The Last of Us Part I Review: Play It Again, Ellie

When Naughty Dog's The Last of Us debuted nearly a decade ago in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, it received near-universal critical acclaim. Not only did it win players over with its visceral gameplay and narrative, but it ended up becoming one of the best-selling video games of all time. Frequently cited as one of the best video games ever made, it's grown into a media franchise that practically guarantees success, whether that means crowds that gather for a simple remastered version only a year a

VENN | GAMING | 'Hitman 3': Game Review

Sure, Hitman is obviously all about assassination. It always has been. IO Interactive's modern Hitman trilogy elevated Agent 47 beyond the simple setups of previous installments like 2004’s Contracts or 2006’s Blood Money, offering elaborate setups that force players to think and examine their surroundings instead of going in guns blazing. The previous two entries in IO Interactive's World of Assassination trilogy (2016’s Hitman and 2018’s Hitman 2) were excellent on their own merits.

Cyberpunk 2077: Game Review

Descending upon Cyberpunk 2077's Night City is much like setting foot in New York City for the first time. Times Square's brightly-lit LED screens, the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle, and the dazzling neon signs are impressive when viewed through photographs. But as soon as you get close enough, it’s hard not to notice the layers of grime caking the impossibly bright lights. The dirt doesn’t completely block the dazzle. It just makes it harder to see the light.

The Xbox Series X is the best computer console owners have ever tried

The line between PC and console gaming has been blurring for quite some time. What used to be two clearly delineated worlds have slowly come to homogenize into one. Slowly, PC users have been seeing consoles adopt some of the aspects that have made PCs desirable as gaming machines over the years — most recently, features such as ray tracing, a special graphics technique that simulates the effect of real-world lighting in a virtual space. Meanwhile, PC gamers have been enjoying features like this

Ghostrunner Review - Eat Your Heart Out, Faith

It could have come straight from the inner sanctum of Night City, starring everyone's favorite cyborg ninja Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series. It's a sleek, mesmerizing challenge that's at once tantalizing and spellbinding. Practically oozing with style, it's the product of a true love for cyberpunk as a storytelling vehicle and as an aesthetic, as well as gameplay formula that will keep you coming back for more every single time. Ghostrunner is an impressive feat that fans won't want to pass up.

Your guide to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

The global pandemic put quite the damper on travel. Suddenly, a simple trip to New York City or Los Angeles seems like a lifetime away. That’s why Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s the one game this year that removes all boundaries, difficulties and concerns about seeing the world, no matter where it is you want to go. It’s the only way some of us can experience flight for the foreseeable future, and as such feels much more like a transcendent experience

'The Last of Us Part II': Game Review

Naughty Dog and Sony deliver the next installment of the thrilling post-apocalyptic action-adventure franchise. How far would you go to seek revenge on those who wronged you? Would you let a maddening drive for retribution fester until it plagued your every waking thought? Could you let it go, and allow the cooling salve of sanity return you to your senses? The Last of Us Part II, the next installment in Naughty Dog’s thrilling post-apocalyptic action-adventure franchise, attempts to answer th

The most intriguing micro gaming console is Konami's TurboGrafx-16 Mini

For retro gaming collectors, micro consoles are some of the coolest modern pieces of tech around. From Nintendo's NES Classic to the Sega Genesis Mini, this craze has enabled nostalgic enthusiasts and hobbyists to relive moments from their gaming pasts, thanks to inexpensive, miniature versions of classic consoles jam-packed with awesome games. Sony, Nintendo and Sega were among the first in this craze and released their flagship micro consoles over the past two years, already loaded with many

'Doom Eternal': Game Review

Satisfying gunplay and a wide variety of demons to eviscerate can't elevate this follow-up to the level of its revolutionary 2016 predecessor. "Rip and tear until it is done." That's not just a quote from the Doom Slayer himself, but the very mantra of developer id Software and publisher Bethesda's latest trip to hell, Doom Eternal. From start to finish, this polished, ultraviolent shooter is a veritable ballet of bullets and entrails. It's bigger, badder and more boisterous in every way than
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