Valiant Hearts (PS4) Review

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“People are killed. Some wrongly, some out of sorrowful wartime necessity. With loudness infrequent, herein sits a cut of humanity where even though nationalities and uniforms indicate instant hostility, there exist common bonds. Haggard and worn Karl may be French, but the suffering of a stranded, dangling German soldier is not something to ignore. Anna and her admittedly eye rolling rhythm-based medical care becomes, in the moment, not of country.”

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Shovel Knight (Wii U) Review

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“This is a videogame, but it’s also a performance of cherished, kooky art outside of the more comfortable wrappings of emotional storytelling. Shovel Knight’s creation of controller gripping jitters is the nature of its exhibition. Level design – and thus the reactions to it – is as much a talent, skill, and art as developing empathy through digital scripting.”

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Watch Dogs (PS4) Review

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“This is instantaneous banality, where the reach of video monitoring and apps plays toward naivety. Watch Dogs matches the forced commotion of prime time television, flipping computer driven mainstream buzz words like hack, mainframes, and servers in wild concoctions as remove any pretense of legitimacy. Whizzes slam on keyboards with the pace of a courtroom recorder to indulge in virus battles, and Pearce taps his phone to burst water mains. Were any of this draped by focused narrative or in considerate allegory, it would lean purposeful. Instead, Watch Dogs exits to let Pearce kill.”

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Yoshi’s Island (3DS) Review

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“… Otherwise, it’s a point-and-throw festival where (hopefully) infertile cholesterol bundles are slung toward Kamek’s chipper cronies in an attempt to reach a goal fitted with dancing flowers. Strict two-dimensional spaces maintain their childishness, if lacking the old determined lines, which are replaced by diminished pencil strokes and chalky pastels. Observable energy is lost, and Yoshi, now a clump of indistinct pre-rendered mush, is no longer an artistic darling. Art production combines with staging units to form a gut-punch of ambivalent style.”

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Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS) Review

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Triple Deluxe enriches the squishy motion of its predecessors with a stretched example of 2D, borrowing from the undervalued masterpiece that was Wario Land on the disregarded Virtual Boy. This Kirby is as whimsical from the foreground as it is the background. Clever utilization of space flicks cozy spiders, sour snowmen, and general Kirby adversary intangibles into patterns which bleed into this full 3D space. They swing, they spit, they toss obstacles. It is a stream of consistent reminders and affection for the console’s stereoscopic abilities which justify Triple Deluxe’s – some would say routine – existence except for some genial motion controls.”

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (PS4) Review

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“We hasten to fill up on small meal trinkets of menial caloric value in order to digest the next serving placed in front of us. Mammoth banner ads and journalistic praise are tempting menu selections. As a consumer industry we have forgotten how to appreciate clever, eye winking design choices because we walk past them or save time by viewing them via internet video. It’s terrifying to think how 8-bit secrets would have been discarded were it not for vigilant players willing to test each green pipe or jam on random button combinations as title screens flickered on their CRTs.”

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King Kong Escapes Blu-ray Review

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Escapes is a hokey travesty to non-Toho devotees, a clumpy dose of ’60s kitsch with America’s prodigious simian playing host. Those accustomed to Asian kaiju receive one of the studio’s mischievous adventures with a lushness in its variety. Tramping through Santa’s domain at the North Pole; uprooting trees on a monster infused Mondo Island; breaking Tokyo Tower’s steel; Escapes becomes a glutton for colorful playfulness.”

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