The game's anecdotes function as mawkish indicators of social status, as the Internet crowd often forgets that being online is a privilege for more than a few.
Worst of all, unlocking the new monsters involves trekking through the tedious campaign over and over again, grinding for experience.
Creators like Chmielarz need an obvious symbol of false hope to sell (not articulate) their trendy nihilism that, if anything, should vanish.
It's not the polishing of the old that makes it worthy of the current gen, but how far the game is willing to present a twist on mythology that, for a AAA action game, still feels entirely new.
It's the same brick wall of a problem Netherrealm Studios has been running into since Mortal Kombat vs. DC, of trying to add depth where it's mostly unnecessary.
Whispering Willows's success is limited due to inconsistent technical execution and a ho-hum finale.
Sunset's most tangible accomplishment is how it responds when your priorities clash and intermingle with those of the playable character.
Even with all the gadgets, all the training, all the exhilaration of success, Arkham Knight's greatest achievement is in making it feel like it just might not be enough.
Neither the artificial screen glare nor actress Viva Seifert's performance lend credibility to the game's lady-psychopath clichés.
The comedic lengths the game goes to make the series's trademark wanton cruelty palatable is impressive.
Unsurprisingly, Tamriel Ulimited runs as well on consoles as its predecessors, and its tried-and-true combat is a clean fit for the MMO format.
The result is two lackluster RPGs slapped together with a basic matching game, minus all the gotta-catch-'em-all glee of obtaining new, fancier things.
The virtue of shooters has always been how a simple set of parameters create an array of interesting decisions, and the game's greatness is how it expands that matrix.
Slightly Mad Studios alters the racing-car formula smartly in several areas, but the good ideas are often half-baked or hidden behind a load of cruft.
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