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NYCC 2014: John Wick Wows the Crowd at its NYC Premiere

John Wick ReviewJohn Wick marks the explosive directorial debut of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, two veteran stunt actors/choreographers each with decades of experience under their belt; and what they deliver here is truly a sight to behold.  Keanu Reeves’ latest pulls no punches and is unashamedly ridiculous – a flawlessly executed, over-the-top revenge thriller that’s as stylish as it is brutal.

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Destiny: “The Best Bad Game You’ve Ever Played”

Destiny ReviewBungie, the studio most famous for creating the Halo franchise, returns to the spotlight with their latest venture, Destiny, an always-online first-person shooter which is simultaneously uninspired and fascinating — frustratingly lacking in so many key areas yet overwhelmingly enjoyable and addicting.  It is likely to be the best bad game you’ve ever played.

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GenCon 2014: IELLO Debuts King of New York

King of New York ReviewAt GenCon 2014, IELLO brought a very limited supply of their much-anticipated follow-up to King of Tokyo, sending gamers scrambling to get their hands on a pre-release copy.  While it certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it maintains everything that made the original so wildly successful while improving upon the formula in every way.

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Legendary Encounters is Mostly Amazing…Mostly

Legendary EncountersUpper Deck made a splash in 2012 when it published Legendary, a robust deck-building game based in the Marvel Universe.  Debuted at this year’s GenCon, Legendary Encounters now takes that experience, streamlines it with an improved ruleset and tighter mechanics, and immerses it in the Alien franchise, thematically following the storylines from all four films.

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GenCon 2014: Hands-On with Warhammer 40,000: Conquest

Warhammer 40,000: Conquest

One of the most anticipated releases primed to debut at this year’s GenCon was Fantasy Flight Games’ newest entry into their line of “living card games” – Warhammer 40k: Conquest.  We delve into the components, the gameplay, and most importantly, what makes Conquest stand out in an overcrowded card game market.

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GenCon 2014: Camel Up Review

Camel Up Review

Z-Man Games had a limited amount of this year’s Spiel des Jahres winner available domestically at GenCon ahead of its wide release later this year.  The coveted award guarantees plenty of exposure for the title and we couldn’t wait for the chance to try it out.

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GenCon 2014: Announcements from Fantasy Flight Games

FFG at GenCon 2014

Fantasy Flight Games had a commanding presence on the floor of GenCon 2014, unveiling plenty of brand new items and showcasing a torrent of new game announcements.  The next several months are going to be absolutely loaded with new products and expansions based on our favorite licenses.

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Straight Outta Endor, Star Wars Black’s Speeder Bike & Scout

SW-Black-Speeder-Bike-featA welcome addition to an already stellar line, the Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper deluxe box is one of the latest, and arguably one of the best pieces in the Star Wars Black (6-inch) series to hit shelves.

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Sniper Elite III is a Bloody Good Time

Sniper Elite III Review

Sniper Elite III, the newest effort from Rebellion Oxford and 505 Games, revels in the macabre horrors of war and, like its predecessor, makes an art form of the grisly effects a bullet can have on the human body.

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Shenandoah’s Desert Fox Perfects Wargaming on iOS

Desert Fox

Shenandoah Studios specializes in creating deep, engaging wargaming experiences for smartphones and tablets.  By focusing entirely on classic-style wargames, the studio is able to continually build on its strengths and fine-tune each release into a tight, thrilling experience for fans of the genre.  Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein, their third title, is now available for iOS devices and may be their most robust offering yet.

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Powerpuff Girls: DoT Does Fans a Disservice

PPG:DoTRecently released through Steam and newly available on iOS, Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville is an action/adventure-shooter which lets fans step into the shoes of their favorite trio made up of sugar, spice, and everything nice (and also a healthy amount of Chemical X).

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Game Korner: Constant C Review

Constant C Review

Available on Steam and XBLA, International Games System takes players on a brain-burning, twisted sci-fi romp inConstant C – a puzzle-platformer filled with physics-based challenges that are as clever as they are punishing.

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Game Korner: Istanbul Review

Istanbul Review

Istanbul, designed by Rüdiger Dorn, has just been published domestically through Alderac Entertainment Group and is currently nominated for Germany’s coveted Kennerspiel des Jahres award.  Boasting some interesting mechanics that lead to a solid amount of decision making all while players race to collect five rubies, it’s little wonder that it’s being called one of the best tabletop games of the year.  

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Bring a Smartphone to a Gunfight in Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs

After numerous delays, Watch Dogs has finally landed, bolstered by the hype machine and promising a thoroughly original experience.  While there are often moments of brilliance, however, the game ultimately struggles to live up to the lofty expectations that it set.

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Bethesda Announces New Free-To-Play Brawler, Battlecry

Battlecry

Publisher Bethesda has just announced an upcoming title, Battlecry, developed by their Austin-based studio of the same name.  A class-based, team versus team, 32-player action title, Battlecry’s aesthetic and design make it comparable to a third-person Team Fortress 2…only without the guns.

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