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Review: Demon’s Crystals

by Mazen Abdallahon July 14, 2017
In my recent review of Nex Machina, I talked about how difficult it is to make a good twin-stick shooter, considering how simple the genre is. I pointed out that the key is to come up with some manner of unique selling point that elevates the game beyond simple running and gunning. This week we […]
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Review: Nex Machina

by Mazen Abdallahon July 6, 2017
Lots of game developers gain a reputation for being good at one particular thing. The folks at Telltale have gained renown for their storytelling abilities, Tripwire is the go-to for shooting, etc. But when it comes to energetic, colorful, top-down shooters, Housemarque is probably the top dog. Housemarque’s ability to consistently deliver amazing top-down shooters […]
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Review: Perception

by Mazen Abdallahon June 30, 2017
Games like Amnesia and Outlast changed the definition of horror so much that now virtually every horror title is set in first-person and paced with a slower, more psychological burn. Consequently, new titles have to do more to stand out. In the case of Perception, the main concept is that your protagonist is a blind […]

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Review: Drifting Lands

by Mazen Abdallahon June 22, 2017
Drifting Lands bills itself as a mix between a classical shmup and action RPG. It definitely piqued my interest, as I was curious to see how they worked it out. After a surprisingly well-animated tutorial, the game’s intro tutorial tossed a lot of information my way and I dove right in. For the most part, […]
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Review: Guilty Gear XRD Rev 2

by Mazen Abdallahon June 19, 2017
It’s a great time for fighting game enthusiasts. We’ve got some amazing new sequels out in the market, and after the bumpy launch of Street Fighter V, fans can look forward to much more streamlined experiences from classics like Tekken 7 and relative newcomers like Injustice 2 (both reviewed by Nazih Fares the past months). […]
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Review: Akiba’s Beat

by Mazen Abdallahon June 7, 2017
I feel that many people, both enthusiasts and casual fans, hope that the worldwide success of Persona 5, a game that has been worshiped by players in and out of Japan, will be able to bring Japanese role playing games back into the mainstream. The popularity of the genre has declined dramatically in recent years, […]

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Review: Trackmania 2: Lagoon

by Mazen Abdallahon June 5, 2017
So I’ve been playing Trackmania 2: Lagoon for a while now, and I’ve definitely gotten a sense of it. The game is definitely keeping in line with the other Trackmania titles, in that it’s easy to pick up and difficult to master. It’s also a surprisingly addictive game. Perhaps the most prominent feature of Trackmania […]
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Review: Impact Winter

by Mazen Abdallahon June 5, 2017
The game world spends a lot of time thinking about the end of days. Specifically, what happens after social order breaks down and it devolves into a self-serving and totally chaotic mess.  For the most part, it’s about the lone survivor trying to brave the elements and stay alive despite its all. Of course, there […]
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Review: Stardew Valley

by Mazen Abdallahon June 1, 2017
Stardew Valley is the kind of game that’ll end up sucking up your time without you even noticing. On my second playthrough, I managed an impressive twelve hours. And I found that I enjoyed it quite a bit for good measure, even after replaying it on PlayStation 4 thanks to the new retail version published […]

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Review: The Surge

by Mazen Abdallahon May 31, 2017
Oh Dark Souls, we’ll miss you. With Dark Souls 3’s last DLC releasing a couple weeks back, From Software closed the book on its legendary RPG/Controller Breaking Machine. Don’t worry though, because a handful of other games are stepping up to fill the immense armored shoes left behind by the series. The most recent member […]