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The Problem With Clive Rosfield in Final Fantasy XVI

You’ve probably heard this before, but Final Fantasy XVI is a pretty dark game. Even with brightness settings maxed out, there’s a lot of gruesome violence, emotional gut punches, and moments that…

June 29, 2023 | 11:10 EDT

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How Final Fantasy XVI Perfected the Quick-Time Event

The general attitude towards quick-time events (QTEs) is that they are superfluous and immersion breaking. While plenty of games have utilized the QTE in the past two decades or so of gaming, I find…

June 27, 2023 | 11:30 EDT

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Life is Strange 2 is Just as Deserving of a Remaster

During Nintendo’s E3 presentation last year, it announced that not only would the Nintendo Switch be getting Life is Strange: True Colors, but also the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, a fancy…

February 21, 2022 | 11:00 EST

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Guardians of the Galaxy Puts an Interesting Spin on the Sad Dad Trope

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has been one of the biggest surprises of 2021, partially because of how much love and care it puts into its characters and their relationships. Warning: This piece…

November 10, 2021 | 12:30 EST

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Marvel's Avengers, 11 Months Later

We're coming up on one year since the launch of Marvel's Avengers, one of the most high-profile disappointments of 2020. Post launch, it has been plagued by baffling design decisions and longstanding…

August 5, 2021 | 11:00 EDT


Destiny to Outriders: Is a Perfect Looter Shooter Impossible?

It is often accepted that the first Borderlands game was responsible for the popularization of the looter shooter genre. At the time, looter shooters seemed like the peanut butter-chocolate of gaming…

April 29, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Outriders is Surprisingly Funny

Chances are if you enjoy looter shooters, you are curious about Outriders. If not, you really should be. People Can Fly's take on the formula manages to get a lot of things right with its gameplay…

April 8, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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NEO: The World Ends With You Has Got Me Hyped

It's really happening. Fans of The World Ends With You all over the world today had their prayers answered as Square Enix finally dropped a trailer for another game in the franchise, NEO: The World…

November 24, 2020 | 10:30 EST

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Why Microsoft Should Buy Io-Interactive

With the news that Square Enix is looking at what to do with Hitman, including possibly packaging it with studio Io-Interactive for sale, one wonders who should buy it. Options include venture…

June 2, 2017 | 11:00 EDT


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Set the Immersion Standard

One of the biggest characteristics of video games that set it apart from every other form of entertainment and art is its propensity for high immersion. Immersion is something all entertainers yearn…

September 12, 2016 | 10:00 EDT

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It's Not That Hard: Departmentalize Your Always Online Features in Hitman, Square Enix

No seriously, it's not that hard. Look, I'm one to talk, I haven't actually had any experience in the field of Game Development. Sure, I've got a Software Engineering degree, and I spent 6 years in…

March 16, 2016 | 01:00 EDT