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Gran Turismo 6 Review

Gran Turismo 6 Review (1)

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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Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Review

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Across the PC landscape air combat simulations abound, invigorated by supplemental hardware setups which often include lavish flight controllers and multi-monitor viewing perspectives. On console, stanch simulations are less common, with most titles favoring skin-deep dogfights subsidized through unlimited ammunition. ...

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SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt Review

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What is the concept? In an era when Pac-Man fever had yet to infect stateside gamers, Commodore PET users might be found playing MINER!, an excavation simulation that was published in Cursor magazine. Echoing games of the epoch, the purpose ...

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The Sims 3: Island Paradise Review

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What is the concept? After surviving those unruly teenaged years, the stresses of college, and the pressures of holiday planning, overburdened Sims could probably use a rejuvenating vacation. Island Paradise, the tenth expansion for The Sims 3 extends a tempting ...

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Let’s Fish! Hooked On Review

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For most players, virtual angling peaked in the early 2000’s with the Dreamcast’s trifecta of fishing titles. The concepts behind SEGA Bass Fishing (as well as sequels Bass Fishing 2 and Marine Fishing) weren’t revolutionary; each game employed the same ...

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Super Black Bass 3D Review

Super Black Bass 3D Review (1)

With a quirky peripheral that replicated a rod and reel combo, 1998’s SEGA Bass Fishing garnered an unprecedented amount of attention to the virtual angling simulation. However, the genre’s true roots date back to the NES era, when developer Hot-B ...

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WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship Review

WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship Review (1)

Amidst the last console generation, Codemaster’s DiRT franchise has become the dominant off-road racing title, thanks to its refined driving physics and accomplished visuals. Yet, the descendant of the Colin McCrae series has gradually deserted its rallying foundations. 2011’s DiRT ...

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