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268 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
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    Spend this game's five-hour runtime catching up on a better story game you might have missed.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Try it if you’re OK breezing through the stealth-action gameplay while enjoying a competent story.
    • 93 Metascore
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    People expect their sequels to be bigger, better, and more complex than what has come before, while also demanding they stay true to what they know and love. Metal Gear Solid V is one of those rare occasions where a game threads the needle between those two somewhat contradictory expectations, to great effect.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Until Dawn is entertaining in all the ways it needs to be, even if it isn’t perfect in all the ways I’d like it to be. Try it, or wait for a discount.
    • 88 Metascore
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    If you have any fond memories of 2D Mario games, you owe it to yourself to examine their construction first-hand; and you'll have a great time doing so, too. Buy it.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Mad Max doesn't play well with its intended audiences, or as a video game. Skip it.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The game's wet race simulations are exceedingly convincing, and I write that as someone who has driven in a lot of wet races and who enjoys racing in the rain. The selection of cars is eclectic, and they look gorgeous, particularly in ForzaVista mode, as do the tracks, both new and revamped. If you like cars or racing games and you own an Xbox One, you should buy this game.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Despite its presentational flaws, PES 16’s skilled mechanics make it an instant classic, showing that sports games are at their best when the fundamentals are respected and imitated as a priority.
    • 82 Metascore
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    FIFA 16 is as good as FIFA has ever been, but that's exactly the problem. While it offers the same vast array of content, PES 16 has it beat where it matters most: on the pitch. Suffice to say, the series now has a lot of catching up to do.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Buy it if you can handle the constant anxiety behind some of the best speculative sci-fi in games right now.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Potential meta-joking aside, The Beginner's Guide plays out like a diary, wholly and shamelessly. While there's an argument to be had over whether or not a straight-up diary counts as art worth celebrating, a video game trying to do the same thing, without meaningful interactive options or epiphanies, and without giving us as players the space to come to our own conclusions, doesn't respect the viewer or create interesting opportunities for either empathy or outrage.
    • 79 Metascore
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    After years of overexposure, a few years of absence for this style of rhythm game has gone a long way to making my heart grow fonder for Rock Band. Now that some time has passed, Rock Band 4 is as good an excuse as any to remind yourself why the genre became a fad in the first place and to rediscover the joy to be found in plastic instruments that may still have some life in them yet.
    • 78 Metascore
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    This isn't Nintendo at the height of its powers, but it's hard not to be smitten with Yoshi's Woolly World's wonderful visuals and throughly entertaining platforming.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Maiden of Black Water polishes an old formula almost perfectly, though the game itself isn't so polished in spots. Buy it anyway.
    • 80 Metascore
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    With a cleverly reinvented guitar and whole music video channel of songs backing it up, Guitar Hero Live is the rhythm game for the people who got bored of rhythm games.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Syndicate is a step in the right direction for the series. It’s not as innovative as it could be, but it’s an entertaining adventure worthy of the name Assassin’s Creed. Buy it.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Life is Strange makes some odd design choices, but its ability to make your choices feel important to its strong leading protagonists more than makes up for it. Buy it.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Metal Gear Solid Online is designed well enough that you can eke a little fun out of it, but be prepared to test your patience for the trauma that accompanies trying to find a stable online session.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Despite the Zelda name, Triforce Heroes feels more like an uneven spin-off than a core part of the franchise’s storied legacy. The frequent hopping between difficult combat and relatively straightforward three-man puzzles feels a bit disjointed and empty without the series’ usual sense of adventure and advancement. Still, if you have a couple of friends who want to goof off with their 3DS systems in tow, you could do worse.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Currently, there's still a lot of Halo 5 to love—and just about as much to raise our eyebrows at—but the multiplayer is the winner here. Even Warzone's card-collecting gimmick hasn't stopped us from loving the series' biggest battles yet, while our experiences in Arena have ranged from solid, standard Spartan blasting to some of the most eye-bulging fun we've had dueling on Xbox Live in years.
    • 65 Metascore
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    A great racing game for the younger or more casual gamer, and for fans of modded cars. Others should try it.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Series fanatics probably shouldn't cancel their pre-orders, but they should definitely check their expectations about ambition and next-gen series boosts at the radioactive vault's doors.
    • 81 Metascore
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    This is the most complete version of Football Manager yet, offering up something new for both seasoned veterans and newcomers alike.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Battlefront scratches that itch for Star Wars wish fulfillment, but when the twinkle leaves your eye, there's not much left to discover. Try it.
    • 88 Metascore
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    As the conclusion to a more than 17-year-old saga, Legacy of the Void isn’t a great place for newcomers to jump in. For those who want to wrap up the story or see the pinnacle of the series’ multiplayer, this is probably your last best chance to jump on for a good, long time. Try it.
    • 76 Metascore
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    There's little to complain about on a technical level, but Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros quickly becomes a repetitive slog.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Probably the best JRPG this year, and definitely one of the best in a good long while. If you think you can stomach the early difficulty, try it.
    • 74 Metascore
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    It’s extremely disappointing that a review of a game that can be so joyful when it’s working has to read like a simple bug report...Just Cause 3 is a wonderful game—if it runs properly on your system.

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