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9.0

Thunder Alley

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Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game from GMT.  Usually, I am drawn to games for two reasons. First, the complexity of their strategy and tactics, and secondly, I am drawn to games that elicit a gut level excitement as they progress. I like knowing that each time I bring that game to the table, I can modify what I have done before slightly or drastically in an attempt to improve upon previous outcomes. Games like Agricola and Steam fit this sensibility quite well. As my game collection grows, I continue to specifically seek out different gaming experiences, trying to find these qualities in other game genres. This search led me to racing games, and, of course, to Formula D, which is THE name of the genre. Unfortunately, I hated it. (more…)

9.0

Mario Kart 8

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Before Mario hosted elaborate parties, held tennis matches, and morphed into a paper cut-out, he took to the track with a go-kart. Many years after the original Super Mario Kart, Nintendo has continued to deliver its premiere racing franchise (sorry, F-Zero) for each of its platforms. The latest installment, Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, continues the tradition of fun, desperate victories, and tragic defeats. Mario Kart 8 is yet another high mark in the series, even if there are a few hang-ups. (more…)

MVRP: Diablo III

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Diablo is the name of the devil in the Diablo series because apparently everyone living there is Spanish. It is a series that Mike loves and Vinny has completely avoided. Now that the PS4 edition is out, Vinny has nowhere to run. (more…)

MVRP: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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Go, go, Power Rangers! For most people the original run of Power Rangers in the US brings a lot of great memories. For Mike though, he largely missed the craze. Vinny didn’t and this was one of his most treasured Super Nintendo games. (more…)

MVRP: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

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This week, Vinny enters the world of 80’s action thriller nonsense in Far Cry 3‘s DLC release, Blood Dragon. It is one of Mike’s favorite releases of last gen and Vinny missed it because, well, it’s a shooter. (more…)

MVRP: Saints Row: The Third

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Crime doesn’t pay. Well, actually, it could pay if you don’t get caught. We don’t condone crime here at MVRP, but we completely condone fictional crimes in virtual settings. This week, Vinny is forced to play Saints Row: The Third. We say forced, but it an incredibly fun and entertaining romp through gang life. Enjoy! (more…)

MVRP: DuckTales Remastered

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Life really is like a hurricane, here on MVRP. One of Vinny’s favorite NES titles was recently remastered by Wayforward. He forces Mike to play it this week and you can guess what happened based on Mike’s uh, aptitude for classic platformers. (more…)

MVRP: Shark Week Special

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“Get out of the water!” It’s Shark Week and to celebrate Mike and Vinny reluctantly play their least favorite level in Banjo-Kazooie, Clanker’s Cavern. Why? Because Clanker is a shark. Sort of. Well, he is a friendly, under-loved, sewage-swimming, metal shark. Just watch already. (more…)

8.9

Get Bit!

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Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo. When you hear that soundtrack in the back of your mind, you know there is only one thing to do—SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH! (more…)