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Pokemon X and Y Review

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You know the feeling you get when something you love is evolving (pun not intended)? It's this dangerous feeling full of "I can't wait!" and "But what if..." and it's all you can do to try to avoid spoiling the whole thing for yourself and everyone around you by over-saturating your every being with it. I got this feeling, and I got it big time for Pokemon Y. The sixth generation of Pokemon finally pulling out all the stops. After years of a safe and profitable formula - here comes Generation 6. Pokemon Y doesn't rock the boat by changing the recipe (why would it?), but it adds more to something we already thought was perfect, which I thought would have been impossible.

The narrative this time around is pretty intense. Instead of an evil team of thieves looking to make a quick buck, or some evangelists trying to free Pokemon from slavery - Pokemon Y provides a story of somebody who is super pissed off and just wants everybody dead. It's quite a d…

Far Cry 3 Review

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Released: December 4, 2012
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Players: 1, Online 2-4 Co-op, 2-14 Competitive
ESRB Rating: M (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Not many games can set a bleak and very mature tone right out of the gate and have it turn into a fun and crazy experience, but Far Cry 3 manages to do so with style.  You play as Jason Brody who within the first 5 minutes goes from raunchy party boy to accidentally ramming a machete through a man's throat.  His friends, brothers, and girlfriend have also been captured by the crazy (yet strangely charismatic) Vaas.  After Jason escapes the fun and crazy truly begin.

Far Cry 3 is set in an open world environment that also wants to kill you.  Not only do you have patrols of Vaas' pirates all over the place, but you also have the fun of tigers, bears, sharks, and other predators that will attack you.  The animals actually play …