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Trials Fusion review: ride along

Trials Fusion review: ride along

The Trials games have to find the perfect amount of frustration to entice gamers. Levels need to be challenging enough to have gamers say "just one more time," without having them burst a blood vessel. When you finally nail a level, it's incredibly liberating, whetting your appetite for more.

Developer RedLynx captured that sensation with both Trials HD and Trials Evolution. With Trials Fusion, they're able to maintain the status quo. While the game adds a few new features, the latest entry in the series is still all about staying on your wheels and finishing the race.

Read more: Ride onward and upward »

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Trials Frontier review: training wheels

Trials Frontier review: training wheels

Trials is a series that's built on completing short courses of about a minute each, so it makes sense that Ubisoft and RedLynx would bring their motorcycle-driven series to mobile devices. Trials Frontier makes a valiant effort to reach the heights of its console big brothers, even in the face of familiar (and unwelcome) free-to-play elements. Though Frontier may not quite have the same addictive pull as its predecessors, it's a very solid racing game on its own and one that transitions well to mobile platforms.

Frontier immediately stands out from previous Trials games by introducing a story. A western-themed town is being terrorized by a notorious biker and it's up to the player to track him down and beat him in a one-on-one race. This element allows the game to add in various characters to offer missions and goals for certain trial runs.

Read more: Riding on mobile »

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Sev Zero review: Amazon's first Fire TV exclusive tested

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Sev Zero review: Amazon's first Fire TV exclusive tested

Amazon's first big exclusive game for Fire TV is Sev Zero, which combines tower defense strategy with a third-person shooter.

Players start with an overhead view of the map, where they decide which fixed locations to place towers onto. Once ready, aliens start invading and players are dropped into the battlefield, having to blast away any alien creatures before they can make their way through the maze to the power core. You'll get some down time to upgrade and place new towers in-between waves, and will earn a cash bonus if you start the new wave before a timer runs out.

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R.B.I. Baseball 14 review: easy out

R.B.I. Baseball 14 review: easy out

Nostalgia is a powerful tool. MLBAM is bringing back the NES classic R.B.I. Baseball, replicating the "good ol'" two-button gameplay of old with a presentation that tries to compete with today's more sophisticated sims. Does it pay off?

Playing homage to its simplistic origins, R.B.I. Baseball 14 is not an in-depth sim along the lines of the recently released MLB 14: The Show. Instead, it's an arcade game with just three basic modes to choose from: Exhibition, Season and Post-Season. There's multiplayer as well, but you're limited to playing with a pal in the living room, as the game's only online support is leaderboards.

Read more: Worth swinging at? »

"AI hits a stupid number of home runs. In fact, I've played 4 exhibition games, and they only ..."
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Mercenary Kings review: run and gun

Mercenary Kings review: run and gun

Many game players grew up on classic shooters like Contra and Metal Slug, and Tribute Games' Mercenary Kings fits right in. After several months in Steam Early Access, it's officially released on PlayStation 4.

The terrorist group CLAW is up to no good and it's up to you, the Kings, to set out and stop them. That's easier said than done, as there are over 100 missions where you'll have to mow down enemy forces and complete objectives. The game starts out mercifully enough with simple gunners and tiny predatory creatures, but soon ups the ante with giant robots and other enemies that require a bit of firepower to bring down.

Read more: These Kings mean royal business »

"I don't mind it being the same level so much, but the respawning enemies is really dumb and ..."
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Fire TV video review: a set-top box for gamers?

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Fire TV video review: a set-top box for gamers?

Amazon Fire TV is just another drop in an ocean of media streaming set-top boxes. It runs Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Pandora, and sells for $99. In many ways, it's no different than other devices, like Roku and Apple TV.

Three factors distinguish the Fire TV from the competition: it's designed specifically to integrate with Amazon's streaming media services; its voice search functionality, and it can play Android-based video games on your television. Of these, its gaming capability is the most unique, and Amazon Game Studios is already releasing exclusive content for the system. But is that enough to justify picking one up?

Read more: An average media player gets above-average gaming »

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Kinect Sports Rivals review: could've been a contender

Kinect Sports Rivals review: could've been a contender

Kinect Sports Rivals is the first big Xbox One game that showcases the capabilities of the second-generation Kinect sensor. Like the original Kinect Sports (and Wii Sports), the goal of Rivals is to showcase new gameplay experiences made possible through new technology.

Unfortunately, while Rivals has its moments, it fails to showcase the new Kinect in a positive light. Lackluster activities and inconsistent tracking by Kinect hinder the overall experience.

Read more: Barely a bronze medal »

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MLB 14: The Show PS3 review: going to the fence

MLB 14: The Show PS3 review: going to the fence

Without 2K Sports' MLB 2K series to stand in the way, Sony could have simply plastered the number "14" on the box and called it a day. Instead, Sony San Diego has improved upon the series in all the right ways, adding upon the significant changes introduced in last year's game.

While the PS4 version will undoubtedly look better, the PS3 version of MLB 14: The Show continues to capture the genuine thrill of the game--and that's what will count for the fans.

