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Last Updated: January 19, 2017

Video Games

August 31, 2015
The Swindle
The Swindle

CNS photo by Size Five Games

Despite its name, "The Swindle" (Size Five Games), is not primarily about fraud. It's about stealth.

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June 10, 2015
'Child of Light' a lushly rendered hero's quest
'Child of Light' a lushly rendered hero's quest

It's a frustrating experience familiar to every player: the moment when your progress through a video game becomes blocked, leaving you stuck in a kind of limbo. You can't unlock the puzzle that would allow you to move on to the next level -- but you also can't go back. 

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November 12, 2014
Race the Sun: Solar-Powered Fun
Race the Sun: Solar-Powered Fun

When you play the video game "Race the Sun" (Flippfly) for the first time, it's easy to get the impression that you've been ripped off.

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By Mark Judge/Catholic News Service
August 12, 2014
Tomodachi Life: Better Than the Real Thing?
Tomodachi Life: Better Than the Real Thing?

"Tomodachi Life," a new title for the Nintendo hand-held consoles 2DS and 3DS, is exactly what it claims to be: a game about life.

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By Mark Judge/Catholic News Service
July 21, 2014
'Valiant Hearts' displays the horror of war
'Valiant Hearts' displays the horror of war

A video game in which a character is introduced, tutored in combat, then quickly knocked out cold and captured by the enemy would usually be considered a failure. But then, "Valiant Hearts" is no ordinary title.

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By Mark Judge/Catholic News Service
June 25, 2014
Mario Kart 8 Supercharges Nintendo
Mario Kart 8 Supercharges Nintendo

"Mario Kart 8" pleases in every way. A racing game, it boasts joyful, nonviolent action, kid-friendly characters and graphics that break new ground.

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May 13, 2014
'Professor Layton' and family-friendly Nintendo
'Professor Layton' and family-friendly Nintendo

"Professor Layton" franchise. The massively popular series of animated puzzle and adventure games from Level-5 can be played on the Nintendo handheld 2DS and 3DS systems.

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April 9, 2014
MLB 14: The Show
MLB 14: The Show

Is it possible for a sports video game to be too realistic? That curious question is raised by the latest entry in the baseball-themed series "MLB: The Show."

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December 3, 2013
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies

"Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -- Dual Destinies" (Capcom), the latest title the long-running "Ace Attorney" franchise for the Nintendo 3DS, explores conflicting legal moralities in a way mature gamers are likely to appreciate.

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October 24, 2013
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: New Leaf

"Animal Crossing: New Leaf" is a "life-simulator" game that takes place in a cartoon village. The player assumes the persona of an unnamed protagonist in a town of anthropomorphic animals.

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