Shovel Knight Review

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As a person who grew up without a SNES and didn’t play a lot of those old school difficult games, I still appreciate the hell out of Shovel Knight.

Playing Shovel Knight can either be seen as a time machine to the glory days of the 8-bit era or as a modern-day resurgence of a lost genre. As we are seeing with a lot of smaller indie games, Shovel Knight takes cues from classic platforming games while showboating a certain flavor of its own. Elements from Mega Man, Mario, Zelda and even Ducktales are obvious, but they don’t define everything Shovel Knight is about. Continue reading

Transistor Review

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Usually when a video game doesn’t outright tell you the purpose of your every move, it’s either a poorly made game, or a revolutionary, near-masterpiece of media. Thankfully, Transistor is one of those particularly surprising games that decides to be different and comes out as one of the most talented pieces of media to have graced gamers this year.

Both aesthetically and auditory, Transistor impresses with rare art direction and jazzy tunes. The game is an abstract piece of art right down to its uniquely told uncommon story.

Rather than showing what is behind the curtains from the very start, Transistor lets the player dabble in the realm of confusion right up until the point where it all makes sense. Sure, those first few hours players will carry the weight of bewilderment, but if you give Transistor the respect it deserves and enough time to amaze you, it will not disappoint. Continue reading

The Binding of Issac: Rebirth Review

rebirthThe Binding of Issac: Rebirth is a challenge you won’t be able to get enough of, even after you’ve traversed its world ten times over. In a truly perfect manner, The Binding of Issac asks its player to learn and discover how to succeed rather than just handing them success. Experimentation, risk vs reward, clever actions and fierce reactions are all needed to understand and survive Issac’s demon ridden basement. Rebirth is a masterful video game that  balances luck, skill, challenge and fun into one solid indie game experience.

Make no mistake, this “simple” indie game stands as a competitor with the big blockbuster titles.  Continue reading

Super Smash Bros for Wii U Review

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Nintendo captured lightning in a bottle with the original Smash Bros on the Nintendo 64. Ever since, we’ve had one Smash Bros game on every Nintendo home console since then, and they’ve all been special in a way no other game can match. The Wii U entry in the series manages to continue that trend while also fixing problems some players had with Super Smash Bros Brawl, creating one legendary fighting game.

With every addition to Smash, you anticipate new characters, stages, items, and modes, but you also expect the gameplay to remain mostly untouched. The main game of knocking your opponent off-screen to win is unsurprisingly unchanged. Smash is probably the only game that can have sequels that feel exactly the same as their predecessor. So what do you change in order to make the game better than the last? Simple, go nuts.

The addition of eight player smash mode is the best thing they could have possibly add to the mix. When you think of Smash Bros, you think of a fun, four player fighting arena that is the go-to game for parties and sleepovers. No one asked or thought about eight players on-screen at once, but it works perfectly. Online play doesn’t feature eight player matches, but this franchise is best experienced in a room full of friends scrambling for victory. Whether you play with two or eight people, it is just endlessly fun, and eight players makes for one crazy experience.  Continue reading

Bayonetta 2 Review

Bayonetta is that girl you’d be skeptical to take home to meet your parents. On one hand, she is confident and true to who she is, and you love her. On the other hand, you know that your parents might not approve of a woman who is so “rhapsodic” about herself.

That pretty much sums up the entire Bayonetta video game experience. Bayonetta 2 is a guilty pleasure game that knows that it is ridiculous, sexy and you won’t necessarily go showing it off to your mother.

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Nidhogg Review

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I fell in love with Nidhogg within the first five seconds of my first match. Nidhogg is a classic reminder that local couch multiplayer games should never disappear as a genre. It is just too fun of a game that should be played with a room full of people waiting for their turn to try their hand at virtual fencing.  Continue reading