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Axiom Verge Review

Axiom Verge Review (PlayStation 4)

Life after death sure feels a lot like an old-school Metroid game

April 11, 2015 - Step aside Samus; it's Trace's turn to explore an alien world. Axiom Verge is an exploration-based platform shooter that has captured the attention of retro gamers everywhere. However, is it worth leaving Zebes and exploring yet another unfamiliar planet?
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Review

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Review (PlayStation)

This castle is a creature of Chaos

April 8, 2015 - With countless Metroidvania games being released, it's a good time to revisit the origins of the genre. Symphony of the Night boldly took the Castlevania series in a new direction by incorporating exploration as the main gameplay mechanic in a similar fashion to the already established Metroid series. The result was one of the greatest video games ever crafted. As the 100th review on Video Chums, I invite you to join me in celebrating this brilliant example of gaming perfection in a modern review of a timeless classic.
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Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Review

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Review (Wii U)

What were they thinking?!

April 6, 2015 - After over 100 episodes and a movie, the AVGN now has his own video game. So, let's all go back to the past, put on our Power Gloves and Konami LaserScopes, and hope that this game isn't as bad as the ones that the nerd is used to playing.
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Rack N Ruin Review

Rack N Ruin Review (PlayStation 4)

Destroying the planet sure isn't going to be easy

April 3, 2015 - Gamers tend to ignore games that require patience before they start to shine. The same could be said about modern classics such as Demon's Souls which took a great deal of time before it become popular. As far as I can tell, this tendency is due to the inability to give unfamiliar experiences a chance. Such is the case with Rack N Ruin. On the surface, it appears as if it's yet another throwaway indie title, but at its core, it's one of the most rewarding and challenging old-school adventures that I have ever had the privilege to go on.
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Paperbound Review

Paperbound Review (PlayStation 4)

Frantic four-player fighting at its finest

April 1, 2015 - In the midst of a local multiplayer resurgence, Paperbound enters the ring with hopes of having a fighting chance. Let's sharpen our pencils and find out if it's tough enough to be the next knockout couch-filling combat game.
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Yorbie - Episode One: Payback's a Bolt Review

Yorbie - Episode One: Payback's a Bolt Review (PlayStation 4)

No one can stop this radical robot

March 30, 2015 - When you hear that a four player twin stick shooting platformer is out, it's easy to get excited. However, Yorbie may not quite be what you're looking for. It does have intriguing concepts, but is that enough to make it an enjoyable game?
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Xeodrifter Review

Xeodrifter Review (3DS)

In space, no one can hear you drift

March 28, 2015 - Space can be a lonely place, especially when your ship gets damaged by an asteroid. Xeodrifter tries to emulate Metroid mechanics in almost every way, but does it live up to the classics or is it simply not enough to satisfy your retro cravings?
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Top 10 3DS eShop Games (First Four Years)

Top 10 3DS eShop Games (First Four Years)

Delightful downloads for dual-screens

March 27, 2015 - Nintendo's 3DS is home to plenty of fantastic portable titles; many of which are eShop games. Today marks its fourth birthday so I wrote this list to summarize ten of the best downloadables that have come out so far. Please note that games with physical releases and Virtual Console games are not included. Anyway, enjoy reading! Maybe you'll discover some hidden gems while you do.
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Metal Slug 3 Review

Metal Slug 3 Review (PlayStation 4)

General Morden should know not to make alliances with aliens

March 25, 2015 - Metal Slug has been around for almost two decades and for good reason. It still stands tall as one of the best run 'n' gun shooters and with the recent release of the third game on modern consoles, there's no reason not to experience this timeless classic. However, does just one game hold up enough to satisfy modern gamers or should you wait for another Metal Slug Anthology?
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Mario Party 10 Review

Mario Party 10 Review (Wii U)

Maybe it wasn't a good idea to invite Bowser after all

March 23, 2015 - Mario's been partying with his friends for over sixteen years. However, his latest mini-game get-togethers have disappointed guests simply because he used to throw better shindigs back in the day. Now that the tenth installment is out, is it worth joining in on the fun or are you better off being a party pooper?
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