I began my journey into the Fallout 4 without many preconceptions. I had not heavily followed its development, so much so that its release damn near caught me off guard. Now, hours upon hours into the game, it’s time to finally dispense our take on Fallout 4 in our new Final Opinion format (which you can read more about here).

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Open world-style games are some of my favorites. The Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row series in particular produced some of my best experiences in the genre. Now Insomniac Games is bringing their take on the open world mayhem theme with Sunset Overdrive. Does it have a bright future, or is it the sun setting early on this newcomer?

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Grand Theft Auto 5 was a crown jewel of the last generation of consoles. Released late in their life cycle, it brought an unpatrolled sense of place and purpose thought its beautifully realized game world. Now, with it returning later this month on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and in January on PC), you will get to experience it from a whole new perspective: the first person perspective.

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Microsoft is dropping the price on the Xbox One to $399, equivalent to a PlayStation 4, in an attempt to spur sales. In the process however, they are splintering their community and possibly doing more harm than good. They achieve this cost savings by stripping the new model of the Kinect, which is one of the dumber yet predictable decisions I’ve seen in quite some time.

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Come March 11th, one of the often sited shortcomings of the Xbox One will be fixed – Twitch streaming is coming. Apparently streaming at (up to) 720p instead of the PlayStation 4’s max of 540p, if you’re going on pure resolution (which is something I intend to get in depth on another day), Xbox One is the winner. However, that’s not where the features end.

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Sometimes games take themselves too serious. Multiplayer shooters in particular are guilty of this. With the rare exception of a game like Team Fortress 2 or Battlefield Heroes, most online shooters are hard to get in to and hard to love. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare takes the road less traveled and attempts a lighter hearted and colorful spin on this competitive genre and comes off surprisingly well. Does this undead flower fight have staying power or will it shamble off into the night?

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