Payday: The Heist Review

Despite some poorly explained mechanics, Payday: The Heist is pure and relentless fun. What if a video game tried to emulate some of the most interesting parts of heist films like Heat or Point Break? That’s the idea behind Payday: The Heist, a rewarding and entertaining multiplayer-focused first-person shooter where …

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Lococycle Review

Although Lococycle’s blatantly bizarre story is terrific, most of its gameplay elements get old really quick. Right from the get go, Lococycle presents itself as a pretty unconventional and ridiculously bizarre title. Inspired by a fight scene from modern masterpiece Torque in which two women fight using motorcycles, Lococycle puts …

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Kentucky Route Zero: Act III Review

Kentucky Route Zero’s story might be incomprehensible, but I still find this episodic point-and-click series hauntingly attractive. Kentucky Route Zero’s story might be incomprehensible, but I still find this episodic point-and-click series hauntingly attractive. Nevertheless, I’m both aware of what this game is and what it isn’t. I know upcoming …

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The Stanley Parable Review

The Stanley Parable is an engrossing experience that’s difficult to forget. Video games have trained us to investigate every nook and cranny. Usually, our efforts are rewarded with extra health or collectible items, such as assets, additional modes or higher difficulty levels. The Stanley Parable is a game that’s based …

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Papers, Please Review

Papers, Please is a monotonous and tedious experience, yet the game manages to convey one of the medium’s most inviting and impactful stories. In multiple ways, video games as a medium have really matured and that explains why over the past few years, games that aren’t necessarily fun to play …

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Guacamelee! Gold Edition Review

Guacamelee! Gold Edition is a terrific version of an already terrific game. In terms of gameplay, Metroid and Castlevania have made one of the most meaningful contributions to our beloved medium and years after the release of the first Metroid and Castlevania titles, their structure remains remarkably fresh. Guacamelee is …

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System Shock 2 Review

System Shock 2 is a terrific game that has some truly revolutionary ideas. Sadly, some of those creative concepts haven’t aged as gracefully as others. When it comes to highly influential survival horror games, a few titles stand above the rest as some of the best the genre has to …

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Shadowrun: Dragonfall Review

Shadowrun: Dragonfall fixes some of the problems of its predecessor without compromising the series’ vision and that’s an achievement in itself. Shadowrun Returns was a pleasant surprise. Although the crowdfunded title seemed promising right from the get go, its concept sounded too good to be true. The game was supposed …

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Super Meat Boy Review

Equal parts homage and genre-redefining platformer, Super Meat Boy is a brutally difficult game that you can’t help but fall in love with. How far would you be willing to go if your significant other was kidnapped by one of your enemies? Would you traverse dangerous environments filled with saws, …

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Braid Review

Braid is an emotionally resonant experience that tries to convey a message through its mechanics and that’s an achievement in itself. Most people remember Braid as the title that started the indie revolution. After all, this was probably one of the first indie titles to become massively popular. Soon after …

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Jazzpunk Review

Jazzpunk is a bizarre adventure that makes no sense and that’s what makes it so mesmerizing and undeniably charming. To a certain extent, Jazzpunk can’t be classified in any existent genre, since this is one of the most unconventional and utterly absurd titles I’ve ever played. If you asked me …

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Insurgency Review

The next Counter-Strike this is not, but Insurgency is still a terrific competitive first-person shooter that will keep you entertained for hours and hours. Captivating the attention of competitive first-person shooter fans must be one of the most difficult tasks in the video game industry, especially if you’re an independent …

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Portal 2 Review

Not only is Portal 2 faithful to the original, but also takes some concepts from its predecessor and improves upon them in clever new ways. When the original Portal came out in 2007 as part of The Orange Box compilation, the first-person puzzler caught the world by surprise. After all, …

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Ethan: Meteor Hunter Review

Ethan: Meteor Hunter is marred by erratic level design, frustrating boss fights, finicky controls and puzzles that constantly disrupt the pace of the game. Over the past few years, platformers have become more and more punishing. Super Meat Boy was probably one of the titles that started this trend, since …

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