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God of War PS4: More than Gore

God of War IV is the latest example of a welcome trend in the modern game industry, where an established gameplay model is used as a vehicle to tell a moving, emotional story. It works for Spec Ops: The Line (third person shooter), Horizon Zero Dawn (open world action/adventure), and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (hack’n’slash action) and it certainly works here.

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Ruiner and/or Ruined

A certain kind of player will absolutely relish this challenge. You probably already know if you’re the kind of player I’m talking about–and if you are, by all means, buy this game.

Now, you’re probably wondering what about this game makes me so conflicted–since so far so good, right?

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The Importance of Hellblade for Mental Illness in Games

The developers of the Devil May Cry remake have provided something that is, in my opinion, a massive and significant rarity in the video game medium; a well thought out, accurate, and deeply respectful portrayal of mental illness, specifically psychosis or psychotic mental illness (or some symptoms of it at least) in this case.

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Getting Over It and Moving On

A YouTube search will show you rage video after rage video after rage video of people trying to get over the mountain, swearing like sailors as they try to claim that sweet, sweet reward. From a voyeur’s perspective, their pain is wildly entertaining. But I wanted to know what it felt like as the player.

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FesCast Episode 1: Horizon Zero Dawn

(Header image from HorizonZeroDawn.com) GameFes has a podcast now! Join Dyllan Rodrigues-Miller, Harrison Weger, and myself as we talk one of our favorite games from last year, Horizon Zero Dawn, and what it means to us and the industry as a whole. And come back next week! We’re going to be talking the new God of War. Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete […]

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Games & (He)art: Reviewing Finding Paradise

It doesn’t matter if Finding Paradise fundamentally needs to be a game— what’s important is that artists like Kan Gao are starting to tell more mature stories using the medium. There’s a real emotional heart to Finding Paradise, and it’s every bit as resonant a mediation on the human condition as any novel, film, play, or other form of “high art.”

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A Super Mario Odyssey Prequel?!

While the big N is being light on details, a totally real and in no way fictitious leak on /v/ today revealed that Nintendo was going back to the same source material as Odyssey. Considering the immense success of their previous literary tour-de-force, the next game in the much lauded Super Mario series will be a prequel entitled Super Mario Iliad.

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Going Hands-on with PUBG’s Miramar

PUBG Corp debuted the trailer for this new map, a desert area called Miramar, last Thursday night during the game awards and announced that the map would go live on the game’s test server at midnight. This perfectly calculated marketing move sent players— myself included— rushing to our steam libraries so we could be the first to brave the sands.

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Cuphead: Review In-Progress

Studio MDHR’s Cuphead is a run-and-gun side-scroller that follows closely in the footsteps of 2D action titans like Megaman and Super Mario. Like these predecessors, the game requires precise timing, platforming skills, and pattern recognition to beat bosses and progress through the four main areas of the game. But, Cuphead is much more than an attempt to recreate the glory days of side-scrollers and platformers. It is a unique game with its own challenging twists and incredible art style that pays homage to the era of 1930’s Cel Animation.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go: Agony, Scorn, and Other Upcoming Horror Titles

The first time I saw footage of Agony, I was on YouTube looking for a new horror game to play. I noticed this game I had never heard of, and indulging my love for the genre, of course I had to check it out. The next ten minutes may have been one of the most disturbing gameplay demos I’ve ever seen. Walls and floors made of flesh and bone, and lost souls constantly groaning in the background. I loved every minute of it.

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Destiny 2: Open Beta Recap

From July 21st to 25th Bungie hosted an open beta for Destiny 2, allowing everyone to go hands on with one of 2017’s most anticipated games. While I had a good time playing through the brief campaign mission, the vanguard strike, and some of the multiplayer, when everything was said and done I was not totally blown away. I even found myself wondering if I was just playing another add-on for the original Destiny.

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Bloody Intriguing: Netflix’s Castlevania, Season 1

Netflix has already renewed Castlevania for an eight episode second season, which I’ll definitely be bingeing on release day. Hopefully it won’t take an entire year, as we’ve been given barely a taste of things to come. What we have is bloody intriguing though, so I recommend you check it out. It won’t take too long and it’s a great time while it lasts.