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Alien: Isolation Review: Haunting

Title: Alien: Isolation Price: System(s): PS4 (Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC) Release Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Sega (The Creative Assembly) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Blood, Strong Language, and Violence I couldn’t play Alien: Isolation at night. The notion of being alone, in a dark room, in an empty house, more »

20 Years Later: Final Fantasy VI

Monday, October 20 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the US release of Final Fantasy VI (rebranded as ) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I’m going to go ahead and say it. I regard Final Fantasy VI as my favorite game of all time. The reasons are numerous. The characters, the themes, the setting, more »

Google Nexus Player is another microconsole we don’t want

I like the idea of Android microconsoles. I have an Ouya that I play at least once a week, and I love its portability, the ease with which I can sideload apps, and the different gaming experiences I have on it as opposed to my PS4 and Wii U. Despite that love, I know how more »

I like that Alien: Isolation won’t let you hide

That title isn’t exactly clear. You can hide in Alien: Isolation. It’s encouraged, in fact, as it can provide a chance to evade a xenomorph that is getting smarter by the second. The thing is, The Creative Assembly and Sega crafted this game in such a way that you can’t hide away forever. I learned more »

Skylanders Trap Team Review: Peak of Perfection

Title: Skylanders Trap Team Price: System(s): PS4 (Also available for PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, iOS, and Android) Release Date: October 5, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Activision (Toys for Bob) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence It’s finally time to play Skylanders. No more complaining about how a new iteration appears more »

Super Smash Bros. Diary: I can win using only Bowsers specials

With most Super Smash Bros. characters, success requires a variety of moves. You have to know when to use neutral, smash, and special attacks, as well as when to dodge, shield, or go for that Final Smash. It’s a delicate dance. You’ll only be the best if you know the right reaction to any situation. more »

Dizzy Flamingo Extra Life interview

Back when I first talked about this year’s Extra Life fundraising marathon for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, I mentioned my cousin, Joshua Josephs, who is the captain and sole member of team Dizzy Flamingo. He’s playing for the Yakima Valley Hospital in Yakima, Washington. Many people take time out of their lives to participate in more »

Skylanders Trap Team has the best characters

Skylanders is one of those series that constantly amazes. Not because of the sales figures or that each year Activision manages to put out a new iteraction, like Skylanders Trap Team, that looks too good to resist. No, the real reason it’s so impressive is that each round of Skylanders manages to be better than more »

Chariot Review: Lovably transporting deceased monarchs

Chariot Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4 and Xbox One Release Date: October 1, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Frima Studio (Frima Studio) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild fantasy violence Chariot is one of those games that surprises out of nowhere. The cutesy 2D aesthetic wrapped around a physics-based puzzle/platform game is its biggest selling point. Don’t let this more »

Humble Mozilla Bundle offers hope for Chromebook games

When I purchased my Chromebook, my motivation was necessity. My Toshiba laptop had suddenly decided it didn’t feel like connecting to the internet after only a year of (un)faithful service, E3 2014 was fast approaching, and I needed something that would allow me to work from anywhere. Four months later, the tiny has wormed its more »

The scariest part of Alien: Isolation is the unknown

Alien was a horror movie. It may not seem as scary in hindsight, but it was always a cerebral adventure about not knowing what lurks in the unknown. Alien: Isolation has that down pat. It takes at least a half hour before the titular creature makes its appearance, maybe longer if a player takes his more »

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Review: A Relic

Title: Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition Price: 19.99 System(s): PC (Also on iOS and Android) Release Date: Oct, 15, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Phoenix Online Studios (Pinkerton Road Studios) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Animated Blood and Mild Language You know how when you give a hot dog vendor a gift certificate, he more »