Review: Dead Rising 4

Throw a log on the fire, grab a plate of gingerbread people, and pour a tall glass of eggnog, because you’re going to need supplemental material to enjoy the Christmas-themed Dead Rising 4. Despite a few new features and the return of signature elements, Capcom Vancouver’s latest is a mediocre attempt to breathe life into a series that has lost the interest of average gamers and die-hard fans. Dead Rising 4 fails to deliver a satisfying zombie-slaying experience and is not the kind of present you want to see under the tree. Read more

Preview: Outlast 2

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(This article was originally posted in October, 2016. Therefore, you’re out of luck if you wanted to download the demo. Sorry!)

With Hallowe’en upon us, developer Red Barrels released a timely demo of their upcoming horror-survival game Outlast 2. The playable teaser is currently on Steam, Xbox One, and PS4, but it can only be downloaded until November 1. You’ll want to grab it before then, because it has all the makings of an instant classic.  Read more

Review: Gears of War 4

The Gears of War franchise could have easily died after Gears of War: Judgment. The unnecessary fourth installment received a poorer-than-usual commercial response and Epic Games soon moved onto other projects. Yet just when the series appeared to be bleeding out, The Coalition (and Microsoft) breathed new life into it with Gears of War 4. The new game features tongue-in-cheek humour, ridiculous battle sequences, and solid co-op play, making Gears of War 4 a high-octane bro-fest that is accessible for both new and veteran players. Read more

Review: Forza Horizon 3

Sometimes, the best route in life is the road less travelled. That philosophy is true in Forza Horizon 3, a game that marries a variety of terrains and environments with high-performance sports cars to deliver unbelievable fun. The game doesn’t bring much innovation to the racing genre, but that doesn’t make the experience any less of a thrill. Read more

Review: Alone With You

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In Alone With You, you play as a faceless space explorer attempting to make sense of a dying colony on an unstable planet. Since you only have enough resources for one month, you must obtain artifacts left behind by the deceased scientists, using the information and speaking to their holograms in order to survive. The interstellar narrative works on many levels, and is both accessible and substantial enough to appeal to anyone. Read more

Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Rare’s Sea of Thieves? (via Dork Shelf.com)

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Battletoads. Donkey Kong Country. Killer Instinct. Blast Corps. GoldenEye 007. Banjo-Kazooie. Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Viva Piñata.

Those are only a few of the games that Rare brought into our lives over the last 30 years. Whether it’s slamming Andre the Giant in WWF Wrestlemania or refusing to sleep until all the evil drones in Jet Force Gemini are destroyed, multiple generations fell in love with video games because of Rare. The company has one of the most prolific and varied catalogues in the medium, and that consistent drive for new gaming experiences is admirable. Read more

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