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  • 'Horizon Zero Dawn' is a well-oiled machine

    Shacknews.com "Horizon Zero Dawn" is a remarkable achievement, but that may not seem readily apparent. A simple list of features or bullet points would easily be misunderstood as an ordinary, open-world character action game; fine, but forgettable. Its vaguely generic title doesn't do it any favors...

  • The simplicity of 'Fire Emblem Heroes' is its strength

    Shacknews.com "Fire Emblem Heroes" may not be the full-featured mobile incarnation that lifelong fans were looking for, but it's exactly what it needs to be. In the days since its release, we've seen the generally positive feedback slowly turn to misgivings. It's simple, and streamlined, and light...

  • Sniper Elite 4 Review: On the Mark

    Shacknews.com "Sniper Elite 4" isn't a shooter for everyone, nor does it try to be. Instead, the players who will get the most out of Rebellion's latest entry in the "Sniper Elite" series are those that are willing to wait for the perfect moment to send one bullet flying, the accuracy of which...

  • 'Poi' cleverly blends 'Super Mario 64,' 'The Legend of Zelda' and 'Pokemon'

    Shacknews.com PolyKid's new Kickstarter-funded indie, "Poi," is a loving tribute to '90s platformer games. By cleverly combining elements found in "Super Mario 64," "The Legend of Zelda," "Banjo-Kazooie" and even "Pokemon," "Poi" has the potential to become an instant classic. Growing up, I played...

  • FromSoftware's formula has evolved in 'Nioh'

    Shacknews.com In case you missed the memo, FromSoftware is done making "Dark Souls" games. Rather than leave that bloodstain to dry, "Nioh" pays homage to FromSoftware's modern classic while driving the genre forward at breakneck speed. Heart and souls Developed by Team Ninja, "Nioh" evokes "Ninja...

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  • Video: Identical Twins Retire from Shipyard

    Video: Identical Twins Retire from Shipyard

    Dave and Danny Brookman moved to the Peninsula from Narrows, VA to start working at the Newport News Shipyard. After 43-1/2 years, they will retire together at the end of 2016.

  • Hampton Planning Commission backs Fort Monroe zoning plan

    Hampton Planning Commission backs Fort Monroe zoning plan

    HAMPTON — Hampton's Planning Commission has given the thumbs up to a series of new zoning types and rezoning measures to dictate how land can be used at Fort Monroe — but not without dissent over uses for the controversial Wherry Quarter. The provisions would create four special zoning districts...

  • Resurrecting the USS Monitor's famous pump

    Resurrecting the USS Monitor's famous pump

    For more than 150 years after the celebrated Civil War ironclad USS Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., the landmark engines and pumps that drove history's first mechanized warship have been silent. Recovered from the Atlantic in 2001, the Victorian-era machines weighing more than 20 tons have...

  • Commonwealth's attorney: Newport News police officer justified in fatal shooting

    Commonwealth's attorney: Newport News police officer justified in fatal shooting

    NEWPORT NEWS — Two different scenes played out in the city Friday on the same street corner. A mother wept on the sidewalk after hearing that the Newport News commonwealth's attorney's office had ruled that the police officer who killed her son was legally justified in the shooting. An hour later,...

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