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A Year of Crime and Debauchery: Grand Theft Auto V, One Year Later- A Retrospective

*The following contains spoilers for Grand Theft Auto V. If you haven’t played it yet, what are you even doing here? Go play it! Unless you’re on current-gen consoles, then wait. Or PC, wait longer.*

Crime and murder never gets old, which is immediately apparent from all the gruesome, ultra-violent shooters and hack-and-slashes coming in left and right. We get our fix of ultimate violent voyeurism pretty regularly, and we’re never left jonesing for too long. Yet, every generation, we’re all eagerly awaiting the next action-packed comic crime-drama farce from the British developers Rockstar North (formerly DMA Productions), Grand Theft Auto. Last year today, Rockstar’s debatably greatest game ever, Grand Theft Auto V, was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. That’s the good news...

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James’ Opinionation: Top 25 Greatest Sitcoms Ever Written

(NOTE: The following list are James’ picks, and don’t necessarily reflect everyone here at leetgamers.asia. Proceed at your own risk and enjoy! Comments welcome below. -Ed.)

Sitcoms (read: situational comedies) were a big part of my life growing up, and if I’m not watching animated greats like Adventure Time and Spongebob, it will be sitcoms I’m watching nowadays (or Breaking Bad, but that ended). There are a lot of bad sitcoms today, and whiny actors bartering $90 million for their work on said bad sitcoms, but the list I present to you today is a cavalcade of comic gold. So, bring up your Netflix account (or Hulu, Amazon, cable/satellite, torrents, etc.), and get ready to binge milk out your nose.

Criteria: Animated and live-action both count, but said shows must be at least 30 minutes l...

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Indie Games: Shedding Unwanted Fat

Look, it’s understandable that when you drop $399+ on a new piece of next-gen tech, you expect to see some heavy-hitting, massive, graphically gorgeous AAA games. This gen will be no stranger to that, with Uncharted 4, Halo 5, The Legend of Zelda on their way, and we already have Super Mario 3D World and Titanfall. However, when you have that type of budget, and are dealing with big titles such as these, you can’t always innovate drastically, and risk alienating the fan-base. That’s just sequels! Ubisoft has gone on record of saying that they will not make a game unless it’s a guaranteed franchise starter. You can’t risk money like that, and not have it return...

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Where “Going Bananas” is Encouraged

Tropical Freeze was my first Donkey Kong Country game  (I played Donkey Kong Land 3 on Game Boy Advance), though I’m quite familiar with the character through Smash Bros. and Mario Party, as well as the arcade original, which actually starred Cranky Kong as the villain, the original DK. Well, technically the villain was Jumpman, aka Mario, as the manual explains he abused DK, and DK took his girlfriend and smashed barrels around his house. Eventually his descendant became great friends with Mario and gang, and regularly races karts and plays soccer against them. This is the DK that stars in this game. I’m aware, however, that this is the first game to star Cranky Kong as a playable character, as he originally was just a shopkeep, though that role is filled by Funky Kong for this game...

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Top 7 Stand-out Missions in Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V was home to some of the greatest moments of this year in gaming, with its wonderfully vivid vistas and biting satire disguised as character development. These are the missions that helped secure its perfect score from me.  *WARNING: THERE LIE SPOILERS BELOW THIS SPOILER WARNING!*

#7. Caida Libre

The Gist: Michael and Trevor are requested by Martin Madrazo (the guy who’s house Michael and Franklin yanked down a hillside earlier) to assassinate a snitching family member, who’s flying in leisure on his own private jet. Michael shoots it down with a super-sniper rfile, while Trevor chases after it cross-country, and retrieves some sensitive files aboard. Trevor take them back to Martin, while Michael destroys the van that held the rifle...

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The Best Games of this Generation: rigbybot127′s picks

Say what you want about how great past console generations were, but this is the gen where gaming finally pushed past its novel premise, and became an art-form all its own. The games featured below are, in my opinion, this generation’s watermarks, saying a great deal of the viability of video gaming as a medium, masterpieces that could only work as the video games they so humbly know they are.

#10. The Last of Us
A watermark moment in mature, emotional video game storytelling, and a finely polished stealth/action experience. The bond that grew from my father/daughter relationship with Ellie, as I kept her safe through this ravaged world of sin and depravity, is something that gaming has given me that I hope I never take for granted.
#9. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Game
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Close-Quarters-Combating the Pre-release Criticisms: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (and Ground Zeroes)

Metal Gear is one of the greatest game series ever made, with 4 being one of the only two truly perfect games (in my opinion) in existence. Everyone and their grandma is stoked for the first part of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V experience, Ground Zeroes, which is due Spring 2014 for PS3 and 360 retail ($30) and digitally ($20), and One and PS4 digitally ($30). Seeing how incredible 4 and even Peace Walker were, Kojima must pull out all of the stops if he wants to even reach an inch of 4′s raw, masterful brilliance. Luckily, I think he has. I’m going to run you through some of my thoughts on some new features and mechanics being introduced to the series by Kojima’s next behemoth, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and, by extension, Ground Zeroes.

Perhaps the most controversial aspe...

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Reinvigorating a Classic: Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+

Pac-Man, one character synonymous with gaming itself, has been revamped considerably, and possibly given his first actual sequel since his early ’80s masterpiece dropped and milked quarters from all of the young boys and girls. Nowadays, we can just go and download an emulator and enjoy damn near all of Pac-Man’s classic library, but it fails to capture the absolute magic of playing the game in an original arcade cabinet. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ manages to bring that magic back, as well as injecting a rollicking, high-octane magic of its own.

Think of the most hectic game of Pac-Man you’ve ever played. Now, add 80 ghosts following narrowly behind, and at a speed of 120 MPH. That is every single game of DX on expert mode, the only way (in my opinion) to properly play the game...

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Is Assassin’s Creed IV Viable?

Many people were disappointed by Assassin’s Creed III, citing it’s lack of true tactical freedom as a main factor, as well as unlikable characters and a bland plot. After how incredibly hyped up III was, it seemed impossible that it would ever live up to expectations. But boy, were we ever excited. About a year after Assassin’s Creed III shipped, IV is making its way to our current and next-gen consoles. IV isn’t anywhere near as hyped up as III, but it sure does look like an improvement, and could possibly dethrone Brotherhood as the best (in my opinion) in the series. Question is: is the game going to suck?

Probably. Well, maybe a little bit. That’s my prediction, anyway...

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Grand Theft Auto V Review

We all love the moments when we’re driving ATVs out of the back of a cargo jet, or tearing through a small town police force with a mini-gun, but a game’s narrative is truly successful when moments such as driving a truck full of expensive, stolen vehicles down a very-long countryside road is just as powerful, if not more so, due in part to excellent writing, in a very accomplished, highly ambitious, Tarantino-style narrative. At the very least, it does butt heads with the very best of Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, in case you were confused).

I consider Grand Theft Auto IV a watermark on this generation of consoles, and when taken together with its DLC partners, tells one of the best narratives in all of gaming...

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