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    [PS4] Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Review

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Review My enemies would rather I'd not woken up, a doctor explains, also mentioning the extent of bodily sacrifice I've sustained as a heart rate monitor climbs rapidly with his descriptions. This is already enough to tweak me out because I hate hospitals...
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    [PS2] Final Fantasy X

    Final Fantasy X Review Squaresoft, 2001 On a collapsed piece of highway, he and the structure are now, almost selectively, being pulled upward toward the beast's monstrous orifice. It's colossal presence stirs the futuristic city into debris, the golden haired athlete within its grasp, who just...
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    [Playstation 3] The Last of Us

    The Last of Us Review SCE, Naughty Dog 2013 Right now, you won't get this kind of scenario writing and event planning in any other game. Not of this style, not at this level, and somewhere down the line, it's something you need to witness. That's the bottom line. Naughty Dog is doing things...
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    [SNES] Final Fantasy VI

    Final Fantasy VI review Squaresoft, 1994 Nestled in the mountains of the northern continent lies Narshe, a humble mining town. Greyish blue, cobblestone streets lead through the outpost, metal vents covering its walkways, fuel burning furnaces and steam pipes jutting from its snow covered...
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    [Playstation] Final Fantasy IX review

    Final Fantasy IX review Squaresoft,2000 The kingdom of Alexandria is busied with great excitement as its people prepare for the performance of "I Want to be Your Canary," a famous play and favorite of her highness, Queen Brahnne. The giant of a woman sits atop her castle balcony, cooly fanning...
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    [Opinion] Finding meaning within Final Fantasy VIII's absurdity

    Play Therapy Originally written for Haywire Magazine by Zachary Brictson Despite their current fascination with sharing and online interaction, videogames remain something of a reclusive hobby, one that implies some level of social ineptitude in its participants. The many gamers who manage...
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    [PC] Resident Evil: Revelations HD Port

    Resident Evil: Revelations (360, PS3, PC) Tose, Capcom 2013 Praise for portable games often comes across as a kind of backhanded compliment. "Good for a handheld" is how the phrasing generally goes. Rarely do these products manage to mimic their big budget brothers on home entertainment...
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    [SNES] Final Fantasy V

    Final Fantasy V review Squaresoft, 1992 A princess cannot help but worry as the wind suddenly falls silent atop her castle tower. Below her, on the ocean, a beautiful buccaneer also stands befuddled as the sails of her ship cease to flap. And further off, across the green plains of the world...
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    [PlayStation] Final Fantasy VII

    Final Fantasy VII review SquareSoft, 1997 Final Fantasy VII spans across several forms of graphical perspective, all introduced not more than a few minutes after selecting a 'New Game' with that squeaky, white gloved cursor. In truth, it's not at all different from Squarsoft's usual avenues...
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    [PC] League of Legends

    League of Legends Review Riot Games, 2009 - 2013 People who play League of Legends are an angry bunch, by now you must of heard. Being one of the worst online communities in history is at this point both an understatement and undeniable fact, compelling even Riot Games to take action against...
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    [PC] Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider review Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics 2013 It’s become rather conventional for today’s games to open with a roller coaster of CG animation, scripted sequences and quick time events. It’s just what big name titles have to do these days to engage the player, like the first episode of a...
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    Gender Crossplay: Why do men play as women in video games (and vice versa)?

    So I'm part of this project called Haywire magazine, it's a sort of indie, amatuer game magazine that you can view online. Our newest issue is covering the subject of player identity in games, and I wrote a piece that I thought would make for good discussion here on PSU. In it I examine a really...
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    [PC] Counter-Strike:Global Offensive

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Review Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve 2012 Against a ticking time bomb and an enemy willing to die alongside it, you are the last Counter-Terroist alive. Footsteps muted, you tip toe into the bomb site as the steady beeping of the device creeps upon the...
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    [PC] Mirror's Edge

    Mirror’s Edge (PC) Review DICE, Electronic Arts 2009 Side effects may include motion sickness, out of body experiences, and the inability to distinguish your surroundings from gymnastic escape routes. People have reported dumpsters appearing as platforms, the urge to vault over their...
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    [Playstation 3] Zone of the Enders: HD Collection (2 in 1!)

    Zone of the Enders Review Konami 2001, 2012 There are hints of potential greatness throughout Zone of the Enders: dog fights between agile war machines, high speed action with stunning camera work, and a story of innocent youth caught in the midst pointless bloodshed. Most notable...