The TSA made fun of my Steam Deck
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The TSA made fun of my Steam Deck

I dread flying. But as I was preparing to travel to San Francisco for this year’s Game Developers Conference, I had one reason to be excited: It would be my first flight with the Steam Deck. I downloaded several games onto the handheld and gleefully stowed it in my carry-on, right next to my Switch Read more

How to manage your dreaded video game backlog
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How to manage your dreaded video game backlog

When you hear the term “Spring Cleaning,” you probably think about the old mail you could throw away or that bathroom that needs scrubbing. Usually, it’s a physical process that involves tidying your space. But for gamers, their digital space can often become much more cluttered than their physical one. Case in point: The dreaded Read more

Kirby and the Forgotten Land review: Waddle Dee-lightful
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land review: Waddle Dee-lightful

Kirby and the Forgotten Land MSRP $59.99 “Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a charming platformer filled with intuitive puzzles, a genuinely intriguing world, and hysterical transformations that always made me smile.” Pros Hilarious Mouthful Mode Mysterious world Neat ability upgrades Waddle Dee Town is quaint Cons Runs out of ideas Co-op play is limited Read more

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin isn’t just a meme
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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin isn’t just a meme

At this point, I couldn’t tell you the defining features of a Final Fantasy game. Early on in the franchise’s long history, I would have said it’s a high -antasy RPG filled with wizards and warring nations. That descriptor began to bend with each entry, as games like Final Fantasy VII completely shook up the Read more

You can pet the dog (and read its mind) in Ghostwire: Tokyo
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You can pet the dog (and read its mind) in Ghostwire: Tokyo

When I spoke to the developers behind Ghostwire: Tokyo earlier this year, they insisted that it wasn’t a horror game. Despite coming from Tango Gameworks, a studio run by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, the team was eager to distance it from the genre it’s best known for. When I played the game’s first chapter, Read more

Steam Deck review: Expect an experimental gaming experience
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Steam Deck review: Expect an experimental gaming experience

Steam Deck MSRP $400.00 “The Steam Deck feels like a first draft that will be rapidly improved upon.” Pros Tons of control flexibility Excellent specs Fantastic speakers Clean Steam interface Low price Cons Awkward design Weak battery life Inconsistent game compatibility Finnicky Linux browser Valve’s Steam Deck is an exercise in expectation setting. If you’re Read more

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a perfect Elden Ring chaser
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Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a perfect Elden Ring chaser

Right now, it seems like everyone is playing, or at least talking about, Elden Ring. FromSoftware’s open-world behemoth released to the kind of rave reviews that demand attention. Players all over the world are currently experiencing its dreary world and absolutely brutal fights. It’s a demanding experience, and one that might drain players of their Read more

Chocobo GP is a joyously absurd racer for Final Fantasy fans
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Chocobo GP is a joyously absurd racer for Final Fantasy fans

Many franchises have tried to draft off of Mario Kart’s success, but few can keep up with Nintendo’s sales monster. Throughout gaming history, we’ve seen kart racers featuring Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Garfield, and more. Now, Square Enix has brought its most popular series back to the starting gate. Chocobo GP is a new Nintendo Switch Read more

Elden Ring made me appreciate Zelda’s weapon degradation
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Elden Ring made me appreciate Zelda’s weapon degradation

Talk to anyone about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the topic of weapon degradation is sure to come up. Any weapon Link picks up in the game will break after a number of uses, forcing players to constantly switch their tools up. The controversial feature has been a point of contention Read more