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Review: Treachery in Beatdown City

In an age where games often come as a form of escapism, it's interesting to see one built around an over-the-top brawler intertwined with today's social realities. However, Treachery in Beatdown City does just that -- it's a beat-'em-up str...

 
 
 
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Be the shark you always wanted to be in Maneater

I enjoyed my time with Maneater far more than I had any right to. For what is essentially a shark simulator (or a "shaRkPG," as Tripwire calls it), there was a surprising amount of balance between the calm and the ridiculous. At some points...

 
 
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Fall Guys is like MXC mixed with Nickelodeon GUTS

Have you ever wanted to compete in an elimination-style game without having to put any actual physical work in? Did you enjoy the very free and very delightful Doritos Crash Course game that came out 10 years ago on Xbox 360? Have you ever ...

 
 
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Unravel Two for Switch is a bit of a letdown

I’m not gonna lie, I had pretty big expectations for Unravel Two after reviewing the first one a few years back. Unravel had such a beautifully-built natural world with warm, glowing graphics that really made me feel at peace. ...

 
 
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Manage your own interstellar gas station in Cosmo's Quickstop

Cosmo's Quickstop was certainly one of the more manic games I played on the PAX East floor, and in a good way. As the newest employee of an interstellar gas station, my job was to multi-task across customer needs including pumping spaceship...

 
 
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Nurture your own bird in Falcon Age

I've been following Falcon Age for some time ever since its bird GIFs on Twitter started making the rounds, boasting an adorable baby bird bouncing around and wearing miniature hats atop a gloved hand. I was certainly not disappointed ...

 
 
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Review: Katamari Damacy REROLL

It’s been 14 years since Katamari Damacy graced us with its bizarro charm and broken family dynamics, but the King of All Cosmos is back in full HD and it’s up to you to do the (literal) groundwork so the universe can be whole...

 
 
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Review: Gone Home (Switch)

Just five years ago Gone Home first graced us with its haunting, immersive storyline. In a time when first-person narrative exploration was only an inkling of a genre, Gone Home took the concept and blew it out of the water. Five years lat...

 
 
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Undertale for Switch is still fantastic

What can I really say about Undertale that hasn’t already been said? For me personally, having Undertale on another platform with a clean slate is already a huge advantage given the onset of guilt that comes from a certain garden pl...

 
 
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Review: The Banner Saga 3

The Banner Saga began as an inkling of a Kickstarter in 2014 from Stoic, a studio with just a few people under its banner at the time. Slowly gaining a strong fanbase over the years, The Banner Saga has now evolved into a three-part story o...

 
 
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Review: Mario Party: The Top 100

It seems as though the best of the Mario Party games are far, far behind us. The most recent installments have come out to lackluster reception, and are getting even fewer and far between as of late. Nintendo takes a stab at recreating the ...

 
 
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Review: Pyre

Adventure stories sprinkled with apocalyptic hope, enveloped in beautiful art and music with an innovative gameplay element...a recipe that Supergiant Games is known for cooking, and its third game Pyre is no exception. Don’t get me w...

 
 
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Review: Friday the 13th: The Game

Ch...ch...ch... Ah...ah...ah... Somehow I’ve made it through life without viewing a single Friday the 13th movie, yet after playing this game I feel it’s probably unnecessary (see what I did there above??). Kickstarted back in O...

 
 
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Review: PaRappa the Rapper Remastered

Beloved PaRappa the Rapper -- the game credited with birthing the rhythm game genre -- has kicked and punched its way to the PS4 for its 20th anniversary. A vestige of its time, PaRappa represents a colorfully wacky, beanie-wearing, rap-hap...

 
 
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Wander the cheery world of Yonder

Probably the most cheerful game I played all PAX (maybe of all time?) is Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles -- a bright, happy Harvest Moon meets Windwaker style game that goes beyond traditional farming simulatio...

 
 
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Lose your sight and possibly your mind in Perception

There’s something unsettling about not being able to fully grasp your surroundings, especially when you’re playing a survival horror game. Perception is a game that throws the player into shaky visual ground, mixes in ...

 
 
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Review: Bastion (Xbox One)

Supergiant Games’ breakout title Bastion gained critical acclaim in 2011 for its compelling storytelling mechanics and beautiful art, setting the bar high for indie downloadable titles of the day. A little over 5 years later, it com...

 
 
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Stardew Valley is mostly the same on consoles

Indie obsession Stardew Valley took Harvest Moon and other simulator fans by storm earlier this year and some of us still can’t stop playing. For those unfortunate souls who missed out on PC, Stardew Valley is maki...

 
 
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Review: Virginia

What defines a game? Is it the interactive elements, the experiences we take from it? Is it the ability to tell a story via immersion, or the impact it leaves us with? All of the above? Virginia, the debut title from new indie studio Variab...

 
 
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Review: Obduction

Myst was such a formative experience in the '90s -- a harbinger of a new plane of thinking in storytelling, pushing the boundaries of technical advancement and narrative-driven gaming. It defined a genre and set the stage for adventure pu...

 
 
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Review: This is the Police

Despite having only previewed This Is The Police at PAX East just a few months ago, so much has happened in the US and the rest of the world in that time. It’s something that’s impossible to ignore when examining a game w...

 
 
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Review: Rhythm Heaven Megamix

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who play Rhythm Heaven, and those who have little joy in their lives. If you find yourself in the first category, you know what you’re in for. You bought the game. You cherished the s...

 
 
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Review: The Town of Light

Sometimes the creepiest, most disturbing moments in horror games are the ones that keep us aware of our realities. The Town of Light tells a story from the Volterra asylum, an infamous mental institution in Italy shut down for its mistrea...

 
 
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This is the Police will have you questioning every decision

Swimming in a sea surrounded by fantasy and action games at PAX East was a grisly number, This is the Police. I had no idea what to expect going in and ultimately ended up staying for almost an hour, craving more after I left. This is ...

 
 


About Caitlin Cookeone of us since 9:04 AM on 12.21.2010

Dtoid's sporadic review, preview, and events writer. "Without the looming consequence of death, is this even science?"

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