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Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Deep, balanced, and unrelentingly stylish, Transistor will undoubtedly be one of the top games of the year.

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Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation HD

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Reviews | 1 comment

“Why upgrade the graphics without fixing the bad, glitchy gameplay?” Good: Some interesting new ideas; a fantastic twist on the frame story; the series’ best music. Bad: Glitchy; disjointed gameplay and plot; incoherent story; frustrating game world; lazy sidequests.

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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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Surgeon Simulator 2013

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

The premise of Surgeon Simulator 2013 is literally sidesplitting. Just don’t expect to get much out of it once the joke is over.

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Guacamelee! Gold Edition

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Guacamelee is some of the fastest, flashiest, and funniest entertainment I’ve had in years.

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