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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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

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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Gone Home Review

Gone Home, a computer game from The Fullbright Company, is the latest in a recent trend of first-person walking-simulator story exploration adventure games (wow that’s a mouthful), like Dear Esther or the upcoming Firewatch. In it, you play as a college student who’s just come home from studying abroad, only to find that you’ve come home to an empty house. You explore the vast mansion, reading notes left behind by your family, listening to journal entries by your younger sister, Samantha, and picking up and examining objects for clues. Those are really the only mechanics in the game: walking around and picking things up. If you’ve played Dear Esther, which has even less mechanics (just walking around), you may already be used to this. But I must warn you that this is not really a “fun” game. This isn’t a game I would play if I wanted to let off some steam and relax. This game is more like a short story, the plot points of which you unravel as you make your way through the mansion.

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BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review

That’s a mouthful.

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any games. That’s mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve actually finished any games. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is pretty much the only game I’ve been playing, and I probably won’t be done with it for quite some time. But I played this game every now and then until I finally just beat it.

Runner2 is the sequel to Gaijin Games’ BIT.TRIP Runner, part of their successful and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP franchise. I played the original and loved it for its retro graphics, catchy music, and grueling difficulty. There are a lot of auto-runners out there, especially for mobile, but this one is definitely the best I have ever played.  Continue reading BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review