Forza Horizon 4 Review

Forza Horizon 4 Review

Forza Horizon 4 retains almost everything that made Forza Horizon 3 the best racer in its class and bakes it into a game that doesn’t ever want you to stop playing. The stunning visual quality and sound design, the massive array of automobiles, and the extensive and completely customisable career mode that have become hallmarks of the Horizon series are all here. What’s new is just how much more effectively Forza Horizon 4 encourages us to return thanks to its shifting seasons, regularly refreshed challenges, and steady stream of rewards. Every real-time week the in-game season will change and bring a whole new look to the world, alongside a bunch of season-specific challenges. Every day there are still more new Forzathon challenges to complete, and every hour there is a live, online event to participate in alongside up to 11 other drivers who we work with cooperatively in order to chip away at a shared goal. Continue reading…
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Nintendo's Dragalia Lost Adds the Best Mobile Elements to a Deep ARPG

Nintendo's Dragalia Lost Adds the Best Mobile Elements to a Deep ARPG

Considering all of Nintendo’s last mobile efforts featured pre-existing properties, like Mario and Fire Emblem, I never imagined their next wireless foray would feature a brand new IP. Dragalia Lost, co-developed by mobile-games-veteran Cygames, seems to borrow some of the commonly best elements of popular mobile games and ties them into an action RPG with seemingly deep systems. I played through some of Dragalia Lost’s early chapters, and for my first task, I turned in my free summon – which is guaranteed to grant a new character. Yes, much like Fire Emblem Heroes and Puzzle and Dragons, Dragalia Lost mainly relies on a gacha-style summoning system to bolster your character roster. Continue reading…
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Instagram Co-Founders Leave Company

Instagram Co-Founders Leave Company

Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are stepping down from the company they formed in 2010. In a statement on the platform, Systrom didn’t give a reason for the departure, but said the pair were “ready for next chapter”. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion,” wrote Systrom. “We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again. Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.” Continue reading…
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NBC's Manifest: Series Premiere Review

NBC's Manifest: Series Premiere Review

This is a spoiler-free review of the series premiere of NBC’s Manifest. NBC’s new fall drama Manifest has been drawing comparisons to ABC’s Lost ever since the concept was announced; the show revolves around a plane full of missing people, and recurring numbers of great significance, with its slow-burn mystery set to unfold over the course of multiple seasons (if it lasts that long – always a crapshoot in today’s TV landscape). Seemingly trying to combine the high-concept procedural elements of NBC’s recent hits Blindspot and The Blacklist with the familial drama of This Is Us, Manifest feels similar to a lot of other shows without quite nailing its own identity, at least in the series premiere. Continue reading…
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Magnum P.I. Series Premiere Review

Magnum P.I. Series Premiere Review

Warning: Spoilers for the Magnum P.I. Series Premiere follow… The original long-running Magnum P.I. series, which ran from ’80 to ’88, is known for a handful of things. First and foremost, it transformed Tom Selleck into a bonafide TV star (which he was even able to parlay into a few headlining movie roles) and, aside from the unique Hawaiian backdrop, it was Selleck’s charm that kept viewers coming back for weekly capers. Add to the mix John Hillerman’s Higgins – Thomas Magnum’s snooty, feisty foil – and the series was able to cruise comfortably as a breezy “case of the week” procedural for many years. Decades later, CBS still builds shows using the same blueprint that TV adopted back in “the day.” Drawing in an older demographic for its stable, stalwart lineup of “murder’s the real star” mysteries, the network uses a time-honored regimented recipe for casual, lightly serialized (though mostly not) crook-buster shows, using tried and true tropes and cliches to present viewers with purposefully unchallenging storytelling. Continue reading…
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Dragon Quest XI Will Have to Sell Well in the West for Future Installments to be Localized

Dragon Quest XI Will Have to Sell Well in the West for Future Installments to be Localized

In Japan, Dragon Quest is a franchise like no other. When a new main entry in the series is released, it is a guarantee that millions of copies sell on the first day, as even people who don’t play video games play Dragon Quest. The phenomenon of Dragon Quest in Japan is a legend that even many Western gamers are familiar with, and that legend continues to live on to this day with last year’s Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Dragon Quest XI finally saw a release on PS4 and Steam in North America and Europe this month. But if Western fans want to enjoy future iterations as well, the game needs to sell. “We need Dragon Quest to sell in the West, even just a certain amount, if we want to keep making Continue reading…
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Telltale 'Actively Working' to Find a Way to Finish The Walking Dead's Final Season

Telltale 'Actively Working' to Find a Way to Finish The Walking Dead's Final Season

The soon-to-be-shuttered Telltale Games has shared an update on the fate of The Walking Dead’s final season, promising that it is ‘actively working’ to find a way to finish the story. In a tweet, Telltale said that there are “multiple potential partners” expressing interest in seeing The Final Season through to completion, “in some form.” The studio said it hoped to have answers for other questions soon. Continue reading…
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Death Stranding: Kojima Brings Down the House at TGS 2018

Death Stranding: Kojima Brings Down the House at TGS 2018

A special guest on Sony’s stage brought a fitting climax to Tokyo Game Show 2018. Toward the end of the last day of the show, Hideo Kojima appeared on the PlayStation stage to talk about his highly anticipated game Death Stranding. If anything, the stage event was a reminder that Kojima is just as much of a phenomenon in his home country as in the West. Literally thousands of fans gathered in front of the PlayStation stage, stretching all the way to the back of the cavernous venue, and roared with delight at every new announcement and a new minute-long trailer. This was by far and away the largest gathering of the four-day event. Appropriately, the first comment Kojima made when appearing on stage was “I can’t believe how many people came!” Continue reading…
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