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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 “Penal Colony”- A decent start to the franchise’s latest

The Resident Evil franchise has returned, this time with the serialized sequel to Resident Evil Revelations, which first appeared on Nintendo’s 3DS. This time around, however, Nintendo is left out in the cold, as Resident Evil Revelations 2 is only available on the Sony and Microsoft platforms and on PC. Episode 1, titled “Penal Colony”, launched this week. So, how did it fare? Has the franchise found its way back to its survival horror roots, or is it more like the more action oriented entries of 5 and 6?Like its predecessor, it’s a little of both. The atmosphere evokes the horror aspect nicely, even if it takes place in a setting that’s long been familiar to horror fans...

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The Order: 1886- A cinematic thrill ride that works despite being on the short side

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way right at the start. Much has been made of Ready at Dawn’s alternate history action game The Order: 1886 and its length. One YouTube video claimed to get through the game at 5 hours, others have stated it took longer. You’d have to make a speedy run to clock in at around 5 hours, but by no means is The Order: 1886 a long game, as most gamers will fall in the 6-10 hour range depending on their level of skill and how much you explore and spend time seeking out the collectibles. Replayability will also depend on two things- one, if you loved the story and want to experience it again, and two, if you’re a trophy hunter going for an easy platinum (to get all trophies make take two runs through)...

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Evolve- Survival of the fittest on a hostile world

Shear isn’t the friendliest of places, as colonists begin to find out as they encounter large, dangerous beasties. To aid them a group of Hunters is called in, and four descend at a time to take on a ferocious monster. This sets the stage for Evolve, a new (mostly) online shooter from Turtle Rock Studios (Left 4 Dead) and 2K. It delivers 4v1 play, with four players (or bot in an offline solo mode) take on the role of four Hunters, one each from a different class (Assault, Trapper, Medic, and Support) taking on another player (or bot) in the role of one of three monsters (Goliath Kraken, and Wraith, with a fourth monster, the Behemoth, coming as future DLC)...

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Dying Light- Running scared and having fun in the city

Zombie games have become a dime a dozen in recent years, especially with the success of The Walking Dead television show and comics, though zombies have been a staple in videogames for quite some time, most notably with the Resident Evil series. Techland opened things up a bit in 2011 with Dead Island, giving you the large open world environment of Banoi to explore and battle the undead masses. They followed that up with Dead Island: Riptide in 2013, and now with the newest generation of consoles they’ve up their zombie game a bit further. Dying Light again gives us a large open world to explore with the city of Harran, which is divided into two sections- the Slums and Old Town. Things are varied up a bit throughout Harran, though they may be familiar to survival horror fans...

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Fury- A war film that packs a punch, when it stays on track

War films have long dominated the cinema, and have provided us with plenty of dramatic and thrilling sequences on the big screen. From the storming of Omaha beach in Saving Private Ryan to the helicopters storming a Vietnamese village accompanied by Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” in Apocalypse Now, war movies have given us some powerful and memorable images. Now Brad Pitt, in the lead role and that of producer, along with director David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch), seeks to join that lineage of great war movies with Fury. And, for the most part, they succeed, save for a sequence midway where things go a little off track. Fortunately things get back to business after that to deliver a thrilling finale that proves satisfying, even if it is a bit predictable.

Fury is set in April, 194...

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Life is Strange: Episode 1 “Chrysalis”- Time traveling teen angst drama

Telltale Games has had great success in bringing us point and click adventure games that feature choices and the consequences of making those choices. We felt the pressure whenever Clementine needed to make a decision in The Walking Dead or when Bigby Wolf had to choose a course of action in The Wolf Among Us. Now Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me) take a stab at this type of game with Life is Strange.

Life is Strange focuses on Max Caufield, who has recently returned to the town of Arcadia Bay after spending five years away in Seattle. She returns to attend Blackwell Academy for their program in photography, something for which Max has talent...

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Light the Fire Up in the Night: Persona Q Impressions

Review republished with permission from Vulcan Post

What happens when you mix the intuitive draw-your-own-map-as-you-play-mechanic of Etrian Odyssey with the addictive combat and gripping slice of life gameplay of Persona? You get Persona Q, a dungeon crawler that’s an absolute must-have for any self-respecting role-playing game fanatic. Sadly if you don’t have a 3DS, you are out of luck as the game is exclusive to the handheld.

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This is how a map should look like once completely drawn out. (Image credit: Kotaku)

Having only played Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita, and loving every bit of RPG (role-playing game) goodness the game had to offer, I was initially taken aback by the chibi (short person in Japanese) art style of Persona Q.

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The Evil Within- Fun, frustrating, and occasionally frightening

It’s been awhile since Shinji Mikami has indulged the genre of survival horror. He hit his peak with Resident Evil 4, and then went on to do God Hand and the fast paced action game Vanquish. Now, working with Tango Gameworks and Bethesda, he returns to the genre he’s credited with starting. On the surface, The Evil Within certainly fits the mold. It has the prerequisite creepy environments, some seriously demented looking creatures, and plenty of blood and gore to make Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies feel right at home. But does it succeed in being a standout among horror games, or does it just fall flat? On one hand, it succeeds quite well, and provides a title survival horror fans will probably enjoy diving into...

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Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)

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With a wide array of memorable music, adorable characters, and easy to pick up and play gameplay, Curtain Call strikes the perfect chord between accessibility and challenge in a genre where complexity and uneven difficulty too often dictate the tempo.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  They have their entrances and exits and one person in his time plays many parts.”

Attributed to William Shakespeare, the previous quote may describe the characters that take the stage in Theatrhythm:  Curtain Call, to a T.  The many characters, spanning a plethora of different worlds that have been explored in Final Fantasy lore, some familiar, some less so, but all play multiple roles in Curtain Call, whether its a supporting or leading role.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Aiming to be “Ultimate Batman Simulator”

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Rocksteady says combination of bigger world, the Batmobile, and showing Batman at the height of his power will make the game one to remember.

2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight is aiming to be the “ultimate Batman simulator,” according to developer Rocksteady Studios. The developer’s marketing manager, Guy Perkins, explained in a new interview what the game needs to achieve for Rocksteady to feel good about what it created.

“If people walk away thinking this is the ultimate Batman simulator, then our job is complete,” he told IGN. “We gave them Gotham City, we gave them Batman at the height of his powers, and we gave them the Batmobile. I think those three elements come together to make a great game. If people go away feeling like it was awesome, we’ve done a good job.”

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