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Overwatch

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Once again here we stand on another game I didn't care at all about until a friend gave it his highest recommendation, even going so far as to purchase an additional copy so that we could play together. That being said, Overwatch is a pretty fantastic character/team-based first-person shooter (with a bit of a MOBA flavor) where matches last five to ten minutes and the screens fills with hectic colors with projectiles flying all over the place. While the content here at first seems plentiful, one thing that worries me is that there's only one game mode per map and there are only a handful of maps in the first place.

The first time I played Overwatch, I had to ask my friend is there was any sort of narrative. He pointed me in the direction of their website where some small character and plot summaries were available. The story might remind one of Team Fortress 2's conveyance of videos focused around one or two characters, delving into the origin stories with a bit of action…

The Evil Within: The Consequence

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The Consequence is the second DLC for The Evil Within, as well as the second and final part of the two-part DLC, the first being The Assignment. It revolves around Juli Kidman, continuing the plot from The Assignment as well as revealing more from Juli's past. This DLC also allows Juli to defend herself more with the use of firearms instead of exclusively sneaking around defensively, and was released in April 2015. I really like everything that the season pass had to offer, all for twenty dollars and The Consequence is no exception.

Chapter 3: Illusions starts with Juli waking up in a safe haven and meeting Tatiana. After that she explores the area seeing some old friends before being able to leave. When she does leave, she ends up back at the MOBIUS headquarters, then decides to go the bottom floor to the STEM terminal because she thinks Leslie - a prominent character from the base game - is heading there. Along the way she learns more about Ruvik's (the main "villain&…

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered

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It's 2016, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End just came out at the time of writing this review. I'm just now playing through the Uncharted series for the first time ever via the Nathan Drake Collection for PlayStation 4, and chronicling my journalistic journey through it by reviewing every entry individually. That being said, some quick words about Uncharted: Drake's Fortune are that it's a very short game and I was frequently pretty frustrated by the gameplay and what I'll call "encounter design." Otherwise, the high notes include a twisting and turning narrative complete with intriguing characters.

The premise is quite gripping. A long lost ancestor to series protagonist, Nathan Drake, was on the hunt for El Dorado - a Spanish treasure of immense value. Drake (from the subtitle "Drakes Fortune") had allegedly put together enough information to know the final resting place of the treasure, and offered to start Nathan on his quest via a gift of…

Pokémon Shuffle

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There's a lot of scandal and disappointment in the industry these days, and Pokémon Shuffle seems like the target on Nintendo's back. The thing is, they're trying something new with this game, it looks good, has great music, and if you've ever enjoyed a matching/stacking game - you'll like this one. No one is charging you, nor forcing you to play it. That being said, this game is fun - but focuses on limiting how much you can play it at one time even more so than most free to play games. And it's strangely a very generous game at that.

You're a nameless trainer who is tasked with catching Pokémon by making them faint in battle (by matching three or more of your team of three or four). That's about it, go through the map Candy Crush style and use your 5-lives to hopefully grab some new Pokémon. There was a popular hack for this game that gave unlimited lives and coins, which has been patched out. I used this hack when I was sick one week and had the bes…

Pokémon Red Version

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Pokémon Red was always special to me growing up. It was the first game I played for a really long time (somewhere to the tune of 80 hours on the original cartridge). I love this game, and to have the opportunity to play it again in a legitimate and unmolested state on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console had me hungry to dive in again. If you've never played the one(s) that started it all, I'll spare you the reading and say to go ahead and grab it for $10 on the 3DS eShop. If you've already played it, I can assure you - it will still hold your attention. The systems in place in the game hold up extremely well to this day.

You are a young kid, 10 years of age, and it's finally time to get your first Pokémon from the professor. After choosing one of three and taking your rival to the cleaners, the adventure opens up. At the end of the game you'll have trounced eight gym leaders, four of the greatest trainers in the region, the all-time champion, and taken down an entire …

Sonic Lost World

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Sonic Lost World is a lot of things. It's stressful in a lot of ways and super good in many other ways. It's both good and bad - an example of Sonic heading in the right direction and taking a step back. It's also best played with a gamepad which is something you'll be reminded of every time you turn it on or anytime you try to play with a mouse and keyboard. The long of the short of it is that I like the game despite its flaws, but I've been reviewing video games long enough to objectively look at and evaluate them, and there are a lot of obvious inconsistency that need to be addressed.

Sonic Lost World isn't scoring any points for the narrative. Eggman is trying to take over a sky world called the Lost Hex that was newly discovered and destroy Sonic, enlisting the help of the Deadly Six - an evil group of natives that are apparently known as Zeti. Almost every fine detail you see there had to be researched outside of my game time because I checked out of the s…

Costume Quest 2

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Costume Quest 2 is just about what I expected, and right on point with what I wanted from a sequel. While it lacks the same charm as its predecessor, the game still is really fun and shakes up the formula just enough to feel fresh. New costumes, environments, and characters are present and the gameplay remained largely the same with a few adjustments here and there. Both of my playthroughs I did the "Candy Corn Challenge," in which one member of the party must always wear the candy corn costume (which is completely useless, aside from a few great puns). It provides an extra layer of strategy and thought to an otherwise very simple game - I highly recommend it!

Costume Quest 2 takes place directly after the ending of its predecessor's downloadable content expansion, Grubbins On Ice with the gang in a room full of portals. Luckily, after a spirited debate from Wren and Reynold about who has to enter one of the portals first to test for safety, the group lands back in their …

Euro Truck Simulator 2

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a game I didn't think I would like. It's also a game that was once on sale for three dollars, so I bought it for a laugh back in 2013. To my great surprise, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a game I very much enjoy - as do many of my friends and even my dad to some degree (this and Flight Simulator are the only games on his Steam account). It's an exercise in monotony, an escape from life in which the player knows they can perform well in it for as little or and long as needed. My recipe for a good night alone is loading up my virtual Europe and taking contracts while listening to my own library of music and the ambient sounds of the road. Yes, it is sad and no, I don't care.

There's no narrative to this game, there's no premise, the story isn't conveyed to the player, and you can play it for twenty minutes or four hours and accumulate a ridiculous amount of time overall in the game. Personally, I have fourteen hours tracked according to …

Top 10 Tactical Role-Playing Games

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Hello again, and welcome to July's Top 10! I'm excited because this is our first non-year Top 10 list, so it's a bit of a change of pace to write. I love tactical role-playing games and I'm not the only one, so let's start with the ground rules and get right into it. Full release games are included - meaning no DLC's or expansions. Mobile games are fine if they're truthfully worth their salt. Every game needs to have been reviewed here, and I'm only allowing one game per franchise (or else it would be the "Pokemon" list). Also I should mention that by "tactical," I'm referring to turn-based role-playing games that require thought and careful planning before every move. Later on I'm sure I'll specify a little more, especially in regards to turn-based strategy versus turn-based combat.

#10 - Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan Etrian Odyssey 4 was my first foray into the series, and what a way to start. This is an old-sch…