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LEGO City Undercover The Chase Begins Review

Lego City Undercover The Chase Begins ​ is an incredibly fun experience for the Nintendo 3DS.  In this open world adventure you play as Chase, the character from the Wii U version of the game. This game is a prequel to the events in that game and shows you Chase's adventures from the beginning of his time on the force. 

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Dead Island: Riptide Review

​How do I even start talking about ​Dead Island: Riptide​? We could start with Dead Island ​I think. The original game had a lot of great ideas mixed in with some new game jank. Dead Island​ was a new take on the open world genre, and while it had a lot of technical issues it also brought with it a certain charm. That charm worked the first time around, and it was a good starting point for the game series. Dead Island: Riptide ​feels more like an expansion pack that Deep Silver has dubbed a sequel and charged full price for. 

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Review

Ever wonder what would happen if Superman just snapped? Took it upon himself to become judge, jury and executioner? And what of the other superheroes and supervillains  would they take his side or fight against the Kryptonian? That is the premise behind NetherRealm's DC brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us. We rarely get to see what happens when Superman totally loses his cool and does what he sees fit. By all meaning of the word, Superman is a god among men and even lower metahumans as well. My question is: would you stand against him?

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HarmoKnight Review

Auto-running games are nothing new, but they are trending with the added flavor of musical rhythm. Bit.Trip Runner got a sequel, but even that pales in comparison to the emphasis on music that HarmoKnight presents, which offers a musical note planet called Melodia, with all manner of life shaped like instruments. With an invasion on Melodia by aliens called the Noizoids, and no HarmoKnights in commission to protect the land, it is up to Tempo, a young warrior, to build his skills and fight against the threat.

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Bioshock Infinite Review

An unforgettable single-player experience

We’ve all seen the various demos and trailers along with enduring several delays but finally Bioshock Infinite has arrived. This is one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever experienced, not just in a video game but in all forms of media. Historical Fiction has never been done on such a scale as this before. Irrational Games and its creative director, Ken Levine offers us the most memorable cast of characters, a dystopian floating air-city that quickly becomes the benchmark for visual expression and so much more in between. Infinite indeed has the makings of a timeless video game never to be soon forgotten.

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Lego City Undercover Review

I’ve always been skeptical of open world sandbox games. Often, a large portion of time is spent traversing city roads—hardly something that fits into the paradigm of video games as obstacle courses. What do you make of gameplay that mimics your morning commute? Well, sans traffic laws and car insurance.

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Review

Whether by choice or countless delays, Next Level Games brings us the sequel Luigi’s Mansion, in order to kick off the so-called Year of Luigi, as there will be other titles prominently featuring the man in green released as 2013 progresses. Luigi is the sort of character one might find more relatable over his brother, because he is generally more cautious and indecisive, which, if one were to be placed in the Mushroom World, any realist would be. So throughout this game, expect Luigi to consistently don a long, morose face, because it isn't his fault he’s thrown into another adventure. Also that’s just how his face is shaped.

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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Review

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct puts you into the shoes of Daryl Dixon and tells of his adventure before the events of the hit TV show. After walkers attack his camp, Daryl sets off to find his brother Merle and find a way out of the south. 

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Review

​Everyone’s had a good laugh at the title of this game. One game having two subtitles is silly, after all. However, the amount of expectations for this game can be equally absurd.

On one hand, it’s unfair to build expectations for Mirror of Fate based on previous Castlevania games. It’s its own game, and we all might be happier if we could just let it be. On the other hand, the promotional material for it certainly emphasized elements that Castlevania fans held dear. Worse yet, the game itself wants to have it all; it’s got the subweapons of old school ‘Vanias, the upgrades of the Symphony of the Night titles, and the two-button whip dichotomy of Lords of Shadow.

