The Last Of Us – Slowpoke Review

Okay, so I’m veeeery late to the party on this one, but I finally got around to playing The Last Of Us (the remastered version on PS4), and boy, is it good. It was hyped up immensely to me, not only on the internet but also by my friends, so I was very curious to try it. I’m not usually one for violent games, but I didn’t want to pass up a game that’s been nominated for so many awards.

Be warned: if you want to go into this game completely fresh, there will be some slight spoilers here, but I will try to keep the mid-to-late-game plot points to a minimum.

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Monument Valley 2 Review – Like Mother, Like Daughter

Monument Valley 2, the sequel to 2014’s highly acclaimed Monument Valley, came out on Android a few days ago (though it was out for iPhone months ago—even when I’m early, I’m late!), and I immediately picked it up since I had loved the original so much. Plus, it was only $5, and I’m much happier paying a few bucks for a phone game than getting one for free and having to deal with ads and microtransactions.

I can say without hesitation that this is one of the best games that I’ve ever played on a phone. It manages to reach (though not quite exceed) the heights attained by its predecessor, not simply by adding more levels, but also by layering on more meaning and depth. Instead of a lone character, you now control two, a mother and daughter. Sometimes the mother will get separated from her daughter, and you’ll have to find a way to get them back together. Other times, the two will intentionally separate, and you’ll explore what you can do on your own.

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Undertale Review

Like so many games I buy on Steam, I bought Undertale a while ago in some flash sale, and didn’t touch it for months, while my friends told me how good it was. “I’ll get around to it eventually,” I said, as I turned my attention back to Pokémon Moon or Gears of War. But it always stayed in the back of my mind as something I really needed to get to.

When I finally did, it immediately struck me as something unlike anything I had ever played before.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Review – Here There Be Greatness

At the rate I’m going, I should probably just call my blog Slowpoke Reviews. I’ve finally gotten around to finishing Dragon Age: Inquisition, the fantastic “new” entry in the Dragon Age series from Bioware. The game released in 2014 to critical acclaim, including numerous Game of the Year awards–in fact, my copy was the “Game of the Year edition,” which included all of the DLC.

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Inside Review: Beautiful Nightmare

Every once in a while, a game comes along that leaves you stunned, satisfied, yet full of questions. Limbo and Braid are both examples of this type of game, and I’m happy to report that the newest game from developer Playdead, Inside, joins their ranks and in fact exceeds even the heights that they reached.

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Fallout 4 Review: The Endless Wastes

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long; what with work and trying to complete Fallout 4, I’ve been busy. But I’m back with a review for this huge game, and though it’s quite a bit late, I’d still like to lay out my thoughts on it. So here they are!

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The Last Story Review: A Touching Swan Song for the Wii

The Last Story was one of the last games released for the Wii, which now collects dust alongside copies of Wii Sports and Wii Fit in many homes. I however, having not had time or money to buy and play new console games, am still working my way through a backlog of old games. The Last Story, though, is likely to be the last game I play for the Wii, and I think it’s a perfect send-off for it. Continue reading The Last Story Review: A Touching Swan Song for the Wii

Bioshock Infinite Review

Perhaps this is a bit late—Bioshock Infinite was released back in 2013—but I only just finished it, and let me just say, all the hype surrounding it was totally warranted. For my final blog post I would like to discuss this amazing game and hopefully make you interested enough to try it out for yourself, if you haven’t already.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Review: Blast from the Past

Though they’re looked back on now as the oddball, waterlogged entries of the Pokemon series, Ruby & Sapphire are still my favorites. They hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, so naturally I had high hopes for the remakes, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS. They mostly do the originals justice—Game Freak has yet to make a bad Pokemon game. However, there are still a few gripes that I have with it, which I will elaborate on later, that mainly have to do with a trend that Pokemon games have been following lately. But overall, they are fantastic games that I highly recommend for fans of the series.

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Monument Valley Review: Escher’s Paradise

Monument Valley, a game for iOS and Android by developer usTwo Games, is by far the most gorgeous, elegantly designed mobile game I have ever played. Granted, the only mobile games I really ever play are Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, and Pixel People, but even so, I’m especially picky about the mobile games I play, and this one makes the cut and then some. Hardcore gamers often make fun of anyone who plays mobile games, calling them “casuals” and the games themselves not “real” games. This game alone should silence those people, while at the same time be another example of how games are art.

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