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VGW’s “Game of our Existence” Award

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As you may have heard, VGW will be closing for business on December 20 of this year. While we were finishing up all of our final “Game of the Year” discussions, I began thinking back to all of our previous year-end deliberations and all the great games VGW has given us the honor of covering. […]

VGW’s Top 25 Games of 2014

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2014 was perhaps the most interesting year for video games since I started covering the industry in 2009. There were no clear-cut winners when it came to the “Game of the Year” debates. Universally adored games like The Last of Us and Skyrim didn’t dominate the gaming collective’s minds for months on end like they […]

Glass Half Empty: Game of the (yawn) Year

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Excuse me while I take a moment to lovingly trash the hobby and/or art form you and I both enjoy (and, incidentally, the reason this site and many like it exist): is it just me, or did games sort of suck this last year? A ridiculous statement, right? I mean, look: new uber-powerful consoles that […]

Opinion: ‘Street Fighter V’ reveal shows Capcom harnessing its greatest asset: the fans

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This past weekend’s PlayStation Experience keynote address in Las Vegas has revealed the first official trailer for Street Fighter V, a PlayStation 4 and Windows PC exclusive. The trailer comes after a year of speculation of a Capcom and Sony collaboration that has now resulted in the classic fighting game series coming to PC and the […]

Open World Agoraphobia: Too Much Game?

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  The past few weeks have seen the release of at least four large-scale, open world games: Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and the re-release of Grand Theft Auto 5 on current gen consoles and PC. Add to that Sunset Overdrive (another open-world game) and the latest World of Warcraft expansion, and gamers are looking at dozens–if not hundreds–of […]

I Bought ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ Despite Never Having Played a ‘Dragon Age’ Game

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Today, I did something that I haven’t done in a very long time: I bought a game on impulse. Normally, I only purchase games that have been on my radar for a long time, anywhere between a few months and a couple of years. Plus, there are far too many game releases during the holidays […]

Opinion: ‘Far Cry’ is the hero the FPS genre needs

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Monkey Hunting in Far Cry. It’s mid-afternoon. I’ve been scouring the mountainside for what seems like days looking for an Assam macaque so that I can finally craft that wallet I’ve had my eye on. “One has to be around here somewhere,” I say to myself as I glance at the in-game map which shows […]

Opinion: Nostalgia should not sell ‘next-gen’ consoles

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If you somehow missed the news, thousands of fans’ prayers were recently answered when Nintendo confirmed Majora’s Mask will be available on the 3DS in the spring of 2015. Players have been desperately clamoring to revisit Termina for years and the internet exploded in jubilee when the game’s release was confirmed. Just a few months […]

Review: Amiibo

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The announcement of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures was met with as much fanfare as it was confusion. The interactive action figures resembled those found in the Skylanders and Disney Infinity sets, and featured some of the most recognizable characters in video game history, but without a single game or franchise dedicated solely to the Amiibo figures, […]

From pandas to Warlords, a return to ‘Warcraft’

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A new World of Warcraft expansion lies before the millions still logging into to Azeroth every day, and after a lengthy hiatus I’m only mildly surprised that I have several max-level characters parked outside the Dark Portal and ready to join the fight against the Iron Horde. I’d played WoW almost continuously since a year […]

Opinion: Sunset Overdrive puts fun back in the hands of players

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The recently released Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive could not have been released before 2014. Characters spout references to huge shows like Breaking Bad and Doctor Who, and the entire game’s personality hinges on deconstructing the oversaturation of the current gaming industry. But when I pick up my controller and explore Sunset City, I don’t […]

Overwatch’s case for increased gaming diversity

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This weekend’s BlizzCon, the fan convention for Warcraft creator Blizzard, is going to be looked back at as one of the company’s historic moments. Along with announcing its first new IP in more than a decade, Overwatch, Blizzard took a major step addressing an issue that’s currently rocking around the gaming world: diversity in games. At the […]

Exploring The Dragon Age Keep

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Your decisions mattered Dragon Age: Inquisition’s release date is a mere few weeks away, and for player on current gen consoles (PS4, Xbox One) BioWare has done something creative and immensely valuable in building the Dragon Age Keep. This is BioWare’s way of bringing the decisions from Origins and Dragon Age II into the mix for […]

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