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When Dontnod Entertainment released Life is Strange in 2015, it had a surefire hit on its hands. By combining the choose-your-own adventure style made popular by Telltale Games and a dark, compelling story, Life is Strange still holds the top spot on my list of games that made me cry. Though Dontnod is currently at work on a sequel, developer Deck Nine is working on taking the franchise to the past with Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Does Deck Nine provide a worthwhile experience in the first episode of Before the Storm? Check out our review to find out!

The Uncharted franchise is known for being one of the most consistent high-quality series in video games. Four installments featuring Nathan Drake—the Indiana Jones of video games and then some—have toured gamers through a fictional version of our world filled to the brim with lost civilizations to find, armies of terrorists to fight, and a wonderful mixture of satisfying gameplay and story beats to experience.

With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy having been upgraded from the campaign DLC of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to a standalone, budget title, does it bring all the fun and catharsis gamers have come to expect from Naughty Dog's renowned action series? Head inside the full review to find out!

Though I didn't get my start until Mega Man 9, the classic Mega Man games hold a special place in my heart. Their challenging gameplay, killer soundtracks, and retro graphics keep me coming back for more all the time. While I've spent a significant amount of time with the first six games (especially Mega Man 2), I never had the opportunity to play Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8. Thankfully, earlier this month, Capcom released Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, allowing me to complete my goal of finishing all of the classic Mega Man games—well, almost.

Is the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 worth your time and money? Head inside to check out our review!

The idea of a new classic Sonic the Hedgehog title was but a lofty and impossible dream. I grew up playing and enjoying Sonic game after game ever since I first got into the franchise proper with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, but I kept coming back to Sonic Mega Collection in particular. As I played and replayed Sonic 3 & Knuckles ad nauseum over the years, I made peace with the fact that the classic chapter of the Blue Blur was over, as much as I wished to see a brand new retro entry someday...

Read on inside for the complete review!

As a big fan of Level-5's Professor Layton franchise, I had been waiting for Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy to be released since I first heard about it a year ago. I was afraid of what I might find, though. The last game we got was a mobile spin-off in 2013 entitled Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. While I seem to be the only person I know who even somewhat enjoyed it, I was fearful that this new game would follow in its footsteps too closely. I've been playing Millionaires' Conspiracy since it released this past Thursday, however, and I have, for the most part, been pleasantly surprised with what I found.

Head inside to read my thoughts on the newest Layton game and see if it's worth picking up!

When Adi Shankar announced that he was helming a production of Castlevania for Netflix, the general reaction I saw was filled with the usual outcries claiming that the show would be bad. Things didn't get much better once we got an official trailer, either. But like it or not, Castlevania is finally here, releasing on Netflix earlier today.

Will the short, two-hour season be a vampire killer, or will we get the Shaft as yet another awful video game adaptation hits the market? Head inside to see how this long-anticipated series turned out!

It is somewhat ironic that a remake of all things features so many firsts for a franchise. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia boasts full voice acting, third person dungeon exploration, a revamped world map that actually matters, and lots of gameplay tweaks—for better or worse.

Without further ado, let us dive right in to see what the continent of Valentia has in store and see whether it is worth keeping!

It wasn't long ago that Nintendo surprised the world with its funky new game for Nintendo Switch: ARMS. The development team behind Mario Kart presents a completely different multiplayer outing with this colorful fighting game wherein every competitor is graced with extendable arms. It's a delightful concept reflective of Nintendo's signature whimsy, but does it have a leg to stand on? Find out more after the jump.

In order to play Super Mario Bros., one does not have to think like an Italian plumber. The player does not have to think like a blue cartoon forest critter to speed through levels in Sonic the Hedgehog. But to play Snake Pass, you absolutely have to "think like a snake."

At least in terms of movement, every action on behalf of playable snake Noodle feels unlike anything ever before felt in platformers and adventure games. In terms of control, Snake Pass is one of the most original games in concept and execution. But does premise hold up to promise?

Read on to find out!

Big Buck Hunter Pro has been one of my all-time favorite arcade games for years. With the relative ease that anyone can pick up the gun and have a good time, as well as the highly competitive nature of the game, this was always a fun bar and arcade game to play with any group of family or friends. And with the push to move all the Buck Hunter arcade machines to large HD TV displays over the last handful of years, it has always been a visually stunning game that's hard to miss in any establishment. So when I was offered the opportunity to review Super Happy Fun Fun's standalone digital console, the Sure Shot HD, to be able to play Big Buck Hunter Pro in my own home, I jumped at the opportunity!

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Back in 2013, Swedish indie developer Ludosity released a charming little game called Ittle Dew. Drawing heavy inspiration from Nintendo's Legend of Zelda franchise, Ittle Dew was a fun, puzzle-filled experience, but it left something to be desired in terms of game length, exploration, and combat. Ludosity promised a bigger, better sequel with improved combat and an increased focus on adventure, and Ittle Dew 2 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Does it live up to those promises and improve on the strengths of the first game? Ludosity provided me with a review copy of the game, so I dug in to find out!

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice by Sanzaru Games has been carrying a heavy weight of sour expectations by its name alone since its unveiling last year. I wasn't surprised by the reception it already received, as it follows the ill-fated releases of Big Red Button's Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Sanzaru's own Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS. Heck, I admittedly wasn't above writing this one off as well before its Fall 2015 launch.

Suddenly, SEGA vowed to win back fans' trust by maintaining quality over scheduling and the launch of Fire & Ice was subsequently delayed by a whole year, with promises made about incorporating fan feedback into what would become a better and faster-paced game than its predecessor. SEGA and Sanzaru have now proven that their claims were more than hot air, as Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice manages to deliver the fun experience it was set out to be, although it does take a few missteps along the way. Read on after the jump for the full review!

In early 2013, I found myself anxiously awaiting the release of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem when it was announced in a Nintendo Direct. I've been a huge fan of Atlus for quite a while, and the proposition of combining two franchises of such a high caliber was utterly enticing. Three and a half long years later, the time has finally come for it to launch in the West as Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. It may seem like a niche title on the surface—given the role the Japanese entertainment industry plays—but underneath this outer layer is a fun, engaging RPG that is certainly one of the Wii U's highlight games of the summer, if not the entire year.

Let me be frank: I have never played a game in Blizzard's Warcraft series. I am not familiar with Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, which is the main source material for this film. If you are looking for a fan's opinion, there are a plethora of other options available online. There is no denying that there is significant fun to be had here if one is familiar with the franchise. I'm speaking as both a lover of fantasy and as a moviegoer who is new to this world. I came into this film with an open mind, eager for entertainment.

With that said, I take no joy in saying that Warcraft is an unmitigated disaster, the kind of misjudged and ill-conceived mess that only comes out of Hollywood once every decade or so. It is a type of failure rarely seen in modern blockbusters, born from unrestricted passion and misled ambition. Films almost never swing and miss quite like this, as Warcraft somehow manages to wildly oscillate between the dour and the preposterous. It's an absolute slog, but not for lack of trying.

Square Enix is a company famous for their brilliance in creating JRPG series—Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts to name their most popular. But every now and then they experiment with new IP, often drawing heavily from their previous games; such was the case with the Nintendo 3DS title Bravely Default. Initially planned as a sequel to Final Fantasy: The Four Heroes of Light, Bravely Default saw the player exploring the vast world of Luxendarc, restoring four sacred crystals, and unlocking a variety of jobs akin to the job systems of Final Fantasy III and V. Four years after its initial release, Bravely Second: End Layer takes that exact same game and improves on it in almost every single way.