 3D environments. There have been some unique and excellent VR titles. Then there have been some that have relied on being in a virtual
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Everyone likes to believe that their gaming prowess is impressive–the countless alien invaders we’ve annihilated, the military strategies we’ve partaken in,  the monsters and mutants we’ve dismembered; they all lead us to think that we’re doing quite well. However, it’s rare that a game comes along with the capabilities of genuinely pushing us to our
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When you think of your weekend plans, you don’t picture yourself hanging out at the hospital for 8+ hours (at least not before many drinks). However, with Two Point Hospital, that is precisely how I spent my Saturday night… all night. You wouldn’t think that being around medical staff, equipment, and patients would be very
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Blade Strangers is a weird anomaly amongst other fighting game titans like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V. It’s not afraid to be something a little bit off the beaten path incorporating substantial indie characters like Isaac from The Binding of Isaac, and Shovel Knight from… Shovel Knight, as well as more niche Japanese characters from the Gunvolt series, Code of Princess, Cave Story, and Umihara Kawase.
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Overcooked 2 is a lot like going back for seconds: none of the courses you ate the first time around have changed, but the overall meal is still just as good, provided you’re still hungry. Coming into Overcooked 2, to say I was hungry for more of this co-op centric romp would be spot-on. The original Overcooked caught
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WarioWare has always been one of the weirdest, most endearing corners of Nintendo’s wide breadth of IP. Its memorable and funny characters work well in tandem with the unique microgames in order to create minigame collections with a little more versatility than most in other games in its genre. That being said, we actually haven’t
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Comparing other games to Dark Souls has become a tiresome simile in games writing. Is the game you’re playing hard? Sounds like Dark Souls. Does it have refined, burdensome combat? Definitely must be inspired by Dark Souls. Does it fall into the action genre whatsoever? Oh, well Dark Souls created that genre, I’ll have you know. Despite the fatigue with these comparisons,
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The psychological horror game Remothered: Tormented Fathers began as a fanmade attempt by developer Darril Arts to remake the classic game Clock Tower. With that in mind, what it became definitely takes players back to the survival horror style of gameplay found in games like Resident Evil. With a creepy setting, a nearly defenseless protagonist, and danger lurking around
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Right from the beginning, The Banner Saga series from Stoic Studio has been defined by choice. Throughout each installment, players have been tasked with facing hard choices, and whether they are as simple as deciding how to rally your troops before battle, or making the decision between who lives and dies, The Banner Saga games have blended a
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Prey: Mooncrash is one of the more interesting pieces of DLC that I’ve come across in quite some time. Taking the core of the Prey formula, Arkane Studios has turned Mooncrash into a rogue-lite that sees you repeatedly trying to escape from the Pytheas Moon Base in a variety of different ways. It’s a strange shift to make, but overall it’s one
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There are iconic fanbase rivalries that have seemingly existed since gaming’s earliest age. Do you prefer Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog? What about Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat? But rarely do you see an inter-series rivalry as fierce as the Mega Man versus Mega Man X debates. While Mega Man (or Rockman for Eastern readers) series is the original that kickstarted the iconic Blue Bomber and
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When you think about it, it is amazing how resounding Martin Sahlin’s homemade doll Yarny is — especially to an ever-maturing crowd of gamers. Yet ever since the Swedish developer revealed his original project at EA’s 2015 Press Conference, Unravel and Yarny have held a special place in the hearts of indie aficionados. Imagine the surprise when Unravel
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