All Articles by Brendan Lowry

Video games benefit from fewer microtransactions — here's why

Microtransactions in video games have become more and more prevalent in the industry during the last few years. They have replaced many standard unlock systems, and games suffer as a result. Here's why traditional progression is much better.

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10 Xbox games perfect for gifting this holiday season

Christmas is only a little over a month away, and Black Friday is just around the corner. If you're looking for some tips on what games to get for your Xbox-owning friends and family, look no further! Here are 10 titles that will make perfect gifts.

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How Assassin's Creed: Origins achieved amazing historical accuracy — and why that's key

In its most ambitious project yet, Ubisoft recreated ancient Egypt in Assassin's Creed: Origins — and it did so superbly, remaining as historically accurate as possible. Here's how, and why that accuracy adds to the experience.

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Why Cuphead for Xbox's intense difficulty is a good thing

With the recent release of the controversial Xbox title Cuphead, many gamers are debating whether or not it's a good thing that the game is so difficult. Here's why games like Cuphead should be celebrated.

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10 games that still need to come to Xbox backward compatibility

Ever since the launch of the backwards compatibility program two years ago, Xbox users have enjoyed the ability to play many of their old Xbox titles on the Xbox One. However, there's always room for more! Here are 10 games that I want to see go BC.

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Zoo Tycoon for Xbox One review: A pleasant experience, when it wants to be

Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection is a solid re-release of 2013's Zoo Tycoon that, while fixing some issues, still leaves a fair amount to be desired. Here's our full review.

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Top 15 scariest Xbox villains

As we celebrate all things spooky and scary this Halloween, it would be criminal not to look back upon some of the terrifying and fear-inducing foes Xbox users have faced over the years. Here's a list of 15 of some of Xbox's scariest enemies.

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Fortnite vs. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: Which is best for you?

Two of the most popular Battle Royale shooters on the market right now are PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Fortnite. These two games are similar, but ultimately offer two different experiences. Here's our analysis of each title.

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Halo timeline: The Battle of the Etran Harborage

After five long years of drawn out, costly fighting, the UNSC finally drove the Covenant off of Harvest. But unbeknownst to them, the alien empire had much bigger plans — plans to access a cache of Forerunner warships that could decimate humanity.

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15 Xbox games we're anxious to see in 2018

As 2017 begins to slowly draw to a close, players are looking ahead to the new releases of 2018. Here are 15 Xbox titles we're expecting to see in the new year.

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 2 review — A flawed but impressive sequel

The second episode in Deck Nine's Life is Strange sequel is intense and emotional, but pacing issues and the occasional poorly-written comedy line keep this installment from achieving the same level of quality as the pilot episode.

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Top 10 Halo trailers

For the 16 years that the Halo franchise has been around, it has been accompanied by some of the most memorable video game trailers ever. These 10 trailers rise above the rest.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Xbox One review — Stupid, silly fun

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is a funny, over the top role-playing game that perfectly transfers the critically acclaimed TV show into a video game medium. Despite some issues, The Fractured But Whole nevertheless is a fun and hilarious ride.

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Top 10 Xbox video game villains

During the 16 years Xbox has been available, a plethora of iconic video game villains have made appearances on the platform. But which rises above (or sinks below) the rest? Here's our list of the best game villains in Xbox history.

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Top 10 Xbox video game heroes

Over the 16 years that Xbox has been in the gaming market, a plethora of iconic video game heroes have made an appearance on the platform. But which of them rises above the rest? Here's our list of the best game heroes in Xbox history.

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The Culling for Xbox One review: A unique but shallow Battle Royale experience

The Culling for Xbox One spins the standard Battle Royale formula on its head, creating interesting and unique gameplay experiences. Unfortunately, between performance issues and the monotony of the gameplay, it quickly falls flat.

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Star Wars Battlefront II preview: An explosive return to form, but questions remain

Last week, the Star Wars Battlefront II beta went live for customers who preordered the title. Here's our impressions of the beta after several hours of blasting droids and hunting rebel scum.

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Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2 Xbox One review — Exciting but also disappointing

The second episode of Batman: The Enemy Within, dubbed 'The Pact,' continues the intriguing, immersive story set up in the introductory episode despite stumbling through awkward pacing, boring gameplay, and technical issues.

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Revisting Halo 3: ODST's gritty experience 8 years later

In 2009, Bungie took a massive leap of faith by unleashing Halo 3: ODST. Comprised of somber themes and dark portrayals that deconstructed the Halo formula, Halo 3: ODST was an experience that told the truth about Halo's war.

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Every Halo game ranked from best to worst

Halo, since its debut in 2001, has grown to be one of gaming's biggest juggernauts. With nine major releases over the last 16 years, the franchise has enjoyed success after success. But which of the legendary Halo titles rise above the others?

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