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A-Train 3D: City Simulator review

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Much of the world uses watches and clocks to anticipate the appearance of a train. But in Japan, the railway system operates with such precision that timepieces can be set by the arrival of its passenger cars. For a country ...

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The Golf Club Collector’s Edition review

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Across the past two decades, Electronic Arts has become a dominant force in the arena of sports simulation. At one time, recreations of athletic competitions were single-shot efforts, until EA popularized a business model that favored annual iterations. While the ...

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Story of Seasons review

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For a franchise with a notable absence of antagonism, the Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon franchise has found itself in an ironic junction. Originally published in 1996 by Japanese publisher/developer Pack-In-Video (creator of Die Hard, Friday the 13th, Predator, and Rambo for ...

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Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires review

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There’s little excuse as to why consummate gamers don’t have a scholarly understanding of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. After eight main adaptions of as well as five additional expansions, Luo Guanzhong’s intermingling of the historical and the mythical has ...

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection Review

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Pundits who claim that the plotlines of Japanese role-playing games have atrophied into a puddle of tired tropes likely overlooked 2010’s Hyperdimension Neptunia and its two sequels- subtitled Mk2 and Victory. Throughout the imaginative franchise, players commanded a quartet of ...

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Practice Swings with The Golf Club

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As the world’s most prolific golf franchise, Electronic Art’s PGA Tour series has gone through a number of noteworthy phases. The franchise’s inaugural entry, 1990’s PGA Tour Golf, strove to simulate the sport by not only incorporating professional players such ...

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Gran Turismo 6 Review

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Released for the PlayStation in 1997, the original Gran Turismo was a stunning, paradigm-shaping, anomaly. Published amidst an era where console simulations were uncommon, the Poly Entertainment-developed title shirked convention, offering the most nuanced recreation of real world racing that ...

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The Sims 3: Into the Future Expansion Pack Review

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What is the concept? Science fiction habitually explores technological determinism, or how a society’s advances shape the development of its social structure and cultural values. With the release of the eleventh (and purportedly last) expansion for The Sims 3– entitled ...

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Armored Core: Verdict Day Review

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It’s a good thing Pacific Rim didn’t spawn a console tie-in. After strolling out of the cineplex, I could envision succumbing to the temptation of a hastily-developed interactive interpretation. Lured in by the prospect of piloting a hulking Jaeger, perhaps ...

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Takedown: Red Saber Review

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Robert’s take: Save for Bohemia Interactive’s fastidiously detailed Arma series, the contemporary first-person shooter largely shuns simulation. While popular franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield provide painstakingly rendered weapons and drench their campaigns in military lingo, their gameplay is ...

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