I enjoy Nintendo’s lighthearted nature with the Smash Bros. Series, letting their prized mascots pummel each other for our enjoyment. The fact that the games tend to be pretty good, too, doesn’t hurt anything. With the release of Super Smash Bros Wii U, has Nintendo set a new high water mark in the series, or should you keep brawling?

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There is something to be said about a long, deep single player role playing game, a rare breed these days, particularly quality ones. With Dragon Age Inquisition, Bioware has again exhibited their mastery of the craft, producing one of the best RPGs in years and a contender for Game of the Year. Just how good is it, though?

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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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With the NBA season opening tonight, what better time to look at the latest entry in the NBA 2K series, NBA 2K15. This is the 2nd current gen NBA 2K, and the first current gen build to make its way to the PC, where we are reviewing it today. Is it as great as 2K Sports claims it is, or are we looking at a regression year for the perennial champs?

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I was never that big on Gauntlet back in the ’80s and early ’90s, being more of a Ninja Turtles/X-Men player in the arcades of my youth. My first serious encounter with Gauntlet was Gauntlet Legends for Nintendo 64, which I loved. Now, almost a decade and a half after wasting days with that N64 classic, Gauntlet is back for PC. The question is, is it as memorable and addictive as the series’ history would suggest, or should Gauntlet have stayed just a good memory?

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When I started playing The Sims 4, I wasn’t expecting to be impressed. The playable areas were condensed from The Sims 3 from an open world to your house and its surrounding neighborhood, the emotions that EA touted as a big feature seemed like rebranded moodlets from The Sims 3, and the graphics didn’t look like any major step forward. Is The Sims 4 better than the sum of its parts, or is this the fall of a franchise?

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Finally, our Mario Kart 8 review has arrived at the finish line. What took us so long? Well you see, I’m playing Bowser driving a heavy kart with poor acceleration and this blue shell came and… ok, I was just waffling. I’ve been holding this for a short but the longer I waited the more belated it became, so I continued to hold it and that just made it worse. So the hell with it, here we go. Mario Kart 8 has the look of a great entry into the franchise’s storied history, but does it ultimately come up short of the podium?

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“Animal Crossing meets The Sims using Miis” sounds like either the most ingenious game every conceived, or the worst. Tomodachi Life for Nintendo 3DS is just that, but on which side of the line does it ride? Is it a wacky, fun life sim or a lifeless joke?

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