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Tales of Xillia 2 is the Best JRPG You've Never Played

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The past year has been something of a lesson for me: a lesson in how little time I have to play videogames these days.

It all started in 2015 when I picked up Tales of Xillia 2 on a sale and started playing it almost on a whim. Tales of Xillia 1 was an experience I remembered enjoying a couple years prior, but its characters and story were largely lost on me. I expected the same of Xillia 2—this was a game I was playing to finish a sub-series I started, not because I was particularly anxious to return to a world I missed.

Little did I know it would not only take me a year to finally reach the credits, but that it would end up being one of the most memorable JRPG experiences I've ever had.

Of course, to clarify, Tales of Xillia 2 isn't the only game I've played in the past year. All told I only clocked 40 hours in my final save file, a length of time I've put into multiple other games in between, but despite my tendency to pick it up and put it down and pick it up again I …

Top 3 E3 2016 Show Floor Games not on Stage

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While E3 may be best known to the general public for its high-budget stage presentations, the real show doesn't technically even begin until the press conferences end. And every year there are always a handful of gems to play on the show floor that just didn't get the attention they deserved on-stage. Thus, for the past few years it has been ThinkBoxly's tradition to hunt down and name the top 3 games from E3 that you might've missed. And let me tell you, this year they're big ones.

Gravity Rush 2

Ok, so technically Gravity Rush 2 was on stage for approximately two seconds as part of Sony's closing montage, but oh, does it ever deserve more than that. The original Gravity Rush was a wonderful game whose charm only shone all the brighter when it made the jump from Playstation Vita to PS4 earlier this year, and the sequel looks set to be everything the first game could've been if it was a home console title from the start. Bigger and brighter environments to fl…

E3 2016 Roundup - The Calm After the Storm

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It has now been three years since the E3 that rocked the gaming space into a rollercoaster ride that has continued throughout the years since. Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One to extreme criticism and Sony the PS4 to extremely positive critical reception. In 2013, the third parties didn't matter. It was all about Xbox vs PS4—and more specifically, how Sony's press conference virtually trounced Microsoft's in every possible way. Harsh, but true. Cue E3 2014, and not much changed. Microsoft decided to play it safe with their press conference and came out looking sheepish for it while Sony steamrolled onward, riding on the market success of the PS4 as a direct result of the previous year's event. And need I even remind you of E3 2015? While Microsoft came back strong with a new controller and backwards compatibility, it's hard to beat a Final Fantasy VII remake, Shenmue 3, and The Last Guardian all making an appearance at once.

But something else happened at E3 2015 bes…