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Reviews
The Crew

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 28th, 2015

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With the release of both Forza Horizon 2 and Driveclub at the end of last year, one would think that everyone’s racing needs were met – but this is not the case. While both of those proved themselves to be great videogames, one would be remiss if they did not try out Ubisoft’s The Crew. While perhaps not as pretty as Forza or as technical as Driveclub, The Crew brings new meaning to the term “open world”. Sure, it’s not perfect; the game occasionally suffers from repetition and a silly story – but if you love arcade driving games it is probably one of the most fun titles out there in the genre – and the social aspect makes for some really great experiences.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 27th, 2015

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The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers ‎to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.

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Reviews
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 8th, 2015

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‎To me, Geometry Wars has always been the embodiment of old-timey gaming values. Back in the olden days of gaming there were no checkpoints, nor were there difficulty levels – there was just…the game. Anyone who ever poured quarters into PAC-MAN ot Galaxian knows what I’m talking about – games in which the first few waves seem almost too simple, and are later replaced by insanity. Your reflexes have to be able to keep up – or its back to square one. Those were the halcyon days where timing and wits were your only resources – and Lucid Games returns once again to these values in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for next-gen (and last-gen) consoles. While there are a few more twists, the essence of the game is still the same – and it is still hella fun.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Assassin’s Creed: Unity

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 17th, 2014

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As a fan of the Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series, I look forward to the annual release of the next chapter in the franchise every year. Some may say that this gives me a bias towards the series – and they would be right. However, I would argue that biases are formed for a reason, and while my love of the series makes me somewhat forgiving when something goes awry, it also makes me very sensitive when odd design choices are made and issues exist within the games that I play. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is an ambitious project; incredibly detailed and absolutely beautiful – the first true next-generation Assassin’s Creed. At times, though, it feels as if Ubisoft places more importance on the tech than the story, so the game spends a little time wandering aimlessly (in a sense), leaving the player to truly guide the experience. I have not finished the game yet, and while I do have some negatives to speak of in my review, I am enjoying the game a lot (thus, I wish to take my time). It is a title that demands some patience and understanding, and as a player, you will have to work for your fun; but the game will constantly reward you for your loyalty and persistence, slowly feeding you the story and bolstering the big picture.

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Reviews
Pure Pool

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 8th, 2014

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Pool is one of those games that summons up images of smoky bars and jazz or blues music – at least it does for those of us who love watching old movies (or for those of us who were born before they banned smoking indoors). While all sports involve physics to some degree, pool is one of those games in which the forces that govern everything are top of mind. Pure Pool, developed by VooFoo Studios, does a fantastic job of emulating all things that encapsulate this fascinating cue sport. So chalk up the stick and watch us break down the Xbox One version that we were sent to evaluate.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
The Evil Within

By Malcolm Inglis - December 7th, 2014

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The latest survival horror game to hit current generation consoles is directed by none other than the original creator of the Resident Evil series, Shinji Mikami, considered by many to be the father of the survival horror game genre. With his name attached there is a lot of hype and high expectations around this game since the last title in this genre he was involved with was the critically acclaimed and fan favourite, Resident Evil 4, which was released just under a decade ago. With a new studio and team, Tango Gameworks, can Shinji create another horror masterpiece in The Evil Within? We were sent a PS4 copy to determine the answer to this question.

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Fashionably Late Reviews
Driveclub

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 24th, 2014

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Since the announcement for the debut of the Playstation 4, one of the most hotly anticipated titles has been Driveclub. However, a rash of mis-steps during launch has soured everyone’s opinion of what was purportedly to be one of the best racing experiences ever. I’ll tell you the truth: when I played this at launch I was disappointed. However, in the interest of fairness (and also due to timing), I have held off on my review, waiting for the bulk of the issues to be fixed enough to provide a more complete experience. Now, more than a month later, there are still a few small issues with Driveclub – but overall, it is a much better experience and, in my opinion, worth trying out.

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