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The Evil Within: What It Is And What It Could Have Been

The Evil Within finally released last week and it met with some pretty mixed reception. Despite what a lot of the reception has been like or all of the criticism I’m going to lob at it today, I found the game to be pretty enjoyable overall. While I had fun with it though, there is quite a bit that I feel should be addressed with it. As such, today I want to talk about what The Evil Within is, as a product presented to us, and also what it could have been based upon what the game offers.

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The Way You Play

We all have our little quirks in life, and many of us have them in video games as well. I’m referring to those little things that you do, consciously or otherwise, when playing different types of games. Maybe you roll everywhere instead of walking in Zelda or maybe you can’t stand not having your inventory sorted in a certain way in RPGs. I’ve got a few things myself that I stick to when gaming, so I’ll tell you some of mine and then you can tell me yours!

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Silent Hill 2 and the Terrifying Nature of the Mind

This post contains full spoilers for Silent Hill 2. If you have somehow still not played through it then rectify that immediately and then return here.

October is here dear readers; the month that everyone’s minds begin drifting towards the slew of horror games on offer. Bloggers will be recounting their tales of terror, youtubers will be scaring themselves on camera for your amusement, and nearly everyone with an interest in the genre will finally be playing through Evil Within come next week.

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Dear Devs

Dear game developers: let’s talk. There are some issues that I’d like to address with how games of different platforms are handled. I play games on whatever platform I feel like; sometimes that’s PC, sometimes it’s on a console, and sometimes a portable device, so I’ve had plenty of time to see the pros and cons of each. Let’s start with console gaming problems.

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Destiny’s Dilemma

I have decided to move my weekly piece to Mondays now that games are starting to get released again. If last week’s piece has taught me anything it’s that you do not want to release something that you want people to pay attention to on the same day as one of the biggest releases of the year.

Well friends, Destiny is here. The long awaited return by Bungie has been released and it’s actually very solid. Unfortunately, Destiny’s unique mix of game styles places it in such a unique category that it can be hard to decide just how good or lacking it is. I’ve played all through the story, tried out the different modes (with the exception of the raid) and put in a solid 15-20 hours in the game, so let’s talk about it.

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Devil’s Advocate

Or: The Post That Makes Everyone Hate Me

There are a few things that the gaming community can usually band together to agree on with their hatred. Terrible DLC, Aliens: Colonial Marines, and the way that SquareEnix and Capcom treat their franchises. I’m only going to talk about those last two today. Now, I’m by no means here to defend the companies as a whole, or even to say that the decisions I’m speaking for are necessarily good. Both have made plenty of stupid decisions, as anyone has, and even I can’t justify a lot of them. I just felt that SOMEONE needs to take on the role of devil’s advocate every now and then, and by god I’ll take one for the team if no one else will.

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The Game That Taught Me To Feel

For the majority of you who don’t really know me, there is a specific way that I play most video games. I generally play games one at a time and all the way through. I love to sit down and play a game for hours at a time. That being said, there are some games that allow me to become so engrossed that I will play them for untold hours without even realizing it. I want to talk about one such game today.

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You Should Try: Mother 3

This “You Should Try” is for a game that many of you have likely heard of before but I doubt as many have actually played it. If the name Mother 3 only manages to ring a bell then you probably heard about it from people begging Nintendo to release it outside of Japan. If you’re wondering “Why would you recommend I play the third game in a series I’ve never heard of before?” then allow me to explain just what Mother is.

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Breath of Fire: A Series Retrospective

Breath of Fire is a series of JRPGs developed over at Capcom. I’m not entirely sure how popular or well known it is, but growing up the first two games in the series were some of my favorite portable games. You may have seen a few bits of news on the upcoming Breath of Fire 6 that’s being made for the mobile market in Japan, which is what led me to create this. Who knows just how BoF6 is going to turn out, or if we’ll ever even see it outside of Japan, but I’d like to take the opportunity to inform everyone about the ins and outs of this great series.

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