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Review: Child of Light

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Review: Child of Light

This year has been great for role-playing games.

On the 3DS, we were treated to the excellent Bravely Default, and then we got South Park: The Stick of Truth for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Now, we have Child of Light by Ubisoft Montreal, developed in the UbiArt Framework (best known as the engine for Rayman: Origins and Rayman: Legends).

Child of Light is a beautifully rendered side-scrolling RPG that takes place in the Kingdom of Lemuria and follows the adventure of a young girl named Aurora. At the beginning of the game, we learn that the year is 1895, and Aurora is the daughter of the Duke of Austria. One night, on the Great Friday before Easter, Aurora fell asleep and awoke in Lemuria.

Confused, but not frightened, Aurora vows to return home to her Father, but before she can, she learns she must defeat the evil Queen of the night who stole the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars from the sky.

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Review: Infamous: Second Son

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Review: Infamous: Second Son

It has been three long years since we last stepped into the super-powered romp that is the inFAMOUS series. Seven years after the New Marais incident, inFAMOUS: Second Son puts you in control of Delsin Rowe, a small time vandal with ambitions to make a name for himself. However, like any super hero story, there are obstacles that stand in his way.

Second Son is the third game in the inFAMOUS series and may be the best in the series to date. However, there are a few problems here and there, but we’ll talk about those in a bit.

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Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

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Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

After years of teaser trailers and the whole Moby Dick Studios thing, the first bit of Metal Gear Solid V has finally been released in the form of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (MGSV:GZ). Since its release, people have been scratching their heads trying to figure out what exactly to classify Ground Zeroes as. 

For all intents and purposes, MGSV:GZ is the prologue to the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. As such, MGS:GZ is a very short experience. Going from my own play-through of the game, it took me around two hours to complete the main story mission, while only achieving a 9% completion rate.

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Indie game Mushroom 11 lets you be a giant regenerating blob

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Indie game Mushroom 11 lets you be a giant regenerating blob

With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) raging on this week, it’s no surprise that we’ve started hearing about new games oozing out of the woodwork. One such game is Mushroom 11 developed by indie studio Untame.

 Mushroom 11 is a puzzle-platformer that has you taking control of a giant green blob as it navigates a post-apocalyptic landscape.

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Capcom reveals the fifth and final character for Ultra Street Fighter 4

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Capcom reveals the fifth and final character for Ultra Street Fighter 4

During Final Round 17 in Atlanta Georgia, Capcom finally revealed the newest character to join the Street Fighter 4 roster!

The new character, Decapre, is one of M.Bison’s assassins and body guards known as “Dolls”. Unfortunately for the fighting game community, Decapre appears to be a clone of Cammy White with a few notable differences. Unlike Cammy, Decapre is a charge character with crazy mobility and combo potential. But, before I start analyzing her apparent abilities, let’s have Decapre’s reveal trailer and a little back story.

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Strider Review

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Strider Review

It has been about fourteen years since the last time Strider Hiryu appeared in a proper Strider game. But 2014 is a year of new beginnings, and so the long-awaited and much-anticipated new title in the Strider series has revealed itself. The new game, simply titled Strider, is a platforming action-adventure game in the vein of such titles as Metroid and Castlevania. The more you progress through the more you’ll need to acquire additional abilities to continue further on.

Strider is not a remake of the classic arcade game by the same name, it’s more like a reimagining of the arcade classic. The story is based off the original but the game play has been updated to that of a non-linear experience. As mentioned above, in order to progress through the game you must acquire upgrades to bolster Strider Hiryu’s abilities and fight off hordes of mechanized soldiers. Surprisingly, Strider was developed by Double Helix, the guys behind the latest Killer Instinct game. This is also the same studio that was recently purchased by internet retail giant Amazon.com.

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J.Bear’s Top 10 Video Games of 2013

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J.Bear’s Top 10 Video Games of 2013

The end of the year is finally upon us. It feels like just yesterday we were booting up copies of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead”, “Far Cry 3”, “Borderlands 2”, and “Mass Effect 3”. But here we are, 2013 is coming to a close.

This year has been one of the best year’s in gaming, not only were we treated to some of the best titles to ever come out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. We also took our first steps into the next generation of consoles with the PS4 and Xbox One. Though technically, the WiiU is a part of the next generation of consoles, it, unfortunately, is still struggling.

But nevermind all of that! This is about 2013, and the games that came out during this amazing year. But before we get into the meat and potatoes, here’s a quick disclaimer:

Note: The games that appear on this list solely reflect my experiences with said games. This list is completely based on the games I’ve played this year. Games that I did not play, will not show up on this list. So if your personal favorite games don’t show up on here, thems’ the breaks.

Now, on with the list!

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