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Goodbye to The Play Button

Goodbye to The Play Button

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Everything comes to an end eventually, and it's time for me to close up shop here at The Play Button. This will be the last entry in this column, but I'll be easy to find on the internet for anyone who wants to hear what I have to say about games!

You Should Be Playing: Overwatch

You Should Be Playing: Overwatch

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There’s something unrepentantly colorful about Overwatch in a way that has nothing to do with actual colors. It’s been a while since a game has left me feeling this buoyant and pleased through nothing other than sheer force of visual personality and smooth gameplay. I don’t think I need to itemize the minutiae of gameplay (and everyone else has done so much better). I’ll make a couple of points about the game, but I want to emphasize that I think, overall, it’s a well-made and enjoyable experience.

E3 2016: What the Future Looks Like

E3 2016: What the Future Looks Like

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This last week, I was gifted with a glance into the future of my beloved medium. I said that I was too apathetic to write about the things I was sure I was going to see in this year's E3. That feeling has not entirely gone away, but I admit to feeling cautiously optimistic, and I wonder if perhaps I was being unduly cynical before now.

Should You Buy? Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

Should You Buy? Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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The return of Mirror's Edge is, for me, a look at my roots. Mirror's Edge is the game which got me into mainstream gaming (ironic, considering the game itself was a little too eccentric and unpolished to be called "AAA"). The game wasn't popular, but it had a cult following, and a sequel/reboot was inevitable. So does this one compare with the original in art and movement, while expanding the story, world, and parameters? Yes, no, and maybe . . . all at once.

Coming Soon: E3 2016

Coming Soon: E3 2016

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Despite the fact that it's good for the Play Button, I don't especially enjoy the yearly Electronic Entertainment Expo. It has a reputation as the game show, but I've yet to see a single show that really tickled my fancy. So while I don't think I'll be able to work up the enthusiasm to write about it after the fact, I'll talk about the rumors and what I don't want to see.

Don't Waste Your Money: Homefront: The Revolution

Don't Waste Your Money: Homefront: The Revolution

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You have no idea how sad I am that I've used this prefix twice already this year. I try to save it for games that I don't think have value for any audience. At first, I thought using it a second time in less than six months was cynicism on my part, but then I realized that, no, Homefront: The Revolution actually is that bad.

You Should Be Playing: Doom 2016

You Should Be Playing: Doom 2016

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Someone apparently gave Bethesda free rein to remake all '90s first-person shooters. First there was the superb Wolfenstein: The New Order, and now they've made a new Doom game. But you won't hear a single objection from me, because like its predecessor, this throwback to a classic franchise is surprisingly good.

You Should Be Playing: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

You Should Be Playing: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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I already gave my thoughts on the multiplayer of Uncharted 4, and it's a good thing I did, because this review only has room for the campaign. So let's get right to that!

Should You Buy? Star Fox Guard

Should You Buy? Star Fox Guard

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In the middle of playing the last game I reviewed, Star Fox Zero, I had another game edging its way into my peripheral vision. That game was Star Fox Guard, the game that came bundled with my version of Zero.