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Of Monsters and Machines – An Analysis of Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn was one of the most anticipated games of 2017, and boy were there many contenders. Now a little more than a month later, the game stands as the second-highest reviewed game of this quarter, next to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Obvious nostalgic nods to the latter aside, what exactly makes HZD so good? What about its protagonist makes her such a viable icon for PlayStation?

My analysis, after the jump!

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Knights, Vikings, Samurai, Oh My – A For Honor Review

By now anyone who’s anyone in the gaming community has either played, heard of, or boycotted Ubisoft’s For Honor. Between those of us who participated in both closed/open alpha and beta tests and loved every minute, to those who have taken the mantle of martyr by rescinding business the multinational development team, the game has certainly made a reputation for itself. The question is, good, bad, or ugly?

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Of Water and Sandstorms – An Analysis of Mad Max

Mad Max drove far under the radar last year, underneath other open-world games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Due to the overwhelming raving reviews for both latter titles, opinions of Mad Max were sullying at best. Some were not unfounded, but much like the game’s sales, something else drove by unseen: the brilliant character development.

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Of Loyalty and the Human Condition – An Analysis of The Last of Us

Loyalty. A quality every one of us requires in any relationship, loyalty permeates every facet of our culture. From religion, to culturally-specific customs, to basic friendship, we assume–and even expect–each acting member of society to remain loyal to something. Everything.

In games, I believe loyalty is brushed under the rug in lieu of other characterizations such as resourcefulness in combat. This is obviously determined by genre of game, but it still seems to be something not as in-your-face as other qualities.

That in mind, one game shines above the others for me in terms of loyalty. Some may say I am giving into the hype and am biased, others may say it’s overrated. Say what you will, but The Last of Us exemplifies beautiful narrative amidst an over-saturated market of zombie games and more than that, it is a hauntingly wonderful insight into the human condition. I will be exploring how the game tackles different aspects of this, including how it all loops back to loyalty.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Lasting Influence and the Future of Tradition

Modern systematics behind stealth gameplay can be traced back as early as the NES era, and I’m not strictly referencing Metal Gear, here. Influential RPGs like Chrono Trigger arguably initiated the concept of sneaking around enemy territory to effectively ignore combat scenarios altogether.

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