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Developer Long Hat House’s Dandara is just a conceptually pleasing game. Rethinking the standard Metroid-type game from the ground up, Dandara approaches a near-saturated genre with new takes that genuinely flip gameplay on its head. Dandara is without a doubt a merger of old and new ideas. On one point of the spectrum, the game offers the standard (and still equally
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Last year, I reviewed Pokémon Silver when it was re-released on 3DS. While I did feel that the game has dated in some areas, I also believed that the Generation II games were when the Pokémon series cemented itself as a mechanically solid series that was here to stay. That being said, Pokémon Crystal was surprisingly absent from the initial
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In 2016, Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory released I Am Setusna — a love letter to the Japanese role-playing games of the 8 and 16-bit eras. Influenced by some of Squaresoft’s most notable titles like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, the then-new developer brought a substantial, nostalgic journey with its inaugural release. Fast forward just
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My first introduction to the SaGa franchise was SaGa Frontier 2 on PlayStation, and to this day I consider it one of my all-time favorite RPGs. However, with having limited to no internet access at the time, I was unaware of most titles that came before it; more specifically, the Romancing SaGa trilogy on Super Famicom.
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Ever since Cave Story and Mega Man 9 jumpstarted the retro-revival scene in gaming in the mid-2000’s, many titles have been created that call back to retro consoles from the 8 and 16 Bit eras. Kickstarter has also been home to many of these games, with one of its biggest successes being 2014’s Shovel Knight.
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Star Wars Battlefront II should’ve been the Chosen One. After the lackluster response to 2015’s Battlefront, Battlefront II seemed to have the breadth of content and an added campaign to please that those who felt slighted from the first game wanted in the sequel. At its best moments, Battlefront II is the game that we hoped it would be with some
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Since 1979, the gaming industry has made fourteen attempts at creating a Superman video game worthy of your time and wallet. While many of these games were a valiant effort (except Superman 64) fans of the Man of Steel never received an actual Superman game per se; Megaton Rainfall is the superhero game no one wanted. But, I am
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With no exception, Chicago-based developer Jackbox Games sets the gold standard for local multiplayer party games. Obviously, this includes the newly-released Jackbox Party Pack 4 – the latest iteration of the series, packing together a diverse and largely Twitch/livestream-inspired bundle that was an instant hit with both gamers and non-gamers I brought to the table.
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There’s a group of gamers who seem to crave niche titles that otherwise won’t receive much attention from the larger gaming population. These gamers don’t necessarily want what’s popular or what’s on everyone’s most anticipated list, and they like it that way. Luckily, NIS America has come to give this group what they want and
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Raid: World War II is a disaster. Even with some of its more redeemable qualities, it’s hard to recommend over other phenomenal World War II shooters this year like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Call of Duty: World War II. The game seems like a culmination of too many ideas that never come together. Developer Lion game Lion clearly
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B.J. Blazkowicz has been killing Nazis by the dozen for over twenty-five years, but he’s never been much more than an avatar for the player to take out their aggression on one of history’s most loathed regimes. MachineGames set out to change that with Wolfenstein: The New Order by giving Blazkowicz distinct traits and a unique personality
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For years the Assassin’s Creed franchise has been the subject of delays, devotion, and non-numeral entries in the series leaving a bad taste in players mouths leaving fans on a constant emotional roller coaster ride. Finally, ten years after the launch of the first game, Assassin’s Creed: Origins makes a meaningful mark on history – a
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While not every game in the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS lineup has fully utilized the second screen, no series has better or more consistently emphasized the possibilities than Etrian Odyssey. Playing to the insatiable nerdiness of building a detailed map while you explore dungeons, no other series speaks to the inner Dungeons & Dragons
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Over two years ago, Turn 10 Studios released Forza Motorsport 6. Many consider that title to be still the best in the Motorsport series. The latest installment has some big shoes to fill, but I am happy to say that Forza Motorsport 7 does not disappoint its star-studded lineage. Visually, Forza Motorsport 7 is alluring at
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