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Sega/Atlus = The Return of the Old School?

Feature; Dec. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sega/Atlus = The Return of the Old School? Sega’s purchase of Index Holdings is old news at this point. Index Holdings is the owner of the developer and publisher Atlus, famous for RPG titles such as the Persona and Disgaea series. This move by Sega has caused a large amount of speculation and worry from fans who above all else feel that Sega was not the right company to take control of Atlus, leaving one of the few publishers responsible for a steady stream of JRPG and niche...

Resogun Review

Review; Dec. 1, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Resogun Review If you're one of the lucky gamers out there who have acquired a new, shiny PlayStation 4, I surely hope you have already downloaded and played Resogun. If you have a PS4 and do not have Resogun, well... I have some bad news. You are a horrible, horrible gamer. Well, not really. You're not a horrible gamer. You're just uninformed and deficient. You are lacking in knowledge of brand-new excellent games on the now current-gen systems. Resogun is a...

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery

Review; Nov. 22, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery The Nintendo Game and Watch legacy began as an idea from famed Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi as a way to relieve boredom and play simple games along with serving as a functional alarm clock. The Game and Watch handhelds sold over 43 million units worldwide and feature a large selection of mini-games, some of which feature famous Nintendo characters Donkey Kong and Mario. Despite the devices being retired in 1991, four Game and Watch titles were...

Steam's Next Big Thing

Feature; Nov. 21, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Steam's Next Big Thing With the recent announcements of Valve's new Steam OS, Steambox, and controller, lots of questions and speculations have been raised by the gaming community. What exactly is it? Who is it meant for? Will it pose a threat to upcoming consoles? Do I even need this if I already own a PC?   I've broken down and dissected the various components of Valve's announcements and have come up with a guide for those interested in Valve's next big thing....

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Review; Nov. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Everyone wanted it, and they knew it was coming. It seemed like a perfect match (made in Hell), and now it's finally here.  An all too obvious, but long overdue fan fantasy come true, James Rofle, a.k.a "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (AVGN) finally stars in his own video game, the very media genre his Internet famed character complains about. Click the image to view game screenshots Owner, independent film maker, and creator of Cinneemasacre,...

Kerbal Space Program Review

Review; Sep. 17, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Kerbal Space Program Review I've seen many space films—Armaggedon, Deep Impact, Apollo 13—and they've all taught me one thing: space travel isn't easy. Something inevitably goes wrong, whether it's during the launch, refueling at the space station, a mechanical issue with the craft, or a problem with re-entry. I've always wondered what it would be like to go to space, so after hearing about Kerbal Space Program, a space flight simulation game, I thought "Here...

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes

Review; Sep. 16, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes Giant robot games are making a comeback, and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who was a fan of the genre since playing Mech Warrior 2 on PC, it’s a real joy to see titles such as Mech Warrior Online, Hawken, and the upcoming Titanfall embrace the big, lumbering mechs that I have grown to enjoy since my childhood. Mech games were a little more frequent back in the day, before the FPS and cover-based TPS became popular. Xbox had Mech...

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Review; Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review It's been almost two years since the release of Bioware's galactic MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it's come a long way. As well as the usual patch updates bringing new content for both PvE and PvP players, the updates deliver improvements to the game as a whole. UI and character customization, new races, and the ability to change the color of your armor are just a handful of the updates Bioware has introduced. Since the launch of the...

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade

Review; Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade My first memories of anything Die Hard related don't involve a young Bruce Willis battling his way through a terrorist-occupied office high rise. It isn't watching him stand by helplessly as a passenger jet plummeted into the ground, nor is it him teaming up with a younger pre-Nick Furry Samuel L. Jackson. My first memories of Die Hard are of the arcade and Sega Saturn beat 'em up, Die Hard Arcade. Originally released as a non-Die Hard game in...

Sleeping Dogs Review

Review; Feb. 2, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sleeping Dogs Review Imagine a video game that featured the frenetic and violent shoot-out of classic John Woo movies, the freedom and huge overworld from GTA, the immersion and attention to detail that Shemnue and Yakuza offered, and the drama and character dynamics of Infernal Affairs. Sleeping Dogs is all of this with enough quality gameplay and content to keep you busy for a long time. What began as a new entry in the True Crimes series ended up as a third...

Binary Domain Review

Review; Jan. 7, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Binary Domain Review On first glance, Binary Domain appears to be another clone among the many trying to share the spotlight with the triple A titles -- in this case, Gears of War. While they are both mechanically similar -- third-person, cover-based shooters -- Binary Domain manages to do something different from its competitor: be a fun shooter while fixing some of the mistakes commonly found throughout Gears of War. Binary Domain takes place in a cyberpunk future...

Furdiburb Review

Review; Dec. 18, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Anne King

Furdiburb Review Remember Tamagotchi? His little frowny face, stinky lines, and lumpy pixels representing gobs of poo as big as he was ... The morbid fun of seeing how long he’d last, the poo piling up, or the obsessive compulsive need to care for him, check on him every hour, lest he die in a pile of his own filth? His successor exists now on Android, in a beta version called Furdiburb, by the makers of Sheado.net. But Furdi’s got a hell of a lot...

Hotline Miami Review

Review; Dec. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Hotline Miami Review The recent surge in popularity with indie titles has been a renaissance for new ideas that push the boundaries and limits on what gameplay and narrative can achieve. Titles such as Limbo, Braid, and Super Meat Boy relied on traditional 2-D gameplay to deliver clever new twists on the genre while games like Amnesia: Dark Descent used the latest in technology to give players a truly immersive experience. Games like Minecraft have shown that by...

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2)

Review; Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2) Dishonored is a paradox. On one hand, it’s a beautifully designed piece of software. From design to sound to modeling and texture, the city of Dunwall is a perfect example of setting for a story that, while flawed at points, remains compelling. A spiritual successor to the Thief franchise, stealth is your greatest ally in a hostile world driven by industrial oil and gear.  On the other hand, the choices made on the parts of the...

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1)

Review; Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1) New big-budget IPs are somewhat of a rarity these days. With rising production costs, publishers are less likely to try something different. The new ideas -- the radical ideas -- are often left to smaller, lower-budget indie developers willing to try out something new, to pull an interesting twist on an established gameplay mechanic. Dishonored is the big-budget, fresh approach game we desperately need. It’s the new and interesting...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

It's been almost two years since the release of Bioware's galactic MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it's come a long way. As well as the usual patch updates bringing new content for both PvE and PvP players, the updates deliver improvements...

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