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MX vs. ATV Supercross Review

MX vs. ATV Supercross (1)

While the desire for innovation is a virtuous ambition, some developers would rather pursue perfection- offering a succession of sequels aimed at the realization of a specific genre. Such is the path plotted by Phoenix-based Rainbow Studios. Save for a ...

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (1)

While Metal Gear Solid 4 once asserted that “war has changed”, Fallout 3 proclaimed that “war never changes”. The Call of Duty franchise has contently existed somewhere in the middle of those two contradictory tenets. Each annual iteration has typically ...

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Fluster Cluck Review

Fluster Cluck (1)

What is the concept? Before online matches became the traditional method of conducting multiplayer competitions, franchises like Bomberman, NBA Jam, and Super Smash Bros. and Power Stone permitted a roomful of players to host heated rivalries. And while modern ‘net-facilitated ...

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Samurai Warriors 4 Review

Samurai Warriors 4 (1)

Toyko-based Omega Force has always been a remarkably industrious studio, persistently juggling a multiplicity of musuo-minded franchises. In the last eight months alone, Hyrule Warriors, One Piece: Unlimited World Red, Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete ...

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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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