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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Review

Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z (1)

A decade after its release, Ninja Gaiden remains the quintessential reimagining. Transforming the eight-bit platformer into a hyperkinetic hurricane of violence, weapon-based combat, and nimble ninjutsu, director Tomonobu Itagaki established many of the tenets of the three-dimensional action/combat genre. The ...

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Constant C Review

Constant C (1)

Puzzlers typically follow a predictable trajectory, steadily increasing in difficulty level as players tackle each successive conundrum. Distinction stems from just how strenuous the game becomes. The recent Steam release of International Games Systems’ Constant C starts off innocuously enough- ...

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Review (1)

A number of news articles revealed that 2010’s Lords of Shadow nearly wasn’t a Castlevania game. Purportedly, an early build veered too far from franchise canon- causing Konami to ask for the removal of their revered intellectual property. Fortunately, Hideo ...

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Hands-on With Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order (1)

The timeworn cliché, “you only have one chance to make a first impression” often doesn’t apply to the game industry. Quite often, a developer shows off a slice of an alpha, which seems to be an indicator of the direction ...

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Earth Defense Force 2025 Review

Earth Defense Force 2025 Review (1)

Robert’s Take: First introduced in Japan in 1998, D3 Publisher’s Simple series of budget-priced games has become a modest phenomenon. With an assortment of nearly four hundred titles spread across ten different hardware platforms, the concept asked developers to utilize ...

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Review

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Review (1)

Not long ago, hardware and software developers were given near-absolute creative freedom. But over the years, the cost of game production escalated, thereby increasing the involvement of risk-avoidant publishers. The proliferation of game journalism has also reduced the autonomy given ...

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Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD Review

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Although adaptations like Assassin’s Creed II: Discovery and Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines have tried to translate the allure of Ubisoft’s flagship franchise onto portable screens, the DS and PSP hardware weren’t quite able to capture the splendor demonstrated by their console ...

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WWE 2K14 Review

WWE 2K14 (1)

Last year’s WWE ’13 was a bitter disappointment for me. From the outside looking in, it had all of the pieces needed to be the best WWE game since the AKI Corporation-developed Nintendo 64 releases. However, in a Hardy Boyz-esque ...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Review

Call of Duty Ghosts (1)

In retrospect, the Call of Duty franchise is fated to be remembered as one of the mainstays of the seventh console generation. Since the inaugural console entry, 2005’s Call of Duty 2, launched alongside the Xbox 360, a procession of ...

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (1)

Amidst the twilight of the past millennium, the three-dimensional, mascot-driven platformer was undoubtedly the genre du jour. It was an age when personalities such as Bubsy, Gex, Rayman, and Mario made the leap from sprites to polygons, while a throng ...

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