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Reader Review: Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PS4)

Recently I got a review code for Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma on PS4.  I don’t really know much about the series, and it didn’t really interest me at all, so I thought I’d change things up a bit and have one of my younger brothers, Benjamin Woodham, review the game for me.  He even changed things up a bit more and wrote the Kid Factor first instead of last.  But sometimes it’s good to change things up a bit so we’re going to keep it that way this one time!  Anyway, be sure to click here and check out his review!  –Cary

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PAX West 2017 Part 3: The Rest of the Mega Mans and Marios

Usually when I write these PAX articles, I’ll talk about my favorite companies first, like Capcom and Nintendo.  But this year I decided to change things up and save them for last, and let other companies have the spotlight first.  So for my final PAX West 2017 article, let’s take a look at what some of my other favorite game companies had at the show.

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PAX West 2017 Part 2: Runner-ing Around Like a Blue Hedgehog

Like I said in my previous PAX article, I had more meetings at this PAX than any other.  You could say I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  In gaming terms, I was running around the show like a speedy blue hedgehog to attend all those meetings.  Speaking of which, I did meet with SEGA and played a new Sonic game.  Not to mention a bunch of awesome upcoming titles from Square-Enix and even Atari!  And many more, too, so we’d better get started!

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PAX West 2017 Part 1: Cooking Up a Super-Packed PAX!

The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public.  I go to PAX every year, at least the ones in Seattle (PAX West), and San Antonio (PAX South).  This past weekend I went to PAX West, and it was notable because I think I had more meetings at this PAX than any other!  More than 15 meetings, in fact!  So with all those games to cover, we’d better get started!

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Mario Bathroom

My family redecorated the front bathroom in the house a few months ago.  And since it’s video game related, I thought I’d share pictures of it with you.  It’s Mario themed.  You know a character is popular when they get bathroom decorations modeled after them.

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Three Squids and Some Pikmin

I got another batch of amiibo figures I wanted to share pictures with you all today. Three new squid amiibo from Splatoon 2 and a Pikmin amiibo.  Let’s take a look!

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Graceful Explosion Machine (PS4, Switch, PC)

Graceful Explosion Machine hearkens back to the days of classic arcade shooters like Defender.  Pilot your spacecraft around continuously looping screens as you shoot everything that moves.  When there’s nothing left to shoot, you win and move onto the next level.  The game is available to download on PS4, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Slime-san (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

A giant worm has swallowed poor Slime-san, and now you must help him escape before being digested in this super challenging 2-D platformer.  Very similar to other titles like Super Meat Boy, Slime-san is available to download on Nintendo Switch and PC (later on PS4 and Xbox One), but reviewed on Switch here.

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Namco Museum Switch Virtual Tour

Recently I reviewed Namco Museum on Nintendo Switch.  So now I thought I’d go over each of the games in this arcade classics collection in more detail.  So welcome to the Namco Museum!  My name is Cary and I’ll be your tour guide today on this virtual tour!  There is no smoking and please stay with the group!

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Namco Museum (Switch)

One of the best and most well-known arcade game makers of the 80’s and 90’s is Namco.  They’re responsible for classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and many more, and that’s one of the reasons why they’re my favorite video game company. I’m always excited when they come out with a new Namco Museum collection of old arcade games, and now there’s one on the Nintendo Switch you can download!

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