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Shadow review

For many directors, success can lead to stagnancy. All too often, accomplishment is followed by a push toward reiteration rather than any embrace of divergence. Conversely, failure can push artists to explore new ideas. Across ...

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New Releases: May 2nd-8th, 2019

This week’s new releases are poised to take you places. From Shakedown Hawaii’s pixelated paradise, a seedy dystopian bar in VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action or back into the twentieth century for the Xbox One ...

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SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech review

For most developers, sequels are an indispensable part of the business, with follow-ups crafted as long as they are profitable. Only when commercial interest wanes, is something different is usually attempted. But save for 2017’s ...

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Slime Tactics review

The running joke in 2016’s Ambition of the Slimes was that people didn’t take the gelatinous creatures seriously. As soon as someone dismissed the diminutive little creatures, they’d be attacked and subsequently turned into a ...

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Jupiter & Mars review

Gaming habitually centers around escapism. When dealing with the inventory of stressors that contemporary life tosses at us, we often need a reprieve. But when the medium is almost exclusively about overcoming issues that are ...

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New Releases: April 25th-May 1st, 2019

From Syphon Filter creator SIE Bend Studio’s foray into the survival action genre with Days Gone, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age’s voyage to the Switch, and Cytus α’s massive two-hundred song playlist, a number ...

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The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa review

Games habitually incorporate structure. Loot-driven games like Diablo and Borderlands goad us into the incessant search for new gear. Deadlines in the Atelier and Persona games ensure we don’t dawdle. And almost any role-playing game ...

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Sword and Fairy 6 review

For some, the appeal of the Japanese role-playing game is rooted in the cultural. JRPGs are often masterworks of storytelling, crafting rich contexts inhibited by colorful casts of characters who experience satisfying character arcs and ...

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