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Have you ever been too intimidated to play a video game? I think I’m mature enough to say that I have been on multiple occasions. Usually, it’s with a survival horror title. I’m a sucker for the stories of t...   read

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  Watch Video Last year, EA released Rocket Arena, an online multiplayer competitive shooter from developer Final Strike Games. If you don’t remember it, I don't blame you. It dropped off the gaming radar faster than its price droppe...   read

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  Watch Video Nintendo has a very busy June ahead of itself with E3 and a handful of significant new releases, like Game Builder Garage and Mario Golf: Super Rush. That may be where all the attention is now, but there's another g...   read

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  Watch Video See Nintendo, this is how you celebrate a franchise's 35th anniversary. Square Enix hosted a live stream earlier this evening to celebrate 35 years of Dragon Quest, and buddy, it did not disappoint. Six games and updates were announced during the stream, including the confirmation of the next entry in the mainline series. Below, I have wrapped up everything revealed in the stream.   read

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  Watch Video It’s pretty difficult for small indie games to get noticed these days. There are so many platforms out there and so many other tiny studios pushing out new games on a weekly basis, that getting lost in the crowd is the ...   read

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  Watch Video It was quite a surprise when Nintendo announced it was remaking and localizing its Famicom Detective Club titles for the Nintendo Switch. The games, originally released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System, are two of the few...   read

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  Watch Video As a budding amateur photographer, I am always on the lookout for photography games. Not video games with photo modes, which are a dime a dozen these days, but games built around the activity of taking pictures.  So nat...   read

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Last month, the Apple Arcade service got a real shot in the arm when Apple surprised dropped more than two dozen titles onto the subscription service. We've covered a few of those titles already, but there were many more we j...   read

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  Watch Video It's Friday, and if you're anything like me, this week has been long, exhausting, and mentally draining. I am ready for the weekend recharge, to step away from my work computer, put on Spotify, and lose myself in the music. I...   read

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  Watch Video Dotemu has made a name for itself as of late for being a pretty reliable developer/publisher of sequels to, and remakes of, classic games from the '90s. Last year's Streets of Rage 4 is still one of the best games I've ...   read

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As a sheltered and awkward child growing up, I really have to hand it to my childhood friend Tristan. Our friendship was always tricky (he was my best friend, but I wasn’t his), but growing up, he helped me come out of ...   read

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  Watch Video Show of hands: who here thought World of Demons was quietly canceled months ago? I know I did. When it was announced in 2018, I was really looking forward to seeing what PlatinumGames could do with mobile gaming given it...   read

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It was one of the biggest surprise announcements of 2020. After more than a decade of fans pleading and Square Enix teasing, we learned last summer a sequel to The World Ends with You was in development. For those like m...   read

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Like many of last year's conventions and trade shows, TennoCon, the yearly event that celebrates all things Warframe, had to go all-digital in 2020 due to Covid-19. Because we're still months, if not years, away from nipping ...   read

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My Steam library is far larger than it should be given I'm primarily a console player and I don't even own a gaming PC. But several years ago, it exploded in size when a coworker got me into Humble Bundles. Before then, I'd b...   read

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  Watch Video Void Terrarium is a game that will stick with me for a very long time. It's a rather sad affair with a bleak outlook on mankind's future, but with a kick-ass gameplay loop that totally hooked me last year. It's really wo...   read

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It has been a hot minute since we last talked about EA bringing its wildly successful battle royale Apex Legends to mobile. The console and PC versions of the shooter recently surpassed 100 million players worldwide, but...   read

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  Watch Video Millions of California residents like myself are bracing for what could be a very dry year for our state. Water conservation may have to make a comeback in 2021 as our snowpack is below the yearly average, and I honestly can'...   read

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  Watch Video Fantasian has really proven itself to be an Apple Arcade title worth paying attention to. Not only is it a blast to play with a few great twists on the JRPG formula, but it employs an art direction we really haven't seen...   read

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  Watch Video If you've never heard of Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai, I wouldn't blame you. The manga series started in the pages of Weekly Shōnen Jump back in 1989, following the exploits of the titular Dai and his friends as th...   read

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  Watch Video The launch of Fantasian really snuck up on us. After getting announced back in 2019, it flew under the radar until right around New Year's when developer Mistwalker confirmed the JRPG would release this year. Then, out o...   read

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  Watch Video With so many games in production from so many developers, large and small, it's pretty impossible to keep track of every interesting title that's on the horizon. I try my best to remember those trailers that really catch my f...   read

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  Watch Video We are a little more than four months away from the release of No More Heroes 3, which is more than enough time to drive into Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes if you haven't yet. I can understand if you've avoided it...   read

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The reception for Save me Mr. Tako upon its release in 2018 didn't really play out the way developer Christophe Galati thought it would. A passion project for fans of the Game Boy and Super Game Boy, its initial response...   read

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  Watch Video Back in January, I wrote up an impressions piece for my hands-on with the Balan Wonderworld demo, saying it was saving its best bits for the final game. That statement wasn't really supported by any concrete evidence, it...   read

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  Watch Video Reviewing Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town has been an interesting couple of weeks, to say the least. When I first got my review code, I was told there would be a day-one patch that would aim to alleviate many of the ...   read

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  Watch Video Given the franchise's origins, it's surprising it took Activision Blizzard this long to make something like Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! I know the PlayStation original wasn't an auto-runner like this is, but seeing as m...   read

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  Watch Video If there is one genre that has been all but perfected for mobile gaming, it's the racing sim. Gameloft's Asphalt series has been killing it since it jumped to iOS in 2009, and even if its monetization systems get more ag...   read

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  Watch Video One of these days I'm going to go to Japan. It's been a lifelong dream of mine, and there is so much I want to see over there, from Mt. Fiji to Chuka-Soba Tomita to the torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. I'm a...   read

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A little over a year ago, I published my review of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Back then, I only had a few weeks with the game before I had to render a verdict, and I ended it by writing, "it's what I've wanted Animal Cros...   read

 

About CJ Andriessenone of us since 6:56 PM on 10.14.2014

Just what the internet needs: yet another white guy writing about video games.
 
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