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Rocket League Review

Rocket League Review (PlayStation 4)

Soccer + cars = success!

July 9, 2015 - The creators of PlayStation 3's underrated vehicular sports title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars have finally made a sequel. I must say that I was a huge fan of the original, so let's see if this long-awaited second installment lives up to it!
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Wonder Boy: Reminiscing About Monster World

Wonder Boy: Reminiscing About Monster World

What is the secret of his power?

July 7, 2015 - From Alex Kidd to Vectorman, Sega had a ton of series that are unfortunately now buried in the past. Wonder Boy is one such series. The perfect combination of platforming, action, adventure, role-playing, and arcade elements created incredibly addictive gameplay set in fantastical worlds. Let's take a look back and remember a time when kids could freely buy alcohol from dragon bartenders.
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Quadcopter Pilot Challenge Review

Quadcopter Pilot Challenge Review (Wii U)

They see me dronin'

July 6, 2015 - When you look at a game about flying a drone, you probably don't expect much. After all, how much fun could sitting on your couch while controlling a virtual toy actually be? The answer may surprise you, so it's time to give this thing a thorough test drive.
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Quiplash Review

Quiplash Review (PlayStation 4)

You can now officially prove that you're the funniest of all your friends

July 3, 2015 - It's easy to get excited when you see a new game from the makers of You Don't Know Jack, Fibbage, and Drawful. However, they also made Word Spud, so it makes you wonder where Quiplash lies on the spectrum. Does it have what it takes to get the party started or are you better off sticking to the classics? Invite some chums over and let's give it a try.
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Red Goddess: Inner World Review

Red Goddess: Inner World Review (PlayStation 4)

Schizophrenia is Divine

July 2, 2015 - When it comes to indie game development, mixing genres is a method that always produces interesting results. Red Goddess combines melee combat, exploration, platforming, and some light puzzle-solving in a fascinating world that's fused together with beautiful storytelling. There's no denying how intriguing that sounds, but does it all add up to a worthwhile game?
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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review (PlayStation 4)

This half-genie has a killer head of hair

June 29, 2015 - You don't often see DSiWare games getting ported to current consoles. For the most part it's understandable why, but when it comes to Shantae; you know you're in for a treat. If you're ready, give that magic lamp a rub and let's see if our wishes come true.
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Astebreed Review

Astebreed Review (PlayStation 4)

Who said shoot 'em ups can't be cinematic?

June 27, 2015 - When it comes to old-school gaming, no genre has stayed as true as the arcade shooter. In a modern rendition of the classic formula, Astebreed takes familiar gameplay to a new level by setting it in an evocative anime world and the result may surprise you.
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Top 10 Ouya Multiplayer Games (First Two Years)

Top 10 Ouya Multiplayer Games (First Two Years)

From ducks to valets to heads of state

June 25, 2015 - It's hard to believe that the Ouya is already two years old. That's right, on this day in 2013; the bite-sized Android-based micro-console became publicly available. I thought it would be an appropriate time to list the ten best multiplayer games for the system. Invite some friends over, find a few extra controllers, and let's get this party started!
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Arcade Archives: Raiders5 Review

Arcade Archives: Raiders5 Review (PlayStation 4)

A.J. and the raiders of the lost arcade

June 24, 2015 - Looks like I'm back at the arcade with one of the most obscure games you've never heard of. Where's Raiders 1 through 4, you ask? I have no clue, but here's Raiders5; an odd overhead shooter with unique gameplay. Enough with the jibber-jabber, let's raid this sucker!
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Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited

Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited

Three decades of fun in one collection

June 22, 2015 - Rare sure has a long history of developing fantastic games. I must say that it came as a surprise when they announced that a compilation of thirty games will soon come out. In fact, last month I wrote An Obituary for Classic Game Compilations, but I was mistaken. Compilations are far from dead. Not only is Rare Replay on its way; Mega Man Legacy Collection was recently announced, too. Anyway, I figured I'd highlight some Rare titles that I'm most looking forward to, so hopefully this helps whet your appetite.
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