“The Dark Side Triumphant:” Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Review

Kulturecade ‐ November 29, 2017

Playing through Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is an experience not dissimilar from watching an Olympic sprinter trip and faceplant inches from the finish line. Out of the gate, Battlefront 2 makes a great first impression, with accessible gameplay, immaculate attention to detail, and a campaign that promises to deliver a new kind of Star Wars story. The game falters almost immediately, however, and it’s all downhill from there.

The five-hour single-player campaign follows Iden Versio, leader of the elite Stormtrooper team Inferno Squad. In the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, Iden and her squad are tasked with reasserting the Empire’s …

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting a Remaster

Kulturecade ‐ November 22, 2017

One thing I’m genuinely curious about when it comes to people’s game collections in this current generation is how many of their PS4 or Xbox One games are remasters or ports. Part of that curiosity comes is because I want to know how many people are liable to bite on any of the reasons remakes are so popular and plentiful — they trust the name more than they would a new product, they want to see their favorites at their full potential, they evoke a feeling of nostalgia, or they simply want to have the best version of a game, …

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Tainted Love: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Review

Kulturecade ‐ November 16, 2017

It’s no understatement to say that the Guardians of the Galaxy have exploded in popularity in recent years, so a video game based on the characters was inevitable. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series makes a good first impression, perfectly capturing the tone of the movies and sporting some sharp writing. It doesn’t take long until the cracks begin to show, however; the most successful Telltale games make players believe that their choices matter, even if the decisions made are largely inconsequential. Guardians of the Galaxy can’t even create a convincing illusion of choice.

The plot here, thin as it …

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“What Exactly is the Function of a Rubber Duck?” Lumo Review

Kulturecade ‐ November 15, 2017
“What Exactly is the Function of a Rubber Duck?” Lumo Review

We have a lot of classic genres currently experiencing “revivals” in the modern gaming landscape, often due largely to the prevalence of indie developers working with more heart than resources (which is a good thing, anyway). Platformers are some of the most prominent, with the market overflowing with cool, creative, and often classic takes on the genre. The same goes for shoot-em-ups, and even the Myst-inspired adventure game, where immersion is top priority and benefits from the advancement of the technology available. Lots of these games have a wide appeal and the market welcomes them in droves because of it. …

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Gaming Flashback: Forgotten SNES RPGs

Kulturecade ‐ November 14, 2017

If there’s anything that I miss in the modern era of gaming, it’s a genuine surprise. In today’s world, we see the hype train start for a title months or even years before a game’s release, so it’s nearly impossible to walk into a store and see a game you may have never heard of. Of course, back when I was young, the method we learned about and even played new games was to walk into our local video store and look at the newest titles that were available for rent. While the rental store is largely a thing of …

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A Near Dawn Preview

Kulturecade ‐ November 13, 2017
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A Near Dawn is a point-and-click adventure game from Far-off Daydream Games currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The game promises to be a fun and dark tale of a man struggling against forces both all-too-real and seemingly supernatural. The brief prologue I played left me interested in the final product, but unable to tell just how consequential my choices would be in the finished game.

A Near Dawn casts players as Sam Nichols, an attorney at a failing law firm who also seems to suffer from some serious psychological issues. Sam is haunted by dreams of a malevolent figure, all while …

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Thor: Ragnarok

Kulturecast ‐ November 10, 2017
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Thor: Ragnarok

Chris and Eric are joined by director Matt Campagna as they talk Marvel’s newest film and the third Thor film Thor: Ragnarok. The film reunites Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk as they battle to escape Skaar and prevent the total destruction of Asgard. Along the way, he is joined by Loki, Valkyrie, and some newcomers as they fight Hela and her undead minions. It’s the most comedic Marvel film yet and a welcome reprieve from the last two Thor films.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw on Twitter at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” …

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Beware the Eclipse: Tokyo Xanadu Review

Kulturecade ‐ November 09, 2017
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Beware the Eclipse: Tokyo Xanadu Review

The Vita has a funny way of finding itself back in my good graces. After I’m ready to write it off after my experience with Drive Girls, I find myself drawn right back in thanks to Tokyo Xanadu. Tokyo Xanadu is a bit of an oddity as, despite this series being more than thirty years old, it’s only the third title in the series to be localized for a Western release. I missed out on the second localized entry since it was exclusive to the N-Gage, so this will be my first time playing a game from this series since …

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“I Just Want to Get Home”: ‘After Hours’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ November 08, 2017
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“I Just Want to Get Home”: ‘After Hours’ Review

Most modern filmgoers only know a tiny slice of Martin Scorsese’s backlog and assume that his filmography is made up of either collaborations with Robert DeNiro or Leonardo DiCaprio. While recently that’s been the case especially with Leonardo DiCaprio, a series of films I’m not a massive fan of except The Departed, some of Scorsese’s lesser-known works tend to be exciting forays into topics and narrative styles not usually associated with the auteur. Such is the case with After Hours, a black comedy with noir elements along with a sympathetic performance from its lead Griffin Dunne. It’s a film that is overlooked in …

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Cool, Cheap PAL Imports You Can Buy For Your PS4 Right Now

Kulturecade ‐ November 08, 2017
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I’ve fallen down another rabbit hole. It’s one thing when I get too overexcited about a slew of cool budget titles that I buy as much for the shelf value of them than I do for playing, but it’s even worse when you start snapping them up from other countries and wait two to three weeks for them to arrive. This is what happened to me this past month when I discovered the sweet library of PS4 titles that have gotten physical releases but only in Europe.

Now, while imports have become more accessible than ever nowadays, for all generations of …

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