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Tales of Xillia 2 Review

Tales of Xillia finally arrived in America last year to much criticism, as the game’s cut-corners and immense asset recycling (all consequences of rushing to meet the series’ 15th anniversary) rendered it the latest disappointment in the series. Could a sequel right all of the …
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The Wolf Among Us Review

The gaming industry has always been one to welcome good stories and those that weave them. However, developers that put a heavy focus on this subject are far and few between. While Telltale has been around for some time, and has breathed …
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Skyrim Review

A dragon soaring high above Skyrim, watching over it’s rolling hills and snowy mountain tops, notices movement below. You. It opens its mouth and instantly fire wraps around your body as you quickly run for cover. You frantically navigate the magic menu …
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Fire Emblem: Awakening Review

The Fire Emblem series is known for its highly strategic turn-based combat, a plethora of unit types at the player’s command, and being responsible for committing a majority of its more impatient players, to mental health institutions. While Fire Emblem: Awakening whole-heartedly …
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Spelunky Review

Each map is randomly generated, frustration grows with each missed jump, and it’s seemingly impossible to move forward without having to restart from the very beginning 100 times first. I’m talking about Spelunky, from Indie developer Derek Yu Being. Spelunky was first …
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Pikmin 3 Review

Following years of delays, console hopping and developmental conflicts Pikmin 3 finally arrived on the Wii U nine years after the Gamecube’sPikmin 2. Once again starring the adventures of adorable plant creatures under the command of interplanetary spacefarers, Pikmin 3 is a …
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Persona 3 Review

Persona 3, in any of its numerous iterations, marked a significant departure from the previous entries in its franchise, adding in what has since became a staple of the series – the added element of a social simulator. The game plays out …
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Hotline Miami Review

“Do you enjoy hurting other people?” One of many excellent excerpts from the beautifully simple writing of Hotline Miami, the question has a very metta vibe to it. Do you, the player, enjoy the imagined pain you are causing in your pixelated …
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Mario Kart 8 Review

Mario Kart 8 races onto the Wii U with a stunningly beautiful HD presentation and creative innovations on the series gameplay. As much as gamers harp on the cheapness of the dreaded Blue Shell, they can’t resist the call of Mario and …
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Spyro the Dragon Review

Spyro the Dragon was the beginning of one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s flagship enterprises. It was released in late 1998 on the PlayStation 1 console and is a 3D 3rd person platforming game developed by Insomniac Games. When it released, it was …