Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U) Review

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“Size does not matter. Nintendo’s release has no pretense of being anything other than a smart, whimsical discount adventure with a bantam twosome. Operation Rescue Toadette and it’s obvious counterpart, Operation Rescue Captain Toad, are bright, cheerful, and even a touch twisted. A bevy of hidden items pull Indiana Jones-ian travelers into the deep recesses of these carefully laid out maps.”

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NES Remix Pack (Wii U) Review

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NES Remix barely tweaks the bulky pixel craft which bore these console giants originally. A softening filter is a touch egregious, while shiny, crinkly backgrounds and drop shadows provides a darling puppet show-like display in certain Remix stages. Otherwise, they exist as remembered. Pure, untouched, and modestly beautiful – no HD re-skinning required. While Nintendo’s lauded appreciation for their antiquities may be financially propelled first, their treatment and respect of this material remains unparalleled.”

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The Crew (PS4) Review

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The Crew only exists because the current holiday release season had an empty reservoir calling for a checkpoint racer. (EA’s Need for Speed is on vacation.) In steps this catatonic, repetitive driving excursion, which is Ubisoft’s attempt at the car-bound fetish fantasy where the planet bows to the whims of wheels and the throbbing power of engines. Exhaust is their lone societal contribution. It’s disgustingly masculine, and powered not by fuel, but impotent testosterone. The egotism is record-setting, and this childish turf-war conflict is a menace.”

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Review

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“They carry guns now – our guns. If anything, Dawn takes a stab at Second Amendment flag wavers and those who believe weapons are a solution. Villainous ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) bows and relents to Caesar, then taking charge with the unwieldy power he believes is given to him by bullets. Motivated by distrust and shaky loyalties, Dawn becomes two different films, one before the guns and one after. Only one of them can be viable.”

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Never Alone (Xbox One) Review

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“Classification labels Never Alone as puzzle platformer. Gap leaping, logic tests, and crumbling ice blocks are venerable video game concepts. Wrapping it with such contextual beauty and doing so through authentic Inupiat dilemmas is intelligent. What seems inherently vintage is better representative of the modern indie developer’s ability to examine tropes with avant-garde perspective rather than safeguarding the ordinary.”

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Geometry Wars 3 (Xbox One) Review

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Geometry Wars 3 begins to ask how far is too far removed from intent. Once backed by pure black backgrounds to imitate the density of arcade-dom’s early CRT screens, Dimensions now exists in a psychedelic trance with whirling colors, and in front sits the bleak grid (or sphere, or pill, or other shapes). Two-dimensional movement is shattered by flipping partitions, blinding to the typical full screen orientation. Hiding image parts in mystery feels dishonest and falsely imposing. But, it’s an ancient entertainment adage: Keep it fresh, keep it new.”

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WWE 2K15 (PS4) Review

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“So much of this celebrates WWE’s power. It’s a vision of capitalism from the titanic capitalist Vince McMahon: Fans are drenched in overpriced neon shirts decorated with wrestler phrases, they chant in unison, become part of the show, and sit enthralled as razzle dazzle video packages burn onto a projected video screen larger than some small countries – which in turn touts real world sponsors. It’s just like TV, only here you pay $60 to simulate the simulation.”

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