Read more: Batter up »

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Infamous: Second Son review: over-powered

Infamous: Second Son review: over-powered

After two (and a half) games, Sucker Punch has the core of Infamous down to a science. Firing off shots, lobbing bombs, and roaming an open city in Infamous: Second Son is as fun as it ever was in the prior two games. In fact, it's all so immediately recognizable that it feels as if the series has hit a creative rut, even as the fundamentals remain solid.

Read more: Four incredibly similar power sets »

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Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes review: mission briefing

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes review: mission briefing

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is only a taste of what to expect from The Phantom Pain. It's an effective encapsulation of how Metal Gear is attempting to evolve for the next generation, and teases most of its tools and revisions smartly. However, it's so incredibly brief that this nugget of a game becomes difficult to recommend--and raises concerns about the full adventure.

Read more: A beautiful, brief experience »

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Yoshi's New Island review: rotten egg

Yoshi's New Island review: rotten egg

The original Yoshi's Island on SNES reimagined what a side-scrolling platform could be. However, Yoshi's New Island is unable to do the same. Not only does Nintendo play the series' 3DS debut overly safe, but it actually feels like a step back for the franchise, leading to its stalest iteration to date.

Yoshi's New Island takes us back to the ending of the original game, in which the stork drops off Baby Mario and Luigi at the doorstep of their parents. But in an absurdly wacky twist, it turns out that the stork delivered them to the wrong house. As he scrambles to find the right house, Kamek abducts Baby Luigi again, requiring the Yoshi clan to jump in and help Baby Mario traverse through a new island.

Read more: A step back »

"I thought Yoshi's Island DS was alright. Not as good as the original obviously but still a ..."
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Titanfall review: drop zone

Titanfall review: drop zone

From finishing off a rival Titan by ripping out its pilot, to detonating a Titan to destroy a squad of enemy soldiers, Titanfall is filled with numerous moments of sheer fun. Whether you're jumping on a Titan's back and shooting away at its battery like a mosquito sucking blood, or ripping the arms off a rival unit and beating it to death with them, there are so many OMG moments that, even after several hours of play, there's still little surprises to discover.

The focus on fun is evident in every aspect of Titanfall's design. Even basic traversal is engaging, with double-jumps and wall-runs allowing players to easily reach higher ground. Whereas infantry are agile, the titular Titans tower above other players, and it's easy to feel like a lumbering threat whenever jumping into the cockpit. Respawn has done a remarkable job conveying scale, but piloting is still accessible to anyone that's familiar with the core first-person controls. Their abilities are seemingly over-powered, with devastating firepower and a shield that can deflect enemy projectiles. However, there are numerous other abilities that make sure that neither soldiers nor Titans ever get too much of an upper hand.

Read more: It's time to drop your Titan »

"Yeah, the beta got boring after a few days. Battlefield is just way more up my alley I guess."
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Impressions: Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster restores a Square Enix classic

Impressions: Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster restores a Square Enix classic

Editor's note: Given its similarities to the original PlayStation 2 release, we decided against a formal review of the PS3/Vita HD remaster. In this piece, Steve Watts focuses on how the game has stood against the test of time and how the HD release improves upon the original.

Ten years following the release of Final Fantasy X, it's clear how much of a turning point the game has been for Square Enix.

Final Fantasy X is one of those rare games that actually holds up better in reality than it did in my memory. Though I've looked back fondly on its characters and story, the weak spots seemed to stand out with the passage of time. The linear structure and sometimes awkward voice acting, in particular, diminished its rank. In practice, however, those niggling problems were rarely distracting and easy to overlook. The voice acting is, on the whole, pretty good for its era--I even enjoyed Wakka's faux-Pacific-Islander. The linearity didn't bother me this time around, since the settings were unique and it supported the idea of a pilgrimage.

Read more: A dramatic shift in tone and gameplay »

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South Park: The Stick of Truth review: Oh, hamburgers!

South Park: The Stick of Truth review: Oh, hamburgers!

Fans have been waiting for quite some time for South Park: The Stick of Truth. Repeatedly delayed over the years, the Obsidian-developed RPG is finally seeing the light of day. And while the RPG mechanics are overly simplistic and the game suffers from major bugs, this is an authentic South Park experience that will delight show devotees.

The story follows a "new kid" moving to the titular town. The silent protagonist quickly makes friends with Butters and Cartman, who initiate him into their fantasy tribe of elves. But the plot soon moves beyond defending the Stick of Truth from Kyle's band of humans and into something far bigger, expanding into a story that would more than fit in with Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit television series.

Read more: A true South Park experience »

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review: seeds well planted

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review: seeds well planted

Multiplayer shoot-em-ups are rarely considered "family-friendly." Ever since its bizarre debut, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has subverted what we can expect from PopCap, from PvZ, and from shooters in general. Remarkably, PopCap has managed to create an experience that delivers all the strategic twitch combat of a shooter, presented with PvZ's unique charm.

Read more: Pick a side »

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