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God of War is a fantastic reinvention of the series

It’s not easy being a god, and apparently making a game about being one isn’t either. Over the years, the God of War franchise, which started out as one of the landmark franchises for Sony’s consoles and portables, eventually turned stale. After its last entry, 2012’s God of War: Ascension, the franchise went into slumber, with little to no news in regards to its future up until E3 2015, when a trailer for a new game was shown during Sony’s press conference. Since then, we’ve gotten scarce details in regards to it, other than the setting, which takes Kratos from his homeland of Greece to the distant and chilling Nordic kingdoms, and that he would have a son following him along for the ride. Other than that, not a whole lot. Having played through the game over the span of three days, I can safely...
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Extinction shows promise early on, but fails to follow through

Extinction is one of those games that should, on paper, work. All the elements are there, and, for a while, it’s great. A bit rough around the edges, but hey — nothing’s perfect, right? Extinction, unfortunately, is ultimately undone by those rough edges. What begins as a solid action game with a good premise soon devolves into a frustrating series of missteps that make it a struggle to enjoy at best and an utter chore at worst. Extinction follows Avil, one of the last members of an ancient order known as the Sentinels, who devote themselves to fighting the ravenii, a race of giant ogres that seek mankind’s destruction. Extinction picks up at the start of the ravenii’s latest attack, this time an all-out assault to wipe humanity out entirely. The story is told through quick conversations at the start and end of each mission,...
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Swarmlake is a fantastic pick up and play arena shooter

My current high score in Swarmlake is 2,024 points, which amounts to almost 5 minutes of play. That might not seem like much, but for Swarmlake, an arena shooter from Dominique Greishofer (developer of the excellent Refunct), that’s a long time. Swarmlake pits you against an endless horde of foes, testing your ability to survive against unbeatable odds. It’s kind of similar to Devil Daggers. The difference being that Swarmlake isn’t terrifying — in place of demons and creepy sounds are orbs and triangular foes and catchy tunes — and doesn’t wait to get the good parts. Also, its arena is seemingly infinite; more tiles appear as you approach the edge, preventing you from being backed into a corner, which is extremely helpful. Swarmlake begins with a bang — literally. With a click of the mouse, your gun locked to the ground, you fire a...
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