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Review: Rain World

by Mazen Abdallahon March 27, 2017
As far as settings go, the post-apocalyptic world is a really popular one for games. Besides the aesthetic of decay and the chance to avoid having to use so many colors in their design, I imagine game developers like post-apocalyptic settings because they give them a chance to pit the player against a cruel, dangerous […]
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Review: DESYNC

by Mazen Abdallahon March 22, 2017
Desync is a single-player arcade shooter set in a neon-soaked Tron-esque world. In this strange polygonal world, you’re tasked with taking down hordes of various monsters. However, the game encourages you to kill the monsters in unique and stylish ways, so you need to switch things up as much as possible. Desync offers you point […]
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Review: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands

by Mazen Abdallahon March 9, 2017
In our last VGP Radio podcast, we discussed modern shooters and their appeal. During the episode (which you check out right here), we talked a lot about tactical shooters, and how they have a more niche appeal generally, since gamers want something simpler. However, the tactical aspect appeals to plenty of gamers as well, and my […]

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Review: Torment: Tides of Numenera

by Mazen Abdallahon February 28, 2017
There are a handful of games people bring up when they discuss amazing story and writing, and the list usually includes seminal cRPG Planescape Torment. The cult classic followed a protagonist known as The Nameless One who can’t figure out why he can’t die. It was weird, elaborate, and totally engrossing, and it’s a terrific […]
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Review: Splasher

by Mazen Abdallahon February 13, 2017
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: I absolutely love Rayman Origins. I think it’s probably the greatest platformer ever created. So when I find out that Rayman Origins level designer Claude Romain has made a new platformer, I’m definitely interested in checking it out. Hell, if I found out the guy that […]
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Review: Beholder

by Mazen Abdallahon February 12, 2017
Beholder is, at its core, a game about spying. However, unlike most spy games, you don’t play a rugged special ops agent who must infiltrate an evil cabal of terrorists. You play a portly government landlord in a fictional totalitarian (fairly obviously Communist) state. The people you spy on are your tenants. As the game’s […]

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Review: Yakuza 0

by Mazen Abdallahon January 31, 2017
Out of all the world’s criminal organizations, the Yakuza is definitely one of the most fascinating. It’s very organized, and while it’s frowned upon by Japan’s strongly conservative society, some of the larger organizations have been known to provide charity and even relief in times of disaster. Yakuza stand out partially because of their adherence […]
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Review: Sombrero

by Mazen Abdallahon January 19, 2017
I’ve always lamented the decline of couch gaming, as I believe it offers us something unique that online multiplayer can’t. While online multiplayer is definitely more convenient than assembling a group of 30-somethings with jobs and families, it lacks that personal touch that you get from dancing on the coffee table after beating your friends. […]
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Review: Tyranny

by Mazen Abdallahon December 2, 2016
Sometimes people have an irrational bias against certain genres, and in my case that bias is against fantasy. Maybe it’s because I think elves look stupid, maybe it’s because I really do believe that a good chunk of mainstream fantasy is just repackaged Tolkein, or maybe it’s because I’m just a giant jerk. Long story […]

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Review: LASTFIGHT

by Mazen Abdallahon November 26, 2016
Gaming hipster moment right here: Who remembers Dreamcast? Dreamcast is one of the great tragedies of gaming, because it was such a cool little console but it failed so aggressively that it unceremoniously ended the hardware career of one of gaming’s giants. However, Dreamcast did bring us some unique and amazing games in our lifetime, […]