Facts and Embellishments: Ground Zeroes to Phantom Pain
Mar20

Facts and Embellishments: Ground Zeroes to Phantom Pain

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltH1eWxZutE Ground Zeroes, a standalone sort of pre-downloadable content, is the direct result of a multi-million dollar project that has spanned five years with nothing to show for it.  While fans may gripe about its short-and-sweet approach, there’s a precedent for this in games like Gran Turismo Prologue or RE4’s purchasable town level. But it also sets the scene for Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom...

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Warframe – Rapid Review
Nov16

Warframe – Rapid Review

Warframe applies the ethos of free-to-play MMO’s to an online third person shooter.  Players connect to servers that automatically pair them with similarly powered FIGHTER NAMES and blast through MMO instance clichés – capture X, destroy Y, survive Z, etc.  Voice chat and friend matching is supported, but there’s no other way for players to customize their WARFRAME until farther down the line, making for a very impersonal experience...

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Bad Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review
Oct29

Bad Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

This is not the Assassin’s Creed for newcomers to start with.  There is no prologue that breaks down how the player is both a pirate ninja and some dude walking around an Abstergo lab, which is itself another mystery.  The Assassin’s Creed’s universe is powered by such a wealth of history and ideas that it’s an understandably tricky problem to deal with.  That Ubisoft didn’t even try though is disconcerting and perhaps arrogant....

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Good Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review
Oct29

Good Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

Assassin’s Creed 4 has struck on a brilliant solution to the age old question of pirates versus ninjas.  Who comes out on top?  The answer: Pirate-ninjas.  Er, ninja-pirates?  Ninrates.  Pinjas.  Or something. The fourth instalment blends both worlds seamlessly, deftly combining the expected staples of an Assassin’s Creed game with the Caribbean plunder fantasy.  Give Ubisoft credit for continuously reinventing the familiar experience...

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Bad Cop – Batman Arkham Origins Review
Oct26

Bad Cop – Batman Arkham Origins Review

Perhaps the most damning thing that could be said about Origins is that, at least on paper, it’s exactly what you want.  Fans of the previous two know what to expect and get it, beat for beat.  Whereas as other franchises embrace their triplets with a roll of the dice on a center stage mechanic or a new world, newly minted WB Games Montreal just isn’t interested.   While the otherwise rocksteady staples continue to fight the good...

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