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Wii U
Feb 28
Published by Ryan Cave In Wii U No Comments

February 27, 2017 There’s something a little magical about the Wii U. When I turn it on it feels like a happy place. Upon start up I’m greeted by dozens of other players’ Miis, all just hanging out and chatting about gaming. It’s an illusion of course, as these conversations aren’t necessary happening in real [...]

inside title
Jan 27

January 27, 2017 A little boy tumbles onto the screen after falling down a cliff. He needs to run. I know this instinctively, so I make him run. Moments later mysterious men in masks drive up, they send dogs after him, they try to shoot him, they chase after him. Why are they after him? [...]

Gears of War 4
Jan 06
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

January 6, 2017 Within seconds Gears of War 4 establishes itself as a true Gears game. While many games force the player to watch a lengthy introduction before being able to jump into the gameplay, Gears 4 blends the introduction with short playable flashbacks. These scenes look gorgeous and serve to reintroduce the world of [...]

NES Classic
Dec 10
Published by Ryan Cave In Retro No Comments

December 9, 2016 I arrived at Best Buy forty minutes before it opened. As I approached the store I was astounded that a sizeable line had formed. I knew people were excited about Nintendo’s newest toy, but hadn’t anticipated that so many fans would be this devoted. Ahead of me stood a row of adults [...]

uncharted 4
Oct 14

Uncharted 4 is a pure Uncharted game. At its best it’s a phenomenal ride and at its worst it’s slow, but intriguing.  It puts story first and a gaming second.  As a result, it doesn’t always balance gameplay with storytelling as well as I’d like, but even during its slower more intimate moments it firmly [...]

Assassin's Creed Unity
Jun 23
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

June 23, 2016 I held off playing Assassin’s Creed Unity for a long time because of the overwhelmingly negative response it got upon its release. From what I read the bulk of the criticism seemed to focus on a tremendous number of glitches in the game. I surmised that the game was simply released before [...]

Beyond Eyes
Apr 21
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

Beyond Eyes is a unique and beautiful concept for a game. Unfortunately, it lacks the magic that its charming pastel presentation suggests. Beyond Eyes puts us in the shoes of a sweet and lonely little blind girl named Rae as she explores the area beyond her front yard to find her cat. As Rae roams [...]

Assassin's Creed Rogue
Apr 14
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox 360 No Comments

  I played the first Assassin’s Creed game in September of 2014. Now, a year and a half later, I have played six of the sequels. It’s safe to say I’ve become a fan. While I was skeptical before I began (hence starting seven years late) I would now argue that it’s one of the [...]

CoD Black Ops 3
Feb 26
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

Apparently most people never finish or even play the campaign modes in Call of Duty games. While I admit I often don’t finish them I never skip them entirely. I’ve always seen the campaign in games such as this to be the foundation of the world that the game creates. An example of this would [...]

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Feb 11
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

Tomb Raider is one of my favorite franchises and the reboot in 2013 brought it back to life and gave it a new identity. Previously Lara Croft was always somewhat undefined, but now we see what intense horrors and incredible discoveries forged her into the adventurer she has become. Rise of the Tomb Raider seeks [...]

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