Review: Pyre

Since 2011, Supergiant Games has been firmly rooted to a visual and audio aesthetic that few can shake a stick at. The beauty and creativity of their previous titles, Bastion and Transistor is largely accepted as utterly undeniable. I am pleased to say that Pyre not only continues this tradition, but shows incredible growth for this rather remarkable indie studio. Sometimes I was so surprised by the subtlety of the animations and the instrumentals that quickly, I learned that I had to take my time in Pyre to catch everything I wanted. Pyre is a game which invited a close reading and rewarded me when I paid it the attention it asked of me with an experience I won't soon forget.

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I'm not Totally Sure if Yonder is Fun But I Feel Like I Like it

With Yonder, Prideful Sloth games, endeavored to create something which took things from each of those, amazing, aforementioned games and create something great. From Stardew Valley, there's farming, from Fable, there's Peter Molyneux's idea of a dynamic world (far better executed), and Windwaker's snappy visuals, with the twist of being in a low-pressure world where things like, leveling, combat, and the ability to die are missing. All of this sounds good but, after hours of trying to settle into Yonder, I don't know if I've enjoyed my time with it.

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ARMS: Review

Nintendo's no stranger to the subversion of typically very serious genres. Over the years Smash Bros have repetitively taken the fighting game and inserted its own unique element of goofiness, which has helped maintain its huge popularity among gamers of all types. Mario Kart also follows this very same tradition and going right along with that in 2015, Nintendo released Splatoon, a bright, goofy take on the 3rd person shooter which refuses to take itself seriously. And truly, ARMS can be considered nothing but the next iteration of this same tried and true Nintendo philosophy.

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Review: Magikarp Jump

The Sunfish is arguably the most useless creature on earth. These big-ass fish grow to between 247-1,000 kgs. They are huge with tiny little fins, bad eyesight and small, small, small brains. They are clumsy swimmers who avoid being eaten by most predators by their sheer fucking girth and nothing else. Because of their bad eyesight they literally sometimes swim into things so fast they die. And have been known to get caught in fishing nets quite often and swim right on up to divers. These creatures, also known as Mola Mola, have been the brunt of many jeers over the years.

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Review: Night in the Woods

Through the story, you follow Mae as she navigates the strangeness of small-town life after being the one to get out. What's beautiful about this game is its ability to capture the uncanny. Though the cast is comprised, entirely, of anthropomorphized animals and Possum Springs isn't a real place, the thoughts, feelings, and tensions portrayed in this game are all believable. If you've ever been to a small town in the Midwest suffering from a loss of jobs, you already know Possum Springs. If you've ever failed at something and ran home, you already know Mae.

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