Author: Chris Conroy

SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD Video Game Review

For a fat Italian plumber, Mario gets around. From cobbled castles and dank underground tunnels, to floating ships that sail through the clouds, to conquering entire worlds, to vacationing on tropical islands, and all the way into the vast cosmos. So with all that under his suspenders, one might wonder where’s next on Mario’s list. The answer is apparently a little of all of the above, but nowhere particularly new. The sense of familiarity in SUPER MARIO 3D WORLD is welcoming for fans of past exploits, yet at times the safety of now well-worn themes takes some of the...

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK BETWEEN WORLDS Video Game Review

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is a series that has always inspired imagination. In the original LEGEND OF ZELDA the player is dropped into a world with minimal direction. With little more to go on than a cryptic hermit urging “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” gamers were encouraged to equip a modest wooden sword and plunge into the unknown. Since then this approach has undergone numerous refinements and transformations, but the sense of exploration and high adventure remained the thread between all major ZELDA titles. In the past decade its become difficult to shake the feeling that the...

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CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW – MIRROR OF FATE Nintendo 3DS Review

CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW – MIRROR OF FATE  is a difficult game to put your finger on. As I sat thinking about how to review it my main feeling was one of ambivalence. If a game is great or if a game is awful at least you have something to hang your hat on. But what if it’s neither great nor terrible? That’s the newest CASTLEVANIA on the Nintendo 3DS from Spanish developer Mercury Steam in a nutshell. A handful of scattered highs get lost in sea of uninspired or merely adequate design choices. The bulk of the game...

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