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“Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds” Review

“Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds” Review

Horizon: Zero Dawn was easily one of the best games 2017 had to offer, so getting the chance to dive back into the world is inherently exciting and daunting. Could an expansion live up to the quality of the rest of the game? In the case of The Frozen Wilds, absolutely.

“Batman – The Enemy Within, Episode 3: Fractured Mask” Review

“Batman – The Enemy Within, Episode 3: Fractured Mask” Review

Over the last couple of weeks, there were two notable releases featuring Batman. One is a dumbed down mess that shows Batman getting beat to hell, getting almost all of his toys broken, and making him be a foolish jerk. The other tells a cohesive and engaging story. Let’s talk about the latter! Telltale Games’ Batman – The Enemy Within, Episode 3: Fractured Mask.

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” Review

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” Review

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the first game in the series since 2015, after taking a one year hiatus. Since its inception, Assassin’s Creed series has seen annual releases that were very hit-or-miss in terms of playability and story. Origins set out to become the most ambitious Assassin’s Creed game yet, and the one year break they used to refine every aspect of the game seems to have paid off in droves, as Origins is not only one of the best games […]

“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” Review

“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” Review

I could probably tell you about the timeliness of this game and its release. I could probably tell you about the minor controversy that erupted on social media when the trailers were first released on YouTube. I could also probably tell you about the unbridled absolute joy that I experienced as I slaughtered wave after wave of Nazi scum with a hatchet and a shotgun, or the various touching and funny moments that pepper this amazingly cinematic gaming experience. Hell, […]

“Super Mario Odyssey” Review

“Super Mario Odyssey” Review

Super Mario Odyssey does things that no other game before or after it could or ever would do, and that’s one of many reasons why it’s a must-have for anybody with a liking for video games.

“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” Review

“South Park: The Fractured But Whole” Review

South Park: The Stick of Truth was one of the surprise hits of 2014, so it was hardly a surprise when a sequel was announced a year later.  After a couple delays, the latest game is here, and for better or for worse, it’s more of the same.

“Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2: Brave New World” Review

“Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 2: Brave New World” Review

Life is Strange: Before the Storm really had no business being good, especially since it doesn’t feature the time travel mechanic that helped make the first so unique.  Before the Storm is actually every bit as engaging if not more so than the initial season, showing off what the game’s writers can really do with a good plot and fantastic character development. What Is It? The second episode in this prequel series continues a day after the events in Awake.  […]

“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” Review

“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” Review

Our 2016 Game of the Year, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, featured an ending that was damn near perfect.  While we won’t go and spoil it, it left a glimmer of hope that the series would continue somehow, some way. So here comes Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Naughty Dog’s promised single player DLC that got so big, it ended up being a standalone release.  Say what you want about whether or not it’s “just DLC,” but the bottom line is […]

“Forza Motorsport 7” Review

“Forza Motorsport 7” Review

This review is not going to be what you expect. We have a format on SmashPad that we usually follow. For this game though, we decided to run with an idea I had. Many reviews and pundits talk about the bad practices in the gaming industry in a cut-and-dry way, ignoring the fact that on the other end of the screen is a real person. I decided to approach this review from that angle, and just write a letter to […]

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Episode 4: Who Needs You” Review

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Episode 4: Who Needs You” Review

Telltale is back with another emotionally charged journey with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The last two games have gone either very successful with emotion for us (Under Pressure) to a little more on the meh side (More Than a Feeling). The latest episode, Who Needs You, covers all that ground on its way to delivering a potentially devastating ending.

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