Reviews

Xbox One: Mafia III Review

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While prior Mafia games set you into early parts of the 20th century, Mafia III begins with an iconic hit of the game’s era – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix, telling you right away that this won’t be just another typical mafia tale. We’re told of our protagonist Lincoln Clay’s past – being abandoned as a child and …

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Xbox One Review: X-com 2

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There’s an odd joy to playing games like The Sims. Perhaps it’s a joy not everyone appreciates, and perhaps it’s a joy that’s not the same for everyone. I mean what’s fun about watching little made up people go about their day, live and then die, when you could do that in real life? The whole point of video games …

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Xbox One: Battlefield 1 Review

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DICE has been changing the first person shooter genre for over a decade with the Battlefield franchise. It went from being a relatively unknown series to one of gaming’s most valuable properties and gone from a World War II shooter to something with modern-day trappings, to even a cops vs. robbers motif. Now, Battlefield 1 takes things back to War …

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Xbox One Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

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My favourite game of all time is a title that has changed hands more than once throughout my life. It’s a list of games populated with all the regular cliches. Final Fantasy 7 is often at the top, for instance, though sometimes I’ll say Final Fantasy 4 when I’m feeling like a hipster. I love strong storytelling in games, and …

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Xbox One Hardware Review: Xbox One S

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In the almost three years since the Xbox One’s release, the console has seen many ups and downs. The original Kinect requirement alienated many, and when it was dropped as a mandate from the versions being sold, sales skyrocketed. Since then, a great many bundles have been released offering up more value for the money and increasing consumer demand for …

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Xbox One Review: Layers of Fear

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  Back when PT, the famed stealth-demo for Silent Hills, came out the internet was lit ablaze. When Silent Hills was cancelled, the internet was equally invigorated, but for all new reasons. PT had gotten everyone’s hopes up and that small taste of what never came to be inspired several other development teams to make their own similar games. Among …

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Xbox One Review: Hawken

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  Hawken is an online only first person shooter that places players in the cockpit of their very own mech for competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Whereas titles like Titanfall allow the player to go around on foot, Hawken doesn’t give you the option to bailout. Here you live and die entirely in your two-legged tank. Setting Hawken further aside from …

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Xbox One Review: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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I never really liked the original Half Life. Sure I enjoyed the mods, and the whole multiplayer community surrounding it, but I could never beat the campaign without cheats. It was all the platforming levels. Trying to make precision jumps on small platforms that one could easily miss and fall to their death is really hard when you can’t see …

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Xbox One Review: Gears of War Ultimate Edition

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For as many console generations as I can remember, console wars have been waged for sales dominance, with first and second party exclusive games as their soldiers and weapons on the battlefield. There was a time when Mario would go head to head with Sonic, a time when Sega did what Nintendont. Though the players in the conflict have changed …

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Xbox One Review: Hard Reset Redux

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Having been a huge FPS fan for so many years, Hard Reset was one of those games I always wanted to play, but I just couldn’t. The incompatibility with my Windows 8.1/10 laptop, just wouldn‘t let me run the game demo. So after much discouragement that I couldn’t play this PC exclusive title, I had given up trying to play …

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