Oriental Empires: A Fat-free 4X Experience

Most gamers regard the 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) Strategy genre as something only the “true hardcore” can play. Understandably so because people who play these games were those who grew up with the early Civilization titles. Newer 4X games, like Crusader Kings and Total War, are there to introduce the genre to younger…

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Protect Your Dreams – A Pankapu Quick Look

In the current state of the gaming industry, the action platformer genre has gone the way of the dinosaurs. None of the big game companies seem to want to touch the genre with a 10-foot pole. Nowadays it's indie games such as Shovel Knight, Odallus: The Dark Call, and Mighty No. 9 *shudders* that's keeping the genre alive. Pankapu is another…

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Sym-Phony of the Night – ‘Citadale: The Legends Trilogy’ REVIEW

There really isn't a fine line between an homage and a rip-off. But there are some works that straddle that line and walk/dance on it like a driver pulled over for suspected DUI. Citadale: The Legends Trilogy is one such game. Presenting itself as throwback to the original beloved Castlevania, it's really just Castlevania; if…

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Shepard Died for This??? A Eulogy for Mass Effect: Andromeda

Look, probably no one on this site is a bigger Mass Effect apologist than I. I have always defended the narrative choices that defined the hubbub around Mass Effect 3 as mostly integral to the experience, which is why I hope you’ll take my word for it when I say that Mass Effect: Andromeda is…

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Nintendo “ARMS” Impressions: A Fighting Game Newbie and Veteran Weigh In

A few weeks back, Nintendo's quirky take on fighting games, ARMS, dropped. It turned the fighting game formula on its head by employing over-the-shoulder view and focusing mainly on punches. This behind-the-back perspective also emphasized motion control over anything. Finally, it did away with a fighting game staple - combos are nowhere to be found,…

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