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Headlander review

Across the last few years, a deluge of capable efforts such as Guacamelee!, Axiom Verge, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus,  Xeodrifter, and Ori and the Blind Forest have offered ...

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Overcooked! Review

Given the oft-inflexible grasp of copyrights of trademarks, spiritual sequels are exceedingly common in the game industry. Often born from a developer’s appreciation of a dormant property, these works borrow the basic blueprint of a ...

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Just Deserts review

What is the concept? With a single protagonist able to simultaneously woo several perpetually eager characters, it’s understandable that dating sims are often dismissed as male fantasy. Recent Steam release Just Deserts does little to ...

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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force review

With remakes, remasters, and ports comprise a significant portion of the game industry’s output, it’s natural to be a bit skeptical of the whole practice. Although a number of these reiterations are born from genuine ...

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Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena review

The Shining series is a bit of a chameleon. 1991’s Shining in the Darkness kicked off the franchise that would exhibit intermittent continuity with a three-dimensional dungeon crawl reminiscent of Wizardry. Follow-up Shining Force resisted ...

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Human: Fall Flat review

Steam has a slew of pseudo-simulations, which all follow a specific concept. Combine a schedule of mundane tasks with an overly awkward control scheme, and watch as the hilarity ensues. At least that’s what the ...

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10 Second Ninja X review

Occasionally older brothers offer serendipitous nuggets of wisdom. As a kid, a friend’s elder sibling was listening to Mötley Crüe’s “Ten Seconds to Love”, a boisterous anthem about intercourse in an elevator. To demonstrate his ...

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Muv-Luv review

Delve into the recent Steam release of Muv-Luv and you won’t immediately understand why the 2003 visual novel is often considered one of the medium’s most prodigious efforts. Split into two parts, this Steam release ...

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late review

As the American arcade steadily faded from the recreational landscape, fighting games migrated to dedicated hardware. Consoles, and later portables, offered an outlet for pugilism that would endure for generations of hardware. But steadily, a ...

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Super Mutant Alien Assault review

Progress, as the old adage states, doesn’t take place in a vacuum. Impressionism wasn’t the innovation of a single painter, but a group of interconnected artists riffing off each other’s techniques and styles, gradually advancing ...

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