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Ultra Street Fighter IV Review - The Old School Game Vault

Ultra Street Fighter IV Review

The Intro:

There are more Street Fighter games than there are memes about Justin Bieber. OK, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. You get the point. For every Street Fighter game release, there are several others padded with prefixes like Super, Hyper, Remix and Ultra. Ultra Street Fighter IV, which promised a whole host of goodies, was shown to screaming gamers at the Sony conference in February. And for hadouken-blasting PS4 owners everywhere, it has finally arrived.

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Batman Arkham Knight Review – The Old School Game Vault

Batman Arkham Knight Review

History:

Batman is a complicated guy. Several times over Batman’s storied history, writers have talked about the emotional and psychological toll his actions have. Is Batman the cause of all of the problems that Gotham currently faces?

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Payday 2: Crimewave Edition Review – Old School Game Vault

PayDay 2 Crimewave Edition Review

The Stuff you need to know:

There’s something about a perfect heist that is viscerally satisfying. Some of the greatest films of our time are heist stories – Reservoir Dogs, Heat, and The Usual Suspects. Maybe it’s the thrill of casting off the shackles of society and organized behavior.

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Splatoon – Nintendo Wii U Review - The Old School Game Vault

Splatoon

The Intro:

By their very nature, shooters are all about violence. Usually, the grim, gritty, blood splattered kind of violence. In recent times, however, there have been a whole spate of games which challenge the genre tropes they fall under.

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Magicka 2 – PS4 Review – The Old School Game Vault

Magicka 2 – Playstation 4 Review

The Intro:

Magicka 2 had one of the most hilarious announcement trailers for a game in recent history. It featured an out of work wizard committing blunder after blunder until he saw an ad where wizards were being hired.

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Destiny: House of Wolves – PS4 DLC Review

Destiny: House of Wolves – DLC Review

The Intro:

Destiny was supposed to be the greatest thing to happen to shooters since sliced bread. It wasn’t. The game featured a notoriously weak story and several critical gameplay bugs, including a loot system that would make Scrooge McDuck wince.

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The Evil Within: The Executioner – DLC Review

The Evil Within: The Executioner – DLC Review

The Intro:

A large portion of the horror genre is based on shock value. Where jump scares don’t work, horror stories often go to the weirdness well, mining terror out of sheer grotesqueness and/or gore. Occasionally, these efforts work spectacularly and deliver a setting or a character which is truly memorable.

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The Unfinished Swan – Playstation 4 Review

The Unfinished Swan

“The Unfinished Swan is a game about exploring the unknown.

The player is a young boy (Monroe) chasing after a swan who has wandered off into a surreal, unfinished kingdom. The game begins in a completely white space where players can throw paint to splatter their surroundings and reveal the world around them.”

The game was released on October 23, 2012, and is available exclusively for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation Vita. It's a downloadable game so to buy it you'll need to visit Sony's online store.” ---- http://www.giantsparrow.com/games/swan/

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Ziggurat PS4 Review – The Old School Game Vault

Ziggurat Playstation 4 Review

The Intro:

Back in the day, ID Software came out with a game called Heretic. It was a 3-D fantasy shooter and developers Raven Software used a modified version of the excellent Doom engine.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Playstation 4 Review

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Review

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Playstation 4 Review, PS4

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

The Intro:

The Witcher series has always been somewhat of an outlier in the RPG genre. Not because the games aren’t great (they are) or because the setting is completely different from every other RPG (it isn’t.)

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State of Decay Review - The Old School Game Vault

State of Decay Review

The Intro:

State of Decay sets it up well – your friend isn’t long for this world. You decide it has to be done, so you drive him up to the nearest home you can find. The neighborhood has been ravaged by the zombie plague.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles China - The Old School Game Vault

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review

The Intro:

The McGuffin. At once a potentially infuriating and amazing plot device. Usually, the purpose of the McGuffin is to drive a larger story. Cinema has given us some great McGuffins like the Pulp Fiction briefcase and the Maltese Falcon.

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Mortal Kombat X Review – The Old School Game Vault

Mortal Kombat X Characters

The Intro:

In 2011, Mortal Kombat finally grew up. Yes, a game that featured more mutilations and blood spatter than ever before, grew up. Our beloved gory fighter took a step up and finally became a game that was worthy of professional competitions.

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OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood Playstation 4 Review

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood Review

Skateboarding is a Blast:

Last year, an unassuming 2D skating game made its way onto PlayStations worldwide. It was called OlliOlli. Almost instantaneously, the game became a smash-hit.

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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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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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