Review: Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion but it isn’t enough to carry a game. Unfortunately for Power Rangers: Mega Battle the gameplay problems are too much for a theme song and voice samples to overcome. It’s a game that has interesting ideas that it can’t deliver on. Ultimately it’s a generic beat-‘em up that doesn’t do enough to capture what made the original Power Rangers a cultural icon.

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Overwatch is casual and that's OK

Overwatch is unlike most other competitive shooters when it comes to scoreboards and stats. It doesn’t have a global scoreboard you can pull up at the press of a button and it doesn’t surface common shooter stats such as kill-death ratio for the whole game to see. Instead it focuses on surfacing positive numbers. Focusing on the positives sets the game apart from other shooters and makes it a more welcoming game.

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Nintendo Switch: Is it worth buying on day 1?

Last week Nintendo finally unveiled the details about their next console, the Switch, including information on price, release date and some upcoming games. Additional news continued as Nintendo execs did interviews and other publishers discussed their plans for the console. With a good idea of the launch games and the release date fast approaching it’s time to find out whether the Switch is worth buying on March 3.

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Trade season fun with NBA 2K17

Trade season! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for NBA fans. Teams are looking to solidify their playoff push by adding that final piece or trying to ensure an upcoming free agent doesn’t leave for nothing. While any NBA fan will have their own trade ideas to throw out I wanted to see what a computer would say, specifically NBA 2K17. Using the games Trade Finder we’ll look at some teams and players that are popular picks to make deals before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.

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Tim Dunn's Top 10 Games of the Year

It’s time. After handing out some fun awards over the last couple days all that is left is my top games of 2016. Keep in mind that this is my personal list. This isn’t trying to list the “best” games of 2016 but rather games that really stuck with me over the course of the year. With that out of the way let’s get on to the list.

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2016 Game of the Year: Day 2

We’re a little over a week into 2017 so now is the perfect time to look back on 2016. Overall last year was a fantastic year for games. Everything from small indie projects to the big budget blockbusters had a strong year. I played a lot of great games (and missed several more) this year so to make sure they all get their due I’ll be handing out some special awards leading up to the final top 10.

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2016 Game of the Year: Day 1

We’re a little over a week into 2017 so now is the perfect time to look back on 2016. Overall last year was a fantastic year for games. Everything from small indie projects to the big budget blockbusters had a strong year. I played a lot of great games (and missed several more) this year so to make sure they all get their due I’ll be handing out some special awards leading up to the final top 10.

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Livin' Da Dream: NBA 2K16's flawed attempt to tell a story

Visual Concepts has long dominated video game basketball. For NBA 2K16 they made one of their more ambitious moves with Livin’ Da Dream, a single player story mode. While a career mode has become an expected part of sports games, having a narrative driven mode hasn’t been attempted by the biggest brands. For many players these career modes go beyond simply following a single player and allow them to create their own stories. This time Visual Concepts attempted to build a story for the player. Written and directed by Spike Lee, Livin’ Da Dream ends up falling short. It pulls the player out of their story and the tone frequently clashes with the on-court action.

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Revisiting Mass Effect: Part 3

After taking a detour to stop a Batarian terrorist plot we rejoin Kylie Shepard as she makes her way to Noveria. The icy world, sitting just outside of Citadel space, is a hot spot for corporate research that would be deemed illegal under the laws of the Citadel. Shepard has reason to believe Saren’s top lieutenant, Matriarch Benezia, is visiting one of the labs on the planet and she intends to hunt her down.

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Revisiting Mass Effect: Part 2

Kylie Shepard’s hunt for the rogue Spectre Saren continues. After spending most of the first 13 hours focusing on side quests and reacquainting myself with the world of Mass Effect it’s time to check back in with Shepard. She has now recruited an Asari scientist, stopped a Batarian terrorist plot and turned down romantic overtures from her crew.

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Revisiting Mass Effect: Part 1

Nearly nine years ago BioWare released the first Mass Effect and launched one of the most beloved and well received franchises of the last console generation. With the trilogy recently being put on sale on PC and Mass Effect: Andromeda on the horizon I felt like it was as good a time as any to revisit the series.

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