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  • Ranking the Colossi from Shadow of the Colossus

    Shadow of the Colossus: Ranking the 16 Colossi

    Shadow of the Colossus contains some of the most awe-inspiring battles in the history of gaming. Every fight with the titular colossi emphasizes different aspects of the player’s abilities and adds to the story in meaningful ways, yet it’s impossible not to walk away feeling irritated by some and slack-jawed by others. While we loved […] More

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    Combating video game fatigue with God of War

    About 20 hours through God of War, I was sprinting from a boat dock to a shop in order to unlock a new piece of armor I’d had my eyes on for hours. Kratos threw open the shop’s gilded black doors for what felt like the twentieth time and rushed to the shop. Nabbing the […] More

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    Why you should care about video games: Celeste

    I love video games. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone given that I write for a video game website, but every now and then I play a game that ratchets this sentiment up to fanatical levels. As I mentioned in a previous article, I find it exceedingly unfortunate that non-gamers I meet will […] More

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    A Way Out represents the future of video games

    A Question and an Answer? Video games are a difficult medium to understand. If you are and have been a gamer this might not seem to be the case. After years of pattern recognition and immersion in the multitude of varied genres, it’s easy to forget how intimidating the form can be to those looking […] More

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    Halo 3 revisited: a timeless campaign

    When it released in 2007, Halo 3 had enormous expectations to live up to. The previous two games in the series defined the first person shooter genre on consoles in terms of single-player and multiplayer components, and many gamers looked to this third entry to do the same. On release, Halo 3 received almost universal […] More

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    Going with the flow in Newt One

    Video games can appeal to people for a number of reasons. Some offer the satisfaction of conquering unreasonably difficult challenges. Others present complex stories with interesting characters. Still more exist simply for the sake of having fun. Newt One, a new 3D platformer from 2-man indie developer DevNAri, lands closest to that latter category. A […] More

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    Remembering Final Fantasy XV’s excellent first half

    Last year I compared Final Fantasy XV unfavorably to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. My primary point of criticism was the game’s split identity between an open-ended first half and a linear second half that emphasized an improperly developed narrative. Despite this, the game’s first half is still a fantastic example of […] More

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    The Last Guardian is a game you need to play twice

    Released at the end of 2016, The Last Guardian made a momentary impact on the industry, mostly due to the sheer miracle of the game escaping over a decade in development hell, before seemingly fading from the general gaming consciousness. Fumito Ueda’s follow-up to the monumental 2005 game Shadow of the Colossus was a polarizing […] More

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    Innerspace: gameplay vs design

    Many years ago I began watching video game reviews on the internet and stumbled across the now-defunct site called GameTrailers. The site attached a score between 1-100 to games by examining them in constituent parts: story, presentation, gameplay, and design. The first two categories, story and presentation, are pretty clear-cut, but the distinctions between what […] More

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    Super Mario Odyssey is an endorphin rush that doesn’t go anywhere

    Three months ago Super Mario Odyssey released to overwhelming critical and commercial success. The game has been hailed as a towering achievement in the platformer genre, a class of games that has been steadily dying out, and has been a contender for many people’s 2017 Game of the Year. It’s ambitious, whimsical, and above all […] More

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    Nintendo in 2018: Things we have to know about

    2017 has been a renaissance year for Nintendo. Gaming’s oldest purveyor of joy came back from a despair-ridden several years with an innovative and irresistible new console, a consistent set of game releases, and two of the most refreshing games in years. Nintendo has loads of momentum going into the Switch’s second calendar year, but the […] More

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    Deckhead Games Interview: The road to IndieCade and beyond

    Deckhead Games’ Vision of the Future On October 13th, 2016, IndieCade, the largest international independent games festival, took over five buildings on the University of Southern California’s campus. TV screens peppered every room, each one displaying vibrant worlds and creative visuals, suggesting new methods to play games or offering unprecedented immersion through virtual realities. The […] More

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