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NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS REVIEW

NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS REVIEW

Ghost Games, the latest inheritors of the NFS series, may not have reinvented the wheel while making this year’s white-knuckle racer, but it has equipped Need for Speed: Rivals with all the right parts to make it a serviceable–and enjoyable–game. You won’t find ample engine customizations screens here, but you will get to enjoy some slick, easy-to-pick-up controls and one of the most populated environments you’ll ever see in a racing game–a good thing, considering it features an expansive open world. Taking place in the California Coast-inspired county of Redview, Rivals has dozens of events, races, and rivals (Need for Speed’s name for other lawless racers) scattered across its stunning landscape. You’ll drift around bends with a pull of the e-brake, careen off half-hidden jumps, fly through speed traps, and ultimately enjoy every minutia of the overloaded landscape. When it comes to stellar collision detection, however, Rivals doesn’t deliver. Where Burnout made the rush of speed and crunching impacts between cars feel like cartoonish fun, Rivals’ inconsistent crashes will undoubtedly infuriate you, especially during pursuits. Like its predecessors Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, Rivals is divided into two equally lengthy campaigns: cops and racers. You’re given assignments that range from winning gold in a race to taking down other racers in a chase, and while these are a great way to familiarize players with everything in Rivals’ spacious world, they do little to keep the game feeling fresh after a few hours. With an impressive open world that’s a blast to explore, and some enjoyable–if not repetitive–missions, Need for Speed Rivals sets the bar for what next-gen racing games.

BATTLEFIELD 4 REVIEW

BATTLEFIELD 4 REVIEW

The Battlefield series has built its reputation on memorable moments. Some epic, some intimate, some barely believable–YouTube is filled with clips of people far better at Battlefield than you, doing amazing things (to people like you). Battlefield 4 wants you–yes, you–to experience even more thrilling, more epic moments than ever before with a beefed up

CRIMSON DRAGON REVIEW

CRIMSON DRAGON REVIEW

The first time you battle an army of laser beam-shooting jellyfish with your fireball-shooting dragon, you’ll probably get destroyed. It’ll take a few missions to get the hang of dodging enemy projectiles (less a matter of threading the needle, more a matter of mashing the barrel roll button). You’ll no doubt fiddle with the sensitivity

LOCOCYCLE REVIEW

LOCOCYCLE REVIEW

Playing Lococycle feels much like you’ve crashed into an alternate universe where Quentin Tarantino and a cheap porn director got together to shoot a budget movie. A disastrously beautiful amalgamation of live-action cutscenes, on-rails shooting, GlaDOS-inspired voice acting, quick time events, awful racial stereotypes, an orchestral soundtrack, and–in one instance–Street Fighter-inspired 1v1 combat: this game

PEGGLE 2 REVIEW

PEGGLE 2 REVIEW

I only jotted two things down while I played through Peggle 2 on Xbox One. The first was: “joy-puke rainbows :)!!!!!!!!!!” Anyone who played the original likely knows why. Peggle, at its most basic, is a beautifully crafted symphony of simplicity. All you do is shoot balls at pegs, and yet it’s mesmerizing and magical,

STRIDER REVIEW

STRIDER REVIEW

Like the best games of the 1980s, the 2014 reboot of the seminal Capcom classic Strider wastes no time getting right down to business. Within seconds of booting it up, you’re hang gliding right into the heart of Kazakh City and slashing cyborgs with the quickness of a ninja. Within minutes, you’re grappling with a

THIEF REVIEW

THIEF REVIEW

I activate my focus ability to scout out the area and find an opening to sneak by the enemy patrols. A single guard stands nearby. Slowly, I inch my way behind the target and shift into the light for a moment to make my move. As quickly as I appeared, I vanish back into the

PLANTS VS ZOMBIES GARDEN WARFARE REVIEW

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE REVIEW

Changing genres mid-franchise is a tough sell, especially when you’re taking a popular series and saying “screw it, we’re making it a shooter!” Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies is the latest to make the leap, and arguably the strangest example yet; Garden Warfare outright ditches the tactical gameplay of the original for large-scale multiplayer gunfights. No

TITANFALL REVIEW

TITANFALL REVIEW

A normal match of Titanfall is going to include at least two “Did you see that?!” moments. Like, two separate times where you literally say, “Did you see that?” Out loud. It might be when you dash through a ruined building, jump kicking half a dozen AI-controlled grunts to death. It might be when you

DIABLO 3 REVIEW

DIABLO 3 REVIEW

Some genres are defined by their ancestors. Doom begat the first-person shooter, Grand Theft Auto begat the open-world game, and Diablo begat the hack-and-slash RPG. But unlike the others, the hack-and-slash still carries the moniker of “Diablo clone,” nearly 20 years after its creation. And for good reason–while games like Torchlight and Titan’s Quest made

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