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About Kate Willaert

Born on the same day as the Famicom, "Critical Kate" has been playing videogames since the NES days. She enjoys a good story, prefers arcade-style to simulators, and doesn't understand the appeal of recreational frustration. You don't want to run into her in the Facility with Remote Mines.
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You Don’t Know Merc: A History Of Deadpool
4 years ago

You Don’t Know Merc: A History Of Deadpool

By  •  Features

It hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for Deadpool. He might be the star of his own videogame and appear in multiple comics each month, but there was a time …
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20 Videogame Movie Adaptations That Are Worse Than Super Mario Bros.
4 years ago

20 Videogame Movie Adaptations That Are Worse Than Super Mario Bros.

In late 2012, I forced myself to watch every videogame movie adaptation ever released theatrically in the US – all thirty-two of them – at a rate of one per …
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Toki Tori 2 Review
4 years ago

Toki Tori 2 Review

As the Wii U game drought of 2013 continues, you may have noticed a shiny new downloadable title available in the Wii U eShop. But what is Toki Tori 2, …
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Trine 2: Director’s Cut Review

Trine 2: Director’s Cut on Wii U is hands-down the definitive console version of the game…and that was even before this month’s patch that brought additional controller support, the ability …
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By Its Cover: The Worst Box Art Of 2012
4 years ago

By Its Cover: The Worst Box Art Of 2012

Now that we’ve done the best, it’s time for the worst. Most “worst box art” round-ups just post a bunch of funny-looking covers that lend themselves to a single sentence of snarky commentary. But not this one.* Our list aims to point out box art that’s bad from a design perspective, and attempts to explain why.

*On the other hand, if you were funny-looking images with snarky commentary is what you were looking for, there’s also a little of that at the end of the article. Read More

By Its Cover: The Best Box Art Of 2012
4 years ago

By Its Cover: The Best Box Art Of 2012

Welcome back to the only annual box art round-up that attempts to explain why each image is successful from a design perspective. They say you shouldn’t judge a book (or …
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Why Do So Many Reviews Read Like Opinions?
5 years ago

Why Do So Many Reviews Read Like Opinions?

By  •  Opinion

It’s become a recent trend in the age of Metacritic for gamers to question critics’ reviews. Why do so many reviews read like opinions, shouldn’t they be more objective? When …
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Cave Story (eShop)

Not to be confused with last year’s retail release Cave Story 3D, the new eShop release of Cave Story for the Nintendo 3DS might be the definitive way to play …
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Double Dragon Neon

Publisher: Majesco Entertainment / Developer: WayForward / Platform: PSN, XBLA

Back in the NES days, Double Dragon was possibly the most rented game in my household. When the Fighting Force games tried to revive the beat-em-up genre, I thought, “someone needs to make a new Double Dragon.” When Rockstar released the ode to beat-em-ups The Warriors, I thought, “someone needs to make a new Double Dragon.” WayForward’s Double Dragon Neon isn’t quite the game I’d been waiting for, but that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable in its own way. Read More

New Super Mario Bros. 2

The oddly named New Super Mario Bros. 2 is actually the third installment in the series. What’s more, the game makes no reference to either the Japanese or American versions …
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