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BERKELEY'S NEWS • JANUARY 19, 2023

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Neil Haeems

Neil Haeems joined The Daily Californian's arts & entertainment staff in summer 2020 and is a former deputy arts & entertainment editor (spring 2021). He also contributed to the department as video game beat reporter in fall 2020 and fall 2021.

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The PS5 is uniquely capable of delivering a gaming experience characterized by breathtaking graphical fidelity, buttery smooth performance and near-instant load times.
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The PS5 is uniquely capable of delivering a gaming experience characterized by breathtaking graphical fidelity, buttery smooth performance and near-instant load times.
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“Mank” succeeds because — like most Fincher films — it always stays attuned to the throughline of its characters’ destructive obsession, using all its stellar audiovisual elements to complement its hefty themes.
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“Mank” succeeds because — like most Fincher films — it always stays attuned to the throughline of its characters’ destructive obsession, using all its stellar audiovisual elements to complement its hefty themes.
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Set in 873 A.D., Valhalla follows Viking raider Eivor, who sets out to conquer Dark Ages era England after being driven out of Norway.
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Set in 873 A.D., Valhalla follows Viking raider Eivor, who sets out to conquer Dark Ages era England after being driven out of Norway.
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This playlist is a selection of video game music that, when appreciated alone, will help you to tune out the distractions and get down to work.
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This playlist is a selection of video game music that, when appreciated alone, will help you to tune out the distractions and get down to work.
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Watch Dogs: Legion bravely seeks to offer players a fresh experience — even if its attempted innovations don’t completely pay off.
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Watch Dogs: Legion bravely seeks to offer players a fresh experience — even if its attempted innovations don’t completely pay off.
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There is no form better suited to immersing audiences in the role of the vulnerable, irrational protagonist besieged by dangers than the survival horror video game subgenre.
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There is no form better suited to immersing audiences in the role of the vulnerable, irrational protagonist besieged by dangers than the survival horror video game subgenre.
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A follow-up to the 2016 reboot one of gaming’s longest running series, Eternal was released in March and doubled down on every decision that elevated its predecessor, Doom, above the standard first-person shooter.
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A follow-up to the 2016 reboot one of gaming’s longest running series, Eternal was released in March and doubled down on every decision that elevated its predecessor, Doom, above the standard first-person shooter.
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The endurance of archaic random encounters suggests that game design has largely not evolved to complement the sleeker technology.
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The endurance of archaic random encounters suggests that game design has largely not evolved to complement the sleeker technology.
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After the headache-inducing “Star Wars” material of the 2010s, Star Wars: Squadrons is a welcome change of pace.
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After the headache-inducing “Star Wars” material of the 2010s, Star Wars: Squadrons is a welcome change of pace.
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Comparisons to “Hill House” automatically put any follow-ups at a disadvantage, but even taken on its own terms, “Bly Manor” sorely disappoints in nearly every regard.
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Comparisons to “Hill House” automatically put any follow-ups at a disadvantage, but even taken on its own terms, “Bly Manor” sorely disappoints in nearly every regard.
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