A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV (Review)

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E3 2018 Recap: EA Press Conference

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Another year, another E3. It’s a magical time of year where developers, publishers, and awkward celebrities take to the stage to present world premiere footage and in-depth looks at all the hottest upcoming video games. Electronic Arts kicked off the festivities this year, but with the Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle of last fall giving them an endless amount of negative backlash, were they able to finally win back their fans? Continue reading

Retro Review: Final Fantasy VII

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I am here to tell you a confession. A confession that will torture your thoughts by day and poison your dreams by night. Are you seated? Are you comfortable? Then let us begin: it’s the year of our Lord 2018 and I’ve just played through Final Fantasy VII for the first time. I know, I’m a heathen. Continue reading

What Remains of Edith Finch (Review)

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Developer: Giant Sparrow
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Format: PC (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: April 25, 2017
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When developer Giant Sparrow released their first game, The Unfinished Swan, back in 2012, they immediately became a studio to keep an eye on. Their debut title delivered a unique gameplay experience, a charming story, and a calm and friendly narrator. With their follow up game, What Remains of Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow proves their first outing wasn’t just a fluke and that they’re the king of bite-sized narrative experiences.  Continue reading

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Review)

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is proof that games can tackle mature storytelling and taboo themes with aplomb. While other games have explored the subject of mental illness, psychosis is normally depicted as a cheap way to make a villain appear frightening, or worse yet, for comedic relief. Thankfully, the team at Ninja Theory decided to approach the discussion of psychosis with an adult perspective, depicting it with honesty, maturity, and with the intention of shedding some light on what mental illness can truly look like. Continue reading

Pay Day 2 is an Uncomfortable Experience

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It’s easy to grow desensitized to violence in video games, which is why it’s equally fascinating and uncomfortable when a game makes you realize how bad your actions are. I’m writing this after having my first experience with Pay Day 2, which is probably one of the most disturbing games I’ve ever played. It’s weird though, because despite playing through several “violent” video games, I’ve almost always walked away with my conscience unscathed. Murder and mayhem, while reprehensible in real life, have never really bothered me in the digital one. So, why is it that Pay Day 2 made me feel so damn uncomfortable? Continue reading