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Review: “XCOM: Enemy Unknown”

13 December 2017 admin 0

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an engaging turn-based strategy game, though a bit repetitive and not without a few frustrations. In a console-gaming landscape littered with mediocre shooters of various stripes, the title is an intriguing departure, even though its methods are not new. Enemy Unknown is merely the latest in a […]

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Things are changing at Left Gamer Review!

12 December 2017 admin 0

After a long and basically unsuccessful intervention in the “real world,” we at Left Gamer Review are scurrying back to the dark side of the Internet to get back to what we do best (which is not to say well): yakking about video games! Keep an eye out for the […]

Review: Mass Effect 3 DLC: “Omega” and “Citadel”

Review: Mass Effect 3 DLC: “Omega” and “Citadel”

9 December 2017 admin 0

Mass Effect 3 concludes with two final downloadable add-ons: Omega and Citadel. Both are engaging, fun additions, even if neither expands the story in an essential way. Any Mass Effect DLC missions must be compared to the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for ME2, which not only served as a bridge […]

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Review: “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance”

7 December 2017 admin 0

Konami’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [sic] starts off on a bad look, introducing in the very title what is arguably the most useless portmanteau word ever devised in the English language. “Revenge” and “vengeance” are, after all, synonyms, so the combination scarcely expresses anything new, does it? It’s the morphological […]

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The Violence Games (I. Subjects of Criticism)

5 December 2017 admin 0

First of three parts. The knee-jerk reaction of gamers to any suggestion of a link between video game violence and actual violence is to strenuously deny that such a link exists–which is basically correct (as most knee-jerk reactions are, their low place in rhetoric notwithstanding). Gamers are rightfully fed up […]

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Shelter in place

3 December 2017 admin 0

WARNING: This commentary has more or less nothing to do with video games. It was an interesting week here at LGR East in Greater Boston, one unfortunately not very productive for the business, as all of the time we’d normally spend playing and reviewing video games has been taken up […]

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Review: “Bioshock: Infinite”

2 December 2017 admin 0

WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for Bioshock: Infinite, although possibly only in other dimensions. Bioshock: Infinite is a “more is more” expansion of the Bioshock template, this time moved from an underwater city to a city that floats in the sky. Infinite inherits the strengths and shortcomings of its predecessors, but also makes some […]

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Review: “Assassin’s Creed III”

1 December 2017 admin 0

WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for Assassin’s Creed III and completely spoils all preceding titles. It only covers the single-player game. Assassin’s Creed, with its five–don’t let the “III” fool you–marquee titles being merely the vertebrae of a mobile game/comic book/novelization franchise empire that makes Mass Effect look compact, […]

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Review: “Lollipop Chainsaw”

30 November 2017 admin 0

Grasshopper Manufacture’s Lollipop Chainsaw is sort of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, only for idiots, plot-wise, and playing like a series of rejected arcade games. This is not a very good game. It manages to be fun on occasion because it’s fun to mash buttons and see sparkly things happen on […]

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Review: “Tomb Raider”

29 November 2017 admin 0

TRIGGER WARNING: This review discusses depictions of sexual assault. WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers for Tomb Raider.   Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider is a “reimagining” of one of gaming’s most hallowed franchises. It may be useful here to reflect on the profound ways that the preceding TR games have […]