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    Super Mario Run: Mario in the Time of Crisis

    Super Mario Run released in 2016, a year that should send shivers down the spine of everyone who hears it. America was dealing with a rough election cycle and an even rougher election. I was fresh out of college, moving in with my girlfriend, beginning life in the workforce. It was an exciting time, draped […] More

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    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Remaster Announced

    The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series were THE games of my childhood. I’ve been chasing that high for the past 20 years, searching for a worthy successor. 2015’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was an absolute nightmare. 2012 gave us Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a buggy, issue ridden game that I still logged 60 […] More

  • Cloudpunk's title screen, featuring a flying taxi and a HOVA

    Cloudpunk Review

    Cloudpunk is a frustrating game. Not because it’s bad, not because it plays poorly, not because it’s a buggy mess, but because it is so close to greatness. Every time the game grabbed my attention with a clever story beat or a neat narrative trick, it would pull the rug out from another one. It […] More

  • Title Screen for New Super Mario Bros. Mario and Luigi jump, a piranha plant comes out of a pipe, a Goomba walks side to side, and a Koopa Troopa cheerfully waves at the camera.

    New Super Mario Bros. – Fresh and New, Old and Stale

    The year is 2006. I’m 13, excitedly plugging my first 2D Mario game into a Nintendo DS. Mario’s last new 2D adventure had taken place nearly 14 years ago (or 16, depending on who you ask). In the interim, there had been a few 2D re-releases and updates, but nothing wholly original in a decade […] More

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review – A Welcome Escape

    This week I: Was let go from my day job, my primary source of income Began my quarantine Struggled with anxiety and depression But also: Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out. It was a pretty alright week. I begin this review with my struggle-filled week, not as a cry for pity or concern, but to […] More

  • A mashup of the Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass art

    Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks: A Tale of Two Games

    At 25YL, we love gaming, and moreover, we love The Legend of Zelda series. That’s why we’re going to cover the entire Nintendo Franchise, including handheld games, every week. This week, we are taking a look at both Nintendo DS entries Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. Unlike the last Legend of Zelda twofer I wrote about, Phantom Hourglass and […] More

  • Link, in his signature green tunic, is shrunk down to miniature size, and is flanked by Picori creatures. His anthropomorphic hat, Ezlo, with his long beak, looks on

    The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

    At 25YL, we love gaming, and moreover, we love The Legend of Zelda series. That’s why we’re going to cover the entire Nintendo Franchise, including handheld games, every week. This week, we are taking a look at The Minish Cap. Every Legend of Zelda game has a story to tell. Some will tell of great adventures across the seas, […] More

  • The combined logos for Oracle of Ages and Oracle and Seasons

    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons – Love and Nostalgia

    Ask any Zelda fan what their favorite Zelda game is, and it will almost always be the one they played in their formative years. Older fans love the original Legend of Zelda or Link’s Awakening. 90’s kids love Ocarina of Time. Newcomers to the series fawn over Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess. Everyone loves Breath […] More

  • The Calypso Twins from Borderlands 3

    Day 25 Review: Borderlands 3

    I mentioned in my original review that Borderlands 3 is simply more Borderlands. Having played the entire thing, I must add a caveat. Borderlands 3 is not Borderlands 2. Sure, the core of the series has remained the same, but while Borderlands 2 had a well-written through-line and an interesting villain, 3’s story falls more […] More

  • The countdown clock to the apocalypse in Preacher

    Preacher S4E9: The Countdown Begins in “Overture”

    I’ve spent the last nine weeks wondering why Season 4 of Preacher felt so hollow. I’ve cited plot contrivances, separation of characters, and gratuitous violence, amongst others. But I think, with “Overture,” I finally cracked it. At the beginning of the episode, I felt my mind start to wander, wondering where my passion for Preacher […] More

  • The title screen for Link's Awakening

    Day 1 Review: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

    When a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was announced earlier this year, I was skeptical. The style looked weird and wrong. But Instead of completely writing it off, I took the opportunity to replay the original. I learned several things from that replay. One: Link’s Awakening is still an absolute classic. Two: […] More

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