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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition review

Although first- and third-person shooters can be delightfully immersive, there’s a time when circle-strafing and cover-based mechanics can become a bit tedious. Through the late 2000s, a number of developers injected a bit of innovation ...

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Snake Pass review

Save for Rare’s Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll and the eponymous diversion that was built into many mid-2000-era mobile phones, snakes rarely earn the role of game protagonist. Although unfriendly roles in everything from the Bible ...

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88 Heroes review

In an era dominated by self-serving politicians, Brexit, and ecological apathy, one might expect a thematic shift toward the serious across the arts. But occasionally, the pressing issues of the day can overwhelm- requiring at ...

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Zero Escape: The Nonary Games review

Released stateside in 2010, Chunsoft’s 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was an experience ahead of its time. With the exception of the Ace Attorney series, visual novels were still a remarkably niche genre ...

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Toukiden 2 review

There a number of very rational reasons why players might sink a hundred hours into a Monster Hunter title. For many, the gameplay loop is thoroughly compelling, as players take tricked-out weapons and armor to ...

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Touhou Genso Wanderer review

In the West, most lucrative intellectual properties are protected with litigious fervor. But that’s not always the case across the rest of the world. Case in point: in Japan, former Taito programmer Jun’ya Ota spurred ...

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Danganronpa 1•2 Reload review

Gamers have had multiple opportunities to become acquainted with Monokuma, the maniacal, monochromatic bear who’s presided over Spike Chunsoft’s Danganronpa titles. Originally released on Japanese PSPs back in 2010, Trigger Happy Havoc traveled stateside four ...

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Blue Rider review

The combination of publisher-backed titles, remakes, and indies means that it’s often hard to keep up with the persistent barrage of new releases. Case in point: when Blue Rider was released on the PC and ...

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Torment: Tides of Numenera review

Most contemporary role-playing games have digressed from their table-top roots. Modern narratives rarely reflect the type of bookish descriptions articulated by human game masters, extending oft-sterile cinematics for exposition. While combat might be turn-based, an ...

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