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Past articles by Steven:

Valkyria Chronicles 4 review: Same as it ever was

Alt-history real-time tactics feel familiar, right down to the difficulty spikes. → Read More

Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4

Even one of the Yakuza series’ lowest points is still worth your time. → Read More

Octopath Traveler soars thanks to down-to-earth characters

Broadly relatable characters are a welcome change from usual RPG tropes. → Read More

Why Anime is Best as an Introduction to Manga

I'm not saying the book is always better, but... View "Why Anime is Best as an Introduction to Manga" and more funny posts on Dorkly → Read More

No Man’s Sky’s NEXT update ties together years of improvements

The massive space survival game is still a bit of a mess, but now it’s a fun one. → Read More

Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game

Harsh restrictions, subtle lessons make this platformer an excellent teacher. → Read More

5 Video Game Backstories That Make Sense of Complicated Lore

1. The tradition of Link's hat comes from an odd place Nintendo Given enough time, just about anything can become iconic through the weight ... View "5 Video Game Backstories That Make Sense of Complicated Lore" and more funny posts on Dorkly → Read More

Two years later, Darkest Dungeon is completely different for the better

New DLC is just part of what makes surviving the perma-death strategy RPG worth it. → Read More

Never Stop Sneakin’ captures Metal Gear Solid nostalgia in the right way

Comedy-action game is a well-crafted love letter to the stealth genre. → Read More

The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?

Ubisoft's arcade racer is empty and boring but may get slightly better some day. → Read More

Prey: Mooncrash’s dystopic nightmare hits a little too close to home

We're not all trapped on the Moon, but it sure feels like it sometimes. → Read More

Jurassic World Evolution review: Genetic dead ends

This park management sim starts strong but fails to evolve. → Read More

Vampyr review: Dead in the daylight

Action-RPG hybrid only makes half of the combination work. → Read More

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire review: Oh, the places you’ll plunder

Quality isn’t sacrificed for size in this enormous, pirate-themed RPG. → Read More

State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing

Zombies aren’t as dangerous as glitches in this post-apocalyptic base manager. → Read More

Destiny 2: Warmind review: Everything old is new(ish) again

One small expansion can’t save Destiny 2, but it hints at bigger things to come. → Read More

Epic’s Paragon deserved better, but its spirit lives on in Fortnite

Today's Battle Royale hit captures the best ideas from Epic's underrated MOBA → Read More

BattleTech review: Learning to deal with loss (and profit)

Hard-hitting choices and loss management define a fantastic tactical experience. → Read More

Frostpunk review: Urban planning at the end of the world

Frozen survival and city-building mix well in this proto-steampunk pastiche. → Read More

Why Marvel Movie Loki Can Never Live Up to Marvel Comics Loki

Thanos is totally going to kill Loki, isn't he? View "Why Marvel Movie Loki Can Never Live Up to Marvel Comics Loki" and more funny posts on Dorkly → Read More