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SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt Review

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What is the concept? In an era when Pac-Man fever had yet to infect stateside gamers, Commodore PET users might be found playing MINER!, an excavation simulation that was published in Cursor magazine. Echoing games of the epoch, the purpose of Rod Longfellow’s title was straightforward: players earned as much money as possible by tunneling through


Thunder Wolves Review

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What is the concept?
During the heyday of coin-ops, there was little need for narrative. Instead, arcade proprietors sought cabinets which would elicit adrenaline-emitting reactions, thereby earning a steady stream of revenue. The inclusion of any kind of extended story would just slow down the whole quarter-consuming process. Yet, as games moved


New Releases for the Week of August 9th-15th, 2013

Ducktales Remastered

A few years ago, the most common price for a digitally downloaded game was ten dollars. Now, fifteen dollar games seem to be the new ten. But this week, Wii U title, Spin The Bottle: Bumpie’s Party establishes a dangerous new precedent. According to Nintendo’s own promotional page for the game, “Each release of new content will raise the price a b


Natsume’s Book of Friends Season Four Review

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I’d like to think that there’s a bit of Takashi Natsume is every person. As the eponymous protagonist of Natsume’s Book of Friends, the high-schooler faced an unrelenting rivulet of adversity. Growing up, the youth inherited his grandmother’s ability to see yōkai (supernatural beings), an aptitude which impeded Natsume’s social development. A s


Tales of Xillia Review

Tales of Xillia

Ironically, the same principles which stimulate adoration for Japanese role-playing games are also the reasons why the genre has a constituency of critics. Much like haiku, the beauty of the JRPG stems from the scope of expression erupting from the confines of an unbending framework. For fans, the meta-narrative of a plucky, naïve adventurer who