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Muramasa Rebirth Review

Last year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art of Video Games exhibit demonstrated the evolution of our industry- showcasing eighty titles across a variety of hardware platforms. While the Nintendo Wii was represented by visual ...

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CastleStorm Review

Splicing several prevailing mechanics into a single game is hardly a new concept for the industry. Early coin-ops such as Gorf and Tron recognized the virtue of variety; each cabinet provided four distinct amusements unified ...

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Soul Sacrifice Review

Serendipitously, the gameplay of the SCEA-published Soul Sacrifice can be read as a metaphor for the PS Vita. Mirroring the processing capabilities and sumptuous output of the portable’s OLED screen, the prospect of brandishing tremendous ...

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Review

Although it’s not unusual for a game to receive a post-release improvement, entries in the Ninja Gaiden franchise have habitually received extensive revisions. Beginning with Ninja Gaiden Black, an upgrade that brought additional content and ...

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review

Literary critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge once proposed that if authors impart “human interest and a semblance of truth” into an otherwise far-fetched story, readers could temporarily suspend disbelief.  Over the years, this theory has been ...

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Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 Review

Since the eighties, numerous developers have attempted to offer interactive interpretations of the seminal manga/anime Fist of the North Star. While early adaptations for the NES and Gameboy struggled to capture the dystopian backdrop and ...

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Code of Princess Review

Although gaming often targets a broad demographic of ages, occasionally a generational gap is perceptible. Case in point: while at a SEGA press event a few years back, a high-definition adaption of the Treasure-crafted cult ...

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Way of the Samurai 4 Review

The concept of bushidō is often crassly articulated in gaming. Action-based titles such as Samurai Shodown and Brave Fencer Musashi- typically forgo the tenets of honor and loyalty to focus on the thrill of sword ...

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Darksiders II Review

In the game industry, it’s an abnormality for an untested development team to deliver an inaugural hit, and an irrefutable miracle if they are able to sustain that success. As Realtime Worlds demonstrated with 2007’s ...

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Dust: An Elysian Tail Review

What is the concept? Whereas both Castlevania: Lords of Shadows and Metroid: Other M offered serviceable adaptions of their respective franchises, many agreed that both series’ best entries were delivered during the ‘90s. Published before ...

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