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Sonic Jam - "Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles"

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I've already talked about Yuji Naka's notorious perfectionism, and how it led to Sonic 2 being a rushed game, and how it ended up giving us two Sonic games before we got the next proper entry. Well, this is that proper entry. Except, not really. Because this "proper entry" was split between two games and tied to one of the most downright silly releases in video game history.
Get locked on, ladies and gentlemen.

Review - "Mario and Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games" (3DS)

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If you want to understand the true depth of human suffering, be sure to pick up a copy of Mario and Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

If you don't, avoid this game like the goddamn plague.

Review - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

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A decade ago, Zack Snyder put out 300. It was a flashy movie that was pretty much devoid of substance, filled with hypermachismo, saw women as convienient plot points rather than people, and looked like a video game. I'm not saying I don't like 300, because I do. It's a fun time. But it's a hollow and empty movie, one that doesn't have much of a soul, and seems like something made by a patently immature human being.
Fast-forward ten years, Snyder is 51 years old. But ten years hasn't given him more worldly perspective, nor has it seemed like he's really grown much as a creator. In fact, he still seems to have a middle schooler's idea of what's cool, dark, and edgy. That much was made abundantly clear by the abhorrent trainwreck that was Sucker Punch. And yet, here we are, witnessing the same guy who made that get handed the keys' to DC Comics' kingdom yet again, with three of the most iconic comic characters in history. 
And while Batman v.…

Sonic Jam - "Sonic CD" (1993)

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In 1993, players were able to get peek into Sonic The Hedgehog's future. Nope, I'm not talking about Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Remember, that wasn't done yet. But see, over in Japan, an entirely separate studio was hard at work on another Sonic game. One that, for better, for worse, steered the franchise in a new direction. I'd argue that it's a direction the series has followed ever since, far more so than the direction of the "classic" Sonic titles.

Made as a killer app for Sega's questionable Sega CD, Sonic the Hedgehog CD (more commonly known as Sonic CD) is not only arguably the best title released for that add-on, but one of the very best titles Sonic's ever starred in.

Review - "Far Cry Primal"

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As I mentioned when I reviewed Just Cause 3, open-world games are getting to be a little rote. Free some outposts, blow up a thing, do enough stuff to progress the story, complete enough blah blah to upgrade your blah blah. While the scale and scope of video game worlds are more impressive than ever, the things developers are expecting players to be impressed by are getting to be, well... unimpressive.

Thank God for Far Cry Primal, then, which steers a wooly mammoth right into the competition.