Worlds of Magic preview

Worlds of Magic (1)

Three axioms summarize my standpoint on game design: graphics can never be too attractive, control schemes can never be too intuitive, and simulations can never be too intricate. While the first two assertions leave little room for debate, some might ...

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Blackguards 2 preview

Blackguuards 2 (1)

It’s no secret the massive popularity of Dungeons & Dragons has long influenced both tabletop RPGs and video games for decades. As with any successful commercial endeavor, competition will soon follow, one of which being the German-created The Dark Eye ...

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Company of Heroes 2 Ardennes Assault review

Company of Heroes 2 Ardennes Assault (1)

Relic Entertainment spent the better part of two decades building a strong catalog of RTS games, many of which are held in high regard by strategy fans. They would throw new twists to the well-established RTS formula resulting in unique ...

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions review

Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions (1)

In an era when the industry generates grandiose narratives filled with motion capture from Academy Award-winning actors, it’s easy to lose track of where games got their start. Across arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls, upright cabinets once reigned- each ...

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Rollers of the Realm review

Rollers of the Realm (1)

Over the last few years, it seems like role-playing mechanics have seeped into every conceivable genre. From the inclusion of MyGM mode in the NBA 2K series- where players make decisions via branching dialog trees to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of ...

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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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Kromaia review

Kromaia (1)

For the last decade or so space games have been on a steady decline. Whether you crave an on-rails experience similar to Starfox or a more complex space simulator provided by the X series, one can’t deny that pickings have ...

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TRI: Of Friendship and Madness review

TRI Of Friendship and Madness  (1)

Robert’s Take: Successful puzzle games allow the seemingly impossible to be accomplished, leading players down a path of nearly imperceptible path of breadcrumbs. The genre’s most prestigious titles are able to perform this feat with an exceptionally lean toolset, crafting ...

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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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Wasteland 2 review

Wasteland 2 (1)

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Wasteland was originally created in a time when most PC RPGs consisted mostly of fantasy settings. Although the gameplay wasn’t far off from the party management and turn-based fare found in the ...

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