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There is no franchise that is so big that it’s immune from some bizarre footnotes that become a forgettable part of its history. It’s inevitable. By the time The Empire Strikes Back had come out, Star Wars had already given us a bewildering TV special about Chewbacca’s version of Christmas, a comedy sketch of Richard
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As I continue my look at the history of video games that were ahead of their time, I have to admit that initially dreaded the idea of writing the Nintendo 64 entry in this series. Mind you, that’s not because the N64 library wasn’t filled with innovative games, but rather that the N64 library was
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This article is sponsored by Sneak Energy It is time to discuss something important. Something that, thanks to the many distractions and responsibilities this world concocts, becomes even more important with age. In the wise words of the once-great Canadian Philosopher, Drake, I got a lot of people trying to drain me of this energy…to
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By many accounts, Halo Infinite is an overall fantastic, if notably flawed, game. Gamers and critics alike hailed the game’s campaign as a return to greatness, especially after the disappointment that was Halo 5: Guardians. However, despite some overall improvements, Halo Infinite shipped incomplete, and its developers promised that those missing features would eventually be
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Developer FromSoftware has historically enjoyed what certainly seems to be a great relationship with Sony and PlayStation. FromSoftware’s first franchise, King’s Field, was exclusive to the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable, and PC fans aren’t going to let you forget that Bloodborne remains a PS4 exclusive. Over the years, though, the studio has shown
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While Ubisoft’s official plans for the future of the Assassin’s Creed franchise remain somewhat mysterious and strangely complicated, a new series of rumors strongly suggest that the 2023 Assassin’s Creed game will feature a somewhat surprising setting that may represent the game’s broader creative direction. Several days ago, French YouTuber j0nathan posted a video of
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Activision Blizzard is currently under investigation following accusations of harassment, discrimination, and fostering a hostile work environment. You can read more about the investigation here. Most of us probably assumed the answer to the question “Why did Microsoft buy Activision Blizzard?” was “Money.” While that assumption isn’t strictly wrong, the specific reason why Microsoft decided to
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While film and television remakes still enjoy a mixed reputation (at best), many video game remakes have historically succeeded in the one area other remakes have failed: making a great original even better. Granted, some great video game remakes are actually great games with improved graphics. Indeed, part of the reason more video game remakes
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Super Mario Kart didn’t invent racing games, but the changes it made to the usual genre formula (like adding Nintendo’s most popular characters, weapons that could be used to slow down opponents, and the multiplayer battle mode) made it feel like a revolution. There’s a reason why so many other developers have tried their hands
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On the surface, the Saints Row franchise might come across as a Grand Theft Auto clone, but the series typically sets itself apart with an irreverent sense of humor that has historically shined brightest in the series’ minigames. Of course, few of the franchise’s various side activities are more entertaining than the franchise’s famous Insurance
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The Gamescom 2022 opening night ceremony featured a surprising number of fascinating new game trailers. However, the show was arguably stolen by the surprising reveal of a multiplayer horror game based on an eternally underrated ’80s horror movie. Yes, as surprising as it may sound, developer Teravision Games has somehow convinced Good Shepherd Entertainment to
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The Saints Row games have primarily been single-player experiences. After all, the franchise started during the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, when developers hadn’t quite gotten the hang of drop-in/drop-out co-op much less open-world online multiplayer. Now that the Saints Row reboot is giving the series a fresh start, players can join their comrades
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All good things must come to an end, especially when it comes to video games. Each game platform, no matter how influential, is eventually discontinued. When that happens, publishers stop supporting the console, including the production of games. The same is true of the fabled Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The Nintendo Game Boy
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It feels fair to say that graphical improvements between console generations in recent years have been relatively gradual. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are obviously more powerful than their predecessors, but the differences sometimes come down to framerate and fidelity. By comparison, the graphical leap from NES to SNES was massive. For the first