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Evolve Review

Turtle Rock Studios isn't necessarily a household name, but it's likely you've heard of the game they developed: Left 4 Dead. Even though Valve is often quoted as the brains behind that title, it was actually Turtle Rock Studios who came up with the franchise, eventually selling the rights to Valve. For their next game, Evolve, Turtle Rock Studios goes back to what they know: a group of four players banding together to survive. However, while Left 4 Dead pit these four survivors against a mass of zombies, with players taking control of special zombies with unique abilities, Evolve pits these four survivors against one player-controlled hulking monstrosity.

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The Order: 1886 Review

The Order: 1886, once poised to be the breakthrough hit of the PlayStation 4, recently came under fire days before it's official release. A YouTube member, who had somehow acquired a leaked copy of the game, recently put the entire game up as a Let's Play series of videos; while this was shocking in and of itself, the real shock came from the game's playtime: just over five hours. In the days leading up to the release of the game, fans found themselves questioning if the game is worth it despite the short length, and sadly the answer is a resounding no.

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Dying Light Review

Dead Island was something of a surprise hit last generation: A zombie game that relied more on melee attacks than gunplay. While the melee combat was solid, the rest of the game fell apart at the seams due to some strange design decisions and a story that ultimately went nowhere. Developer Techland blamed the faults of the game on the publisher, stating that it was pressure to get the game released that led to many of the issues. Now under a new publisher, can Dying Light show the world what Techland can do?

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare: Review

In gaming, sequels are an opportunity for a development team to take an established franchise, cling to what works and then shake things up a bit: a new setting, new character, or new features, for example. Call of Duty is one of those franchises that flew in the face of this, offering nearly the same game with every iteration; you'd frequently find the same B-movie military story, the same multiplayer, and even in later games, Activision would frequently bring back old rehashed Call of Duty multiplayer maps. For awhile, sales numbers were through the roof, as gamers flocked to each new iteration regardless of how repetitive they were, but then something changed: Gamers stopped buying. Call of Duty: Ghosts underperformed compared to its predecessor, prompting a change – the biggest change yet for the Call of Duty franchise.

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Destiny Review

In development for over five years, Destiny was poised to take the gaming world by storm. Bungie, who routinely struck gold with each and every game in the Halo series until their departure from Microsoft, were ready to innovate the first-person shooter world yet again. To that end, they teamed up with Activision to create a game that they claimed was part first-person shooter, part massively multiplayer online game, and part role-playing game. Halo meets Borderlands meets World of Warcraft, if you will. It was truly an ambitious project, with gamers wondering if it would even succeed. Now that Destiny is finally upon us, does it live up to its destiny or is it Bungie's first flop in over a decade?

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The Last of Us: Remastered Review

The Last of Us was not only the Game of the Year in 2013 at many gaming news outlets, but it was also one of the best games released on the PlayStation 3 period. It's no surprise then that Sony is revisiting the game for the PlayStation 4 with The Last of Us: Remastered, a game that combines one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 with all the horsepower of the PlayStation 4. Why remaster the game, only one year after it's release? Sony claims that many PlayStation 4 owners never owned a PlayStation 3, and the company wants to make sure its crowning achievement gets into the hands of as many gamers as possible. A legitimate reason, and anything that gets us another great game on the PlayStation 4 is only a good thing.

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Divinity: Original Sin Review

The age of Kickstarter is upon us. A few years ago, it seemed like everyone and their mother was pitching video game ideas on Kickstarter, with ideas running the gamut from the poorly thought out to the amazing. The best ideas were callbacks to gaming's past, games that would fill gaping genre holes that the current big name publishers were too afraid to touch. One of the most promising Kickstarter projects was for Divinity: Original Sin, a PC role-playing game that promised to bring us back to the golden age of role-playing games, mimicking some of the genre's best titles like Baldur's Gate and the original Fallout. With the release of Divinity: Original Sin, it's safe to say that a new golden age of computer role-playing games is now upon us.

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EA Sports UFC

Despite it's popularity in the real world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, franchise has always struggled in the video game market. THQ desperately tried in vain to make the series a contender on the home consoles, but a series of poor choices always kept the franchise one step from greatness. With THQ going under, Electronic Arts swooped and picked up the license, rebuilding the franchise from the ground up as EA Sports UFC. Can this prolific publishing house succeed where THQ could not?

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Watch Dogs Review

One of the first publicly shown next generation games, Watch Dogs has had its ups and downs since its grand unveiling. What was once supposed to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 was pushed back into 2014, with the game's once majestic graphics seemingly downgraded for last generation systems. Is the game that was once called a “Grand Theft Auto killer” still worth picking up?

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Ultra Street Fighter IV Review

Five years ago, Yoshinori Ono of Capcom once stated that there would only be one version of Street Fighter IV, that Capcom wouldn't succumb to version after version of the game like Street Fighter II did. Fast forward to the present time, and we're now on our fourth iteration of Street Fighter IV, dubbed Ultra Street Fighter IV. Does the game add significant changes to warrant yet another purchase? Should Capcom have stuck to their original promise of just limiting the game to one version?

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Mario Kart 8 Review

Mario Kart is one of the nostalgic gaming franchises ever conceived. Since its humble beginnings in 1992, the franchise is often associated with long, sleepless nights with friends, with bouts of frequent trash talking interspersed with the cheers of victory and the anguish of defeat. It's a given that, at some point in any gamer's life, they've played some iteration of Mario Kart, and might be wondering what can Nintendo possibly do at this point to keep the franchise feeling fresh. With Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, Nintendo has proven that the franchise isn't done innovating and is still just as significant in 2014 as it was back in 1992.

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Trials Fusion Review

Trials HD was a breakout hit of the last generation, with the game going on to sell over a million copies on the Xbox 360 and propelling the franchise into the hands and eyes of gamers everywhere. It wasn't always this way: The original PC releases attained nothing more than cult status, and it wasn't until Microsoft promoted the Xbox 360 version in its first indie promotion that the series reached a mainstream audience. With RedLynx now being picked up by Ubisoft, the series spreads its wings even further with the newest entry, Trials Fusion, releasing on five systems at the same time: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Trials Fusion marks the first time the series has ever appeared on a Sony console, as well.

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