Why Don’t Mystery Games Need Mechanics?

There is nothing I love more than a good mystery story, whether it’s classic novels like The maltese falcon, more modern televised sleuthing shows like Twin Peaks and even mystery movies like the brilliant clue or Knives out. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for mystery-focused videogames… which have been a little bit hit and miss. In L.A. Noire, the crimes don’t require any sort of thought on the player’s part to solve because Cole’s magical ability to tell whether

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CGRundertow MAGIC: THE GATHERING 2013: RETURN TO RAVNICA EXPANSION for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Man. This review almost collapsed already under the weight of its own title. Besides, I don’t know of anyone who uses that whole “Duels of the Planeswalkers” nomenclature anyway. Especially since planeswalkers aren’t really a part of this game. But no matter! There’s marketing to be done, after all, to remind you that the Return to Ravnica set is totally a thing that’s happening and that you should go buy some of those cards. And that marketing takes the form

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Super Luigi Odyssey! – Cute Mario Bros.

Oh man, I love playing Mario Odyssey! It’s like the best game since like Hotel Mario! [Luigi hums] Oh hi guys! What’s the problem? Whatcha playing? [gasps] Is that Mario Odyssey!? No, we’re playing like Donkey Kong Tropical Cruise. [stammers] What are you talking about? Of course I’m playing Mario Odyssey. Wait, I thought this was Mythbusters. [Luigi groans] [Roblox Death Sound] Well, uh, can I play for a bit? No, Luigi, of course you can’t. This is “Mario” Odyssey.

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CGR Undertow – ARCADECRAFT review for Xbox 360

The year is 1980. Yes, I know that was 33 years ago, but follow me on this one. The year is 1980, and you’ve got a loan and a dream. And a lust for quarters. Look, I’m not gonna judge, I’m just gonna let you get your arcade management on. I realize there’s been simulation games in pretty much every genre, for every conceivable notion, from theme parks to hospitals to towers. But I can honestly say this is the

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Gaming on the iMac Pro – How bad can it be?

When we reviewed the iMac Pro We didn’t really touch on it’s gaming potential in spite of Apple’s inclusion of their fastest GPU ever in an iMac And the reason for that is… Let’s be real here: That’s a 5k display paired with what is still a vega 56; a card that’s optimized for half of that resolution But… could there be a way around it? Could there be a way to game on the iMac Pro? Let’s find out…

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CGRundertow ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 for Xbox 360 Video Game Review Part One

I hate being serious. Serious, in common usage, often means “Stop having fun and think inside the box.” Serious means no items, Fox only, Final Destination. Great if you want to know, absolutely and objectively, who’s better than whom. Terrible if you want to have, you know, a good time. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is fine-tuned for the highest echelons of tournament play, with better networking, new and rebalanced characters, and a brand-new Heroes and Heralds mode for additional

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CGRundertow CRACKDOWN for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Early in its lifespan, the 360 got some pretty good exclusive games. The game I have today was a pretty big deal when it came out. It mixed the exploration of GTA with an over-the-top gameplay style that really suited it well. It was also a fairly early 360 exclusive that helped to get the system more popularity before the launch of the greatly anticipated Halo 3 at the end of the year. This is Crackdown. Crackdown places you in

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