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Leading up to Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled’s release, I shared in a Quickpost that its new skins reminded me of a typical, microtransaction-based cosmetic system. I wanted to see these cosmetics as an addition to the ...   read
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Like a deconstruction of a shonen protagonist, I admire the spirit of competition, but I'm much more of a casual than a hardcore player. I get a thrill from trying to climb up leaderboards and learning new things about the on...   read
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The Final Fantasy VII remake is a perfect example of Square Enix’s core design philosophy when it comes to combat systems -- which is to say, there isn’t much of one. Sure, the series has its roots in “tradi...   read
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One of my most anticipated releases in 2019 is not a new game, but a DLC expansion to Hollow Knight. As a part of its Kickstarter stretch goals, the acclaimed bug-em-up Metroidvania’s developers planned to create a side...   read
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  Watch Video Everyone tunes into E3 with a list of wishes because there are few feelings as exciting as that wish coming true. Setting one’s expectations that high is unrealistic, but I personally don’t believe it’s heal...   read
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  Watch Video Ever since Bass shared his impressions on its Indiegogo demo, I've been looking forward to Bug Fables. Moonsprout Games' debut project is laser-focused on two of my biggest desires, a return to classic Paper Mario gamepl...   read

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Despite my rant several months ago about my dislike Dragalia Lost’s overly grindy events, I recently hooked myself on it again. Even in that piece, I admit there’s a lot I like about Dragalia in particular, a...   read
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  Watch Video E3 is nearly upon us again and a lot has changed since 2018, but one thing remains the same: the internet’s unquenching thirst for Nintendo Directs. I revel in this season of speculation and anticipation, so much t...   read
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A Hat in Time is one of my favorite games of last year. Its gameplay mechanics revel in absurdity and its writing contrasts cute-as-heck appearances with unapologetic cynicism to great comedic effect. I've said before I ...   read
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  Watch Video In an economy lush with information and scarce in disposable income, I often grow attached to games by observing them rather than playing them. We have access to online videos, walkthroughs, wikis, blogs, fan fiction, and so ...   read
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Most career-based games set out to either emulate a job to a T or build upon their most interesting tasks. For instance, American Truck Simulator sets out to simulate a delivery truck driver's experience as accurately as poss...   read
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  Watch Video My favorite kind of April Fools’ joke is where developers create mock-ups for products so ridiculous they’ll probably never exist. It's even better when they actually release that product and it ends up being grea...   read
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  Watch Video Earlier this year, Final Fantasy XIV fans were ecstatic at the reveal of Ivalice's Viera as a playable race in the upcoming Shadowbringers expansion. Yesterday's Tokyo Fan Fiesta keynote showed off yet another new race, the H...   read

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  Watch Video As part of Final Fantasy XIV's Tokyo Fan Festival keynote, Square Enix revealed that Dancers are coming to the Shadowbringers expansion as a new playable job. Fans have been clamoring for this for years, but few expected it t...   read

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is one of those sequels that is unanimously considered good, but less so than its phenomenal predecessor, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (or Dominion of the Dark Djinn if you count the Ja...   read
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One of the hardest things I had to accept growing up was watching my local arcades go out of business. I wasn't a social kid, but there was something fascinating and magical about seeing so many fellow hobbyists gather t...   read
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CJ’s review of The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince fascinated me because despite loving it, he found it to be an average game. Experiences like that speak volumes about what we look for most in games because they all...   read
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Before we start, I want to make it clear right out of the gate this post discusses various plot elements from Kingdom Hearts III. Specifically, the Disney arcs. Since a part of this involves inferring the relevance these...   read
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It says a lot about the weary nature of gacha games that I’ve stepped back on my relatively idealistic outlook towards them in such little time. I was already wary of them even while trying to remain relativel...   read
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Like the action RPG junkie I am, I hyped myself up for Kingdom Hearts III on gameplay trailers full of spectacle-based eye candy. And despite everything happening on screen, I was fixated on three dots next to the c...   read
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  Watch Video Role-playing games are one of the most flexible genres because unlike shooters or platformers or sports games, they are less identified by what the player does and more by how the player does it. RPG elements have become comm...   read
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Sin and Punishment is one of the strangest cases in the history of the Wii's Virtual Console. This Treasure Co. project was a Japanese-only Nintendo 64 game set in Japan with Japanese protagonists voice acted entirely in Engl...   read
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The start of the new year has long been considered the best time to develop better habits not just for gaming, but for our entire lives. The symbolic gesture of renewing yourself with the yearly cycle of seasons makes this a ...   read
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This year was a good yet weird period of gaming for me, for many reasons. The weirdest one is that I’ve tightened my personal gaming budget so much that I’ve barely played any of this year’s brand new games,...   read
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Spirit system is pretty much what I expected and hoped for. These glowy friends enable the little childish joy of metaphorically fighting against or alongside countless characters that didn&...   read
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[Header Herabuff by @WaddleDurrr] Nick Franco's Pokémon: Hard Mode comics popularized the concept of the Nuzlocke, one of the most well-known self-imposed challenges among electric mouse enthusiasts. Its two ...   read
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I’ve grown increasingly exhausted of Pokémon with each generation, despite feeling the games are improving overall. From Gold through Pearl, I had unyielding optimism to "catch ‘em all" and excessively grin...   read
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For some time, I felt that my excitement for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was much more subdued than usual. With 99.9% of games, I’d see that as a good thing. I’m trying to manage my time and money more prudent...   read
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  Watch Video Over the past several years, I've become exponentially more prone to gushing over rad insect characters and rad fan art. Team Cherry's Hollow Knight supplied me with an entire nest of the former, and the (probably objective) ...   read

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Growing up with a passionate hobby is weird. In my childhood, I had all the time in the world to replay Super Mario Sunshine over and over again. As an adult, I squeezed in enough time and energy to 100% complete Super Mario ...   read
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About Chris Hovermaleone of us since 8:03 PM on 07.31.2017

I'm a Contributor who used to go by the screen name Cedi! Obligatory disclosure; I backed Kirbopher/Chris Niosi's TOME RPG on Kickstarter.

My favorite games are Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Rayman Legends, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2, Jamestown+, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Hyrule Warriors, Hollow Knight, and Guacamelee: STCE.

I’m a longtime gamer who enjoys to write, to entertain, to inform, and to overanalyze the little things. Transparency and honesty are my foremost virtues in anything I do. I joined the Destructoid team to do something even cooler with the skills I love to practice and the hobby I love to explore.

As far as social media is concerned, you can find me on my personal Twitter account! Fair advice, you can expect to see a lot more of the big blue character in my banner if you check that out. Whether that's a recommendation or a warning depends. By the way, that banner is a commission by Twitter user @kaizer33226.
 
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