The Last of Us

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Make me feel something; I dare you. This is the demand that we put on art. Wait, don’t let those first sentences stop you, I promise not to hammer on about videogames as an art form since it has been beaten to death already by those better equipped than I. (more…)

VVVVVV

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Did I mention that I’ve been playing a lot of indie titles lately? Well, this time it is a strange game called VVVVVV. No, that isn’t just a nightmare for my spell-check, it’s the name of an indie title available on 3DS, PS Vita, iOS, Android, Ouya, and the operating system of your choice (sans Linux). VVVVVV is a game that looks like it belongs in the early era of games, and I mean pre-NES. (more…)

Ikachan

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I’ve been dipping my fingers into a few “indie” titles recently. It is a term that we aren’t quite sure about. Sometimes an indie is a game actually developed by an independent studio or individual and sometimes the name is slapped on to just mean a shorter title produced by a big company. It doesn’t bother me. (more…)

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

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The Final Fantasy series can be a sore subject today. There are two camps: people who will play anything with the name Final Fantasy in the title, and people who loved the old Final Fantasy games and stubbornly refuse to play the new ones.I fit into the first of those camps. My love for the series burns, since I love it knowing that the newer Final Fantasy titles are gorgeous but seriously lacking, mostly in coherent plot. (more…)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Animal Crossing is a far more attractive version of reality than this one. Catching bugs isn’t disgusting, avoiding people you don’t like is easy, money literally grows on trees, everyday junk is actually worth money, and (best of all) debt has no interest, even if you never make payments on it. Animal Crossing: New Leaf steps up the formula from the previous version, City Folk, which felt nearly identical to the DS version other than graphics and the largely skippable city. (more…)

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

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The Paper Mario series has an identity crisis. Flat Mario has strayed from his RPG roots to a side-scroller in Super Paper Mario and, in his most recent iteration, has decided to take up sticker scrapbooking. It is still an RPG of sorts, but I say of sorts because Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the 3DS has no leveling system, stats, nor does it have any real story: (more…)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

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The Nintendo 3DS has had a fantastic year thus far. I’d go far enough to say that with the soon-to-be additions of Pokemon X and Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, this will be the best year that the 3DS ever has. One of the more recent additions to the 3DS library is Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Dream Team Bros. outside the U.S.), the latest in the Mario and Luigi handheld RPG franchise. Not only that, the game is one of the lynchpins of Nintendo’s “Year of Luigi” campaign. (more…)

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Remake)

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As I was finishing my DuckTales Remastered review, I was surprised to see yet another old Disney game remake ready to be downloaded and waiting for my money budgeted for nostalgia. Castle of Illusion:Starring Mickey Mouse is a Sega game from back in the Genesis days that is largely well-remembered; it soon became a series, with Donald backing Mickey up in a few titles to make people who prefer the eternally-miffed foul (like me!). The original game is so loved that a 3DS spin-off, Power of Illusion, came out in 2012 to less-than-stellar reviews. (more…)

Gone Home

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There is something about an empty house at night, regardless of how skeptical one is of the paranormal, that is eerie.  There is something else about a house and the odds and ends that people keep in their junk drawers, atop their nightstands, and underneath their mattresses. (more…)