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  • Shaw Zhang
    Published about a year ago
    'Hotline Miami 2' - Killing Was Never This Fun

    'Hotline Miami 2' - Killing Was Never This Fun

    Hotline Miami 2 is the sequel to the cult classic video game Hotline Miami and I can say as someone who played the first, Hotline Miami 2 does not disappoint. The story takes place for the most part, after the events of the first game with flashbacks to before both games. And this brings me to one of the cool parts of Hotline Miami already: When you progress through the game, the scenes are out of chronological order and the only thing you get are timestamps at the beginning of every scene to show you what happens when. This leaves you to put the pieces together and find out things that might just make the story that much more murky and unclear.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published about a year ago
    The 10 Best NBA Video Games to Play

    The 10 Best NBA Video Games to Play

    Are you a sports gamer? NBA video games have consistently been a hit with fans of both video games and basketball throughout the years. While new updated versions continue to come onto the market each year with better graphics and performance, video game players continue to play older versions because of the nostalgia associated with them, certain game performance features, and because of their preference in consoles. While new versions are being developed and released, many gamers don't always have the resources to change up their gaming system; therefore, the older games continue to stay popular. We have made a list of some of the best video games you can play to emulate your favorite NBA team or player of all time, both new and old, for video gamers to enjoy. Check it out below.
  • Gannon Kendrick
    Published about a year ago
    'Battle for Azeroth's' Cutscene Problem

    'Battle for Azeroth's' Cutscene Problem

    Blizzard's cinematics are some of the best in the industry, from the hype-inducing animations released before the start of every World of Warcraft expansion to the new story and character cinematics regularly released for Overwatch. Since Warcraft 3, Blizzard has carefully scrutinized its cinematics and been ahead of the industry in its desire to faithfully recreate its world in ten minutes or less. And with its latest, "Old Soldier," being hailed as one of its best, this is no less true today than ever; these cinematics put the player into the story in a way that almost nothing else in the game can.
  • Dylan Cullum
    Published about a year ago
    Playing Games—the Genius of 'Persona 5'—Value for Money & Personal Thoughts

    Playing Games—the Genius of 'Persona 5'—Value for Money & Personal Thoughts

    I have talked extensively on my thoughts on Persona 5 so it should come as no surprise that I have a certain fondness for the game. I first bought the game in February of 2018, and have sunk so many hours into it on my journey towards the platinum. At this point, 61 percent has been accomplished and there is a ways to go.
  • Joseph D. N. Kendrick
    Published about a year ago
    Great Gifts for Your Favorite D&D Player

    Great Gifts for Your Favorite D&D Player

    Dungeons & Dragons has emerged from the depths of social relevancy and is now accessible and acceptable to the masses. This means it is likely you have a dungeon master in your life. Whenever Christmas or Chanukah or a birthday rolls around, it can be hard to find good gifts for your favorite D&D player. After all, it's not like they need a new copy of the Dungeons & Dragons manual or another Wizards of the Coast playing field. This list will help you find useful and unique Dungeons & Dragons gifts perfect for any occasion you want to do something special for theD&D player in your life.
  • Jesse Kinney
    Published about a year ago
    12 Gifts for Gamers Who Have Everything

    12 Gifts for Gamers Who Have Everything

    It can be truly difficult shopping for gamers. They can be a picky bunch, but it is not their fault—we all are entitled to having certain preferences when it comes to our hobbies and passions. Still, that knowledge doesn't make it any easier for when you're in GameStop or surfing the web trying to get the perfect gift for the gamer in your life.
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    Can We Trust "Big Name" Games' Journalism Outlets?

    Can We Trust "Big Name" Games' Journalism Outlets?

    As everyone in the gaming community has heard by now, gaming journalism giant IGN recently fired an employee for plagiarism. This firing has lead to the discovery of a pervasive pattern of plagiarism from this employee and the subsequent removal of many of his reviews. While this is certainly unacceptable behavior from a reputable journalism outlet, it's not the only reason to be critical of their reviews. IGN and similar journalism outlets, have a history of padding reviews with fluff and giving games a much higher score than they sometimes deserve.
  • Matt Edwards
    Published about a year ago
    'SpeedRunners' Review

    'SpeedRunners' Review

    I picked up this game fairly cheap and figured it would be worth trying. First thing I did, as usual, was to start playing the campaign. I call it that because that is what the game calls it. In truth, it is more like an extended tutorial. And not that extended...
  • Ryan Witt
    Published about a year ago
    The 10 Best Magic: The Gathering Packs Currently Being Sold

    The 10 Best Magic: The Gathering Packs Currently Being Sold

    Magic: The Gathering, as many who play the game already know, is one of the longest founded trading card games in the history of portable games, even older than the 20 years of Pokémon. Although less popular than Pokémon, Magic has had considerable success, selling over two billion cards in its first five years and just recently boasting well over 20 billion cards printed during an eight-year height of popularity between 2008-2016. It seems that, more and more, social gamers are coming together to build on a classic, whether it be at home around the kitchen table or by way of tournament series' throughout the country, battling each other for bragging rights, cash prizes, or even small-scale scholarships. There is something to be admired about Magic: The Gathering for role-playing game enthusiasts and collectibles alike, and if you have been hearing a lot about Magic and are thinking about stepping into this world of expansive, strategic battles, here is a comprehensive list of the best Magic: The Gathering packs currently being sold on the market today.
  • Kasey Szamatulski
    Published about a year ago
    'Magical Warrior Diamond Heart' Review

    'Magical Warrior Diamond Heart' Review

    People always say something or someone is a “diamond in the rough,” but what kind of image comes to mind when you hear that? Do you imagine a diamond, the kind you see in the store on rings or necklaces, stuck in a cave wall and they just need a little cleaning before being set on gold? In reality, diamonds and all gems start out as these huge hunks of rocks that you would never guess that people would want. It is only after they get cut into all those hearts and squares all shined up do the gems have any value. So, the phrase “diamond in the rough” really means the start of a gem that needs a little time and effort to really shine. One diamond in the rough I found is a visual novel called Magical Warrior Diamond Heart, but to be honest, it is already shining pretty well.
  • Brooke Jenkins
    Published about a year ago
    'The Sims 4': A Series of Disappointments

    'The Sims 4': A Series of Disappointments

    The Sims games are beloved by many. Yet, since The Sims 4 has come out a lot of Sims fans have faded away from the series because of the lack of content and overpriced expansions to the game.
  • Kevin Resnick
    Published 2 years ago
    Kingdom Hearts II: An Unabashed Praise

    Kingdom Hearts II: An Unabashed Praise

    No matter how hard I try to stay away, I always find myself coming back to Square Enix’s crossover masterpiece, Kingdom Hearts II. Ever since the initial release, something about the game had always stuck with me, and I didn’t even finish it when I got it on launch day. It was not until Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days was released on the Nintendo DS in 2009 that I found myself getting back into the series and eventually beating II when revisiting it. It was during this playthrough towards the end of 2009 that I truly felt entranced by this series, however II was the most fun I had through all of it. Because of my newfound infatuation with the series, in the subsequent years to come I had found myself saving up for the various systems the handheld games were being released on. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars and gameplay hours later, I still side with II as the absolute best in the series, in my opinion.