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Hardcore video game editorials for hardcore gamers.

An in-depth exploration of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s combat mechanics

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on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 | By Gabriel Zamora

In truth, I have conflicting opinions on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Having played the game during E3, then again at a more recent event prior to the game’s launch in Japan, and now with the release of the North American demo, I find myself thoroughly enjoying the game’s combat system and its many nuances. The combat systems in the Final Fantasy XIII...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) Review – Giving PC ports a good name

Get your Revengeance on Steam~
on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 | By Tim Torres

For those who missed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on consoles last year, fret not. The PC version arrived on Steam and it’s the best version of the game available. Check it out because it’s the best Devil May Cry-style action game released since Bayonetta, which makes sense since it’s from Platinum Games, the guys behind Bayonetta, the spiritual successor...

Qanba Q4 RAF (PC/PS3/Xbox 360) Review – A fighting game fan’s dream stick

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on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 | By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Competition within the fighting game community is fierce, so you’ll need to arm yourself with a sweet weapon of war if you want to compete with the best of the best: a fight stick. Few gaming-related experiences are as satisfying as having a sleek, featured-packed, mod-friendly, multi-platform controller beneath your fingertips. I was in the market for such a fighting...

Best Damn Video Game Podcast #19 – Attack of the Steam Machines

on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 | By Tim Torres

Attack!! That’s what the Steam Machines would say if they were sentient and sent by Gaben to take over our living rooms. Which is kinda what they want to do anyway. I think. We try to figure that out in our latest podcast, our FIRST video episode, so you can see the gorgeous, handsome faces of Eric Guzman, Sean Adams, Johnathan Gibbs, Jeffrey L. Wilson and me, your host. We...

Catherine (PS3) Review – Strange love

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on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 | By Tim Torres

Catherine arrived with a lot of hype behind it. Atlus pushed it as a game with mature subject matter, like, actual mature subject matter like themes of infidelity, doubt and marriage and not just blood and boobs, though the titular character certainly provides some of that. No, a game that tackles actual human concerns comes around, oh, once every 100 years or so. Storytelling...

Weekend Comics Backlog: Manifest Destiny #3

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on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 | By Stephanie Burdo

[Weekend Backlog is a recurring feature that will provide readers with an in-depth analysis and review of some of the most popular comics, old and new. With so much out there to read it’s difficult to stay atop of the latest story arcs and plots. That’s where the Weekend Backlog comes in; you’ll no longer gamble hard-earned cash, as we’ll only recommend the best...

X-List: Top 5 pop culture references in Pokemon X/Y

Pokemon X/Y
on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 | By Isaac Rouse

Without Pokemon, the handheld world wouldn’t be as it is today. The franchise built the foundation of nearly every ’90s baby’s childhood and finds its core audience through those children’s adult counterparts. Pokemon‘s also hailed as one of the best RPG series, period. However, dialogue has not been one of the Poke games’ highlights. The...

An open future: PlayStation Now, Steam Machines, and plenty of choice

SteamOS and PlayStation Now pave way to open future
on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 | By Tim Torres

A little while back I wrote about the video game medium’s problem with preservation. Mainly that it’s very bad at it. Then CES came along with dual reveals: Valve’s Steam Machines and Sony’s PlayStation Now, two ideas that could change how we access our games. Both companies teased their respective “solutions” for a while now. Both will...

Weekend Comics Backlog: Manifest Destiny #1 and #2 Review

Issue #1 (left) and issue #2 (right)
on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 | By Stephanie Burdo

[Weekend Backlog is a recurring feature that will provide readers with an in-depth analysis and review of some of the most popular comics, old and new. With so much out there to read it’s difficult to stay atop of the latest story arcs and plots. That’s where the Weekend Backlog comes in; you’ll no longer gamble hard-earned cash, as we’ll only recommend the best...


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