Mario Strikers on Switch, a five-aside battle royale football game

By merging the tight shooting and passing mechanics of five-aside football with hard hitting, big tackling American sports, as well as a smidgen of the casual violence and strategy of action videogames, even North American friends might just find something to embrace in Mario Strikers: Battle League.

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Anthem: a ‘dead game’ or a painful steppingstone to other things? 

It is charming to know that, as of May 2022, Anthem continues to live on for a dwindling number of players. But at what point is it that we should consider an online ‘live service’ game is truly dead? Is it a matter of ensuring that servers are still running, or of people giving a shit?

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Monster, fascist, freedom fighter? Defining the bad guys in Doom Eternal and Bioshock Infinite

When released in 1984, the lightgun shooter Hogan’s Alley gave gamers a crude means of shooting an approximation of a generic bad guy through their screen. Yet after decades of software and hardware development, the sophistication of more modern first person shooters still ultimately hinges on the simplistic and cathartic appeal of blasting away and blowing up wrong ‘uns.

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WarioWare: Get It Together! – simplicity and the multiple game character conundrum

The WarioWare series has made its way to the Nintendo Switch 18 years after first launching as a unique handheld title made up of an escalating series of increasingly intense ‘microgames’ that each take a couple of seconds to play through.  The latest title however seeks to revolutionise the series by letting the player choose a squad of different characters that have unique ways of failing or succeeding in each challenge.

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