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Game creates complexity from simplicity

February 5, 2016

The most memorable puzzle games take root in your mind and keep you thinking. From imagining blue and orange portals around your office to seeing tetrominoes as you try to sleep, playing around with fun puzzle concepts doesn’t always stop when you put down the controller.

PaigeFTW: An Ode to ‘.hack’

February 5, 2016

These days, it’s all the rage for the kiddies to jump on the game-within-a-game, game-within-a-show trend. Series like Sword Art Online or Log Horizon are fascinated with the idea of being trapped in a virtual world.

PaigeFTW: The Enduring Joy of LEGO

January 29, 2016

As a little kid, I found I enjoyed Lincoln logs more than LEGO blocks, though that may simply be because it was much easier to knock down my unimaginative wooden towers than my colorful plastic buildings.

An Aphotic, Atmospheric and Awesome Ride

January 29, 2016

Despair overtakes you as your houndmaster misses an all-important attack on an enemy fusilier, the lighter of the brigand’s massive boss cannon. The cannon is going to fire this turn, and there’s nothing left you can do to stop it.

PaigeFTW: It’s All A Bad Romance in ‘Norn9’

January 22, 2016

I recognize that my particular taste in games — being quite maidenly, at times — may not be well suited for StreetPulse’s audience.
Still, there’s something to be said about Norn9: Vars Commons.
This obscure PlayStation Vita otome game released quietly in November to little mainstream fanfare, but it didn’t need any. Norn9 assumes that its audience [...]

A Fully Resurrected ‘Dragon’s Dogma’ Takes Flight

January 22, 2016

Halfway down the winding ramp I realized how big a mistake I’d made. Up to this point I’d been holding my own against any bandits and creatures I came across. But the lurching troll ahead of me stood taller than I did, and he wasn’t very happy either.

‘Rory McIlroy’ does some things well, but it’s no stand out

January 15, 2016

EA Sports’ franchises haven’t always had easy transitions to new systems. “Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” debut isn’t as bare as last year’s “NHL 15,” nor as unplayable as “Madden NFL 06” was last generation, but its charms are limited. It does some things well, but they aren’t enough to make it stand out.

PaigeFTW: The PlayStation Life

January 15, 2016

Aside from my obvious attachment to my beloved PS4, I am in possession of, well, basically every other PlayStation product ever created— including the little-purchased PSP Go (you’re confused, I know).

‘Knight Squad’ leaves just a flesh wound

January 8, 2016

When done right, there’s nothing more engaging than the party game. And the more players, the greater the chance for fun. In a crowded season of fall blockbusters, it’s easy to lose track of a game like “Knight Squad,” which is making its Xbox One debut and just coming out of Steam Early Access.

PaigeFTW: Amiibo: DLC in Disguise

January 8, 2016

I got a New Nintendo 3DS for Christmas — yes, that’s New, not new; it’s that vaguely named console upgrade released last year — bundled with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, so naturally I’ve been playing some of that lately.