I like what Ubisoft is going for with Watch Dogs. It’s an open world 3rd-person action game with some unique twists to it in the form of hacking everything and anything. In the end though, is it worth your time with the likes of Grand Theft 5 still on the market, or is it nothing more than a hack job?

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As an avid fan of the Elder Scrolls series, dating back to my first encounter with Morrowind in 2003, I was always wary of Bethesda’s commitment to single player experiences versus the siren song of MMORPG’s potential goldmine. Now that Elder Scrolls Online is here, it’s time to see if it’s all its hyped up to be, or if you should stick with Skyrim until Elder Scrolls VI.

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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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I grew up a Marvel Comics fan. My Dad grew up on DC but I got my start with Marvel via “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” an old video that I rented from the local library countless times as a kid. I went through my school years learning to draw the likes of Spiderman and Wolverine while others around me were learning far less useful things like math and science. What all of this backstory adds up to is that I was looking forward to reviewing Lego Marvel Superheroes. Was I let down by the Lego brand again?

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NBA 2K14 was a solid, if not spectacular basketball when we reviewed It on PC. It was identical in many ways to its predecessors and had some nagging flaws that drug our opinion of it down some. Now we review NBA 2K14 for next-gen on the Xbox One. Is it the definitive NBA 2K14 experience, did 2K Sports cut too much to get it to market on time?

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As a late comer to the Assassins Creed series (the first one I played was Assassin’s Creed III), I don’t have a lot of preconceived notions about what the series can or should be. Instead I look at it from a more neutral angle, and from that point of view, I’m going on record that Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag is one of the best games I have played in 2013.

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