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“Injustice 2” Review

“Injustice 2” Review

“Behold! I teach you of the Superman! He is this lightning! He is this Madness!” – Friedrich Nietzsche, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (Pretentious review introduction quoting Nietzsche? Check.)

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” Review

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” Review

When it comes to writing, character development, and world building, there are few developers in the west that can compete with BioWare. Originally a company founded by two M.D.s for the purpose of developing medical software for hospitals, they would eventually become famous first for their lauded Baldur’s Gate series, and then for the groundbreaking Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The latter made great strides in storytelling, player choice, and even in LGBTQ recognition. BioWare would then follow […]

“NieR: Automata” Review

“NieR: Automata” Review

Japan has given birth to some of the most unique and eccentric game developers in the field. Hideo Kojima, for example, went a long way in adapting and articulating the language of film in his games. Fumito Ueda, whose minimalist storytelling and fantastical worlds invoke the atmosphere of dreams. There’s late Kenji Eno, who gained a reputation for extremely unconventional game design and strange marketing techniques supplemented by his notoriety as a musician. Then you have Taro Yoko, also known […]

Brandon’s Top 10 Games of 2016

Brandon’s Top 10 Games of 2016

The year 2016 managed to produce some serious surprises. For one thing, we managed to get not one, but TWO long awaited major titles (Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian) on the shelves after long delays and troubled development. Not only that, but both games actually managed to beat the odds and be of good quality! We also had the privilege of seeing Blizzard produce a brand new IP that convinced even the harshest multiplayer critics to give it a […]

“The Last Guardian” Review

“The Last Guardian” Review

After almost a decade in development, with several false starts and cancellations, the third title by video game auteur (and former Team Ico head) Fumito Ueda has finally made its way to store shelves. Ueda’s two previous titles are a pretty major legacy to measure up to, and it’s been quite a long time since the last one was released. Does the magic still live? Can Ueda’s design philosophy survive the current console generation?

“Odin Sphere Leifthrasir” Review

“Odin Sphere Leifthrasir” Review

With the release of the fantasy beat-em-up tribute Dragon’s Crown in 2013, Japanese developer Vanillaware finally became a major name in gaming, with the title going on to sell almost a million copies worldwide and in-turn outselling every other Vanillaware release up to that point. Its gorgeous art direction, surprisingly challenging gameplay, and old-school sensibility attracted both seasoned and younger gamers alike, creating a truly cross-generational hit in the process.

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