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WWE 2K18 Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Spectacle and showmanship are as vital to professional wrestling as its storylines and in-ring action. Fans will fondly remember a Superstar’s distinctive mannerisms, or the pageantry of a glorious entrance, just as much as a five-star match. WWE 2K18 takes this aspect to heart with a substantial leap in visual fidelity–further complementing developers Yuke’s and Visual Concepts’ adherence to wrestling authenticity. However, the game’s cosmetic advancements fail to cover up stagnant …

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Fire Emblem Warriors Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Fire Emblem Warriors brings heroes from the revered Fire Emblem strategy series and drops them onto the chaotic battlefields developer Omega Force’s Warriors games are known for. These knights, paladins, and mages are a natural fit for medieval clashes against swarms of hapless enemies, but their influence on the Warriors formula is otherwise fleeting. However fun it can be in short spurts, Fire Emblem Warriors feels like plenty of other Warriors …

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Bigger, Longer, And Improved – South Park: The Fractured But Whole – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Since it began airing in 1997, South Park has challenged what a television show should be. It killed a recurring character every episode during its early years, and had a series retrospective clip show episode in the middle of its second season. Series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone looked at the animated television medium and said, “We’re going to do something different.” For 2015’s The Stick of Truth, they took …

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It’s Not In The Relegation Zone – FIFA 18 – Switch

Original Source Link Here EA Sports’ recent history with Nintendo consoles isn’t good. The company and its games were almost entirely absent from the Wii U library, and its handful of Wii titles weren’t fun to play. Therefore, when EA Sports announced a Switch version of FIFA 18, it immediately raised questions about what features would be cut from the PS4 and Xbox One versions due to hardware limitations. While FIFA 18 on Switch is …

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From Payday To Mayday – Raid: World War II – PC

Original Source Link Here As games like Destiny, Borderlands and Left 4 Dead have proven, gamers gravitate to well-designed cooperative shooters in droves. Starbreeze Studios tapped into that success with the popular Payday franchise, allowing four players to team up and attempt daring heists while gunning down a precinct’s worth of police officers and SWAT teams. Raid: World War II attempts to build off the success of Payday, using much of the same infrastructure for …

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A Diluted Concoction – The Evil Within 2 – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Ignoring the influence of Resident Evil 4 on The Evil Within is impossible; survival-horror pioneer Shinji Mikami and developer Tango Gameworks iterated on the former’s combat, structure, and progression to make them fit their new franchise while upping the sense of scale and adding a few twists of their own. If the first entry worshipped at the altar of Resident Evil 4, then The Evil Within 2 is polytheistic, borrowing more …

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The Evil Within 2 Review

Original Source Link Here Innovating within the bounds of horror’s familiar tropes and rules is a difficult task, but one that The Evil Within 2 handles with grace. Developer Tango Gameworks cleverly introduces old-school horror design within the confines of a semi-open world that ultimately makes for a refreshing trip into a world of nightmares. Picking up several years after the first game, we find the former detective Sebastian Castellanos in dire straits, still wracked …

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The Flame in the Flood Review

Original Source Link Here Survival games challenge you to gain control of treacherous worlds. You typically start with very little, and need to scavenge for supplies and resources in order to craft the tools needed to help you avoid death. Success usually means having enough power to establish yourself in a higher place on the food chain, or hunkering down and building a fortified space strong enough to keep the rest of the food chain …

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Raising The Stakes – Guardians of the Galaxy – Who Needs You – Xbox One

Original Source Link Here Telltale’s writers have a big challenge to confront with this story. Lean too heavily into the Guardians’ free-wheeling antics and humor, and everything feels too light to warrant any emotional investment. But go too far the other way, and the family drama, painful choices, and harsh consequences start to overwhelm the fun. The dilemma is especially challenging in this climactic installment, in which you want to put your heroes through the …

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Waving The White Flag – Raid: World War II – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here As games like Destiny, Borderlands and Left 4 Dead have proven, gamers gravitate to well-designed cooperative shooters in droves. Starbreeze Studios tapped into that success with the popular Payday franchise, allowing four players to team up and attempt daring heists while gunning down a precinct’s worth of police officers and SWAT teams. Raid: World War II attempts to build off the success of Payday, using much of the same infrastructure for …

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Restrictor Plated – Forza Motorsport 7 – Xbox One

Original Source Link Here The first few hours of Forza are intoxicating as credits are stuffed into your hand, the upgrade possibilities are seemingly endless, and each race takes you one step closer to…something. Get settled in, however, and the fussy structure and changes from previous Forzas become irksome as they limit what you can do with the cars in your garage in favor of continually pushing you to purchase new ones. Which is a …

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Stardew Valley Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here On the surface, Stardew Valley is a game about farming, but there are more adventures awaiting curious players beyond cultivating a rich and bountiful garden. From mining and fishing to making friends and falling in love, Stardew Valley’s Pelican Town is stuffed with rewarding opportunities. As modern day woes give way to pressing matters on the farm and within your newfound community, Stardew Valley’s meditative activities often lead to personal reflection …

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An Up And Down Debut – NBA 2K18 – Switch

Original Source Link Here Nintendo console owners who enjoy sports sims have rarely had the chance to scratch that itch on the company’s recent platforms. Outside of some first-party arcade sports games, options on the Wii and Wii U ranged between subpar to nonexistent. Prospects are looking up for the fledgling Switch judging by what Visual Concepts pulled off with NBA 2K18. This version of the popular basketball title isn’t merely a shell of the …

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Finding Bliss Between Action And Strategy – Heat Signature – PC

Original Source Link Here Heat Signature rewards as much as it punishes. It takes away chunks of your hard-earned progress after even a minor mistake, but also gives you the tools to get out of impossible situations. With the right gadgets and weapons, you can overcome, or sneak by, an army of armored soldiers with only three seconds left on the clock before your invaded ships docks and you are captured. It can be terrifying, …

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Rising Tension – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2: The Pact – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here The first episode of Telltale’s new season of Batman left a lot to be desired, since it failed to build upon what made the first season so interesting: unexpected twists to characters fans have adored for decades. While the first season gave us a charming, absolutely mad dandy as The Penguin, now The Riddler has become an uninteresting serial killer who relies on brutal violence instead of intriguing mind games. The …

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