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The most surprising game of 2020?

I ended 2020 believing it to be a wonderful year for game releases — with titles like Hades, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Persona 5 Royal on my plate I had a difficult enough time crowning a personal game of the year. Those three games together offer captivating narratives, tight gameplay, and attractive aesthetics. I was content with that — for me, that was more than enough entertainment for a calendar year. …


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The ultimate JRPG smackdown

The much overdue release of Persona 4 Golden on Steam has finally provided an opportunity for the legions of JRPG fans to play this landmark release. For many, including myself, Persona 5 was our introduction to the Persona series, and, to put it mildly, it’s been hugely gratifying to not have to buy a PlayStation Vita in order to play the definitive version of Persona 4. Having completed my playthrough of P4G some 60-odd hours later, it’s only natural that I’d want to compare it to Persona 5 (and the subsequent Persona 5 Royal). This isn’t to disparage the flaws…


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Video games have been a welcome escape

I don’t think I need to explain how rough the year 2020 has been any more than countless other publications and writers already have. In such a tumultuous year, the world has more than ever turned towards the comfort of video gaming. Society is largely confined indoors at home, so each video game release this year felt that much more important — we’re desperate for new indoor experiences, so we’ll take anything we can get our hands-on.

Though the global pandemic has impacted the release dates of several games, there was still plenty of fun to be had. I’d like…


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They’ve never looked better.

The much-anticipated Final Fantasy VIII Remake is here about a half decade after its initial announcement — finally, after much clamoring from the FF fanbase, the entry that few would argue is the series’ most defining has been rebuilt for modern audiences. Not content to build a shot-for-shot visual upgrade of the game, developer Square Enix has elected to release the remake in the form of a multi-part saga, with this first entry taking place entirely within the game’s iconic city of Midgar (in essence, the first act of the game). …


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Daddy’s home.

Kingdom Hearts III was polarizing among the Kingdom Hearts series’ fanbase on its initial release in January of 2019, to say the least. Many were pleased with the entry’s return to the more traditional action gameplay that was present in the KH series’ numbered entries, as well as the smooth and varied combat options and the game’s gorgeously rendered graphics. Detractors of the game cited a lack of difficulty, ill-paced story, and lack of closure in the game’s narrative, among other elements as reasons for the game being an overall disappointment after the decade-long wait since Kingdom Hearts II. However…


The 2010s saw sweeping changes occur in the gaming industry. What was once a fledgling market that was considered by many to be a subculture hobby upon entering the millennium has developed into a billion-dollar, culture-shaping industry. As the medium matured, games delved further into the realm of fantastic spectacle, subversive storytelling and gameplay, and metanarrative elements. From my perspective as a young Millenial/old Gen Z-er, this also happens to be the decade in which I developed into a critically thinking adult, and when my interest in games evolved into a deeper level of appreciation. I’d like to run through…

Michael Morisi

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