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23 Sep 2013 // 4:00 AM

Madden NFL 25

Using Barry Sanders on the cover of Madden 25 welcomes unflattering comparisons. Sanders is regarded as a great who retired well before his prime and never reached his full potential, often a criticism of the Madden series.

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‘Memoria’ Deconstructs the Fairy Tale

Memoria is a classic point-and-click adventure game that does little to expand on the genre from a game play standpoint. However, through its narrative, Memoria deconstructs many of the fantasy genre's tropes and conventions.

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‘Prehistorik’, the Trouble with Untrustworthy Cavemen

A game like this shouldn't be spending precious seconds trying to earn the player's trust.

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Suda51’s Fingerprints Are All Over ‘Killer Is Dead’

Mondo Zappa lives purely for unromantic sex and unemotional violence, and unlike most of Suda51’s characters, he’s actually able to attain both. Also, unlike most of Suda's characters, Mondo actually has sex, which is important, because it’s really the driving force behind everything in the game.

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‘Divekick’ Celebrates the Minimalism of Fighting

If there could ever be a more fundamentally minimalist competitive fighting game than Divekick, I don’t know what it could be. You dive. You kick.

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11 Sep 2013 // 6:30 AM

DuckTales Remastered

I assumed that as an older and wiser player I might be above thrown controllers, but I assumed wrong.

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6 Sep 2013 // 4:00 AM

Payday 2

You can win masks after each heist, and some of them are intimidating as hell, elaborate monstrosities that make you feel like a powerhouse killer just by looking at them. However, after several hours of play, I had a grand collection of one mask.

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Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches

The Brigmore Witches acts as a fitting end to one of the most original IPs of 2012.

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30 Aug 2013 // 3:30 AM

Face Noir

Face Noir contains that wonderful stain of corruption and cynicism that noir is known for. Though the backdrop isn’t the postwar malaise and alienation of urban America, instead it is the crushing hopelessness and decay of the Great Depression.

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28 Aug 2013 // 5:15 AM

Hate Plus

Hate Plus demonstrates some of the best virtues of video games in the way that it's structured as something to be explored with no clear starting point and as something that is completed only after a process of player exploration. In other words, it isn’t meant to be read cover to cover; it’s a process of discovery.

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Discovering the Familiar in ‘Gone Home’

I have never worried so much about where light switches are in a video game as I have in Gone Home, dreading what might be lurking in dark corners because the setting, the gameplay, and the tone of the game's mystery suggested to me that I should.

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‘Saints Row IV’: I Want to Be All the Clones

Saints Row has always been known as a Grand Theft Auto. But now it wants to be the clone of pretty much everything, ever.

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19 Aug 2013 // 1:00 AM

Tales of Xillia

The slow beginning eventually builds to a crazy mid-game twist that puts the world at stake and rockets the plot forward.

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16 Aug 2013 // 1:00 AM

The Night of the Rabbit

The Night of the Rabbit is essentially Harry Potter via Rupert Bear.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

A Realm Reborn is Square Enix's chance at winning back an audience that had turned Final Fantasy XIV into a punchline.

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Guacmelee: El Diablo’s Domain

El Diablo’s Domain is just jumping and fighting on a tight timer. Only one challenge stands out for its uniqueness. It’s absurd and dumb and so much fun.

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From the Tabletop to the Screen, ‘Shadowrun Returns’

Now I know that Shadowrun has transitioned to the video game console before, but I haven't played a video game that has so reminded me of the structure of tabletop role-playing games as Shadowrun Returns in, well, maybe ever.

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5 Aug 2013 // 4:00 AM

Hotline Miami (PS3)

Hotline Miami is an introspective surrealist dive into the mind of a maniac who lives within the neon gloss of the late '80s.

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The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief - Episode 1

The Raven is a wonderful little mystery that doesn’t skimp on the dark undertones, but it doesn’t revel in them either.

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‘Rogue Legacy’: Old Money and Better Living through Dungeon Delving

You have potentially hundreds of generations available to help you to get this game done. No big rush. Just relax and storm that dungeon again.

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