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Review: 'Mass Effect' stumbles in trip to new galaxy

Time for spring break! Why not book a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy, where fun and adventure await on exotic planets no human has ever set foot on before? Two problems: First, it take...

Review: Bionic beasts take over Earth in thrilling 'Horizon'

As a longtime video-game player, I've spent many hours roaming around post-apocalyptic wastelands. I thought I'd seen it all, from vicious gangs to bloodthirsty aliens to horrifying mutants. ...

Review: 'Zelda' changes radically, but fans will adore it

At the beginning of the new chapter of "The Legend of Zelda," longtime hero Link awakens from a 100-year coma to find that his beloved homeland, Hyrule, has changed into a vastly more dangerous place....

Review: Nintendo Switch is impressive, but needs more games

When you're deep in a video game, the last thing you want to do is leave home. If only you could take the game with you for your commute to work or your bus ride to school, or to liven up your lunch h...

Review: 'Resident Evil' returns to hardcore horror roots

"Resident Evil" has evolved over the last 20 years, from a humble horror game set in a solitary haunted mansion to a globe-spanning epic in which humanity is fighting for its very existence. Along the...

Review: 'The Last Guardian' likely to confound the impatient

I once knew a border collie who liked to mess with my head. She would grab a stick, run circles around me, then drop the stick at my feet. Then, when I threw the stick, she would sit down and stare at...

Review: 'Final Fantasy XV' a rough road trip worth taking

During the all-too-brief golden age of "Final Fantasy," from 1997 to 2001, the Tokyo-based studio Square cranked out four memorable installments that are widely regarded as the pinnacle of the Japanes...

Review: 'Dishonored 2' thrills in subtle, shadowy ways

Most video games are about as subtle as a jackhammer. You don't dive into "Call of Duty" or "Gears of War" with the expectation of nuanced characters or finely detailed environments; you want things t...

Review: Hackers fight the power in 'Watch Dogs 2'

The last person you want on your bad side is a hacker. Just ask Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. Or any celebrity who's had nude photos stolen. Or anyone who's had a credit card number swiped. ...

Review: 'Titanfall 2' brings heavy metal with a light touch

Robots just want to be our friends. They know there have been a few bad apples like the Terminator, the Cylons and Ultron. But what about all the nice ones, like Data from "Star Trek" and Rosie from "...

Review: 'Battlefield 1' looks backward for fresh ideas

Why doesn't World War I get more attention in popular media? It's complicated. Sure, we all know it started when some archduke got assassinated, but most non-history majors would be hard put to explai...

Review: 'Imaginators' lets kids build their own Skylanders

Kids these days sure have a lot of characters to play with, whether they're into superheroes, "Star Wars" or classics like Barbie and G.I. Joe. But their most memorable imaginary friends are the ones ...

Review: 'Pokemon Go' is a nifty idea marred by glitches

It's a steamy summer afternoon in Washington and the National Mall is packed -- and not just with the usual protesters, tourists and schoolkids. It's been overrun by bulbasaurs, charmanders and rattat...

Review: 'Uncharted 4' finds brotherly love amid spectacle

Everyone has a relative like Sam Drake -- that seedy brother (or uncle, or in-law) who shows up every now and then with a bottle of bourbon, a pack of cigarettes and a fresh neck tattoo. You love the ...

Review: Nintendo's 'Star Fox Zero' crashes and burns

How do you solve a problem like Fox McCloud?The vulpine aviator, sort of a bushy-tailed Han Solo, has been headlining Nintendo games for nearly two decades. And yet, he's not going to make many lists ...