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.

Ben Runnings’ Top 5 Games of 2017

2017 is, without a doubt in my mind, the best year we’ve ever had for gaming. Narrowing down the top 5 games of 2017 was far from an easy task…

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review | Taking America Back

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4 Review) features one of the most memorable campaigns in years with delightfully gory gunplay and is truly special.

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The Death of Single Player Games? A Brief History and Ideas to Move Forward

With the sudden closure of Visceral Games, the idea of a AAA single player game has come under fire. And this isn’t the first time something similar has happened.

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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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