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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 [...]

Mega Man Legacy Logo
Jan 29
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

I’ve loved Mega Man for as long as I can remember. The insane challenge of the series has always appealed to me. I have an ancient memory of a childhood party where we all took turns desperately trying to survive Mega Man 2. I think that was the moment that the franchise forever took hold [...]

Nintendo 64
Jan 15
Published by Ryan Cave In Retro No Comments

Last summer I saved an N64 from an unwarranted death sentence. Its previous owner, with his newborn in his arms, was about to drop the console in the recycling bin. “Are you throwing that out?… Can I have it?” I asked. I could see the dilemma in his eyes. He was throwing away part of [...]

Mario Maker Logo
Jan 08
Published by Ryan Cave In Wii U No Comments

I have often debated whether Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros 3 is the superior game. I don’t think a year has passed since the release of Mario World that I haven’t played through each of them. For certain they are two of my favorite games and widely considered among the greatest games of [...]

Media Remote vertical
Jul 28
Published by Ryan Cave In Xbox One No Comments

Sometimes I don’t feel like yelling at my Xbox One. Sometimes I just want to pause a movie the old fashioned way. At launch there were two ways to control the Xbox One: with your voice or with the controller. Both have their place, but neither is always ideal when it comes to some of [...]

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