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Aria Maryn

I'm Aria! When I'm not doing other things, I'm either playing video games or writing about them. If you like games, anime, and random stuff, you can follow me on Twitter @Sage0fForest

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Announced


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is back! A recent feature by Game Informer (published May 5, 2015) includes an exclusive announcement from Activision, Robomodo, and Disruptive Games. The announcement confirms that a new Tony Hawk game is coming very soon: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. For a while, the Tony Hawk series was unstoppable. With a strong debut in 1999, Tony Hawk’s Pro ...

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Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains – New Details and Trailer


Attack on Titan has become an international phenomenon over the past few years, and it’s not hard to see why: a deep story combined with tense action and great characters has made the manga and anime series very successful. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is the first Attack on Titan video game to be released outside of Japan, and it ...

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Nintendo eShop Spotlight: Boxboy!


Boxboy! is the newest game from HAL Laboratory, Inc. When it comes to Nintendo games, HAL Laboratory, Inc. (株式会社ハル研究所) is a legendary name. Since it was founded in 1980, HAL has developed games for almost every Nintendo platform that has been released. They are best known for the Kirby series, The Mother (Earthbound) series, and the Super Smash Bros. series. They are also the minds behind ...

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Playable Female Characters Are Important

Lara Croft

Playable female characters in games are currently a novelty. The vast majority of games cast players as a male protagonist, and it doesn’t surprise anyone. However, when a game allows players to play as a woman, it is delightfully surprising – and that’s what’s wrong with it. We shouldn’t be surprised by the presence of playable female characters – we should ...

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In Defense of Easy – Thoughts on Difficulty

easy difficulty

Difficulty settings are commonplace in modern games, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1974, Speed Race showed up in arcades. This was one of the very first games (if not the first game) to include difficulty settings. Since then, a large majority of video games have included difficulty options, and this has created something of a rift between gamers with different tastes. I ...

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Hands On With the New Mario Kart 8 DLC


Mario Kart 8 got its second batch of downloadable content this week. A free update introducing expanded Amiibo compatibility and the 200cc engine class was released alongside a pack of eight new tracks and three new characters for $7.99 (or included with the first DLC pack in a $11.99 bundle). We’ll start with what everybody will be getting: more Amiibo functionality ...

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iOS Spotlight: Adaline – An adventure of stealth, skill and cats


The iOS App Store is a strange place. There are incredible games, awful games, and awful clones of incredible games. The Chocobollo Company aims to change that, and they’ve started with their first game, Adaline – An adventure of stealth, skill and cats. The new developers seem to know what they’re getting into – the game’s current description (as of 4/23/15) expresses a desire ...

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Neverwinter Belongs on every Xbox One


Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter wasn’t even on my radar when I first saw it appear in the Xbox Store on March 31, 2015. In fact, I had never even heard of it. But the wait for the Xbox One edition of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited is absolutely killing me, so I immediately jumped at the chance to have a free-to-play ...

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3DS Gets Huge StreetPass Update – Is It Worth Your Time?


This week, the 3DS StreetPass Mii Plaza received a huge update from Nintendo. Two new StreetPass games are being offered, as well as a few minor changes and an optional, paid upgrade to the Plaza. Let’s start with the basics. Everyone can get this update by opening StreetPass Mii Plaza, navigating all the way to the left, and selecting “Check ...

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Monster Hunter Stories Announced for 3DS

Nintendo 3DS

During Capcom’s Monster Hunter Fest ‘15 Finals, a brand new Nintendo 3DS exclusive was announced: Monster Hunter Stories. The new handheld RPG is a spin-off of the Monster Hunter series, and it will take place in the same universe as the games in the core series. Not only was the game announced, but an amazing reveal trailer was also released. The video does ...

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