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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare

This really is a fantastic little game.

No, wait, hear me out. When I first heard there would be a third-person shooter based in the PvZ world, I initially cringed. Very hard. While Plants vs Zombies may be, hands down, the greatest casual game ever made (claim may or may not be supported by actual merit), the idea of an action game populated by cutesy zombies and flowers sounded terrible. Having given the game a fair chance, however, the opposite seems to be true.

Garden Warfare has two main modes:

* A horde mode, not unlike Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer or Team Fortress 2’s Mann Vs Machine mode, where zombies of various types of zombies spawn in a few areas and attack a garden that you plant in various parts of the levels...

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Public Beta) Review

Normally, I avoid (and recommend avoiding) games that are in Early Access. I’ve seen too many go under or under-deliver, like Double Fine’s Spacebase DF-9, pushed out the door before it was ready and pretty much abandoned, never to be feature-complete. Some have been successes, like Kerbal Space Program and Prison Architect, while some have been viral hits without even being completed, like Rust or 7 Days To Die.

I rolled the dice on Carmageddon: Reincarnation. The original Carmageddon was one of the first games I had for my first dedicated PC, eating up a permanent 200MB chunk of my 1GB hard drive alongside such classics as Doom II and Blood. I’ve long held it up as the superior PC equivalent to the more popular Twisted Metal series...

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FFXIV: A Realm Reborn – One Year Later

With my time in the game nearing the one year mark (since live release not beta), I figured now is as good as any time to do up a review.  After spending far too much of my life playing a certain well known MMO, I never thought I’d jump back into another.  I dabbled in a few here and there since my days in WoW, but never for long or with much interest.  Then again, I never expected to have one come out that met just the right criteria to give me without much reason not to play.  So, without further ado, we have the chronicles of my soon to be year in the world of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

I suppose I should first start off by saying that even as huge of a fan of Final Fantasy as I am, I admittedly never played the original Final Fantasy XIV aka Version 1...

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Battlefield 4 Campaign Review

     I’m going into this one with my eyes wide open. I’m fully aware that a single-player mode on Battlefield 4 is about as useful as the vestigial tail on human being. Almost literally no one plays Battlefield games for the single-player. No one except me. Normally, I wait for these types of games to hit $10 or so, pick them up, and blow through them on the weekends. It’s my version of going to see a big, dumb Michael Bay movie. I’ve done it for every Call of Duty game after Modern Warfare (the last truly good single-player campaign in a Military Shooter), the last couple of Medal of Honor games, and Battlefield 3. The worst of these that I’ve played has been Battlefield 3.

     Until now...

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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

I have a confession to make.
I never finished the first Amnesia. It’s more accurate to
say that, according to Steam, I have played 28 minutes of Amnesia: The Dark
Descent. That includes times spent setting up options in the menu. So in
reality, I’ve gotten far enough that the first strong gust of wind howled
through a corridor before I quit. I’d like to say that’s because I didn’t like
the controls. Admittedly, I do prefer gamepads to mouse and keyboard, but the
atmospheric elements of Amnesia: TDD kinda scared me.
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs recently went on sale for 66%
off on Steam, so I decided to roll the dice. It does, for the record, support
gamepads. As far as the technical aspects of the game, Frictional teamed with The
Chinese Room, creators of Dear Esther (developer ...
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