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ReCore could've just as easily been named 'DeCore'

To some extent, ReCore's name makes sense. It's a game about restoring power by stashing new cores in currently power-less things. But, in a more minute-to-minute sense, it could've also been titled DeCore because getting those power s...   read

 
 
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Wilson's Heart was my biggest surprise of E3

During one of my appointments at E3, I was ushered into a room at the Oculus booth to take a look at something called "Wilson's Heart." I didn't know what type of game it would be, or who was making it, or anything, really -- I just saw the...   read

 
 
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Watch Dogs 2 is on the right track

In my mind, Watch Dogs 2 has two things going for it over its predecessor: a not-dreadful protagonist (Marcus Holloway) and a sunnier, more dog-filled real-world setting (San Francisco). The rest of the changes are the sort of safe but stil...   read

 
 
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When it comes to Mafia III, we have to talk about politics in games

Politics in video games has been at the epicenter of a fascinating movement and anti-movement over the past few years. A reductive but simple view of it is that some people want change and others don't. It can be uncomfortable because the i...   read

 
 
Cuphead preview photo
Cuphead preview

Cuphead's platforming levels are brutal

For my money, Cuphead has unrivaled art direction and animation in the gaming space, but how does it actually play? Is it fun or frustrating? Well, it depends which side you're talking about. After trying Studio MDHR's run-and-gun title at ...   read

 
 
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It's an important year for the annualization of Forza

For as much flak as the practice of annual installments in popular video game franchises catches, Microsoft feels like it's doing it the right way with Forza. Quietly, Microsoft has released a new Forza title every year for the past fi...   read

 
 
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Batman Arkham VR is a radical departure from the other Arkham games

I took off my headset just long enough to incredulously ask "Wait, you fucking killed off Nightwing?!" It wasn't so much the confidence and spunk to do it that took me by surprise. Hell, comic books off main characters all the time. It's th...   read

 
 
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to be one hell of an adventure

When I first heard that Nintendo was planning to focus exclusively on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for its E3 2016 booth, I triple-checked the wording. Only hands-on with Zelda? Really? That can't possibly be right! But it was, a...   read

 
 
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Scorpion robot wrangling hands-on with Horizon Zero Dawn

I think there are some limitations to open-world games that not many things outside of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its holistic systems have managed to get right. It seems like Guerrilla Games' (Killzone) Horizon Zero Dawn has ...   read

 
 
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Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4 feels like a return to form

Dead Rising 4 is not a remake as some of us initially thought and some folks still think, but it does lean on fond memories of the 2006 original. Photojournalist Frank West is back in Willamette, Colorado following another zombie outbreak a...   read

 
 
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The new God of War brings welcomed humanity to its violent god

The considerable deviation from the God of War formula began "many years ago" as Sony Santa Monica, "decided we were going to go in and rip up the entire thing, put all the pieces on the floor" to suss out the key tenets the team wanted to ...   read

 
 
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I hope Detroit: Become Human lives up to its tense E3 showing

Until this week at E3, when I thought of Detroit: Become Human, I thought about Kara the android. But now I have a new name and face to associate with Quantic Dream's PlayStation 4 neo-noir thriller: Connor. Dude does not mess around! ...   read

 
 
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The Sanchize ruined my first game as the LA Rams

While Madden 16's E3 build doesn't offer final ratings -- there's still two months before the game comes out -- the Broncos' were previously announced to have an 89 overall rating. Maybe a bit low for a team coming off a Super Bowl win, bu...   read

 
 
Final Fantasy XV hands-on photo
Final Fantasy XV hands-on
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Final Fantasy XV VR Experience kind of sucks

I appreciate that Square Enix is probably stretched thin with 478 different Final Fantasy XV's spin-offs and tie-ins planned around the long overdue launch of the latest in the series. There's the prequel anime, Brotherhood. There was the ...   read

 
 
Gravity Rush 2 hands-on photo
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I finally played Gravity Rush 2 and it's everything I wanted

Gravity Rush was my favorite game of 2012. I listed the sequel among my most anticipated games of the year for three straight years. I waited in line for an hour and a half to play the PS4 remaster in Tokyo. Last night I complained about So...   read

 
 
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Well, at least I know the boy doesn't die in The Last Guardian

The years-long layup leading up to The Last Guardian's release has been, Oh I just fucking know the cute dog/bird/animal thing is going to die. The death of a beloved animal pal is an easy emotional trigger that can easily backfire if done ...   read

 
 
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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is underwhelming

When Ubisoft announced it was taking Ghost Recon to Bolivia almost exactly one year ago, I was kind of into it. Wildlands gave me a Far Cry vibe, but on a grander scale, and with continuous cooperative play. Sure, yes, s...   read

 
 
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Kingdom Hearts feels right at home on Unreal 4

Don't let its ridiculous name fool you; Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue is an important installment in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. That's because, no matter what it manages to accomplish story-wise, it'll serve a...   read

 
 
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV has won me over

A few weeks ago, I was set loose in an early section of Final Fantasy XV ahead of E3, and I still have Florence and the Machine's cover of "Stand by Me" buzzing around my head. The sweeping track isn't just intended for trailers or commerci...   read

 
 
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Gears of War 4

My pacifist run of Gears of War 4 didn't go great

Gears of War 4 plays a lot like you'd expect a Gears of War game to play. Steven said as much when he previewed the multiplayer component a few months back. The series is so deeply entrenched in its own style that changes have to be mo...   read

 
 
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LawBreakers

LawBreakers defies both gravity and expectations

For the past couple of years, a very specific series of actions has played out at pre-E3 events in Los Angeles. As part of a large group, we've demoed two team shooters (I'll refrain from naming them). After the round ended and everyone had...   read

 
 
NHL 17 preview photo
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NHL 17's making big strides toward being a complete hockey game

Two years ago, EA Sports shipped NHL 15 -- the first "next-gen" installment in the perennially fantastic NHL franchise -- in bare bones condition. It was a glaring misstep, and the developer has spent years trying to right the ship. NHL 16...   read

 
 
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Abzu

Abzu is beautiful and terrifying

Water levels have long been met with a combination of derision and dread. Plummeting into the depths in platformers over the years has lead to some incredible memories, but control and pacing issues often elicit a groan from players who wan...   read

 
 
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Necropolis isn't quite the Souls-style dungeon crawler I was hoping for

I have long been looking forward to Necropolis, the dungeon-crawling action roguelite from Shadowrun Returns maker Harebrained Schemes. With uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of the Dark Souls series, I'm going to have to get my...   read

 
 
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Ryu gets his punk ass beat in Street Fighter V's story mode

Street Fighter V launched four months ago without an actual story mode, save for the individual character prologues that featured Bengus artwork that glued together several fights easy enough for a literal baby to win them. And while Street...   read

 
 
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