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XCOM 2: Shen's Last Gift

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"Investigate ADVENT’s “Lost Towers” facility where Chief Engineer Lily Shen accompanies your squad in search of her late father’s secretive final project. Discover a unique new soldier class complete with powerful new combat abilities, strategy mechanics, and customization options."Shen's Last Gift was the single hardest mission in all of XCOM 2 for me. The final mission was a close second - but I'm always prepared with a fully outfitted squad for the final mission and Shen's Last Gift is available as early as 30 minutes into a run. The real bread and butter of this add-on for me was getting to take Shen's daughter on a mission with the rest of my squad, and the entirely new robot character and class that acts a bit like a tank - lots of firepower and very sturdy.

As always, ADVENT is up to no good, and early on in a new game you'll discover a seemingly abandoned facility due to a cryptic message being left on Lily Shen's ROV-R Gremlin. From there, yo…

Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 4)

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I knew coming into this review that I was going to come across as somewhat of an old timer. The original Resident Evil 4 came out in 2005 during what was probably the best era of video games. Developers started creating completely three-dimensional, fully voiced, 40-hour experiences and eventually that led us to meet up again with Leon during his travels to Spain and rescue Ashley (the fictitious president's daughter) all while taking down the mysterious cult known as Los Illuminados. To wrap up this introduction, I'll say this: They don't make them like they used to, and Resident Evil 4 being ported to every system since its inception should be significant proof of that.

You play as Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2 in an over-the-shoulder third-person shooter. This takes place after the Umbrella corporation has fallen and a new threat known as Las Plagas is popping up in Europe. It just so happens that Leon has been on the hunt to retrieve the POTUS' daughter and hi…

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition (PC)

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Note: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is a re-release of the original Dark Souls that was both enhanced for PC and included the DLC on-disc for consoles. Most of what I said for my previous review of Dark Souls still stands true - and I'll reference and expand upon it a handful of times here. While there were growing pains for the Steam release (primarily Games for Windows Live), most everything has been fixed and mod support brings longevity to the title.Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition starts you off with no hope at all, and it doesn't get much better as you progress through the game. This is almost as if to say "If you can't make it through the first hour, don't waste any more of your time." If you're not a hardcore gamer, you might very much dislike the entire Dark Souls series. Your character is a chosen of sorts from the Undead Asylum (think zombie jail), who's tasked with taking down bosses and linking the fire. Learning from your mistakes…

Dota 2

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I've played Dota 2 for over 70 hours according to my Steam profile. Despite the vast amount of time I've put into it I still feel like my performance in any given match is terrible. While I still find it very fun (especially to play with friends), something is perpetually refusing to click in my brain. That being said I'll never play it professionally, nor will I even dare to enter ranked play after my first few attempts ended with the borderline toxic community wishing death upon me for not doing so well. It's a video game - relax, people!

I'm sure there's some kind of story, but I didn't find myself caring to learn it because every character can be on the same team as every other character and every team can be on either side of the map (Dire or the other one). I've not noticed the good / bad guys interacting with each other, but all the heroes have little quips and one-liners that only the player playing them can hear. Every time we referenced one o…

Top 10 Most Anticipated Games

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One thing that's very important as a consumer in the video game industry is checking your enthusiasm for a game that hasn't been released yet. Buying into a developer's / publisher's hype for a game they're making is always bad practice and more often then not we're encouraged to pre-order with no sort of gameplay or narrative impressions with the promise of a little something in the form of extra costumes or a gameplay mission. The idea of this list came from that thought. I can't wait to try these games, but aside from the few that I know are fantastic - I realize that I could throw away good money for not-so-good games. So theses are games that excite me regardless of my cynical nature. Without further delay, let's dive in!

#10 - Dragon Quest Builders (PlayStation 4: 10/11/16) So starting off this list is a bit of a throwaway because I'm not really sure how much I honestly want to play it. I like Minecraft and all, but I've never seriously du…