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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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How Hades rejects the illusion of isolation in 2020

Between pandemic lockdowns and uncontrollable fires changing the color of the sky, it’s easy to slip into the thrall of learned helplessness. Twenty-twenty has been suffocating, but playing Hades gave me a breadth of insight. We&rsquo...

 
 
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Hostages: The original Rainbow Six Siege

Now five years into its lifespan, Rainbow Six Siege is arguably more popular than it's ever been. After an admittedly stumbling debut, Ubisoft's intense multiplayer shooter has gone on to attract over 55 million registered players with its ...

 
 
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An autopsy of Epic Mickey

Have you ever heard an idea that you knew just couldn’t fail? Something so spectacular and creative, and yet so blatantly obvious, that there would be no way it could possibly end up as anything other than an absolute triumph? Back in...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Revisiting the infinite joy of Excitebots: Trick Racing

When we look back at the launch of the Nintendo Wii, there are a few titles that immediately come to mind. They're the ones that would go on to define the console throughout its lifespan. There’s Wii Sports, obviously, the pack-in tha...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Got five minutes? Watch us put together the LEGO NES set

When Nintendo and LEGO announced they were collaborating on a new product line featuring the Super Mario franchise, I wasn't exactly stoked for what they were going for. It's certainly innovative and reeks of Nintendo's desire to ...

 
 
 
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Heroes of the Storm team: 'We don't see any end in sight'

Heroes of the Storm has been down in the past, but not out. As someone who has played it nearly every week since its alpha, it's very hard to actually call it "down" actually. Although Blizzard unceremoniously declared that it was winding d...

 
 
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Belated(?) E3 predictions of 202X!

Is this late or is it too early? With the lack of an E3 this year, we're currently being drip-fed scattered live streams and announcements. Understandable in the face of 2020 being an utter hellscape. Still, it doesn't mean we can't look to...

 
 
 
 
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Sega is turning 60 so let's name our favorite Sega games

I remember the console wars of the early '90s quite well. Those commercials and the ads in magazines, all trying to convince the youths of the world that either Sega or Nintendo was better than its competitor. We were a Nintendo household r...

 
 




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Everhood"Death creeps in slow ‘til you feel safe in his arms"

 

The Climb 2"Climb harder"

 

Taxi Chaos"You should probably take a Lyft"

 

Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection"Duck, throw, dip, dive, and dodge"

 

Capcom Arcade Stadium"Continue...?"

 

Bravely Default II"Get brave again"

 

Persona 5 Strikers"Beat 'em up, Phantom Thieves"

 

Little Nightmares II"A fitting next step for the horror-adventure series"

 

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury"A modern classic reborn"

 

Destruction AllStars"Worth a week with PlayStation Plus, but not much more"

 
 
 

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Dangus Taargus

Ive flatted 3D World again (except for the 5 character flag pole clear), and Bowser is 100% less Great fun! So everyone is always complaining about Champions Road, but the real Dark Souls is that final Marathon Fuck that level

 
PatBateman17

Just beat Maneater and enjoyed Don’t have a sense of what I want to play next, just no big open world Thinking Hitman, Mortal Shell, Sackboy, De-Souls, Nioh 1, or PS4 something like Uncharted 4 🤷🏻‍♂️

 
TurboKill

I won a staff member of the month again, its Someone said to the boss, let people know there are others that deserve to win Today, my boss made the quote of the day, Jealousy is unnecessary, lift each other Its nice to be 🤣

 
TheLimoMaker

Juan-daVision gives me life

 
Slimybear245

Well Three Houses at its cheapest here to get it shipped to my house is Would have liked to get it for $35 like somebody here did during Black Friday but oh am wondering if second playthroughs get very boring from half the route being samey

 
mullon

All I know about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is that it has two big-tittied lesbians in it that should have been the main characters instead of some generic shonen fuckface, and that it doesnt have memorable one-liners like Xenoblade

 
ShadeOfLight

Pyra/Mythra is very fun to Mythras side-B is great on the approach, and Pyras Up-B is an extremely rude kill Still working on dynamic switching I want to start switching in combos rather than if <80% = Mythra, else =

 
Chris Moyse

Howdy This week felt equally fast and But whatever the tempo, it is assuredly The I hope that you all have a good one, that you find joy and good times within, and that you share said joy with Have an amazing one, love you x

 
Vincentdante

The Switch is 4 years old Thats as old as the Wii U was when the Switch was

 
Dango

Dancer of the Boreal Valley more like Spanker of the Dango Asscheek

 
 

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