Review: Brawl till you crawl in Dragon’s Crown Pro

• Developer: Vanillaware Ltd. • Publisher: Atlus

• Genre: Action RPG • Available on: PS4

Fantastical locales have long been associated with deep role-playing mechanics in video games, but developer Vanillaware’s Dragon’s Crown Pro trades those intricacies for arcade-like beat-’em-up action.

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Review: Superhot is a shooter with puzzling elements

• Developer/publisher: Superhot Team

• Genre: First-person shooter • Available on: PS4, Xbox One and Steam (PC, Mac and Linux)

• Played on: Xbox One

Editor’s note: This review is based on one I wrote during my time as a Game Informer intern. The review was edited based on corrections by Game Informer Review Editor Joe Juba. Read all about my internship at Game Informer here.

Slow motion in shooters has long been an ability that makes players dominant by dialing down the tempo for a superhuman feeling. Superhot begs the question: What if the entire game is a never-ending freeze frame at your disposal? It might sound like a gimmick, but this first-person shooter cleverly uses time manipulation to craft a thrilling action puzzler.

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There’s now little excuse to not play the best Star Wars video game ever made

A long time ago on an Xbox console now 16 years old, arguably the greatest video game to don the Star Wars license first came to the original Xbox on July 15, 2003. Since then, BioWare’s Jedi-masterful RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, or “KOTOR” as it’s often called, has made the jump to PC, Steam, GoG, Mac, backward compatibility on Xbox 360, and even iOS and Android devices.

Today, KOTOR was added to Xbox One via backward compatibility along with 12 other games:

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So how much is each SNES Classic game worth?

You’ve seen the Instagram and Twitter posts. Your buddies in Facebook groups and forums have shown it off. The media — whether gaming centric or not — has reported on it. Everyone and their derpy pets want an SNES Classic.

The highly sought after console finally released Friday, and with it came a mostly fantastic library of 21 games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Metroid and the unreleased Star Fox 2.

Many of these games are still considered among the best of the best, many of which are quite valuable in the collector’s market. This makes the SNES Classic’s $79.99 price tag almost a steal — even if you’ve bought these games multiple times.

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Review: Cuphead a devil of a great time

• Developer/publisher: Studio MDHR

• Genre: Action platformer • Available on: Xbox One and PC

• Played on: Xbox One

Robbie’s note: “Cuphead” has co-op gameplay, but I played through the game solo. My review is based on the single-player experience.

It’s hard to fathom how Cuphead is a video game. The hand-drawn, gorgeous aesthetics inspired by 1930s cartoons carry a bizarre charm from the moment the menu boots up to the final fray. Everything on screen from the water-colored backdrops to the character designs and animations look as if they were brilliantly extracted from original cartoon reels in which weird characters nonchalantly gambled and smoked cigars — a time where that sort of influence on children was an afterthought.

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