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May 20, 2015

Wolfenstein has always embraced gratuitous violence, but The Old Blood just feels a little gratuitous.

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Unscored - Shovel Knight
Jul 1, 2014

The game also sings because it's never a slave to the perceived merits of tradition. It would have been all too easy to, say, shove in some little floating Shovel Knight heads, making you collect pointless extra lives for no reason other than that's how things were done back in the good old days. Yacht Club Games is smarter than that, and their game is, too.

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So far, Climax Studios seems to remember what Ubisoft has long since forgotten: Assassin's Creed isn't about captaining a ship or poaching animals or curating an art gallery. It's about wearing a hood and assassinating people.

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Unscored - Titan Souls
Apr 14, 2015

You kill many gods in Titan Souls, including a weird brain thing that lives in an ice cube, but the game's greatest victory is over the god of bloat. Long may he stay dead in the ground.

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Unscored - Mortal Kombat X
Apr 23, 2015

The upsells are just a thin layer of corporate monetization atop a mountain of sincerity, love, and dismemberment.

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Unscored - Axiom Verge
Mar 31, 2015

Put another way, it's a game that needs to be left unattended, so that you can return to it with fresh eyes and discover the surprises that seem to sprout while you're away.

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Unscored - Bloodborne
Apr 2, 2015

Yharnam is not some obstacle course waiting to be exploited for a cheap thrill. It's alive and well aware of its allure. That cure we all seek is in there somewhere, but this city isn't going to give it up without a fight.

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Mar 24, 2015

But each cleansing of the palimpsest leaves the material beneath pulpy and weak, and Resident Evil was weak in the first place. The soap opera pleasures of this installment can be replicated in the next, but there are only so many times the series can get away with having action that's only serviceable set in a place that's entirely forgettable.

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Mar 17, 2015

Final Fantasy is too massive a cultural force to be in danger of failing after a few years of disappointing releases, but hope for the future of the series rests with Type-0 all the same.

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Apr 1, 2015

Battlefield Hardline doesn't want to be a hero. It wants to be a toy. And despite what Harry Zimm might think, that's okay.

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