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Hands-On With Splatoon

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The very idea that Nintendo is working on a third person shooter seems novel enough, but the fact that it involves squids in the guise of street kids shooting ink at one another for territory dominance is something that only could have come from the company famous for a kingdom full of talking mushrooms intermittently saved by a plumber. I had a chance to play Splatoon at PAX East last week, and I have a few thoughts about the experience. Well, that and I need to justify the fact that I waited an hour and a half to just get a few rounds in. (more…)

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Fallen

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If you grew up in the ’80’s like me, you probably read your fair share of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. I was obsessed with them as a kid, and when I heard about Fallen, I knew I had to check it out. You see, anytime I’ve played an RPG, I loved the game, but not the time commitment involved. Conversely, when I play most adventure game, I love finishing in an evening, but I really miss the story-telling that gives my adventuring and fight purpose. Fallen is the best combination of RPG and adventure board game I’ve experienced yet. (more…)

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Russian Railroads

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Railroads are a common theme in Eurogames. The most popular Eurogame is likely Ticket to Ride. The two most often used mechanics in railroad games are Network Building and Pickup and Deliver. Russian Railroads has neither of these and is instead a pure worker placement game. 2-4 players can participate, it has a play time clocking in around 2 hours, and, in my opinion, it is a solid and complex game. (more…)

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Hearthstone

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Hearthstone is, in its essence, Magic: The Gathering played on a computer. It was developed by Blizzard in the World of Warcraft Universe. Players have a deck of cards, which contain minions and spells, and they seek to destroy the other player before he or she destroys them. Sound like Magic: The Gathering? Yep, except this time creatures are called minions. Same difference, right? (more…)

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

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Despite playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for nearly twenty hours just on the weekend of its release, I have taken months to digest it, collect my thoughts, and write about it in a way that masks the foam forming at the corners of my lips. I must confess; Smash Bros. still makes me a giddy 12-year-old boy (more…)

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Splendor

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Splendor is a quick game to play, an easy game to teach, and it has a depth of strategy. Splendor plays 2–4 players and is, at its heart, a set collection and optimization game. It has a renaissance gem theme, but the theme is 100% pasted on and means nothing. (more…)

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

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When it comes to FPS games like Wolfenstein: The New Order, I always hold a certain unspoken expectation. It’s an expectation that, well, I can never really put my finger on. Impressive graphics? Hmm, meh. Since my favorite all-time FPS game was released in 2003, I’d be hard-pressed to say that amazing graphics really pull me in. So maybe it’s maneuverability; controls that allow me to use skill and dexterity to the max, controls that feel natural and don’t have me panicking to find that one key in the heat of the moment? (I never have to look at my keyboard when typing or when I’m relaxed, but for some reason, when I’m in-game, moments away from death and need to find that one key to save myself, I look down and it’s like I’m seeing a keyboard for the first time in my life.) Sure, maneuverability is a pretty big deal. (more…)