Achtung Cthulhu (7)

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics operates under the assumption that the best way to escalate World War 2 is to add Elderich monsters to the mix. After a successful kickstarter the game is finally out, but not even killing Nazis and monsters alike can make this game as interesting as the premise.

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La Mulana 2 (2)

La-Mulana is one of the trickiest series to review thanks to its combination of high skill gameplay and just plain frustrating design. The last time I played it, I could not recommend it for its focus on difficult for the sake of difficult design. I also received all manner of threats and attacks from fans saying that I didn’t like hard games. With La-Mulana 2, the developers are back with another grueling run through the temple. And if you’re hoping that they have improved things…no such luck.

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Loot Box

News continues to grow regarding regulating Loot Boxes and their impact on game design, monetization, and consumer behavior. At this point, we must be in the hundreds as to videos or posts decrying the use of loot boxes.

However, it’s important when studying loot boxes to look at why they’re so popular, and when the line gets crossed into predatory practices.

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GOW 1

The God of War franchise became one of the cornerstones of the Playstation platform thanks to Sony Santa Monica and Lead Designer at the time David Jaffe. Following multiple sequels, side stories, and David leaving the company, God of War entered its own form of purgatory. With Cory Barlog stepping up and years of development, a reinvented God of War was released this year to critical acclaim. Unfortunately for me, I found this to be a game of two minds: an amazing story and direction, with an underdeveloped combat system.

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