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inFamous: Second Son

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Meet the new gen, same as the old gen.” Good: Beautiful; fair use of motion and touch controls; natural strategies; interesting sandbox tasks; some cool destructible environments. Bad: Awful morality system; awful interfaces; awful characters; challenge by frustration; overly constrained ability system; checklist-reliant gameplay; few of the previous games’ positive features; nothing new to offer at all.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

“Same strengths, same weaknesses, same Legend of Zelda.” Good: Open, player-driven structure; interesting ‘between worlds’ mechanic; decent minigames and sidequests. Bad: Little to no true innovation; underutilized 2D mechanic; poor presentation and use of weapons; reliance on “Eureka”-style puzzles; generic bosses; lazy dungeons; poor incentive for experimentation.

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Top 10 Young Franchises

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Lists | 0 comments

In this Top 10 list, DDJ looks at ten of the best franchises to emerge in the best ten years of gaming, before his GameFAQs Top 100 project on points the spotlight more directly on Final Fantasy, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda.

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Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

“An average shmup, but a below-average game.” Good: Simple, intuitive, accessible controls; beautiful graphics; a few interesting gimmicks. Bad: Too little content; too much repetition without any customization or strategy; poor information visualization; flawed co-op mode; no clear objective.

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Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

“A charming concept game that successfully strives to be more.” Good: An interesting core mechanic used in varied, interesting, and thoughtful ways; an impressive attention to explaining that mechanic in the plot; charming storytelling and visual appeal. Bad: Little replay value, a predictable plot, and other missed opportunities that I wouldn’t expect a $15 game to fulfill anyway.

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