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October 16, 2017

After three years, 57 published pieces (including two features), and hundreds of dollars spent on games for reviews, this will be the last thing I write for Salient. It’s going to be hard to give this up, but I never anticipated my words being a consistent presence in this magazine, and now that the end […]

October 9, 2017

It’s no secret that video game publishers are greedy. While a successful triple-A game can generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, the upfront cost of $100 or more that us Kiwis pay is never enough. They are always looking for new ways to extract more cash from us that don’t require too large […]

October 2, 2017

Developer: Tamsoft Publisher: Marvelous Platform: PS4 Review copy supplied by publisher   CW: Misogyny   “Anime is trash, and so am I.” — Garnt “Gigguk” Maneetapho, anime critic Video games can make people feel a full range of emotions. Whether it’s the pure joy of exploring a massive world, the relief after a particularly difficult […]

September 25, 2017

Developer: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan Publisher: Ubisoft Platform: Nintendo Switch Review copy supplied by publisher   Nintendo must be absolutely insane, right? I’ve mentioned their shitty business practices plenty of times before (and I probably will keep doing so, since I don’t want them to keep getting away with it), but now they’ve done the […]

September 18, 2017

Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC (from 24 October)   I must confess that I never played the original Destiny. As Bungie’s first game since being released from their servitude to Microsoft and the Halo franchise, hopes were certainly high for the pseudo-MMO first person looter shooter, but it never seemed to […]

August 21, 2017

Developer: Volition Publisher: Deep Silver Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Windows) Review copy supplied by publisher   The success of Overwatch seems to have spawned a new trend among developers, one which has frankly become necessary: large casts of diverse playable characters. While some may see this as a purely political move designed to appease […]

August 14, 2017

Developer: Nintendo EPD Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Nintendo Switch   I’ve complained a lot about Nintendo in the past, to the point where some of you are probably getting sick of it. Nintendo’s weird inclination to do the exact opposite of what is expected of a gaming company turns the simplest of tasks into a frustrating […]

August 7, 2017

It was one of the most anticipated games of 2014, a brand new IP from the team that made Call of Duty the juggernaut it is today. It combined fast-paced movement and parkour elements with giant mechs that really pack a punch. Its sequel built on everything the original did well, in addition to having […]

July 31, 2017

In 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted a study on people who do and don’t consider themselves gamers. They found that while equal numbers of men and women play games in the United States, the majority of those who considered themselves “gamers” were men. In fact, the study revealed that men and women in the […]

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