Ninja Gaiden Has Official Entered Free Fall With Yaiba
Apr01

Ninja Gaiden Has Official Entered Free Fall With Yaiba

With a little more restraint and the most meager considerations for taste, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z might have fallen on the right side of several descriptors.  Instead, it’s more crass than irreverent; more messy than free-wheeling; more puerile than candid.  Team Ninja’s latest effort in the series tilts more towards tedious hack-and-slash boredom than its hoped for destiny of Ninja Gaiden refresh. The truth is that the series has been...

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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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