Nostalgia

In defense of Mass Effect 3’s ending

Mass Effect 3 was met critical acclaim, but was roasted by fans for the ending, as with Game of Thrones. But it’s time to address the Krogan in the room. Was it really that bad? Let’s look at it from the scope of the series as a whole.

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Tired of Pokémon? Try Shin Megami Tensei

If you’re like me, you grew up playing Pokémon until you hit high school when you discovered first-person shooters. I tried getting back into Pokémon years later but disconnected to all of the new titles. So I traded in cute and cuddly Pokémon training for dark and gritty demon slaying when I discovered Shin Megami Tensei, the OG team-building RPG.

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Why Pokémon Snap is the perfect Pokémon game

Pokémon Snap was released in 1999, and over the last 20 years, it’s the only game in the franchise that I find myself coming back to time and time again. I’d say about once a year, I spend a lazy weekend afternoon playing through this short, yet sweet adventure, and each time, I love it even more. And I’m obviously not the only one, because when Nintendo finally announced a long overdue sequel last week, the reactions all over the Internet showed just how loved this spinoff game is. Honestly, I never need a reason to revisit Pokémon Snap, but the announcement of the sequel just gives me even more of an excuse to jump right back into the best game in the series. Let’s have a look at what made this game so special, and what the new game can do to both recapture the magic of the original, while also improving and expanding on it.

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Video games that got us through 2020

By now, everyone has done all of their Game of the Year stories. People are still bitching on Facebook and Reddit about The Last of Us Part 2. We get it. You have strong opinions and have a hard time when people disagree with your views online. So we are going a different route because (obligatory 2020 was hard line goes here.) We decided it was better to share the games we played this year that helped us escape from the drama and tragedy of 2020 while getting us closer to January 1. Here are the games that helped get us through 2020. Maybe you will find as much enjoyment out of them as we did.

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We need to talk: gaming and depression

I have a confession – I’ve been depressed more than half of my life. There have been a few years between when it started and now where I thought that I had it figured out. Maybe I did. But the fact is that right now I don’t. And I’ve been letting it affect and harm every aspect of my life. I’ve gone through therapy and have been on some different medications, but as of right now I’m on my own when it comes to my mental health. Some of you reading this will also be on your own, dealing with something similar. I write this because I want to get to you…

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How to revamp the turn-based RPG combat system

Square Enix ditched turn-based combat in its remake of Final Fantasy 7. It’s no surprise turn-based combat has grown stale over the years, but it isn’t the genre’s fault. It’s the developer’s for not innovating enough. Here’s how to revamp the entire combat system to its former glory.