Sniper Elite 3 Review: One Note

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“There are plenty of targets worthy of a bullet; men who need to die. Time for find more work.”

The final lines of Rebellion’s newest release resemble an apt view of the game as a whole. It is a power fantasy of the highest order; a hyper violent, marginally fun trek through orange and brown landscapes of Africa, looking for Nazis to kill. There are plenty of targets for you to shoot; plenty of men who die by your hand. But, Sniper Elite 3 is a one-note gimmick that will leave you longing for different work. [Read more...]

Among the Sleep Review: Nightmares and Dreamscapes

among-the-asleep-artworkChildren are generally thought to be happy and carefree; they see the world through imagination and wonder. Krillbite Studios takes a different approach. With a compelling narrative and dark atmosphere, Among the Sleep reveals the hidden horrors of a developing mind warped by abuse and divorce. Yet the game relies too heavily on overused mechanics and doesn’t produce enough consistent tension, dulling the impact of its larger themes. [Read more...]

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review: Zero Sum

To say I enjoyed High Moon’s take on the Transformer’s franchise would be an understatement. Having played Fall of Cybertron in preparation for this game, my expectations were heightened by just how much I truly enjoyed that game. It looked good, played well, and told and interesting story. Edge of Reality’s Rise of the Dark Spark, on the other hand, tries to do everything Fall did, but does it much worse from every angle.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review: Paths of Glory

Valiant_Hearts_Key_ArtWar never changes, especially in video games. Countless number of games set you in the heat of battle, gunning down hundreds of enemies with reckless abandon. We never understand the pathos of those stories; we never hear of their struggles; all we ever see are moments plucked from action movies. Valiant Hearts: The Great War tells a touching story of a handful of soldiers in the midst of World War I — it’s just a shame this story needs to be a video game too. [Read more...]

Shovel Knight Review: Rose-Tinted Glasses

In almost every review I write, there is inevitably a point at which it will be tempting to fill a paragraph with pointless comparisons. “It’s a GTA-style open-world game,” or “a fast-paced Call of Duty-type shooter.” I do my best to avoid these comparisons, because I think they’re a little cheap, and more than a little easy. Every now and then a game comes along, however, that is practically begging to be compared. Enter Shovel Knight. [Read more...]

Murdered: Soul Suspect Review: Botched Execution

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Outside of sequels to games I’ve really enjoyed, I typically only get excited for games that sound conceptually interesting. And if nothing else Murdered: Soul Suspect has a good conceptual hook. you’re cast as a ghost detective who has to solve his own murder. Now this sounds like an idea rife with potentially compelling mechanical and narrative possibilities (last I checked, “Ghost Murder Mystery” isn’t a super populated genre). Unfortunately, Murdered: Soul Suspect doesn’t really explore these to any meaningful extent. It’s a largely pleasant time for its eight hour duration, but my main take-away from Murdered: Soul Suspect was disappointment.

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Tomodachi Life Review: Fleeting Charm

tomodachi lifeOn the morning of my fifth day with Tomodachi Life I booted up my 3DS and started the game. During the initial load a light caught my 3DS at just the right angle and I saw myself through the glare. Eyes drooping, mouth frowning, I looked into the mirror of my soul and wondered why. Why was I so desperate to see what my Miis were up to? Why won’t Chie and my look-alike start dating? Why does Evan like sports? Why is Michael upset? Why am I so set on checking my Island every 30 minutes for something new to do?

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Mario Kart 8 Review: Formula 1

mario-kart-8-16098-16588-hd-wallpapersThe Wii U has been a real bummer of a console, that’s no secret. Fans keep saying not to write it off just yet — there’s another game coming just around the corner that will be so great, just you wait. They said that game was Super Mario 3D World, a pretty cool Mario game that sometimes felt like a retread of old ideas. The same with Pikmin 3, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze… (Is that actually it? That can’t be all of them.) New Super Luigi U? NES Remix? — Seriously, what else was there? Oh, The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD, right, yes, of course. That’s a killer lineup worthy of any console. The point is the Wii U is stagnating. It doesn’t know what it wants to be or what that GamePad is for besides maps and other trinkets that unclutter the TV screen. [Read more...]

Watch Dogs Review: Feature Incomplete

WatchDogs-preview-1Here is a simple fact about hacking: it’s not fun to watch. Movies and video games world over would like to convince you that this isn’t true, but the tedium prevails. Any writer on earth can make a character type something furiously into a keyboard and have something unexpected happen on the other end — but that’s not really the allure of hacking, is it? [Read more...]

Wolfenstein: The New Order Review: Balancing Act

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Wolfenstein: The New Order doesn’t make a great first impression. In its opening level, which takes place during an assault on Castle Wolfenstein in 1946, The New Order feels sluggish, looks underwhelming, and seems overly linear and generic. It also seems to fall into the tired loop of set-piece, gameplay, set-piece that colors so many modern day shooters. At that point, I wasn’t feeling hopeful for the rest of The New Order, but fortunately this opening was an anomaly; the invasion attempt fails, and the series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz is sent into a 14 year long coma. He awakes to a world where the Nazis have won World War II, and now control much of the planet. It’s at this point that MachineGames reveal their desire to make The New Order heavy on both pulpy thrills and sobering World War II-era realities.

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Disclaimer

Error! Not Found has many articles of opinion. Every editor has different tastes and beliefs, and one point of view does not necessarily reflect the group as a whole.

(c) Evan Tognotti, Editor-In-Chief. 2011

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