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Blackguards review

You’ve probably never heard of The Dark Eye. It’s not really your fault–that particular tabletop RPG isn’t meant for you. It was made by Germans for other Germans, and it found a lot of success by focusing on that particular

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review

Changing genres mid-franchise is a tough sell, especially when you’re taking a popular series and saying “screw it, we’re making it a shooter!” Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies is the latest to make the leap, and arguably the strangest example yet;

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition review

Lara Croft is dead. This time, she was ripped apart by wolves. Death has also come in a variety of other forms: boulders, bear traps, spikes to the throat–each over-the-top execution a display of vulnerability. These shocking moments are heavy-handed with

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review

Gabriel Belmont–aka Dracula–is a deeply conflicted character, pulled in multiple directions by the dark and light influences of Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2’s story. As such, he’s an unfortunate but entirely apt metaphor for the game’s overall problems. At heart,

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Thief review

I activate my focus ability to scout out the area and find an opening to sneak by the enemy patrols. A single guard stands nearby. Slowly, I inch my way behind the target and shift into the light for a

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Hearthstone review

I was in middle school when I got my first deck of Magic: The Gathering cards. Whether I was playing pick-up games at school or trading cards with friends at the local game store, there was a period of my

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Rayman Legends PS4/Xbox One review

There will come a point during your time with Rayman Legends where you’ll run out of ways to express how much you enjoy it. By a few hours in, you’ll have exhausted every synonym you know for “pretty.” A few stages

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NASCAR '14 review

All it takes is a moment of impatience to ruin an entire race. For more than 20 laps I meticulously carved out my place in front of a voracious pack of the world’s best stock cars at the Texas Motor

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Strider review

Like the best games of the 1980s, the 2014 reboot of the seminal Capcom classic Strider wastes no time getting right down to business. Within seconds of booting it up, you’re hang gliding right into the heart of Kazakh City

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Luftrausers review

I am one with my aircraft. Piloting through the mustard-colored skies, I weave a parabolic path through a seemingly endless array of bullets, bombs, and bandits. I cut my engines, let my jet plummet to the ground like a lead

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