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The “Oscars” – Games of the Year 2015 Awards

Last year when I wrote my games of the year list I threw in some bonus awards besides the month-on-months and overall. Now, there are even more bonus awards, because if you head on over to Rice Digital me and my coworker Peter gave our picks on a variety of categories, from Most Frustrating, to Most Awe-Inspiring Moment. It’s a good read. Without going on too much, here are my normal Games of the Year awards. Just Fuck Off Already […]

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Why I Wasn’t Really a Fan of Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Review Retrospective)

A few months ago I reviewed Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls on Rice Digital. I really loved the first Danganronpa. I couldn’t put it down. For every time it was somewhat “problematic” (the way it handles multiple personality disorder is a bit bad) it was also quite subversive. This is a spin-off set between the first and second game that moves away from its normal Visual Novel gameplay and instead adds in survival horror. Oh, but it also adds in […]

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I’ve been playing a bit of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I want to lose myself in its world

I’d tried to play the first two Witcher games before and had struggled with them. They start out a bit slow, and just seem really complicated. I popped this in on a whim, having borrowed it from a friend after hearing such good things, and was blown away. It’s almost like a cross between Skyrim and Fable II, but with only the good bits kept in. The world, characters, and story appeal to me – and I wouldn’t even describe […]

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Part 1: Cost – My Thoughts on Playing Games on Console vs Playing Games on PC

This article’s featured image is from Gamespot’s pretty great Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 & PC comparison article. It’s become one of the more iconic images when it comes to the fairly outrageous mishandling of the PC port of Arkham Knight. There’s a lot of in-depth information about it, most of it an interesting read. The initial comparisons such as Gamespot’s are a good look, and others about the latest PC patches still being poor, and the statements from Warner […]

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Infamous: Second Son Review – Freedom in All but Its Morality System

Infamous: Second Son is the sort of game where a cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” (by Dead Sara) plays over the credits. It opens with new series lead Delsin Rowe (Troy Baker) tagging up a billboard. The player has to hold the DualShock 4 on its side, using the trigger as if it were a spray can nozzle. It wants to be edgy and cool. And at times it is, presenting a fluid, real feeling open-world Seattle and allowing you […]

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Why I Loved Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence (Review Retrospective)

In September my review of Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence was published on Rice Digital. You can find it here if you want to read that first. I wrote after spending a couple of intense weeks with the game, and after covering it reasonably extensively during the pre-release period. I got deep into it. And I kind of loved it, despite it having some flaws. I recommend it to a lot of people, and I feel it probably got overlooked […]

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Roundabout Review

It’s not uncommon for indie games to boast a retro vibe – in fact, possibly the majority. But, while a lot of those result in pixel-based homages to platformers or point and clicks, Roundabout is a pretty perfect pastiche of the FMV video game craze, back from when putting games on a CD was exciting and new. It’s probably the best FMV game ever made. Roundabout marries its fun send-up of FMV sequences with some solid gameplay too. You control […]

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Retrospective (Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection)

I love the Uncharted series. I played them through sequentially and never really went back to them once I was done. Naughty Dog added a lot of tweaks and improvements as it went on that would make going back a bit tough. But now that the PS4 remastered collection of the trilogy is out, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, it’s a perfect time to revisit the series, see what they’ve improved, and whether it the games still holds up. Firstly, I […]

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6 Ways Assassin’s Creed Unity Is Better than the Other Ones Even Though It’s Worse than the Other Ones

It’s that time of year again. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is coming out this week, and I didn’t even remember until yesterday. I work in the games industry, but mainly covering Japanese games, so that makes it okay, right? Right? Syndicate has had quite a bit of marketing, but as usual with Ubisoft a little bit too much. It kind of blends into a hum. Background noise. A lot of people are worried this one will be bad in the same ways […]

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