Video Game Review: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Details: Released in 2004 for the Nintendo GameCube. I don’t think it’s been released for any subsequent console or on the virtual console so the only place to play it is on the GameCube. Played the game for around forty-two hours. More information can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_Mario:_The_Thousand-Year_Door and http://www.metacritic.com/game/gamecube/paper-mario-the-thousand-year-door

Score: 8.2/10

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is a surprisingly funny, charming game despite coming out over a decade ago. It is visually simple, but the writing and satire here is top notch.

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Video Game Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Details: Originally released for the GameCube in 2002. The HD version was released in 2013 for the Wii U. Spent around thirty to forty hours playing through it. Official site is https://www.zelda.com/windwaker/

Score: 7.3/10

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is an upgraded re-release of the Gamecube version of this game. I never played the original and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this game.

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Video Game Review: PokeMMO

Details: More information can be found at https://pokemmo.eu/

Score: 7/10

Many years ago, I played a game called PokeMMO. I quit because I thought Nintendo would shut it down, but they didn’t. So I revisited the game and decided to write this review. PokeMMO is a fan made massive multiplayer online that (as of this time) allows players to play Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green, Emerald, and Black/White, in a single, seamless world where players can interact with each other.

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Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: Season 1

Details: Originally released in 2012. This is a review for episodes one through five of season one of the game. Got the game for free from http://www.humblebundle.com. Beat all five episodes in about thirteen hours. Official site is https://telltale.com/series/the-walking-dead/

Score: 7.5/10

Despite coming out about six years ago, season one of The Walking Dead is still one of the best adventure games I’ve ever played. A lot of this relies on a well written and acted out story which overshadows the superficial gameplay and shallow puzzles (if you can even call them that).

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Video Game Review: Psychonauts

Details: Originally released in 2005. Got the game for free through http://www.humblebundle.com. Beat the game in about twelve hours. Played on PC through Steam.

Score: 7/10

Despite the passage of time, Psychonauts holds up surprisingly well. The game is reminiscent of the old 3D platformers that used to rule the consoles two system generations ago. Psychonauts is a dated, but fun game that I enjoyed very much. There were moments that were confusing or frustrating, but that did not take away from the overall experience for me.

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Video Game Review: The Darkness II

Details: Released in 2012. Beat the game in about three hours. Got it for free from http://www.humblebundle.com. Official site is http://www.embracethedarkness.com

Score: 6.4/10

For a game this old, it held up surprisingly well. The Darkness II is a short, fairly adult story about a mob boss possessed by an evil being.

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Video Game Review: Child of Light

Details: Released in 2014. Beat the game in about ten hours. Purchased the game through steam for about five dollars. Played on the PC. Official site is https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/child-of-light/

Score: 6.7/10

Child of Light is a turn based role playing game. It’s pretty fun, if not short lived.

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Video Game Review: For Honor

Details: Released in 2017. Ubisoft released a standard version of the game for free this year and that’s the version I played. I played about an hour and a half of it. The official site is https://forhonor.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/home/

Score: 5.5/10

Despite the cinematic trailer above, For Honor is mostly an online multiplayer game. There is a single player mode that lasts for a couple of hours, but this game is clearly designed for online play and continued purchase of content and micro transactions. Also something potential players should know is that an internet connection is required to play any part of this game, both the single player and multiplayer portions.

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Video Game Review: Grand Theft Auto Online: After Hours

Details: Released in July 2018. Played for about an hour. Official site is https://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/60501/GTA-Online-After-Hours-Out-Now

Score: 5/10

GTA Online has released another free update and it is a short one. I found it to be a welcome update, though it doesn’t really add much. It is free though, so there’s that.

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Video Game Review: Dead Island GOTY Edition

Details: The original game was released in 2011. This edition was released in 2012. Purchased for around six dollars from Steam for the PC. Played for about two hours. The official site is https://deadisland.deepsilver.com/us/dide_us.html

Score: 2/10

If only the actual game was as good as its debut trailer. Dead Island has the unique distinction of being one of the few games I’ve quit because it gives me motion sickness. I’ve played a lot of first person shooters, but the jankyness and unusual design of the movement made this game unplayable. Save your money. Don’t buy this game.

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