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The Amazing Music Of My 10 Favorite Games In 2017 The Amazing Music Of My 10 Favorite Games In 2017

When it comes to video games, 2017 was not joking around—both for the sheer quality and their incredible soundtracks.

Pocket Camp Sucks The Soul Out Of Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Sucks The Soul Out Of Animal Crossing

After luring Kid Kat, a superhero cat with a Speed Racer fashion sensibility, to my mess of a camping ground, I lost interest in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’d spent hours—sometimes portions of entire days—obsessively and painstakingly crafting furniture to satisfy animals’ requests. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

Layton's London Is Almost Like The Real Thing, And It's Just As Gorgeous Layton's London Is Almost Like The Real Thing, And It's Just As Gorgeous

London has hosted my travel adventures on three occasions. Well, 10 times really, if we’re counting the ones I went on with the good Professor Layton, Luke, and Katrielle.

Golf Story's Absolutely Ridiculous, And Oh So Good Golf Story's Absolutely Ridiculous, And Oh So Good

“Years of watching golf has finally paid off,” my sister mused. Then with a pause, a snicker and a hand-waving gesture, “Though I still don’t quite understand some of the golfing terms.”

A Chat With Last Day of June's Director On Love, Loss, Steven Wilson, And Italy's Game Industry A Chat With Last Day of June's Director On Love, Loss, Steven Wilson, And Italy's Game Industry

Last Day of June’s ominous title is perfectly matched for its intentional, brooding Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. And as the game’s director Massimo Guarani notes, it’s our shared human experience of loss and subsequent coping mechanisms that is at the heart of his team’s upcoming indie adventure game.

Visit Google's Homepage, Become A Visual Composer Visit Google's Homepage, Become A Visual Composer

If you haven’t browsed the web today using Google (or maybe you’re a Bing Wiz and that ain’t my biz), check the homepage. Today’s interactive Doodle celebrates Oskar Fischinger’s 117th birthday. Who’s that? Only a cool man who created musical animations way before MTV played music videos, and then didn’t.

Forget E3 2017. The Real Party Was On A Parking Lot Forget E3 2017. The Real Party Was On A Parking Lot

One morning, you may find yourself throwing eye-daggers at friends at 6 a.m. for repeatedly blasting Mario Odyssey’s theme song. Then, later, involved in the stage clean up of half-consumed beer, cucumber sparkling water, and sweat from one of your favorite musicians from one of your beloved game series. E3 is weird.

Hopefully Yo-kai Watch 2 Will Give Me Those Familiar Summer Chills Hopefully Yo-kai Watch 2 Will Give Me Those Familiar Summer Chills

Last Summer, I went from inhaling power-ups and being a shape-shifting, cutesy mecha nightmare as Kirby in Planet Robobot to keeping the company of questionable, spirited friends. I’d like to continue the tradition of the latter once the warm clutches of 2017's Summer take hold. Yo-kai Watch 2, here I come.

Persona 5 Is Just Too Damned Real Persona 5 Is Just Too Damned Real

There are certain things I can and want to expose my curious 10 year-old nephew to. Particular parts of Persona 5? Yes. Most of the game? Not yet. I’d like for him to be engaged with it in the future. But he’s already halfway there as it’s a fictional, yet too real snapshot of what we’re all living through right now.

Cherry Limeade Peeps Are The Scourge Of Spring Cherry Limeade Peeps Are The Scourge Of Spring

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...well, when it comes to specialty peeps, I’m just a fool who needs to feel to learn.

Breath of the Wild's Eventide Island Is Nothing New, But Still Cool As Hell Breath of the Wild's Eventide Island Is Nothing New, But Still Cool As Hell

As is the norm in Breath of the Wild, I was investigating Hyrule’s shores when I spied a curiosity in the distance—an island I forgot to visit. Making my way by raft, I set upon its beach as a storm drew in. I had arrived at Eventide, and was informed the awaiting trial had a nasty surprise in store. Hooray?

Snipperclips: The TAY Review Snipperclips: The TAY Review

In Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!, the urge to cut your friends out of malice—and not for actual problem solving help—is strong. It makes the gaming experience just as frustrating as it is fun. But best of all, under that playful bit of co-op devilry is a very smart game.

Man, Puyo Puyo Tetris Is Wrecking Me Man, Puyo Puyo Tetris Is Wrecking Me

Seriously, curse those weirdly expressive puyo globs.

So Far, Snipperclips Is Creative, Cutting Edge Fun So Far, Snipperclips Is Creative, Cutting Edge Fun

On the show floor at NYC’s hands-on Nintendo Switch event—and easy to bypass amongst the bustle of activity surrounding titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—stood Snipperclips.

Final Fantasy XV's Wiz's Energizing Elixir Is Orange Death In A Bottle Final Fantasy XV's Wiz's Energizing Elixir Is Orange Death In A Bottle

Sometimes, after a particularly weary and intense battle, Final Fantasy XV’s Prompto will whine that he’s dying of thirst. I hope he’s not craving any of Wiz’s Energizing Elixir because that concoction tastes like medicinal trash.

Yomawari: Night Alone's Not Exactly Scary But It's Still Pretty Messed Up Yomawari: Night Alone's Not Exactly Scary But It's Still Pretty Messed Up

Over-analyzing games and favorite mediums can be a real killjoy at times. A critical eye can make problems more glaring which lessens the impact of a body of work. But when masters of their craft know how to elicit specific emotions, all that is rendered moot. This is often the case with Yomawari. Damn you, game.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Peeps Are No Friends Of Mine, Spice Up Regret Pumpkin Spice Latte Peeps Are No Friends Of Mine, Spice Up Regret

Poor, 8 a.m. life decisions and I are not strangers, particularly in Autumn. This week I had a date with a bowl of pumpkin spice cheerios. Two years ago, it was my tryst with Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. Today, I really should have rethought that meeting with the pumpkin spice latte peep.

When My Interest In Rock Is Reignited, I Might Love Rock Band Again When My Interest In Rock Is Reignited, I Might Love Rock Band Again

In a week’s time, there’s an expansion coming for one of my favorite games. ‘A once favorite’ game may be a more truthful testimony. I’m pretty sure my love of Rock Band has partially waned because music just isn’t what it used to be.

Cultural Memories, Mischief, and Yo-kai Watch Cultural Memories, Mischief, and Yo-kai Watch

Human capacity for evil and manipulation is one of the most terrifying things but the supernatural still raises goosebumps. Yo-kai Watch is not the best case for true scares but at times, it’s twisted enough to give me chills. What can I say? My childhood was filled with creepy stories, and the game reminds me of that.

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