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Tomb Raider (2013) Review

Move over Nathan Drake

The past decade or so has not been too kind to Lara Croft. Several bad/mediocre games have pushed the iconic character to the brink of irrelevance.  Enter Tomb Raider (2013); the game that reboots the series in hopes to bring it back to the top of the gaming landscape and a game that tells a very dark, grim and violent origin story of a newly designed Lara Croft. Does the new Tomb Raider resurrect an all but dead series or does it seal away the franchise’s fate in gaming’s graveyard of failed franchises?

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Crysis 3 Review

We all love super-soldiers. That feeling of unapologetic invincibility we get when we play as a super powered being is overwhelming at times. However, it isn't easy to relate to characters in first-person shooters, considering they murder others very frequently and in some cases, scream out obscenities every five minutes or so. That is not the case with the Crysis series and its third installment. Crytek has commendably built up a great protagonist in Prophet for two previous games to culminate in Crysis 3.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review

Lighting Fast, Hack and Slash Samurai Action

Unsurprisingly, I love Metal Gear Rising’s hack and slash gameplay. As a huge fan of the action hack and slash genre, I went into Revengeance with such high hopes and you know what? My expectations for the game were met and I was treated to a wild ride featuring Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series. While Revengeance is considered a spin off to the Metal Gear series, it is at least in the same universe; thus making the plot canon.

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Fire Emblem Awakening Review

Behold, the best looking 3DS game to date

Fire Emblem has always been a Nintendo property that has garnered praise in Japan but was considered widely unknown in the West. Far too many people have experienced the Fire Emblem series. In 2002, most of us were introduced to Fire Emblem in Super Smash Bros. Melee with trademark characters Marth & Roy. Their popularity motivated Nintendo to localize the very first Fire Emblem title in North America on the Game Boy Advance and released to critical acclaim. Ten years later, spanning the Gamecube and Wii, the tactical RPG comes to the 3DS in high fashion. 

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Aliens Colonial Marines Review

Nothing more than huge disappointment 

When I was in middle school, I vividly remember experiencing Ridley Scott’s Alien for the first time. I was blown away by what that movie did for me. Not too long after, I watched James Cameron’s sequel Aliens. I was embodied in the sci-fi horror genre from there on out. Fast forward up to 2012 and Ridley Scott did it once again with Prometheus which was an incredible film even on its own merit even if it did leave us with a lot of questions. My love for the Aliens franchise has endured quite a bit (AvP) but Aliens: Colonial Marines is a different story on its own. I didn’t expect to be wowed by this game by any means; however, I didn’t expect this game to be bad.

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Dead Space 3 Review

​After a very cool and mysterious prologue, Dead Space 3 puts you back into the shoes of your favorite necromorph-slaying engineer, Isaac Clarke. The opening shows Isaac a bit down on his luck, distraught over his break-up with Ellie Langford and still having visions of the marker. Life couldn't get any better, right? Enter Captain Robert Norton and John Carver, where they confront Isaac and persuade him into helping them reach Ellie and her team. The team have been stranded aboard the CMS Roanoke. Upon reaching the ship, Isaac and crew discover that the planet of Tau Volantis is the marker home world and that an expedition 200 years ago turned a machine off that caused the necromorphs to run wild. The mission quickly turns into a near suicide run to stop the marker threat once and for all and put an end to the necromorphs.

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Puddle Review

The point of Puddle is to guide a pile of liquid through a 2D side-scrolling obstacle course by tilting it one way or the other. However, you can’t adjust how far you tilt. If you tilt left, that’s it; you can’t tilt slightly to the left or way over to the left. So, without the ability to fine tune the angle you tilt the environment, there’s little point in the motion controls offered. I ended up mapping Puddle’s tilting controls to the shoulder buttons of my Wii U gamepad.

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The Cave Review

I’ve got a cold. Ib I were obnoxious, I wud tybe like dis. But I’m not. Point is, when I get so much as the sniffles, I tend to hunker down with a relaxing game: something that allows my brain and reflexes to leave the building while my immune system is busy. However, The Cave relies entirely on puzzles, an area where I don’t excel. So, I said to myself, I’ll give it a shot and stop when I get stuck.

(Is that considered a cold open?)

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