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    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

    Developer: Artdink
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita
    Genre: Fighting
    Rating: Teen
    Release Date: January 28, 2014

    When you talk about a popular manga/anime series that has had its success in video games, chances are that Dragon Ball Z would probably be one of the first series that would come to mind. While we have seen many games from the Dragon Ball Z universe throughout the years, some of the more recent entries have left fans wanting much more than what we were given, such as Dragon Ball Z Kinect. This ...
    by Published on 03-19-2014 10:00 PM
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    Titanfall

    Developer: Respawn Entertainment
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Platform: Xbox One
    Genre: First-person Shooter
    Rating: Mature
    Release Date: March 11, 2014

    When the former founders of Infinity Ward unveiled what would be their first major project as newly reformed studio, Repsawn Entertainment, Titanfall was met with nothing short of sheer excitement. Respawn aimed to redefine multiplayer for the first-person shooter, and it soon became obvious that a traditional campaign would be omitted to ensure this would happen. As such, Titanfall ...
    by Published on 03-12-2014 10:30 PM
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    Developer: Telltale Games
    Publisher: Telltale Games
    Platform: PlayStation 3
    Genre: Action Role-Playing
    Rating: Mature
    Release Date: March 4, 2014

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2: A House Divided

    Note: If you haven't played Episode 1 of this season's game, do not read any further as spoilers may exist from that episode.

    When we last left Clementine from the first episode of ...
    by Published on 02-18-2014 09:00 PM
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    Developer: Telltale Games
    Publisher: Telltale Games
    Platform: PlayStation 3
    Genre: Action Role-Playing
    Rating: Mature
    Release Date: February 4, 2014

    The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke & Mirrors

    The Wolf Among Us Episode 1 left us wondering where the story would continue and how it would be able to build on such an intriguing story line. I had even wondered where the story could lead ...
    by Published on 02-03-2014 10:20 PM
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    Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014

    Developer: Stainless Games
    Publisher: Wizards of the Coast LLC
    Platform: Google Play (Android)
    Genre: Card
    Rating: "Low Maturity"
    Release Date: June 26, 2013

    I’ve played the ever living crap out of the Duels of the Planeswalkers games, not to mention the ever living crap out of Magic: The Gathering in general… but never on a tablet. So when I found myself with a 7” second generation Google Nexus ...
    by Published on 01-17-2014 06:45 PM



    Pokemon Y

    Developer: Game Freak
    Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
    Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    Genre: Role-Playing Game
    Rating: Everyone
    Release Date: October 12, 2013

    Pokemon Y is at times a game at odds with its own progress. High hopes and expectations have surrounded this game since its initial announcement. My own excitement for the title was amplified when it was revealed that the game would swap the static sprite filled world for a new 3D one. ...
    by Published on 01-16-2014 11:00 AM
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    Resident Evil: Revelations

    Developer: Capcom
    Publisher: Capcom
    Platform: Wii U
    Genre: Survival-Horror
    Rating: Mature
    Release Date: May 21, 2013

    Resident Evil is one of those franchises that has somewhat lost its luster in recent years. Gamers may remember that Resident Evil Revelations was a 3DS exclusive at one time, and a rather great one too. In short, with the game having received a console port, Resident Evil Revelations is the game that you should’ve had ...
    by Published on 12-28-2013 07:04 PM
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    Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers


    Developer:
    Dimps
    Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
    Platform: PlatyStation 3
    Genre: Fighting
    Rating: Teen
    Release Date: November 26, 2013

    The American market seems to be growing hungrier for anime based video games. The popularity of these has increased to the point where even older shows are getting their games imported. This time around “Saint Seiya”, or “Knights of the Zodiac” is getting this treatment. The series has never seen a huge following here in the States, so this comprehensive review will hopefully ...
    by Published on 12-28-2013 07:02 PM
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    Super Mario 3D World


    Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Platform: Nintendo Wii-U
    Genre: Platformer
    Rating: Everyone
    Release Date: November 22, 2013

    Nintendo once again sticks to their guns, to the old and the fan favorite. This new incarnation of Mario might reek of rehashed material and, while it doesn’t really fare far from the classic Mario formula, it does have a few new tricks and ideas behind it. Yet are these enough to warrant another purchase from the Plumber’s franchise? ...
    by Published on 12-28-2013 07:01 PM
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    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds




    Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No.3
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    Genre: Action, Adventure
    Rating: Everyone
    Release Date: November 22, 2013

    The classic adventure series takes another step into the world of handheld platforms, and this time it brings a whole new story to tell. Link is no stranger to the handhelds, having a few of the most renowned games on classic Nintendo consoles, all which have included some creative way of using the innovative features ...
    by Published on 12-19-2013 11:00 PM
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    Ys: Memories of Celceta

    Developer: Nihon Falcom
    Publisher: XSEED Games
    Platform: PlayStation Vita
    Genre: Action/Role-Playing Game
    Rating: Teen
    Release Date: November 26, 2013

    Ys (pronounced “ease”) is a game series that has almost as strong a lineage a series like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. The only difference is, unlike the aforementioned games, Ys is continually reinventing itself when it comes to gameplay. No Ys game exemplifies ...
    by Published on 12-18-2013 11:10 AM
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    Knack


