Now Playing: A Review of Rise of the Tomb Raider

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In 2013, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics rebooted the long-running Tomb Raider video-game franchise with an installment geared more toward survival, in a much more grounded setting, an inexperienced Lara Croft was forced to fend for herself and fight off a ravenous cult to save her friends. The video-game received critical acclaim across the board, and, more importantly in […]

Now Playing: A Review of Remnant: From the Ashes

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I had my eye on Remnant: From the Ashes from the moment I caught a trailer heralding its interesting world and although I’ve been burned too many times by budget games (and Triple AAA titles, in-fact) like Agony and ReCore to make a leap of faith and buy it on release, I was stoked when I […]

Now Playing: A Review of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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After a while, it started to feel like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night might never happen. The “Metroidvania” video-game developed by ArtPlay and published by 505 Games was first on my radar (and yours also, perhaps) in 2015. Former producer of the Castlevania series Koji Igarashi started a crowdfund campaign […]

Now Playing: A Review of The Evil Within 2

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  When The Evil Within first arrived in 2014, myself and many others were very excited. Directed by Shinji Mikami, developer Tango Gameworks’ new survival horror appeared poised to replace the Resident Evil – shaped hole in our hearts left when Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 found itself unable to meet expectations. The Evil Within arrived and received a generally positive critical reception, […]

Now Playing: A Review of Gears 5

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Although Gears of War 4 might have left a lot to be desired as far as evolving the gaming franchise for the next generation, I was modestly in-anticipation of its sequel Gears 5. No longer “of War,” the latest iteration is firmly dedicated to mechanization and cogs (or something). The […]

Now Playing: A Review of A Way Out

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As gaming continues to aspire and reach new heights, it’s unfortunate that local couch co-op has largely been left by the wayside. This is an issue that hasn’t been remedied and, honestly, it is something I never appreciated until after I met my fiancee and began playing games with her. […]

Now Playing: A Review of Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

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   I didn’t know a lot about Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden. Saying that might even be an understatement, in-retrospect. I can remember seeing a teaser trailer for Mutant Year Zero and immediately knowing it was something I was interested in, however. An apocalyptic setting with a twist, and I don’t know […]

Now Playing: A Review of Bloodborne

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   Developed by From Software and published by Sony Computer Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4, the Bloodborne video-game is a spiritual successor to and plays very much like iterations from the Dark Souls franchise. I don’t know about you, but Dark Souls is a franchise I have a love-and-hate relationship with. Demon’s Souls was one of the first video-games I […]

Now Playing: A Review of Nier: Automata

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   Nier: Automata is an action role-playing game developed by PlatinumGames (a company whose catalogue includes fun experiences like Bayonetta and Vanquish) and published by Square Enix originally for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and finally, Xbox One. Nier: Automata loosely follows-up where it left off in the 2010 video game Nier, which, in itself, was a spin-off of the Drakengard series. […]

Now Presenting: A Review of Tomb Raider

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Although it has been said enough to become an exhaustive cliché, video-games very rarely translate well on the big-screen. This could happen for more than one reason and we’ve had such a large sampling of examples it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s lost in translation as far as making a popular […]