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Susan Arendt

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An editor for more than 20 years, Susan has written for a diverse array of gaming publications including 1up, Wired, and Crispy Gamer. Formerly Editor in Chief of The Escapist, she's passionate about bringing positivity to the gaming space, as well as mentoring the next generation of game journalists.

Susan Arendt's Latest Posts

Yoshi's New Island review: Not quite dino-might

Mario games, the good ones, anyway, are a gestalt, rising above their sundry components to become something truly special. Yoshi's New Island is no such beast. It is exactly the sum of its expertly-hewn parts, offering a platforming experience that is impressive in its intricacy, nonetheless...

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Austin Wintory takes inspiration from Banner Saga's exhausted warriors

Austin Wintory doesn't like manipulating people. He could, pretty easily, if he wanted to, because he's a gifted musician with a knack for creating evocative music, but he doesn't have any interest in forcing you to feel a certain way. His approach to scoring a game like The Banner Saga is less...

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII review: Dress to impress

The journey through Final Fantasy XIII's trilogy of games has been a dizzying one, with each game hopping between gameplay styles, lead characters and narrative arcs, seemingly on a whim. Lightning Returns manages to bring the entire messy saga to a satisfying conclusion, breaking off in a totally...

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The Wolf Among Us 'Smoke and Mirrors' review: Of wolf and man

Fairy tales are stories for children, and as such are full of magic, fantasy, and wonderment. What we tend to forget, however, is that murderers lie in wait for the princesses, and monsters lurk in the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment to destroy happiness. Episode 2 of The Wolf Among Us,...

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Joystiq Top 10 of 2013: Super Mario 3D World

Team Joystiq is barging into 2014 with a celebration of last year's best games. Keep reading throughout the week to see our assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs. Mario and his extended family has been our constant companion for quite some time now, and his adventures were starting to...

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Best of the Rest: Susan's picks of 2013

Team Joystiq is barging into 2014 with a celebration of last year's best games. Keep reading throughout the week to see our assembly of ingenious indies and triple-A triumphs. Puppeteer Come one, come all, to hear the remarkable tale of Kutaro and the magical scissors, Calibrus! Come, see the...

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Contrast gets much-needed patch in time for Christmas

Contrast has a lot of things going for it: It's beautiful, has an intriguing core concept of "a girl and a friend thriving in shadow," and it's free with a PS Plus membership. Unfortunately, upon release it was also rife with glitches that, among other things, tended to leave players stuck in...

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Portabliss: The Walk

This is Portabliss, a column about downloadable games that can be played on the go. Gym memberships see a sharp spike in January, due to fitness-minded New Year's Resolutions. Gym attendance typically sees a sharp decline in March, as the Resolute realize how boring getting in shape actually is....

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Relive the games of 2013 in just two minutes

We are swiftly approaching the closing of the year, which means you should be stocking up on chocolate orange (they make nice last-minute gifts) and it's time to look back on the year in gaming. Malcolm Klock has boiled the entire year's worth of digital entertainment down to a mere two...

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PlayStation Plus has Borderlands 2, Grid 2 for your holiday stocking

December tends to be a financially exhausting month, what with the cousins, co-workers, friends and pets filling up your "must gift" list. All that generosity can leave you left with nothing but warm feelings and an empty wallet, and let's be honest - warm feelings won't do much to stave off the...

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