100 Words or Less: Tomb Raided

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I recently wrote up an impressions article of Rise of the Tomb Raider. I was initially very impressed by the sequel to the reboot. Upon finishing the game, however, I was left disappointed. Ultimately, I don’t think I’ll ever pick up Rise of the Tomb Raider again. There simply isn’t that much replay value. This game really received more praise than Fallout 4 from some reviewers? That’s unimaginable to me. Rise of the Tomb Raider is extremely shallow in comparison. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a wonderful game for Tomb Raider fans. I don’t think the game is horrible. It just didn’t live up to its very promising opening. I just expected the game to expand on its very cool ideas instead of rehashing them. Oh, well.

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Pony Island Is The Best Horror Comedy Game Ever Made

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Pony Island is not about ponies. Pony Island is about demons; demons that want you to play a 2D side-scrolling game about jumping unicorns that have tickle battles with butterflies for —  forever! There is no escape. Hell is an unwinnable, inescapable arcade game. And you’re living it. It’s your job to hack into this digital netherworld and destroy its core files or it’s game over — for your soul!

Is this game terrifyingly hilarious or hilariously terrifying?

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The Beginner’s Guide Review

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The Beginner’s Guide is something of a introspective adventure. An adventure that wends through the creations of a struggling game developer. It’s a journey that explores friendship and loneliness, and the narratives we create from them. It’s also an examination of our judgement, our motivations and the myriad of effects our relationships have on our work, and vice versa. The Beginner’s Guide invites you to experience the desperation and the elation of creation, but asks that you think deeply about the relationship between the creator and the observer in return, and suggests that sometimes our interpretations of art say more about us than the art itself.

Seldom do games work on so many levels.

(Beware: possible spoilers!)

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100 Words or Less: Jet Set Radio

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When I heard this trick-tacular news about Sega offering Jet Set Radio for free on Steam as part of their “Make War not Love” campaign I immediately downloaded the graffiti-glorifying Dreamcast classic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased Jet Set Radio (all right, I can: three). Each time I purchase it for a new console, it gets a little bit better.

It’s one of those games that’s infuriatingly difficult but impossible to put down. (The Dark Souls of rollerskating games, if you will.) Jet Set Radio is wacky, irreverent and original. It is so unabashedly itself, you can’t help but adore its sincerity.

So go download it on Steam for free if you (foolishly) haven’t already. It’s the only game where you’ll be able to roller-skate and fight the power at the same time.

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted (Indie Game) Fantas(ies)

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The Lunar New Year Steam sale has helped bolster my indie game collection a great deal. I’ve recently purchased indie games I’ve been meaning to get my hands on for quite some time (but had been waiting for a good sale to nab them up). Here’s the thing, something amazing happened with my newly purchased indie games: they all turned out to be both surprisingly beautiful and unexpectedly dark. We’re talking screenshot-once-every-three-minutes beautiful and your-best-friend-dies-in-front-of-your-very-eyes dark.

Click the read more tab to read my somber thoughts and stare at achingly beautiful screenshots of Kingdom, Ori and the Blind Forest and more.

(Beware: spoilers ahead!)

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100 Words or Less: Train On

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We all encountered something decidedly odd this (Super Bowl) Sunday. As I was reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World — yes, I read a novel instead of actually watching the Super Bowl, I am sorry to reveal to you that I am not a football fan — I heard something familiar fill my ears. Pokemon. I looked up from my book. And what did I see? That’s right, people, you guessed it: Pikachu. Sandwiched between the Budweiser and Doritos commercials was an advertisement celebrating twenty years of Pokemon. I was shocked (pun intended). Shocked. Helen Mirren yelling at me about drunk driving? Not nearly as surprising as the “Train On” Super Bowl spot.

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Limited Edition Uncharted PS4: Feeling Blue

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The Limited Edition Uncharted 4 PS4 Bundle is available for preorder for $400 as of February 4th. The bundle will include a blue-grey and gold 500 GB PS4, a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and a voucher for digital goodies (which includes Drake’s Fortune Outfit, Golden Weapon Skin and Uncharted Points for Multiplayer Mode).

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Final Fantasy XV Uncovered: A New Hope

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Ticket reservation for the Final Fantasy XV event (aptly entitled Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV) hosted by Kinda Funny Games’ Greg Miller and Tim Gettys will become available in less than ninety minutes! Which has me asking the very, very important question, “Why am I so excited?”

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