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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Review

Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (1)

Traditionally, the launch of a new generation of console has been marked with a succinct transitional period, with companies swiftly shifting their efforts from legacy hardware to shiny, new hardware. But the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ...

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Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord Review

Tears to Tiara II Heir of the Overlord (1)

The potential to become blindsided by Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is remarkably high. Outside of otaku circles, the title isn’t likely to trigger recognition, with six characters in Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match once representing the franchise’s ...

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Skylanders: Trap Team Review

Skylanders Trap Team (1)

Many franchises feel the pangs of stagnancy by their fourth iteration. After a trio of titles that define, then gradually refine a series, the fourth game often exhibits a divisive tension between prudent evolution and risky revolution. It’s a stage ...

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review

Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments (1)

Robert’s Take: Across Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s four novels and fifty-six short stories, Baker Street’s distinguished detective imparts an essential axiom: details are imperative, but if you don’t take a step back, it’s easy to become lost in the minutia, ...

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Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star Review

Ar nosurge Ode to an Unborn Star (1)

Although Japanese role-playing games are habitually criticized for having derivative battle mechanics, verbose dialog, and trope-filled plots, the genre flaunts one prodigious advantage; no other type of game routinely offers such a rich depiction of interpersonal relationships. During a journey ...

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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Review

Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes (9)

In retrospect, 2013’s Disney Infinity proved to be a surprisingly incongruous product. While the Play Set mode was elevated by the inclusion of cherished characters from the Disney and Pixar catalogs, the actual action was disappointingly derivative, mirroring the mechanics ...

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Review

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (1)

While it’s not unusual for a game franchise to sidestep stagnation by switching genres, 2012’s Persona 4 Arena was a truly curious crossover. With its source material exhibiting the resonant characterization and rich storytelling that’s characteristic of the role-playing game, ...

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Anomaly 2 Review

Anomaly 2 (1)

2011’s Anomaly: Warzone Earth turned the tower defense genre on its head, tasking players with snaking their way around a procession of alien turrets. Unsurprisingly, the mechanic struck a chord with both critics and consumers, driving 11 bit studios to ...

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KickBeat: Special Edition Review

KickBeat Special Edition (1)

What is the concept? Following a particularly prolific period, franchises like Guitar Hero and Rock Band are taking brief hiatuses, granting an opportunity for smaller developers to enter the rhythm game genre. Budapest-based Zen Studios, best known for their meticulously ...

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (1)

One of the most prudent purchasing policies during the ‘90s and early 2000’s was to deliberate before purchasing a game based on an anime. In retrospect, the era was filled with lackluster licensed cash-ins, which habitually transformed rousing properties into ...

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