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Review | Chime Sharp

by Josh Boykinon August 4, 2016
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for music puzzle games. When the Playstation Portable came out in North America in 2005, I wanted the system to play one game: Lumines. It felt like Tetris set to music, and the reward of the music responding to my plays just did something phen...
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Review | Steamworld Heist

by Josh Boykinon August 4, 2016
2016 has been a year for great turn-based strategy games. Both XCOM 2 and the new 3DS Fire Emblem titles were great additions to the genre, but a small indie title from Image and Form International AB deserves recognition as well. Adding the 2D side-scrolling f...

Review | Crush Your Enemies (PC, iOS)

by Josh Boykinon July 13, 2016
Crush Your Enemies is basically about one thing: crushing your enemies as quickly as possible. I played a sampling of the game at this year’s E3, but now I’ve been able to take some time with the full enemy crushing experience. It’...

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Review | OpTic Gaming: The Making of eSports Champions

by Josh Boykinon July 3, 2016
It’s odd to think about a book that covers video gaming history but isn’t retro. This particularly feels weird when thought of in terms of eSports, since organized video game competitions aren’t exactly new. The b...
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E3 2016 | PDP Steps Up the Peripheral Game

by Josh Boykinon June 30, 2016
I won’t kid, one of my favorite surprise announcements this year came out of the Microsoft camp: custom-painted Xbox One controllers. Sure, practically all controllers do the same things, but there’s something special about ...

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E3 2016 Preview | Crush foes using real-time strategy in “Crush Your Enemies”

by Josh Boykinon June 28, 2016
Gambitious Entertainment shared a tent with Devolver Digital this year at E3; they’re two different companies but share a indie-like style to their games. One of my favorite ...
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E3 2016 Preview | Elex Shows a “Science-Fantasy” World, Pits Logic Against Emotion

by Josh Boykinon June 27, 2016
We in the gaming world are no strangers to open-world sci-fi or fantasy games, but what about a game that’s both sci-fi AND fantasy? Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes proposes just that ...

E3 2016 Preview | Attack On Titan

by Josh Boykinon June 20, 2016
Anime fans around the world await 2017, the year when the second season of Funimation’s Attack on Titan graces us with its heartbreaking trauma and fast-paced action. Players looking for new experiences in the world of Attack on Titan can ge...

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EA Play 2016 | Prepare for Titanfall 2 Multiplayer

by Josh Boykinon June 15, 2016
Typically this week, all the hot gaming news comes from E3: the Electronic Entertainment Expo. This year though, E3 has a rival: EA Play. Electronic Arts put on its own mini-convention at LA Live, showing off five ...
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Review | Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

by Josh Boykinon June 6, 2016
High definition re-releases are standard issue for current-gen consoles, with prettied-up versions of old games gracing the libraries of many players. Some titles don’t do much but add a new paint job and bundle in DLC, while others may add some ne...

Preview | Riders of Icarus

by Josh Boykinon May 27, 2016
Mounts aren’t unusual in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, but a whole game that revolves around mounts? Nexon’s newest game does just that: players in Riders of Icarus explore the land in search of new, powerful mounts with special abilit...