How Hades Parallels Mental Health Resiliency

Focusing on its lead character Zagreus, this Greek mythology-inspired roguelike by Supergiant Games is built around how its main protagonist consistently loses.

1 month, 1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Every Yakuza Game Ranked

The Rules: The Yakuza Kiwami remakes are replacing the PS2 originals as they're the most convenient way for anyone on modern platforms to experience those stories.

1 month, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Was Always Good

The return to a more familiar 3D Zelda structure with a linear narrative and in-depth dungeons to explore after the transformative open-world experience that was Breath of the Wild has only helped elevate the appraisal of this 2011 installment in the 35-year-old franchise.

1 month, 4 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Shows an Industry in Need of Reform

In its early days, the gaming industry was once viewed as a fledgling business, one that exists only to churn out high-tech distractions for young boys.

2 months ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Why Judgment and Yakuza Need Each Other

Rumors have been spreading that, due to some really draconian policies from a Japanese talent agency, that Sega may discontinue the Yakuza spin-off series Judgment after the release of just its second title in September.

2 months ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Wasn’t Worth $5

The event was a huge success, and as such, the Pokémon GO Team announced that Pokémon GO Fest 2021 would be a hybrid event, allowing players to stay at home while they play or travel to one of 20 cities around the globe holding in-person celebrations.

2 months ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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A Plague Tale: Requiem's Room for Growth

Without the same marketing push as AAA titles or the immediate hooks of being a unique or established indie game serving a niche, it took time for word of mouth to spread.

2 months, 1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Guilty Gear Strive Might Have Changed Fighting Games Forever

Arc System Works managed to deliver an easy-to-learn, hard-to-master product that can be enjoyed by both newcomers and hardcore players.

2 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer Asks Hard Questions

Bungie's big sweeping space opera has come a long way since then, going from a game criticized for having no plot to it changing into an imaginative universe with multiple ongoing stories bursting with worldbuilding detail.

2 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Mass Effect 3's Ending Revisited: It's About the Journey and the Destination

Sometimes it's cheesy, sometimes it's clearly there just to be there, and sometimes it's so ridiculously off the wall that you can't decide on whether you should laugh at the absurdity of it or join in and embrace the ridiculousness.

4 months ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer First Impressions

Season of the Splicer starts by introducing new characters and ideas teased in the background for years, brings an undervalued enemy faction into the forefront, and opens a large can of Hive worms in terms of a long-awaited feature.

4 months ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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More Demos Can Help Alleviate the Problem of Rising Game Prices

There used to be an era when releasing a demo for an upcoming game was standard industry practice, giving players a small chunk to play for free to let them know whether they wanted to purchase the full game later down the line.

4 months, 1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Nier Replicant is Proof Games Should Get a Second Chance

The game was universally praised for its story, but muddy visuals and a frustrating combat system meant the game would be forever tarnished with a disappointing score of 68 on Metacritic.

4 months, 1 week ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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The State of Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen

Not only has this season been genuinely fantastic in that regard, it does so without the inherent newness that comes with a brand-new premium expansion to hold it up.

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Resident Evil 7 Came to Switch—Now Village Could Too

Whilst a similar selection can also be found of both the Xbox and PlayStation stores, the ability to jump into almost any of the entries in the franchise on the go is particularly novel, and, it's possible that the newly released Resident Evil Village could be in line for the handheld treatment.

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Destiny 2's Transmog System Sounds Terrible

As Season of the Chosen wraps up for Destiny 2, Bungie revealed in one of their weekly update posts details for a long-requested feature: an armor transmog system.

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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How Firewatch Helped Me Reconnect With the Outdoors

My initial playthrough was one spring on PlayStation 4, and then I revisited this game a couple summers ago on Nintendo Switch while on a camping trip (I wanted the full immersive experience).

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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More Minecraft Slabs and Stairs Would Make for a Better Game

Not every single block type can be crafted into a new shape—and boy, would it be nice to have a little more variety.

4 months, 3 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Destiny to Outriders: Is a Perfect Looter Shooter Impossible?

If you look past the shiny next-gen coat of paint however, it's probable that Outriders will suffer from the same curse of mediocrity that every other looter shooter has suffered.

4 months, 3 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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Despite Everything, Days Gone Deserved A Sequel

What should be an exciting time for Days Gone fans has been squandered by news that Sony passed on a pitch for the game's sequel all the way back in 2019, with many of the game's key staff having already left Bend Studio.

4 months, 4 weeks ago by Masoumeh Shafiei
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