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The Top 10 Ascension Cards

I play an obscene amount of the deckbuilding card game Ascension, all of it on the wonderful iPhone port. I’ve played dozens of games against humans online and hundreds of games against AI. It’s a fun game that’s often tense, frequently surprising, and almost always satisfying: Few gaming experiences are as rewarding as executing a late-game combo…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #19 Dragon Age: Origins

In ascending order, here are the top six reasons I consider Dragon Age: Origins one of my two or three favorite video games ever. 6. World After working with Star Wars and D&D worlds for a decade, BioWare entered Dragon Age with a clean slate, eager to create a massive world with a sustainable franchise.…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #39 The Sims 3

When I was putting this list together, I had The Sims 3 ranked about here, in the top 40, and I wondered “does this game really deserve a spot this high?” So I installed the game and all twenty expansion packs — yes, twenty — and booted up the game. I made a Sim named…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #61 Mount and Blade

Mount and Blade, a computer game series by Turkish developers TaleWorlds, has some of the coolest game mechanics of any game ever. It has an unparalleled sense of scope: From tiny battles with raiders to eternal glory as king of an empire, the Mount and Blade series lets you live a medieval rags-to-riches story. You…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #64 NBA 2K Series

I’ve played so much of the NBA 2K series, to a point that should probably be embarrassing. (Point of comparison: I’ve probably spent about 10x more time playing basketball video games than watching actual basketball over the past few years.) The thing that sucks the vast majority of my time is “The Association” mode, where…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #81 Zero Punctuation

Yahtzee Croshaw is an English-born, Australian-based comedian and gamer who started posting game review videos to YouTube in 2007. The videos were low-production, rapid-fire slideshows of pictures he drew in Microsoft Paint and narrated by himself. Six and a half years later, and Yahtzee is one of the most popular game reviewers on the net.…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #90 2D Mario Platformers

The first TV console I owned was a Playstation, which my brothers and I got for Christmas sometime around the year 2000. A few years later, I saved up some lawn-mowing money to buy an SNES on eBay. Great decision. Since I splurged for Super Mario All Stars (remakes of all 4 NES Mario games)…