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Josh Tolentino's personal picks for Game of the Year 2020

Here's a blast from the past: I began my 2019 Game of the Year rundown with the following phrase: "2019 sure was a year, and if I do say so myself, it felt like a pretty strong one for games." Oof. If 2019 was a year, then 2020. Was. A. God...

 
 
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Review: A Total War Saga: Troy

It took some time (about a hundred turns, give or take), but the mighty walls of Troy finally fell. Embarrassingly, they didn't fall by the hand of mighty Achilles and his giants (he got some giants on an island after convincing its king to...

 
 
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Review in Progress: A Total War Saga: Troy

If I've learned anything from my brief time with a pre-release build of A Total War Saga: Troy, it's this: Don't piss off Achilles. He will walk over to you, no matter how many guys you have in your army, and stick you in the ass with a sha...

 
 
 
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Review: Trials of Mana

Remakes, no matter their quality, are always a tricky business. How much of an old game's ideas or mechanics do you preserve? What do you update, reinvent, keep as-is, or discard outright from an old game that won't betray its essence, or r...

 
 
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Review in Progress: Trials of Mana

I couldn't tell you right now if Trials of Mana, the modernized 3D remake of the now-legendary 1995 SNES classic Seiken Densetsu 3, does justice to its 25-year-old forebear. I don't say that because I have mixed feelings about thi...

 
 
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Review: My Hero One's Justice 2

Video game sequels are weird. Whereas the sequel to a book or film need only continue or conclude the story set out in the previous entry, most players generally expect a video game sequel to be substantially better than what came...

 
 
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Review: One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

How do you make a game about a character that's literally invincible and unbeatable? It's a problem everyone that's thought about making something about Superman has had to face, and it's a problem that Spike Chunsoft is also saddled with. ...

 
 
 
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Review: Azur Lane: Crosswave

Azur Lane has had a rather rapid rise to the upper echelons of gacha gaming. Once, it was derided as a Chinese "clone" of the Japan-exclusive Kantai Collection. Now, less than a year after its official English release, Azur Lane i...

 
 
 
 
 
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Fate/Grand Order's Oni Pagoda will test your roster

Fate/Grand Order may not be quite ready to debut its next big story expansion, but the time between now and Spring won't be empty, if the game's handlers at Aniplex have anything to say about it. Players are still trading in their curr...

 
 
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The complete Utawarerumono trilogy is headed to PC

Its title might be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but Utawarerumono is a good time. I've sung its praises over the years, and despite some missteps, I'd recommend the core series wholeheartedly...bar one problem: The original story ...

 
 
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Josh Tolentino's personal picks for Game of the Year 2019

2019 sure was a year, and if I do say so myself, it felt like a pretty strong one for games. Strong enough that I actually had genuine trouble just narrowing down the entries that stuck out in my mind, where usually the struggle is in bendi...

 
 
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The Games that Defined the Decade: Fortnite

Fortnite is a latecomer to this decade, only really breaking out in the halcyon days of last year once it became clear that Epic had something lasting on its hands, and not another also-ran riding PUBG's coattails.  Looking back, it fe...

 
 
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Fate/Grand Order kicks off the season of the witch-hunt

Fate/Grand Order players have been having a hectic quarter, with back-to-back events threatening their supply of stamina-refilling Golden Apples. First there was Shimousa, then this year's Halloween event, then a rerun of last year's C...

 
 
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Review: Code Vein

When reviewing a game, it's a given that one would play the game being reviewed to learn more about it, but it's decidedly less common that just posting a game review would make for a similar learning experience. That's what happened when I...

 
 




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Famicom Detective Club"Murder, Yoshio Sakamoto Wrote"

 
 
 

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