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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 […]

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: “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 […]