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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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Pathologic – Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Taking Chances

Browsing my recently deleted items on my Documents drive is a stressful experience. A daunting anxiety builds within me as I slowly mouse over the ‘Empty Bin’ prompt, considering erasing these items from my computer permanently. Forever and always. Gone.

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Another Galaxy, Another Review – A Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far aw…wait, wrong universe, my apologies. Still, a long time ago, the gaming community witnessed what–at the time–would be the end of one of the most popular trilogies in gaming history. Until now, fans of the Mass Effect trilogy have waited with bated breath for a successor. Now, we have one. Now, we finally have our Pathfinder.

Warning: there may be possible spoilers contained in the featured screenshots. Gaze at your own risk.

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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 Treasure and the Meaning of Family – An Analysis of Uncharted

By now we have all heard his story. We are well aware of his fortune and his fame. But do we truly know him? Nathan Drake, as he is known, is not who he first appears to be and–as such–neither are his motivations. This editorial will focus on exploring why Nate chose the life of a treasure hunter/thief beyond what the games displayed. A disclaimer, I have not played Golden Abyss or read the comics, so my analysis solely focuses on the four games exclusive to PlayStation consoles.

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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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Top 5 Games Obama and Biden Should Co-op After January 20th, 2017

Being unemployed sucks. Having to fill out dozens and dozens of job applications is the worst, especially when nobody is calling back. Playing video games during your down time seems to be the best idea as you play the worst game of all time, the waiting game. Now that Trump will take over the White House it gives Obama and Biden little time to think of what games they can co-op as they wait for their next employers. Here are the top 5 games they should co-op in their time off.

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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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Who’s Watching Whom – A Watch Dogs 2 Review

Ubisoft surprised everyone this E3 with the shocking announcement regarding a sequel to the highly-hyped-mostly-flopped Watch Dogs. By the time of the announcement, the game was nearly finished, and by the time of the announcement, Ubisoft already vowed to fix every wrong turn they took in the first installment–including the increasingly long list of downgrades and unfulfilled promises. And as of the time of this review, Watch Dogs 2 has done it.

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