Ben Runnings

When not criticizing some obscure aspect of a game, Ben enjoys relaxing by playing in the infinite pool of Super Mario Maker. He was a Genesis kid growing up but Ocarina of Time made him realize how awesome gaming truly is. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He is also a secret member of the PC gaming master race.

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Is Steam Review Bombing a Real Problem?

Steam review bombing is happening more and more lately, but what does that even mean? Perhaps ‘fake’ reviews aren’t even the real issue.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Review | Anime Political Intrigue

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth is a turn-based strategy game crossed with a visual novel, and it’s one hell of a war epic.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review | Old is New Again

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review: This old-school remake offers plenty of great strategy moments, even if some modern elements are missing.

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All Trailers and Reveals from PlayStation’s E3 Press Conference | E3 2017

All announcements and reveals from PlayStation’s E3 Press Conference! God of War, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter World, Detroit: Become Human, Call of Duty: WWII, and more!

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All Trailers and Reveals from Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference | E3 2017

All the announcements and trailers from Microsoft’s Xbox One X conference at E3 2017! Anthem, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Sea of Thieves, Metro Exodus, and more!

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Vanquish on PC is Perfect for Fans, Few Others | Fanatical Take

Platinum Games has quite a track record of fan-favorites. However, there’s always been one game that never had much of a spotlight, Vanquish.

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Prey Review | Choose Your Own Space Epic

Our Prey review in one sentence: it stands toe to toe with some of the best sci-fi games in recent years and is a new modern classic.

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Watch: The Best and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Nintendo Switch

I wanted to approach as a realist and see just what we can expect from the Nintendo Switch, whether it’s good or bad. There’s a lot of hyperbole on either side, but it’s usually candy-coated dreams or apocalyptic ramblings.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Games of 2016

The time has come to crown The Game Fanatics’ top 10 games of 2016!

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Sundered Pre-Alpha Preview | Aggressively Addicting

Sundered can best be described as a hand drawn Metroidvania with buttery smooth combat mechanics.

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Ben’s Top 5 Games of 2016

While there were plenty of good to great games, there were few that really blew me away. However, after I went back through my library, it was easy to see all the great games I had played in 2016.

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Review | Lost At Sea

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a conundrum. What’s included feels light and underwhelming but it is also, at times, a good to great JRPG.

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All Trailers from Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference | E3 2016

From new game announcements to DLC plans, Bethesda had a lot to show at their press conference. For your convenience, here are all the trailers. Enjoy!

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