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Month: October 2016

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Shadow Warrior 2 Review

The first-person shooter renaissance that we have been living through for the past year has provided the industry with some of the best FPS games in recent memory. As someone who not only loves the FPS genre, but FPS games from the nineties, I believe that it’s fair to say that we live in some truly beautiful times. The release […]

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A Brave New (Open) World: The Effects of Ludonarrative Dissonance in Open World Crime Titles

With the release of Mafia III, and the unequivocal frenzy it has conjured up, I’ve felt particularly compelled to talk about the nature of Open-Worlds. Mafia III has been riddled with performance issues and glitches, in large part to poor coding and design, but also, possibly to a lesser extent, the scale of its Open-World. I’ve been following the development of […]

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Why I love Gears of War

Gears of War. The name itself holds a nostalgic tinge to it. It’s a game that, even if you didn’t play it during its hay day, is understood to have fundamentally manipulated the identity and understanding of Video Games. I remember a few months after the Xbox One was released people continually asked themselves “What’s going to be this consoles […]

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5 hours with: Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is one of the most fascinating games I’ve played all year, not just because of its excellent combat system or its gorgeous art style. What initially began as a frustrating foray to mimic the combat systems of other recognizable strategy titles like XCOM, expands and adds intricate levels of depth and complexity all while looking—and playing […]

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A Narrative Analysis of Event[0]

The human experience is one that is marked by either goodness and beauty or pain and suffering. In a reasonable world, our lives would be balanced equally with the good and bad. Sadly, for far too many people, the balance tips just ever so slightly in favor of the latter. Loneliness and isolation slowly compresses all emotions and feelings until all […]

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The Battlefield 1 Campaign has Huge Potential (Quickie)

The newest trailer for Battlefield 1’s single player campaign dropped recently and, suffice it to say, the game looks spectacular. The two-minute trailer was packed with high octane action sequences and a surprising amount of heart. The action looking spectacular is a given, this is a Battlefield game after all and one thing that modern first- person shooters can do […]

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Event[0] Review

The walking simulator (as it has been so humorously deemed) has achieved an unprecedented level of success over the last few years. A large chunk of the genre’s prominence and significance has been helped, in large part, by games such as Gone Home, Dear Esther, and The Stanley Parable. Yet, while these games are wildly successful and revered, they have […]