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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review

Original Source Link Here Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles spends its first fifteen minutes invoking memories of two of the best Zelda games. It opens on a boat, with your player-created character and a cartoony crew sailing through choppy seas, heading towards a distant island. It’s a scene reminiscent of The Wind Waker’s early moments, when Link and Tetra first set sail together. Soon enough the ship is wrecked, and you wash up on the …

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Escape From Prison Without Losing Your Sanity – The Escapists 2 – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Almost everyone has heard of history’s amazing prison escapes, like Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin fleeing from the world-famous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1962. The men spent six months preparing, and used everything from papier-mâché dummy heads left in beds to raincoats stitched together into a lifeboat. The Escapists 2 gives you the same types of tools to escape a variety of themed confines, but also shares the tedium …

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A Blast From The Past – Yakuza Kiwami – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Sega started the year off with a wonderful surprise in the form of Yakuza 0. The series has been around for a decade, but that prequel entry held the door open for new players who hadn’t yet been admitted to the club. I was among those new players and, like many, I was excited to continue following the adventures of Kazuma Kiryu and company. Yakuza Kiwami makes it simple. It’s a …

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Yakuza Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Yakuza games do two things very well: grab you with dramatic stories and over-the-top characters, and make you laugh with oddball side missions that knowingly lean into their absurdity. The latest game, Yakuza Kiwami, is no exception. It’s gripping and funny, juvenile at times and self reflexive at others. It’s a difficult game to categorize, but its unbridled spirit is immediately identifiable, and acutely unapologetic. Some people had their first taste …

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Madden NFL 18 Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here After almost 30 years, the Madden NFL series is rarely surprising. Fans think they know what to expect each year: a handful of small but meaningful mechanical tweaks, roster updates, and slight graphical bumps. Madden NFL 18, however, is highlighted by one of the most significant additions in series history–a full story mode–and a new, much more graphically capable engine. And due in large part to the Longshot story, it is …

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Undertale Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Update: We’ve now tested the PlayStation 4 version of Undertale, and have updated the score to reflect the new port. Undertale’s opening cinematic hints at a cliche RPG where you awake in a mysterious world and embark on a journey in hopes of returning to your normal life. Despite the familiar premise, you quickly discover that looks can be deceiving. While many games can take a heavy-handed approach to teaching you …

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A Bloodthirsty Rematch – Nidhogg 2 – PC

Original Source Link Here The original Nidhogg found a creative, fun take on the fighting genre. Its acrobatic combat and aesthetic simplicity were part of its charm, which makes adding complexity without souring the experience a difficult task. Nidhogg 2 handles it well, adding substantive new ways to engage your opponent without losing what made the original a fantastic fighter. It fails to expand the scope of the series the way you’d expect a sequel …

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A Joyous Leap Back In Time – Sonic Mania – Xbox One

Original Source Link Here Following Sonic the Hedgehog’s meteoric rise to prominence in the early ’90s, Sega tarnished the franchise’s once sterling reputation with a long string of mostly disappointing entries. With Sonic Mania, Sega wants to wipe away the last couple of decades and give fans a true successor to the beloved Genesis titles. The effort largely succeeds. Sonic Mania is a beautifully made love letter to the classic days of the franchise, and …

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Pure Horror From The Far-Flung Future – Observer – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Observer begins like many classic mystery stories: with a phone call. Detective Daniel Lazarski is in his patrol car when he receives a desperate distress call from his estranged son, Adam. Tracking down the signal, Lazarski races through the futuristic and corporate-controlled Fifth Polish Republic to find the call coming from a run-down apartment complex in the poor part of the city. The grizzled protagonist steps out of his car and …

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Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth Review

Original Source Link Here For those with patience, there’s a wonderful story of political corruption, self-discovery, and religious reliance to be found in The Pillars of the Earth. However, for anyone with a short attention span, it’d be hard to recommend this game as its slow pace and often drip-feed-style storytelling can make it tough to get through. Stick it out, however, and you find that this first episode (of three) hints at a larger, …

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A Tale Of Two Halves – Madden NFL 18 – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Fans are sometimes confused by the players NFL teams draft. Players are taken at positions the team is already strong at, while weaknesses are seemingly ignored. Fans deem some players a reach, and don’t understand why their favorites weren’t drafted. A coherent philosophy is not always apparent from the outside looking in. Madden NFL 18 produces a similar reaction. It plays to its competitive/hardcore side seemingly at the expense of its …

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The Heart Of Adventure Is Bigger Than One Hero – Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Nathan Drake’s days of adventuring are over. As we watched him hang up his holster and rope to begin a new chapter in his life, Naughty Dog’s scribes doubled down on the message of “it’s over.” Video game protagonists rarely walk off into the sunset, but Drake’s farewell is as definitive as they come. Naughty Dog wrote Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as a conclusion to Drake’s story, and it ended …

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Picking Up The Pace – Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two: Giant Consequences – Xbox One

Original Source Link Here The premiere episode of Minecraft: Story Mode’s new season faced pacing issues, but it effectively set up the rest of the season with an interesting antagonist that rivaled the Wither Storm from the first season. With that in mind, I looked ahead with curiosity on where the next entry would take Jesse and friends, and this episode delivers on the promise of a threatening big bad, and the improved pacing makes …

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The Long Dark Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here As The Long Dark emerges after years in early access, it introduces the first two chapters in a five-part story, called Wintermute. The game’s demanding survival mechanics have the potential to mesh well with the story of a plane crash survivor stuck in the Canadian wilderness of Great Bear, but it’s too early to say whether or not Wintermute’s narrative ultimately pays off. It is, however, clearly off to a rocky …

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Surviving A Brutal Winter – The Long Dark – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here If The Long Dark teaches you one thing, it’s that the wilderness is terrifying but beautiful. Danger lurks around every corner, and you can succumb to death in even the calmest moments. With its hyper-realistic mechanics, this difficult-but-satisfying survival game plunges you into the depths of a harsh Canadian winter. The Long Dark is about managing your time and resources, which makes for a tense trek across a beautiful, snow-blanketed wilderness …

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