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Solar Shifter EX review

Solar Shifter EX (1)

What is the concept? From Raiden’s snaking plasma-beam to Ikaruga’s polarity switching mechanic, any respectable shmup has a distinctive hook. For Solar Shifter EX, a recent PC release from the one-man studio behind Meridian: New ...

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Skylanders Superchargers review

Skylanders Superchargers (9)

In 2011, when developer Toys for Bob released Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, the concept of fusing physical toys with video game was innovative. For many, being able to place a figurine on the bundled “Power of ...

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Destiny: The Taken King review

Destiny The Taken King  (1)

When Destiny was released last September, it was an exceedingly contentious title, forming divergence in both critics and consumers. For some, Bungie’s ambitious amalgam of first person shooter, role-playing game, and massively multiplier elements gelled ...

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Mad Max review

Mad Max (1)

Much like George A. Romero’s series of Living Dead films, George Miller’s Mad Max films have had an indelible impact on interactive entertainment. Both franchises have spurred entire subgenres of games- with the best efforts ...

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Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence review

Nobunaga's Ambition Sphere of Influence (1)

History is filled with accounts of audacious ambition. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, leaders have captured vast contiguous lands, earning an indelible space in print, cinema, and interactive entertainment. Although Oda Nobunaga’s Sengoku-era ...

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Madden NFL 16 review

Madden NFL 16 (1)

When John Madden Football was released for the Sega Genesis in 1990, few could have predicted it would become the prototypical sports game franchise. Purportedly, the Pro Hall of Famer and former Oakland Raider coach ...

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Amnesia: Memories review

Amnesia Memories (1)

In Japan, the visual novel has a rich, thirty-year history, with the medium’s success stimulating an assortment of sub-genres. But beyond the possible exception of the 1994 Sega CD release of Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher, VNs ...

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XBlaze Lost: Memories review

Xblaze Lost Memories

A hero’s journey to the underworld is ubiquitous in narrative tradition. As far back as the third century B.C., the Argonautica detailed Orpheus’ decent to rescue Eurydice, returning his beloved wife to the world of ...

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Nom Nom Galaxy review

Nom Nom Galaxy (1)

Soup might just be the one of the most synergistic foods around, with a final product that’s typically greater than the sum of its individual parts. The culinary concoction is also an ideal point of ...

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