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Leap Day

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Here's a mobile game with an attractive hook - a new, handcrafted level every single day. I downloaded it based entirely on the cute aesthetic and the 4-star average on Google Play (how bad could a 4-star mobile game be, right?). Even with enjoying the first few levels centered around the day I started playing, I wasn't quite convinced that the levels weren't just procedurally generated chunks that were being reused and recycled in a different order. After about a month of playing now I'm sold - I see a new challenge presented to me on a daily basis consistently and we'll talk about what that means in detail a bit later.

As the player, I don't know the narrative and I can only make assumptions based on what I see. From what I can tell, you're a cute critter (with more being unlocked as you go), who is forced to run a new gauntlet every day for some kind of corrupted king and his minion's enjoyment. We're rewarded for doing well, but the little crea…

Ultratron

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Simply put, Ultraton isn't that good of a game. It's not even a very fun twin-stick shooter, though it's not inherently a bad game either. What we have here is another perfect example of PlayStation Plus free game offerings declining further into shovelware and small indie titles. When I get right down to it, this isn't a game that's getting tacked on to anyone's all-time favorites list - the reason I played it in the first place of course being I'm always looking for some good candidates for Wednesday reviews.

As far as I can tell, the player is cast as a lone robot who has set out to not save mankind, but avenge it by destroying minion robots and their leaders that come packaged straight out of a very tame bullet-hell. The characters don't have names (though I think the levels might be named after the bosses?), and even your pets are called something to the tune of rocket pet, or laser pet. There were some lines of dialogue that splashed on the botto…

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is a game that didn't get much love from critics. While a lot of what people said was reasonably true - I found myself having a good amount of fun with it. There were some really great ideas with some poor execution, but XCOM Declassified might earn a spot somewhere on my top 100 if I ever decide to buckle down and make that list. This game was released in the summer of 2013 by 2K Games, and takes the newly familiar XCOM and transforms it into a cover-based third-person shooter with a heavy emphasis on pause-and-play tactical positioning.

Unfortunately, the player is given a character to play, instead of allowing for complete party customization. Carter, the hard-boiled rebel is selected to work on the United States division of the XCOM project. Honestly, the other characters were so forgetful I can't think of their names off the top of my head. You do get to create Carter's squad as long as you're happy with having a man character and onl…

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel

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NOTE: "In order to access Ashes of Ariandel, players must purchase and download the DLC, then proceed to speak to an NPC at the Cathedral of the Deep. Warp to the Cleansing Church Bonfire kneeling beside the altar between the church's large doors. Speak to him and exhaust his dialogue to trigger a cutscene and you are given a piece of the painting at which point you will be transported to the beginning of the DLC." I will agree with other reviewers out there - Ashes of Ariandel is short, but darn it all if it isn't sweet while it lasts. The new enemies hit like a ton of bricks, the new weapons and spells are samey enough to not feel overpowered to the base game yet remain unique enough to be exciting to try out for a bit, and one new armor set in particular really spoke to me - we'll dive in more there later. One thing I'll say right away, the final boss fight is phenomenal in every sense. Again, we'll discuss that later on and I'll do my absolute bes…

Top 10 Free-to-Play Games

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Free to play games are mostly not great. I couldn't begin to name how many free-to-play experiences have turned sour for me based on shoving ads down my throat, or by having constant pressure to spend my money, or by straight up being blocked from progressing until I shell out a couple of bucks here and there. Not all of them are bad, in fact there are actually some really fantastic F2P options out there and I'd like to share some of my favorites with you. All of these games have been reviewed here, so click the title of the game or the picture provided to be sent directly to my full write-up - and feel free to download the high-quality wallpapers.
Note: all of these games include some sort of micro-transaction feature that gives players the option to spend real-world dollars on in-game items or boosts. The games I've selected maintain a good balance for free players and in some cases don't require any money to obtain everything.#10 - Disney Emoji Blitz (Mobile) For th…