Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Nintendo 3ds Review

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Review

Let’s talk about puzzles:

What is it about puzzles that make them so interesting to us? Maybe it’s the process of uncovering an answer which we know is hiding right beneath the surface. There’s an answer, it’s just waiting for us do to do the right things before it can reveal itself.

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Ori and the Blind Forest Review - The Old School Game Vault

Ori and the Blind Forest Xbox One Review

The Intro:

Video games might truly be the future of narrative storytelling. Until virtual reality becomes sufficiently advanced to the point where we can live inside the universe of our favorite films, games are our best bet.

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DMC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition Review - PlayStation 4

DMC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition Review

My Rant:

Oh, the sweet, sweet fps (frames per second). Most people will probably give you looks of scorn when you talk about how 30 frames per second just aren’t enough. Some of them might call you a snob or an elitist.

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Gameplay Is King: Why Game Dev Story Rules - AC3 Sucks!

why gameplay can ruin a video game

I recently finished two games that I had been looking forward to for some time: a quirky little mobile game (originally on PC in 1997) about game developers called Game Dev Story and the culmination of the Desmond trilogy, Assassin’s Creed III.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Review - The Old School Game Vault

Dragon Ball Xenoverse Review

The Intro:

Two characters stand on a barren wasteland. An intense staredown. Gradually, the screen and the ground begins to shake. Debris starts to float up into the air as the two characters charge up their attacks. They growl and grunt and shout.

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Playstation 4 Bloodborne Review: The Old School Game Vault

PS4 Review Bloodborne

The Intro:

The executives at Sony have probably been breathing easier the past couple of weeks, because with Bloodborne, they finally have their first true system-seller for the PS4. This is the must-have game that The Order: 1886 failed so spectacularly to be.

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Why A Big FF Fan Quit Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions

Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions

I’m a pretty big Final Fantasy fan. I came into the series with VII and have played everything since besides the MMOs and the two sequels to the lackluster XIII. I’ve had conversations with friends about what the Final Fantasy musical RPG that never was would have looked like (I would totally play that—good or bad, it would be hilarious).

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Helldivers PlayStation 4 Review

Helldivers PS4 Exclusive Reivew

Say what you will about a brilliant narrative and fantastic visuals. When it comes to pure fun, the co-operative shooter genre stands above most. Think about the best gaming stories you have with your friends.

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Bloodborne Is Fun BECAUSE It’s Hard—And Here’s Why!

PS4 Exclusive Bloodborne

I’m not the kind of player who longs for “the good old days” when games seemed to hate you and want you to die. My attempt to replay Paperboy and recapture the glory of my NES days was short-lived as I realized how needlessly, unrewardingly cruel that game is—I just didn’t know any better as a kid. 

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Golden Suns Storytelling Catastrophe, Is it a Waste of Time?

Retro GBA RPG Golden Sun

My retro review of Golden Sun briefly touches on the game’s major storytelling blunder alongside consideration of other elements of the game, many of which are quite well done. Here, though, I want to spend more time analyzing what went so terribly wrong with Golden Sun’s storytelling, especially the ending.

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Eye-opening Techniques to Spot Counterfeit Pokemon DS Games!

Fake Pokemon Nintendo DS Games

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Heroes of Might and Magic III HD Edition Review – PC

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD - PC Review

The Intro:

The Heroes of Might and Magic III are back, and this time, they’re in crisp HD. What does this mean? If you’re a fan of the original, it means several more hours and weeks of strategic combat goodness.

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When Great Games Go Wrong: Bad Moments in Good Games

Metal Gear Solid - GamePlay Mechanics

In another article, I discuss awesome moments or levels in otherwise mediocre (or merely good) games. Here, I’ll consider the other side of the coin: good or great games dragged down by terrible moments or terrible design decisions. 

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Grow Home Ubisoft Game – Review – The Old School Game Vault

Grow Home by Ubisoft

The Intro:

The story of how Grow Home came to be is an interesting one. A few weeks before its release, Ubisoft released a statement which detailed how Grow Home started as an experiment by the developers within the company.

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The Escapists Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Escapists - Xbox One Review

The Intro:

Some of the greatest movies of all time are prison films – The Shawshank Redemption, Cool Hand Luke, The Green Mile, The Great Escape and several others. There’s a reason prison stories appeal to us, other than the fact that they depict an incredibly harsh reality in intriguing and emotionally affecting ways.

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The Order 1886 Playstation 4 Review

The Order 1886 Playstation 4 Review

When the first gameplay trailers for The Order: 1886 came out, gamers worldwide were thrilled. Here was a cool-looking game which had werewolves, fantastic weapons and immortal knights!

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Diamonds in the Rough: Awesome Parts of Awful of Games

The Good Parts of a Bad Video Game.

I played Thief this month when I got it free for PS3 from PlayStation Plus. Thief is not a great game. It’s mostly a pretty mediocre game, especially if you’ve played the far superior Dishonored.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 Review The Old School Game Vault

Resident Evil Revelations 2 - The Review

The Intro:

Resident Evil has become a survival horror benchmark. With a franchise as popular as it is, there are bound to be some inconsistent entries in there. As a fan of the genre or the franchise, you would be totally justified in having your reservations about Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

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Is Gaming A Waste of Time, Or a Great Way to Spend Our Time?

Gamification

Over the past couple of months, I sunk over 120 hours into a playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition. That comes out to an average of 2-3 hours a day. I’m a married man with graduate degrees and a lot of things to do, but for the last couple of months, most of my free time went into fighting dragons in Thedas in a single-player game (I only spent a few hours in DA:I’s multiplayer mode).

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Game of Thrones: Episode Two - The Lost Lords PS4 Review

Game of Thrones, The Lost Lords PS4

The Intro:

Much like George R. R. Martin’s wildly popular series of books, Telltale started off its Game of Thrones franchise with an instalment that was essentially a slow burn.

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