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“Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | PlayStation 4 Reviews Xbox One | 0 Comments | 05 Oct 2020

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time maintains the spirit and core identity of the trio of games it serves as a sequel to, but I don’t think that’s entirely a good thing. Its solid controls, wacky humor sprinkled throughout the…

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“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Articles PlayStation 4 Reviews Xbox One | 0 Comments | 07 Sep 2020

The name “Tony Hawk” means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, he’s a skateboarding icon famous for “the 900” and other impressive feats performed during his long career, but for many others, he’s…

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Open World Games Shouldn’t Tell Stories, You Should

author image by Jon Yelenic | Articles Features | 0 Comments | 23 Aug 2020

NOTE: This article contains a spoiler for Ghost of Tsushima I’ve been playing a lot of Ghost of Tsushima. Most of my time is spent exploring its lush, open setting. Every inch is packed with purpose — towns and survivor…

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“Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Articles PlayStation 4 Reviews Steam | 0 Comments | 06 Aug 2020

Battle royales are intense — the premise of being cast into a battle arena filled with dozens of other players in a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek is enough to make every game an intense experience where no two matches are…

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“Paper Mario: The Origami King” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Nintendo Switch Reviews | 0 Comments | 24 Jul 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King surprised us all when it popped up in a Nintendo Direct mini this past May. With little fanfare or anticipation, it was seemingly brought into existence with a trailer that showcased pretty visuals, a brand-new…

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“Carrion” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Nintendo Switch PC Reviews Steam Xbox One | 0 Comments | 22 Jul 2020

Horror games typically like to trap you in a setting with a big, bad, powerful enemy. When applied well, it adds a layer of challenge, but more importantly, a layer of fear. It sets a tone that can force you…

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“Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Nintendo Switch Reviews | 0 Comments | 12 Jul 2020

Imagine if Twin Peaks was directed by Garth Marenghi, and then adapted into a video game, again directed by Garth Marenghi; that is what the first Deadly Premonition game is at its core. It was a schlocky love letter to…

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How “Portable Ops” changed “Metal Gear”

author image by Jon Yelenic | Features | 0 Comments | 20 May 2020

The year was 2006. By this point, Sony’s first handheld console — the PlayStation Portable — had featured two non-canon spinoffs in the critically acclaimed Metal Gear series: Metal Gear Acid and its sequel. But the system was due for…

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“Resident Evil: Resistance” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | PC PlayStation 4 Reviews Xbox One | 0 Comments | 28 Apr 2020

The remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 are titles partially built on nostalgia; they’re reimaginings of some of the most influential survival-horror titles in gaming history, rebuilt from the ground up on new hardware. Newcomers can jump into them,…

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“Resident Evil 3” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | PC PlayStation 4 Reviews Xbox One | 0 Comments | 07 Apr 2020

Capcom has been on a bit of a hot streak lately when it comes to the Resident Evil franchise. It started with 2016’s Resident Evil VII, and then they followed it up with a remake of Resident Evil 2 three…

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“Bloodroots” Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Reviews Xbox One | 0 Comments | 17 Mar 2020

If you took the gameplay loop of Hotline Miami, mixed it with a visual style reminiscent of the works of Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and wrapped it all up in a blood-soaked revenge plot, you…

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"Reknum" Review

author image by Jon Yelenic | Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Reviews | 0 Comments | 01 Feb 2020

Similar to other notable independent titles, Nape Games’ Reknum tries to evoke nostalgia from when the video game industry was just in its infancy. Its graphics are pixelated, its story cuts right to the chase, and it’s a ball-bustingly hard…

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