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Cities: Skylines Review

Cities: Skylines is hard to fault. It’s efficient. It’s concise. It’s streamlined. It doesn’t have shoe-horned multiplayer. It doesn’t tax your computer. It supports a massive amount of land. It’s cheap. And most of all, it supports a modding community. Skylines is the SimCity that everyone wanted at a much more aggressive price point. If you’re expecting a modern SimCity 4, here it is. It’s familiar and approachable for SimCity 4 fans, as somewhat of a spiritual successor to Maxis’ city-building empire, the darling of the city building community. It’s a beautiful game. Colossal Order — the development studio behind Cities: Skylines — doesn’t have the gargantuan budget that Maxis had for the development of SimCity, but it looks just as good. The assets – from the trees to the roads to development – blend together without issue. The terrain is smooth and natural, especially...
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LittleBigPlanet 3 Review

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a decent LittleBigPlanet game. If you’re into what the previous games did and want to carry your creative capabilities over onto Sony’s new console, it’s the game for you. However, if your sole purpose is to jump into single-player or to simply enjoy the host of user-created material that’s readily available as soon as you pop the disc in, you might find yourself slightly disappointed. Now helmed by Sumo Digital, the folks behind a ton of SEGA titles that had no right to be great but were anyway, like the revamped Out Run, Sonic Superstar Tennis and Racing series’, LittleBigPlanet is still as charming of a game as it has ever been. Thrown in yet again as Sackboy, the ever lovable, huggable, adorable plush figure, you’re given a variety of things to do in the game. Among those is a more fleshed...
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The Order: 1886 Review

Few games today look as good as The Order: 1886. Ready at Dawn’s first foray outside of portable gaming is easily the most graphically intensive games out so far for the PlayStation 4. And while it’s certainly astonishingly detailed, a wonder for the eyes and ears, it’s a deeply flawed bare bones shooter. It’s a game you won’t want to play a second time. Set in a gorgeous alternate history Victorian London where the Knights of the Round Table still exist and serve the crown, The Order has an incredibly interesting setting with a premise that unfortunately goes nowhere over the course of the game. Characters are rarely developed past their introduction and in their majority, lack any depth or attachment. The main protagonist, Sir Galahad, who we’re supposed to feel compassion for after his dramatic entrance at the beginning of the game, ends up...
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