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Maid of Sker is what you get when a horror game is technically flawless, but suffers from identity theft so drastically that it fails to differ itself from other horror games. It was surprising to discover the game released just last year in 2020 as it feels straight out of the early to mid-2010s, around when gaming videos started to boom with watch time. …


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The Paper Mario fan base is a small one with a big heart made up of players who will defend the games until their dying breath. It’s not hard to see the appeal behind the games — they are some of the most accessible RPGs (and action-adventure platformers) that managed to make turn-based combat fun so that battles didn’t feel arbitrary or disengaging like most traditional RPGs. …


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Reviews: Paper Mario | Paper Mario: TTYD | Super Paper Mario | Paper Mario: SS | Paper Mario: CS

Last Summer, I undertook the task of playing and reviewing every single Paper Mario game in preparation for this moment: to play Paper Mario: The Origami King for the Nintendo Switch and to see how it stacked up against the rest of its predecessors. A now 20-year-old franchise, the Paper Mario games are among some of my favorite RPGs known for their unabashed sense of adventure, humorous & witty writing accompanied by memorable characters, and one-of-a-kind gameplay scenarios along with its…


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Stacking is a 2011 adventure puzzle game developed by Double Fine Productions. Designed by Tim Schafer (known for his work on the Monkey Island games and Grim Fandango) and Lee Petty, it is one of the most intriguing games I’ve stumbled across in a while where the player must utilize Russian matryoshka stacking dolls as a means to solve a various array of puzzles. It is an interesting idea for a game that is finely capitalized on but not one that is designed in such a way as to elicit any major excitement or glean any profound brilliance.

Stacking takes…


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It’s no secret Hi-Rez Studios never shy away from creating blatant clones. Smite (though I actually find it quite enjoyable) is admittedly nothing more than a mythologized League of Legends, I’ve often heard that Paladins is clearly a rip-off of Overwatch, and if I had to guess, their battle royale, Realm Royale, seems like an attempt to capitalize on Fortnite’s success (like many other battle royale games have and still are). Either Hi-Rez has the worst luck ever by always being just a step behind, or something fishy is going on because they can’t seem to think of original concepts.


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Legendary video game companies Nintendo and Square (known for RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana — are now Square Enix) collaborated in the mid 90s to create one of the most idiosyncratic RPGs of the SNES era, if not, all time. Today, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars still stands out as an anomaly aesthetically in the Mario universe with its crack-fueled character designs and unorthodox gameplay — undoubtedly as a result of Square’s role in attempting to appeal to a western audience.

I once rambled in my Paper Mario review that while I am not…


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Reviews: Mario Kart Tour

As someone who grew up in the midst of one of the later evolutionary periods in video game history, it is always difficult to view old games in the lens of how they appeared upon their release without instinctively comparing them to the refinement of the modern gen. …


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Reviews: Assassin’s Creed | ACII

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, the third game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, is a conflicting game. Released in 2010 — only a year after Assassin’s Creed II — and acting as the second game in the Ezio Collection trilogy, I was hoping Brotherhood would be more than just a mere sequel that takes place in the same historical setting as its predecessor. In this case, my hopes were met with mixed feelings of joy and frustration as Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood — while not very different from its predecessor — manages to come off as slightly lazy.


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Apologies for the poor cover art; it was the best thing I could find on Google.

Nicktoons Unite! is once again another boring game published by the defunct THQ with no attention-grabbing traits past its recognizable faces. I once ragged on THQ in my The Incredibles (Video Game) review (one of my most popular reviews) because during the years that they were functional, THQ often published nothing but vapid, desperate attempts at appealing to a generation of Nickelodeon fanboys. It’s no wonder they thrived for as long as they did because I was one of those stupid fanboys who countlessly replayed and bought their games anyway.

Nicktoons Unite! is a 4-player, 3D beat-em-up that is not…


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The publisher of Epic Mickey, Disney Interactive Studios, went defunct in 2016 for good reason. Their video game output had never been that impressive and arguably never remarkable. I’ve only played a few (see Infinity and Cars Mater-Nation) but they usually had nothing to show for other than utilizing Disney’s staggering iconography as the main attraction for their batch of undercooked games. …

Caden Brooks

20-year-old who solely writes game reviews. Contact me if you’d like: stocky2001@verizon.net | IG: @epicrarted

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