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Life is Strange: Episode 1 - Chrysalis

- Xbox One

*NOTE: Considering that this is a game heavily focused on storytelling, I’m going to have to bring up some MAJOR AND MINOR SPOILERS about Life Is Strange in order to examine how I feel about it. For this special case, it’s not possible to obscure all important details to examine it the way I want to here. Viewer discretion is advised.* *NOTE #2: Review for this episode reflects thoughts on...

7.6

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Entwined

- PS3

E3 is quite a strange and unique thing in the games industry. By all intents and purposes, it is just a dressed-up PowerPoint presentation intended to excite fans and journalists covering the event while also geared towards showcasing upcoming titles to these publishers’ investors. And as the result of today’s current gaming climate, it’s often this odd marriage between middle-aged businessme...

4.6

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4PM

- PC

*NOTE: Given how short the game is, and since I really can’t recommend anyone buying it, SPOILERS for the whole game will be present. Viewer discretion is still advised, I guess.* It’s really come to this point, hasn’t it? It seems like it was just yesterday when I was jumping into this hip, new scene of walking simulators; new topics were being brought up to discuss and I had fun explorin...

1.5

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Slender: The Arrival

- Xbox One

Scary stories around a campfire have been a classic template to tell tales for a long time. Whether it’s from a bunch of youths at a summer camp listening to that too-invested camp instructor or watching a bunch of stilted teenage actors on older cheesy TV shows, scary stories around this particular venue probably hold some fond memories for all of us. Now, in the advance of the internet, the...

5.4

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Outlast

- Xbox One

*Note: While trying to avoid late-game story spoilers altogether, specific antagonists will be revealed here which may diminish your excitement when seeing them for the first time in the game. Viewer discretion is advised.* The survival horror genre has seen quite an uptick in popularity these last few years, especially for the indie scene. Of course, when such an uptick occurs in the mili...

8.0

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Never Alone

- Xbox One

*Note: Review reflects my experience of an updated version of the game. First time playing was on February 14th of this year.* I’ve grown slightly irritated at the idea of a term like “unbiased” being a way of giving adulation towards my reviews. It causes me to wonder if I had only presented calculated information then my own subjective perspective on experience at times. It’s in cases l...

7.0

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Nutjitsu

- Xbox One

*Note: Review reflects my experiences of version 1.6 of the game.* As the likes of Xbox Live continue tackling barriers of entry for its storefront and ‘snap-compatible’ games continue growing, there’s bound to be more and more mobile developers vying for a spot on this platform. Enter Nutjitsu: a top-down stealth-a-thon that’s one of the first results of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program...

5.0

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

- Xbox 360

*Note: this review will contain some early game spoilers to provide context on the gameplay/narrative. While they’re relatively minor, viewer discretion is advised* Have you ever wondered if there could come a time where a message, an idea, or even an entire story is communicated in such a way that every single person can understand it without the fetters of language? Throughout the ages,...

10.0

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TitanFall

- Xbox 360

*Note #1: Although I will be acknowledging later updates and DLC to discuss its growth since launch, I wanted my score to stand on the foundation of what I thought of the vanilla product in which a lot of my play time is based.* If there’s one thing that’s destined to gain interesting reactions it’s THE intellectual property marked as being one of the first to ramp up the hype machine of a n...

8.6

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Gone Home

- PC

Something that’s become typical of my recent reviews is finding a balance between hazarding into spoiler territory while also attempting to be as vague as possible about the praises and complaints with the storytelling. But since the story is not only an important factor but also a key component in driving the game’s mechanics, diving into the ins-and-outs of the machinations of the plot would...

8.5

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The Last of Us: Left Behind

- PS3

*NOTE: This DLC being reviewed takes place during the latter half of the main game. It’s recommended that anyone reading this should’ve completed TLOU’s campaign. I WILL also be spoiling a lot of story-driven activities in this DLC to explain what I liked about this experience. Viewer discretion advised.* "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it w...

9.0

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The Last Of Us

- PS3

*NOTE 1: While I want to attempt talking more vaguely about certain praises for story and storytelling than with my recent Uncharted reviews, it’s not possible to skirt every possible story spoiler for that to happen. Viewer discretion is advised.* *NOTE 2: All of my online play has occurred after August 7th 2014 (something like patch 1.07) Any additions, like modes and maps purchased wil...

9.5

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

- PS3

*NOTE #1: While this doesn’t affect the overall outcome of any score, I will be cataloguing the GOTY additions in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.* *NOTE #2: There are bigger story spoilers present in order to talk about certain qualities of the game I liked and disliked—more a mixture of both this time. Viewer discretion is advised.* Second opinions can be a great or terrible thing. It’s...

7.5

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

- PS3

*NOTE #1: While this doesn’t affect the overall outcome of any score, I will catalog a certain aspect of the Uncharted 2 GOTY Edition I’ve acquired: Siege Expansion Pack. There really hasn’t been anything else I recall that’s been added or tweaked to such a degree as when I first remember playing Uncharted 2 back in 2009 and 2010—though, it would be tough for me to remember that anyways.* *...

8.8

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

- PS3

It’s certainly strange to come away from one of the PS3’s so-called “must-haves” of its time with a heightened sense of disappointment. During an era of over-blown squabbles over a certain game somehow saving a console—as if the library was completely bankrupt of solid exclusives until that happened, this was the one which seemed to hit the mark when it came to critics. Plus, the popular Naug...

6.5

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Beyond: Two Souls

- PS3

*Note: You will be wading into some spoiler territory in this review. Given the complaints and praises—mostly complaints—I will be raising with the story, I can't avoid spoiling some details (not huge ones) while also trying to provide an exploration on the game. If you want a fresh experience on all the game has to offer, I suggest avoiding this review for now.* Ever since the releases o...

4.4

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Papers, Please

- PC

True creative inspiration has a habit of leading to uncultivated territory. Not long ago, a wall was dashed asunder and a communist union was dissolved; now, that mark on history has been married with ex-Naughty Dog developer Lucas Pope’s tense experiences with international checkpoints and has given the gaming world Papers, Please. What makes this game feel so audacious is in how counterint...

9.5

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

- Xbox 360

Ten years is a long time for any game franchise to be around. And with that achievement being reached for Call of Duty, I’m starting to feel old, having played each main entry in the series and noted its moments of evolution and nuance since its inception. And that term “evolution” is the sticking point for many detractors of the series as it remains the AAA-budget gaming equivalent of a mone...

6.0

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Proteus

- PC

Times have changed since the last time I’ve bothered reviewing one of these exploration games/walking simulators. When first making a splash into this sea of gameplay-minimizing art games with Dear Esther, I honestly didn’t expect to ever bother jumping back into other titles similar to that art house ideal like Passage or Every Day The Same Dream. It’s strange to see just how influential one...

5.1

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Contrast

- Xbox 360

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Out of all the games I’ve played in 2013 I like to vaunt over for their artsy qualities while also having to recognize a sheer lack of polish and/or several design problems within them, Contrast is probably my favorite of those flawed few. It presents a problem from a scoring standpoint be...

7.4
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