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Paige FTW: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Stan Lee’s impact on popular culture cannot, at this point, be accurately measured. He created or helped to create Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, Thor, the X-Men and hundreds of other iconic Marvel characters, which today dominate movies, television, video games and the world as a general whole.

Review: ‘Hitman 2’ polishes a compelling take on the stealth genre

IO Interactive took a big risk when the developer turned its “Hitman” sequel into an episodic game. The entry itself was essentially a reboot, changing the direction of the series. Instead of being a linear, action-oriented project, the 2016 title made the game more like a point-and-click adventure.

Paige FTW: A Bigger World, Unexplored

Confession time: I never finished Pokemon Moon. I was climbing the peaks of Mount Lanakila when I abruptly and completely lost interest in the game. I never finished climbing that mountain. Never finished the last island challenges. And never, in the years since and subsequent release of Ultra Moon, have I felt the slightest interest in returning.

Review: “Red Dead Redemption 2” sets new standard in open-world games

Open-world games have evolved into monstrous behemoths. The commitment to play these enormous undertakings is equivalent to a second job.

Paige FTW: Game vs. Experience

I tried to play the first Red Dead Redemption many, many years ago. I liked the idea — I find I like all Grand Theft Auto­-style games except the actual Grand Theft Auto games — but after I dropped my horse off a cliff and then started a shootout by accident, I decided to pick it up again later (and then I never did).

Review: ‘Soulcalibur VI’ still burns with fight; ‘My Hero’ a spotty start for video game series

The “Soulcalibur” franchise sits at the edge of an abyss. According to an interview in DualShockers, producer Motohiro Okubo said the sixth chapter could be the final one if it craters financially.

Paige FTW: The Therapeutic Nature Of ‘Assassin’s Creed’

OK, so, it turns out that my triumphant return was a bit premature, as the last few weeks of rerun columns might have demonstrated to regular readers. But now I’m back (for real, I promise), and here’s what I was doing while I was out sick: playing Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Review: ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ excels by going all in on multiplayer

Developer: Treyarch Publisher: Activision Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Rating: Mature By Gieson Cacho | The Mercury News (TNS) Everyone could see this coming. It was only a matter of time. The evolution of “Call of Duty” has led to the elimination of the single-player campaign as fans knew it. A game that started with […]

Paige FTW: Worthy Reboots

Reboots, remakes and adaptations are the lifeblood of pop culture in 2018. In a world where “live-action Dora the Explorer” is a real, actual thing, how can you be surprised? The recent flurry of movie and TV reboots (live-action Lady and the Tramp? A “darker” Sabrina the Teenage Witch?) have left video game reboots looking modest and thoughtful.

Game Preview: ‘Monster Energy Supercross 2,’ digging in deep

Italian games developer Milestone S.r.l. might be primarily known for its hyper-realistic motorcycling racing simulators, but some game fans may be surprised to learn that the company has been producing off-road racing games since as far back as 2010.