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Ultra Street Fighter IV

‘Ultra Street Fighter IV’: Brilliant, difficult design

Game: “Ultra Street Fighter IV” Developer: Capcom Platforms: PS3, 360, PC Genre: Fighting Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014 Rating: 4 Something strange happened when the original “Street Fighter IV” hit the scene almost five years ago. Suddenly, a seemingly-dead genre sprung to life with a vim unlike any other genre revival in the history of […]

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‘The Wolf Among Us’ is a gripping mystery

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: “The Wolf Among Us” Telltale Games PS3, 360, PC, Mac, iOS Adventure July 8, 2014 5/5 stars In 2012, developer Telltale Games released a point-and-click adventure game adaptation of “The Walking Dead,” and needless to say, it was a smashing success. It revitalized what many considered a dead […]

Shovel Knight

‘Shovel Knight’: Gaming history in a small package

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Shovel Knight” Yacht Club Games Wii U, 3DS, PC Platformer June 26, 2014 5/5 Side-scrolling platformers in a pixellated retro style have become something of a cliché in the indie-gaming scene. It began with “Cave Story” and soon seemingly exploded into a genre of its own with games […]

The Steam summer sale shindig

Every summer, Steam holds a massive sale on video games. Many see it as a brutal whipping on the wallets of gamers, and that view isn’t necessarily wrong. For me, it’s an experiment of self-control —one that I always fail. Nevertheless, there have been a few titles that I’ve wanted to cover over the last […]

Lifeless Planet

‘Lifeless Planet’ is a contemplative journey

Game: Developer: Platforms: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Lifeless Planet” Stage 2 Studios PC Journey June 6, 2014 4/5 stars Back in 2012, “Journey” launched a whole new genre. It inspired the type of game involving relatively peaceful and thoughtful adventures through environments that are more about philosophical thought than they are about any challenge. Games […]

Watch Dogs

‘Watch_Dogs’ plagued by issues

Game: Developer: Platforms: Genre: Release date: Rating: “Watch_Dogs” Ubisoft Montreal PS4,PS3,XBox 360,PC Action-Adventure May 27, 2014 3/5 stars “Watch_Dogs” has been hotly anticipated as one of the first true “next generation” titles. It’s one of the most anticipated (if not the most anticipated) game of the year, and it’s seen an advertising blitz unlike any […]

‘Fistful of Frags:’ A goofy shooter in the Old West

When thinking of multiplayer shooters these days, most people think of massive assault rifles, fast-paced running and gunning and lightning-quick action. So what happens when all of that is taken away? What happens if shooters go back over 100 years, when most firearms took at least three seconds to reload (if one was quick) and were […]

Transistor

‘Transistor’ is all its own

Back in 2011, a small indie team released a small game by the name of “Bastion.” It was a unique action-adventure that blended many different styles together. While it was inconsistent at times, it still made a huge impact and cemented its developer, Supergiant Games, as one of the premier indie developers on the market. Now, three years […]

Child of Light

‘Child of Light’ is a thoughtful fantasy

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Rating: “Child of Light” Ubisoft Montreal PS4, XBO, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC RPG 4 These days, role-playing games (or RPGs) come in many shapes and sizes. Western RPGs, like “Skyrim,” are often gritty and open affairs, while Eastern RPGs, like the “Final Fantasy” series, focus on angsty drama. It’s not […]

Summer gaming preview

For many Alaskans, summer is the time of year for hiking, fishing and exploring the great backyard that is the Last Frontier. But for many others, summer is catch-up season — a drought of games that allows gaming enthusiasts to pick up the pace and play all of those games they’ve collected. But that doesn’t […]

Goat Simulator

‘Goat Simulator’ dumb fun wears thin

Title: “Goat Simulator” Developer: Coffee Stain Studios Platform: PC Genre: Action Rating: 3 Thankfully, “Goat Simulator” doesn’t live up to its name. While you’re definitely a goat, you’re not the type of goat you see grazing and bleating in fields. That’s a boring enough game to be put alongside “Logging Simulator.” Thankfully, Coffee Stain Studios […]

Thief 3

‘Thief’ can’t keep up

Title: “Thief” Developer: Eidos Montreal Platform: PS3, PS4, 360, XBO, PC Genre: Stealth Rating: 2 The original “Thief” was a landmark in stealth titles when it was released in 1998. First-person games tended to focus on brutal, direct combat, and to see a game focus on non-violent stealth was unheard of in those days. Even […]

Titanfall

Stand by for ‘Titanfall’

Title: “Titanfall” Developer: Respawn Entertainment Platform: XBO, 360, PC Genre: First-person shooter Rating: 4 Almost four years ago, the two lead developers at Infinity Ward, the studio behind the gargantuan “Call of Duty” franchise, left the studio along with more than half of their employees to form their own studio: Respawn Entertainment. “Titanfall” is their […]

Twitch Plays Pokemon

The stupid, mesmerizing beauty of ‘Twitch Plays Pokemon’

An infinite number of monkeys hitting keys at random on an infinite number of typewriters will, given infinite time, produce the works of Shakespeare.

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