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From Demon’s Souls to Deracine: FromSoftware’s New Legacy of Amazing Games

Few game companies have pivoted in a way as significant as FromSoftware. Their first release, King’s Field for the original PlayStation, was a promising first-person RPG bogged down by slow character movement and high difficulty. However, it had a

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How I’m Still Scaring Myself: Outlast 1 & 2

I’ve already shared a bit about some of my favorite horror games, but I have so many others. I wanted to clue you in to another fantastic horror series. It’s fast-paced, gory-as-all-get-out, and terrifying from start to finish. I’m talking about

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The 5 Best Horror Games to Check Out This Halloween Season

It’s that time of year again: The time in which many of us give our hearts a workout and intentionally stress ourselves out in the name of Halloween. While some have a tradition of watching through as many classic horror movies as they can each

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Space Hulk: Tactics Review - Turn-Based Strategy in the Darkest of Timelines

For tabletop gaming aficionados, Warhammer 40,000 is a well-known property. Being more of an on-screen gamer myself, I knew very little about Warhammer 40k prior to firing up Space Hulk: Tactics. How it was played, the world, the races--I went in

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A Classic on Two Screens: The World Ends With You

The Nintendo DS was home to a ton of great games. It’s no surprise that Nintendo considered it a pillar of their success, alongside the Wii, which had similarly significant sales (if not quite so many A+ titles). Two screens and touch controls

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How Assassin’s Creed Lost Me

There weren’t many games like the original Assassin’s Creed. Sure, there had been stealth-focused games before (think Syphon Filter), and there had been games set in ancient times (mostly strategy games such as Age of Empires). But no game had melded

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More to the Story: Life Is Strange and the Effective Prequel

Modern adventure games have merged the best of TV and movies with the choice and control of video games to create a hybrid that excels in storytelling. They aren’t for everyone, but for many people, particularly those that don’t consider themselves

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All That’s Old Is New Again: Nintendo Switch Online Presents NES Classics for Subscribers

Nintendo is finally getting with the times. Sort of. On September 18, they threw open the gates to the Nintendo Switch Online service, ushering gamers in to many of the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect on video game platforms. This includes

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In the Palm of Your Hand: Five of the Best iOS Games for Your New iPhone

Mobile gaming gets a lot of flack. Sometimes, that flack is well deserved, such as when games use sneaky microtransactions and repetitive gameplay to rack up millions while providing a lackluster experience. Often, though, some of the most creative

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Believe the Hype: Five of the Best Games to Play in VR

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a brand new medium in entertainment. Movies and TV have experimented with 3D for a long time (much longer than you might think), but while there is a place for additional depth in visual entertainment, 3D is

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Real Mature: The Best Games for Grownups

Thanks to Mortal Kombat, Night Trap, and the well-intentioned (if overstepping) zealous concern of lawmakers, games have a rating system that help inform consumers about potentially objectionable content within games. By “objectionable content,” I of

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Octopath Traveler Nails the Short Story Format in a Video Game

Given that it’s sold more than one million units in its short time on the market, it’s not surprising a lot of people are talking about Octopath Traveler. The latest Japanese role-playing game from Square Enix is a real return-to-form for the

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Pokemon Stop: Niantic to Pay Out Over $1.5 Million After Pokemon Go Festival Fiasco

Last year’s Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago was an unmitigated disaster. Servers were down, connections were slow, and many people couldn’t play at all. This is made worse by the fact that many players had traveled from far away -- states away, or even

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The Universe Keeps Getting Bigger: ‘No Man’s Sky’ Coming to Xbox One, Along With New Update

Just because a game is the size of the known universe doesn’t mean it can’t continue to improve. Hello Games has been pumping out substantial updates to its controversial game, No Man’s Sky, since shortly after its release in 2016. Most recently, its

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Epic Adventure With a ‘Dragon Ball’ Sense of Style: ‘Dragon Quest XI’ Heading Stateside in September

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard any major news about Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, the latest mainline entry in the long-running series from Square Enix. It’s been eagerly anticipated -- character designer Akira Toriyama is a hot

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From Small Nightmares to Virtual Reality Puzzle Boxes: Our Interview With Indie Developer Tarsier Studios

Tarsier Studios came into being in the mid-aughts as Team Tarsier, a group that created excellent ports and adaptations of Sony games like Little Big Plane and Tearaway. Recently, however, they’ve rebranded and broken off, creating two of the most

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Hadouken-ing Its Way Into Your Home: ‘Street Fighter’ Gets Live-Action Television Series

There are few fighting game series as beloved as Street Fighter. Now, according to Deadline Hollywood, the story of the World Warriors is coming to the small screen. Based on a live-action web series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, the new TV

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You Can’t Keep a Good Yakuza Down: ‘Yakuza 6’ Demo Back Online After Early Release Snafu

Some people got a bit of a surprise when they downloaded the Yakuza 6 demo. It seemed to just keep going. And going. And going. As it turns out, Sega inadvertently released the entire game within the demo download. The company quickly pulled the

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