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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War might read like fan faction, but it’s your story that counts

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was easily one of the best games of 2014. It was a fresh take on the concept of open world, not only introducing one of the coolest character development mechanic in the Nemesis system, also combining some of the best elements of other games into one hell of a Lord of the Rings game. This year’s Shadow of War is pretty much the same game, only with every one of the things that made Shadow of Mordor so great dialed up to 11. That should automatically make it an even better game, right? Thing is, game design isn’t an exact science. More of the same only multiplied doesn’t equal a masterpiece, and as Shadow of War proves in spades, there’s a tenuous balance to be found when coming up with a sequel to an innovative, successful game. While it isn’t a...
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Call of Duty: WWII proves that war never changes

It’s been over a decade since I’ve last played a Call of Duty game. The original release, simply titled Call of Duty, was one of my favorite shooters of that time, along with Vietcong, another less known first-person war game that focused on the conflict in Vietnam during the 1960s. Both games had a lot in common. Their gameplay that was heavily focused on playing in squads, and the shooting introduced iron sights in a realistic manner for the very first time. They also featured a lot of historical events that for the most part, helped show the trauma the people who lived through those conflicts had to endure. Games history, however, treated both franchises quite differently. While Call of Duty went on to spawn a multi-billionaire with yearly releases that sell millions of copies worldwide, while Vietcong mostly languished in obscurity, with a console...
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Cartman and crew are at it again in South Park The Fractured But Whole

Love it or hate it, creators Trey Stone and Matt Parker’s South Park is over twenty years old at this point. Let that sit in for a moment. Second only to The Simpsons as the longest running animated series in the world, it has earned its way into popular culture. Earning a number of questionable quality games ever since the first PlayStation, South Park finally saw an incredibly decent, if not great, release with 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, which saw the franchise become a turn-based RPG. It played and looked like an actual episode of the show, chock full of references to the many seasons’ gags and characters. It was a surprisingly enjoyable game that didn’t have any right to be as good as it was. South Park: The Fractured But Whole sees the town’s kids dropping the fantasy attires from The...
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