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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is the third core game in the series. Considering not much changed between Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, does this game drive the series to progress or cause it to stagnate? Luckily for Arc System Works, working out the kinks in two remakes of Continuum Shift has allowed this series to move forward. READ MORE

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Genre 101 looks at the past and present of a game genre to find lessons about what defines it. In this installment, Graham Russell brings in Andrew Passafiume to discuss the key elements of the third-person shooter. READ MORE

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Aren’t superpowers the best? Being able to travel at insane speeds, jump higher than even the tallest buildings and take down your foes with a flurry of different abilities is something that will never get old. The inFamous series is one of the best examples of imbuing you with powers and letting you run wild with them, providing a thrill ride that few games can rival. The newest title in the series, inFamous: Second Son, presents you with a new setting, protagonist and plenty of new powers to play with, yet it all feels oddly familiar.

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Board games are awesome, but they are not without their flaws. The number one flaw, of course, is the fact that you actually have to get together with other people in the same physical location to play them. What is this, the Dark Ages? Note that for the purposes of this article, “the Dark Ages” includes the entirety of mankind’s existence on Earth prior to the mid-1990s.* Although probably only the period after the invention of the first board game counts, which is still a lot when you consider the likes of Go and Chess. READ MORE

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While many releases are packed into the last three months of the year, there’s more than enough going on in the rest of the calendar that can be easily forgotten by the holidays. Progress Report is our way of remembering: a quarterly look at the laudable and notable in the games industry. READ MORE

I just finished the original Peter Pan novel, from 1911. It was based on the 1904 play and originally entitled Peter and Wendy. This is hardly the Peter Pan you know from Disney. The titular character is far cockier, bloodthirsty and psychotic than what you would expect from a “children’s book.” The safety of the Darling children isn’t his top priority; he’s obsessed with adventure, and brags about how fantastic he is throughout the story. READ MORE

While Andrew plays Luftrausers, he and Graham talk about the Wii U GBA Virtual Console, Facebook buying Oculus VR, Ground Zeroes, inFamous: Second Son, Yoshi’s New Island and more!

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Today marks three years since the North American launch of the Nintendo 3DS. It’s certainly had its share of ups and downs (though more ups as of late), but at this halfway point in the system’s life, here’s what we’re wondering: has it lived up to the potential of the system itself? We’re naming the games that are the best at what the 3DS can do better than anyone else, and we’ll let you be the judge of whether it’s meeting expectations. READ MORE

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It’s been about 13 years since the release of Final Fantasy X. With two online games and two console entries since 2001, how well does it hold up? Is it worth revisiting the world of Spira again?

Absolutely. If you ever needed a reason to play either one of these games, this would be a great time to do it. READ MORE

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Ever since the humble beginnings of the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, we’ve seen releases of large swaths of arcade-style games. These titles, from Geometry Wars to Super Stardust, have populated these services from day one. Vlambeer, the creative team behind Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing, is back with Luftrausers, a 2D action game that feels like it’s a lost gem from a bygone era. It continues the unstoppable trend of arcade-style downloadable games in style.

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