Is The Free Stranger Things Game Worth Downloading?

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Is The Free Stranger Things Game Worth Downloading?

Early this morning we learned about the existence of a throwback Stranger Things mobile game. It's out now, and it's free, but is it worth downloading?

The game is free in the truest sense, in that does not include microtransactions. Jeff Cork and I only spent a few minutes with it, but it seems all right! Watch us play the game, and gush about our fandom for Stranger Things below.

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Is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Worth Your Time?

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Is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Worth Your Time?

In the strangely split Mario RPG library, the Mario & Luigi series generally has more in common with the original Legend of the Seven Stars for SNES, especially when compared to the current state of the Paper Mario series. Superstar Saga represents the first entry in the series and originally released on Game Boy Advance in 2003 to near universal acclaim. We gave the game a 9.5 review score. Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a full remake of that game that adds some new content, but is it worth revisiting?

Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a game nobody was asking for, but I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Fans usually want remakes of games that didn’t quite live up to their full technical potential, or are unplayable on current platforms. Superstar Saga, when it released in 2003, was not held back by any overt technical limitations. It looked great and played well, and that holds true today. When we put the games side by side for a recent video, many even commented that they preferred the pixelated original. Additionally, the game is downloadable on Wii U for a reasonable price, $7.99. It’s not a hard game to find and play, and it still plays great.

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Is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Worth Your Time?

about X hours ago from
Is Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions Worth Your Time?

In the strangely split Mario RPG library, the Mario & Luigi series generally has more in common with the original Legend of the Seven Stars for SNES, especially when compared to the current state of the Paper Mario series. Superstar Saga represents the first entry in the series and originally released on Game Boy Advance in 2003 to near universal acclaim. We gave the game a 9.5 review score. Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a full remake of that game that adds some new content, but is it worth revisiting?

Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is a game nobody was asking for, but I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Fans usually want remakes of games that didn’t quite live up to their full technical potential, or are unplayable on current platforms. Superstar Saga, when it released in 2003, was not held back by any overt technical limitations. It looked great and played well, and that holds true today. When we put the games side by side for a recent video, many even commented that they preferred the pixelated original. Additionally, the game is downloadable on Wii U for a reasonable price, $7.99. It’s not a hard game to find and play, and it still plays great.

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Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Dragon's Dogma (Again)

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Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Dragon's Dogma (Again)

Dragon’s Dogma releases today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a fact you may be tempted to dismiss as part of the growing trend of companies porting last-gen games to current-gen systems. And admittedly, yes, that’s what this is. However, if you haven’t played Dragon’s Dogma in any of its previous incarnations, you shouldn’t let this innovative open-world RPG pass you by again.

You play as an “Arisen,” and you explore Capcom’s ambitious fantasy setting in search of the dragon that literally stole your heart – but the journey is more than a typical hero’s quest. That core hasn’t changed in the five years since the original Dragon’s Dogma came out.

This new release has a handful of technical improvements, like running in 1080p and a more stable framerate. The Dark Arisen expansion is also part of the package, along with tweaks made for the PC version (including some free gear and unlimited fast-travel). Even if the fundamentals haven’t changed much on PS4 and Xbox One, this re-release is the perfect excuse to give an underappreciated gem another chance.

Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Dragon's Dogma (Again)

about X hours ago from
Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Dragon's Dogma (Again)

Dragon’s Dogma releases today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a fact you may be tempted to dismiss as part of the growing trend of companies porting last-gen games to current-gen systems. And admittedly, yes, that’s what this is. However, if you haven’t played Dragon’s Dogma in any of its previous incarnations, you shouldn’t let this innovative open-world RPG pass you by again.

You play as an “Arisen,” and you explore Capcom’s ambitious fantasy setting in search of the dragon that literally stole your heart – but the journey is more than a typical hero’s quest. That core hasn’t changed in the five years since the original Dragon’s Dogma came out.

This new release has a handful of technical improvements, like running in 1080p and a more stable framerate. The Dark Arisen expansion is also part of the package, along with tweaks made for the PC version (including some free gear and unlimited fast-travel). Even if the fundamentals haven’t changed much on PS4 and Xbox One, this re-release is the perfect excuse to give an underappreciated gem another chance.

The Most Amazing Looking Exotic Armor In Destiny 2

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The Most Amazing Looking Exotic Armor In Destiny 2

Not too long ago we took a look at the coolest looking weapons in Destiny 2, but Bungie gives Guardians exotic armor that is just as fashionable as any fantastic firearm. With this list we once again leave behind numbers and stats and instead rank which exotic armor looks the coolest. After all, it’s not worth shooting aliens if you can’t look good doing it.

The focus here is only exotic armor that is unique to Destiny 2. Sorry, no Celestial Nighthawk. 

10. SToMP-EE5Better, stronger, faster. That’s the philosophy behind this exotic leg armor, which functions both visually and narratively as an exoskeleton. The way the metal wraps around a Guardian’s legs, with fixtures at the knee joints, makes this armor feel as though it’s been grafted on, not worn. But the SToMP-EE5 leg armor makes it on this list because of the duality of its design. The clean red and white coloring is corporate, while the gaps and holes in the armor make the armor feel patchwork, cobbled together as an experimental aid in battle.

The Most Amazing Looking Exotic Armor In Destiny 2

about X hours ago from
The Most Amazing Looking Exotic Armor In Destiny 2

Not too long ago we took a look at the coolest looking weapons in Destiny 2, but Bungie gives Guardians exotic armor that is just as fashionable as any fantastic firearm. With this list we once again leave behind numbers and stats and instead rank which exotic armor looks the coolest. After all, it’s not worth shooting aliens if you can’t look good doing it.

The focus here is only exotic armor that is unique to Destiny 2. Sorry, no Celestial Nighthawk. 

10. SToMP-EE5Better, stronger, faster. That’s the philosophy behind this exotic leg armor, which functions both visually and narratively as an exoskeleton. The way the metal wraps around a Guardian’s legs, with fixtures at the knee joints, makes this armor feel as though it’s been grafted on, not worn. But the SToMP-EE5 leg armor makes it on this list because of the duality of its design. The clean red and white coloring is corporate, while the gaps and holes in the armor make the armor feel patchwork, cobbled together as an experimental aid in battle.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Annihilation

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Annihilation

I watched Blade Runner again last weekend, and all I have to say is damn. Damn. Damn. Damn! That film withstands the test of time, and is so damned good that it immediately made me fear the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which opens in theaters on Friday. Director Denis Villeneuve has big shoes – Death Star-sized shoes – to fill, and critics are saying that he may have done it. He may have created a sequel that not only lives up to the lofty ambitions of its predecessor; it may be an even better film.

Blade Runner 2049 is currently sitting at a 94-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the words critics are using to describe it tell more of a story. Entertainment Weekly says it moves modern moviemaking into the realm of high art, Rolling Stone calls it an instant classic, and most critics genuinely sound like they were blown away by it. I adored Villeneuve's work on Arrival, and he may be emerging as the new trailblazer for science-fiction cinema.