    Developer: Japan Studio/Mark Cerny
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
    Platform: PlayStation 4
    Genre: Action Platformer
    Rating: Everyone 10+
    Release Date: November 15, 2013

    Being born with the release of the PlayStation 4, Knack is a launch title that is a 3-D brawler with slight platforming elements. The game is named after the main character, Knack, who was created by a scientist, named Doctor, who absorbs ancient remains, known as relics, to become a fighting machine. The player assumes the role of Knack to protect mankind by defeating goblin armies. It is not ...
    by Published on 12-08-2013 08:00 PM
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    Lego: Marvel Superheroes

    Developer: TT Games
    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Platform: Wii U
    Genre: Action
    Rating: Everyone
    Release Date: October 22, 2013

    Lego: Marvel Super Heroes, the newest entry in the Lego series, takes a beloved universe and “Legofies” it. This time, we’re given the legendary world of the Avengers and the Marvel heroes that we all know and love, but does the game do justice to these cherished characters?
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    by Published on 12-08-2013 08:00 PM
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    Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle

    Developer: CyberConnect 2
    Publisher: Namco Bandai
    Platform: PlayStation 3
    Genre: Fighting
    Rating: Teen
    Release Date: August 29, 2013

    Namco Bandai and CyberConnect 2 have gotten together to bring us a new fighter based on Hirohiko Araki’s legendary manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. Well known and loved in Japan over its large time span that started in the mid-80s, the series has now cemented itself into the history of Japanese ...
    by Published on 12-08-2013 03:00 PM
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    Ryse: Son of Rome

    Developer: Crytek
    Publisher: Microsoft Studios
    Platform: Xbox One
    Genre: Action/Adventure
    Rating: Mature
    Release Date: November 22, 2013

    Microsoft kicks off their next generation of gaming hardware with a rather ambitious launch title in the form of Ryse: Son of Rome. While Ryse certainly does represent itself as a heavy hitter, it falls from grace sooner than any gamer would want it to. As one would come to think, Ryse ends up being a flawed epic, but an epic nonetheless.

    Players assume the role of ...

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  • Review Scale

    Score 10- Flawless Victory: A score not handed out to every game. Games earning this rare score sit at the very pinnacle of excellence. These games act as the examples for which all others should be measured with. They are instant classics from the beginning. These games not only deliver what was expected of it, but also exceed the player’s expectations. The game’s features are innovative and original. No game is without its absolute flaws, but the finished product you bring home surpasses the anticipation the game has formed. A day one buy is a must. The game you hold in your hands with this score is a video game jackpot.

    Score 9 - 9.5- Outstanding: Games earning scores such as these absolutely must be played. Games that achieve this high ranking do so because they define the genres that they are in. Flaws are few and barely noticeable. Features seen in the game have been renovated to provide something new and fresh. The story, gameplay, graphics, and lasting appeal are all fantastic and is reason enough to bring the game home and to enjoy with family and friends. Every penny you spend on the game is so worth it.

    Score 8 - 8.5- Great: Any flaw the game may possess is overshadowed by its fun factor. These games would be great for gamers to play. These great games appeal to gamers more and more outside its normal player base because of what it brings to the table.

    Score 7 - 7.5- Good: Flaws do exist in these games, but the positive features of the game can counterbalance the flaws. Additionally, players who are predisposed to liking a game of a particular series or genre with this score should enjoy the game. These are in no way bad games, and much fun can be had with them. An overall good game is worth taking a look at, whether you are willing to buy the game or rent it first. That or you can also wait for the game to reach a good price.

    Score 6 - 6.5- Decent: Games falling into this category may suffer from numerous flaws (for example, graphics or gameplay), but are still worth playing. Granted, the player should be aware that a game with these scores may not guarantee them full satisfaction.

    Score 5 - 5.5- Average: An average game is one in which a game’s features are neither good nor completely terrible. Instead, the finished product is manageable. Little has been done to hold the player’s interest. If anything, rent this game before you consider buying it so that you can at least get a feel for the game’s overall experience.

    Score 4 - 4.5- Poor: Games falling into this category may only keep gamers entertained for a short while. While the game may seem enjoyable for moments at a time, it can quickly grow old and may never be revisited again. The game’s overall function is lacking in quality and may not hold the player’s attention for long. The game leaves little or nothing else to return back to.

    Score 3 - 3.5- Bad: If any positive qualities about a game in this category exist, it is not enough to redeem the game for its shortcomings. Sure you may find yourself playing it, but for how long? You will wind up not giving the game a second glance.

    Score 2 - 2.5- Horrible: Games such as these may not be totally unplayable, they nearly are. Additionally, they may lack, or greatly suffer in, the fundamental functionality of the software as a whole. The game simply does not come close to meeting industry standards at the time of its release.

    Score 1 - 1.5- Appalling: Gamers should avoid this game at all costs. The game was clearly not ready to make its way to store shelves in its status. Save your money and find something else. See it in the bargain bin? No! Stay away! Keep moving and look for something else.