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Unpolished Platforming Bliss – A Hat in Time – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here A Hat in Time represents the best kind of Kickstarter project. Developer Gears for Breakfast doesn’t have any notable celebrity developers on its team and was instead able to reach its monetary goals based purely on the potential of the game and its appreciation for the genre it was trying to emulate. The result is a game that lacks polish, but A Hat in Time is full of surprises, and, more …

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Steep Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here When Ubisoft Annecy’s extreme sports game Steep launched last year, it sold itself on the promise of big mountain exploration. In light of this, Steep’s newest expansion, Road to the Olympics, feels somewhat incongruous with the rest of the game. Something as regimented, restricted, and well-defined as the Olympics does not fit well with a game that challenges you to break all restrictions and find every nook and cranny hidden in …

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A Royal Bummer – Reigns: Her Majesty – iOS

Original Source Link Here Monarchs get all the glory in the history books. They lived lavish lives of luxury, and their daily whims could reshape nations. Like its predecessor, Reigns: Her Majesty examines the lives of medieval rulers, and explores how their impulses allow nations to flourish or bring them to their knees. However, navigating the chaotic social structure of a medieval kingdom is no easy task, and the day-to-day life of a queen is …

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Becoming More Of A Passenger Than A Driver – Gear Club Unlimited – Switch

Original Source Link Here Hugging dangerous curves and gunning it to grab first place as I cross the finish line is enough to sustain me in most racing games, but that’s not the strong point of Gear Club Unlimited. This title is neither a simulation nor pure arcade game; while you can feel different cars’ upgrades and degrees of under- or oversteer, controlling them lacks subtlety, leading to some wild steering. In the absence of …

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A Disappointing Gothic Tale – Black Mirror – PC

Original Source Link Here Black Mirror, a revival of the 2003 adventure game The Black Mirror, tells an all-new tale of murder, deceit, and powerful magic surrounding the Gordon family. Although it has some clever puzzles, Black Mirror fails to deliver in other ways, from its confusing story to heavy reliance on predictable gothic horror tropes. Playing as David Gordon, you return to and explore your ancestral home following your estranged father’s death. Although wandering …

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DOOM VFR Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here It’s one thing to step into 2016’s Doom and witness its version of hell in all its modern, HD glory. It’s another thing entirely to step out of a portal in the new Doom VFR and suddenly find yourself inescapably surrounded by fire and death. Hell has been made more harrowing and real than ever before, and Doom VFR leverages this to present a new tale. But a big issue is …

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Depth And Sacrifice – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Switch

Original Source Link Here Role-playing games can be intimidating, with complicated systems and massive worlds that unfold over dozens of hours. Some developers attempt to overcome that entry barrier by simplifying the genre’s core components to create a more accessible game. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is not one of those games. It embraces its complexity, providing dizzying and impressive depth few modern RPGs can match. I love that unapologetic approach, but developer Monolith Soft has trouble …

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A Flawed, Intriguing Chapter – Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 3: Fractured Mask – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here At its best, Telltale’s take on the Caped Crusader is at its best when it’s twisting what we know of fan-favorite characters like The Joker and Bane and taking them to unexpected places. With Fractured Mask, this quality still turns out to be the strong point while the issues that so often plague all Telltale games—bad animations, poor pacing—are present. Fractured Mask finds Bruce Wayne digging deeper in the criminal group …

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is every bit as fantastical as you’d hope, an RPG set in a massive world where man and animal live on the backs of tremendous beasts in a sea of clouds. The world of Alrest, simultaneously Earthly and alien, with a mysterious history that even its major players fail to truly understand, is a magical place to inhabit. It appropriately sets the stage for an epic adventure that …

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Closing The Loop – Guardians of the Galaxy – Don’t Stop Believin’ – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy is certainly the most sentimental version of these characters I’ve encountered. Across the scope of five episodes, Telltale’s interpretation maintains the goofy scoundrel vibe the series has become known for, but the bigger focus falls on the the character studies of these emotionally damaged heroes, as each tries to come to terms with their own individual pasts. While the final chapter struggles to find its footing …

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RIVE Review – GameSpot

Original Source Link Here Backed into a corner by curtains of laser fire, I hop and twist, curling my shots and grinding foes into nuts and bolts. After hacking a support drone to bring in some extra muscle to the fight, I battle my way out and continue my maelstrom of destruction. These moments are common in Rive, and they’re emblematic of how the game melds sharp design and challenging encounters to reinvigorate the shoot-em-up …

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The Gumshoe Diaries – L.A. Noire – Switch

Original Source Link Here The police procedural is a wildly popular literary, television, and film genre, but relatively few game developers have successfully captured the thrill of cracking a case. Of the few interactive experiences that have tried to match the intrigue of classic detective stories like The Big Sleep and Chinatown, the Rockstar Games and Team Bondi collaboration L.A. Noire stands out most clearly in the lineup. Six years after its original release, the …

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Making Incremental Gains – WWE 2K18 – Xbox One

Original Source Link Here Sometimes being a WWE fan is hard. Keeping up with the weekly shows requires a massive time commitment. Your favorite wrestlers are constantly getting hurt or thrown into terrible storylines. Even friends and family sometimes roll their eyes at your Austin 3:16 shirts. But one of the most tiring aspects of being a WWE fan is putting up with the lackluster wrestling in 2K’s WWE series every year. One of the …

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A Tasty Treat For Puzzle Fans – Battle Chef Brigade – Switch

Original Source Link Here Battle Chef Brigade is a weird, delightful, and intense match-three cooking game that also pushes players to hunt for ingredients through fervent hack-and-slash combat. This strange hybrid of genres works surprisingly well, as both push for speed and precision. One botched combat encounter or poorly placed ingredient could spell disaster. Obvious inspiration is drawn from the Iron Chef cooking show, complete with an animated host who reveals the competition’s primary ingredient, …

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Plagued By Centipeetles – Steven Universe: Save the Light – PlayStation 4

Original Source Link Here Steven Universe is a show that has cultivated a strong following thanks to its Venn-diagram overlap of immortal aliens and frequent lessons on the importance of empathy. It’s a strange combination that works surprisingly well, and though it has seen a few video game adaptions, Save the Light has been particularly exciting because it’s Steven’s first full-scale console RPG. Save the Light is a sequel to the 2015 mobile game, Attack …

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