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Friday, March 7 2014

‘Thief’: Carefully Competent, But Never Excellent

Everything that’s good about Thief comes with a qualification.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

‘Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze’, an Old School Game with a New School Feel

The original Donkey Kong is a difficult game. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is ruthlessly difficult.


Monday, February 24 2014

‘Jazzpunk’ Is Not a Game. Jazzpunk Is a Style.

It’s as if the pair at Necrophone Games threw the entirety of their geeky lives into a blender, made cookies from it, and then used those cookies as action figures in a spy game.


Friday, February 21 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 1 & 2

Bigby Wolf falls into the tradition of the beaten down noir investigator, a figure along the lines of a Philip Marlowe or a Sam Spade. However, he is different enough to eke out his own individuality within the context of a Fables inspired world.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the Moulin Rouge of turn-based anime dress-up fighters.


Friday, February 7 2014

Broken Age: Act 1

Broken Age served as the great vanguard to the video game Kickstarter boom, and the game finds itself with a lot to prove with its recent release.


Wednesday, February 5 2014

‘Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD’: Making Racial Politics Bland

Out of this seeming fear of offending anyone by giving such characters any flaws or character quirks comes a couple of boring characters that actually tend through their plainness to lean on familiar stereotypes rather than on any actually human or actually relatable characteristics.


Friday, January 31 2014

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Tomb Raider is no longer the platforming, puzzle solving adventure that it, as a series, built a legacy on. What this iteration does do is transform the franchise into the ever pervasive cinematic action thriller that has grown increasingly familiar in the medium.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

In ‘Nidhogg’ Every Pixelated Movement Carries the Weight of Victory or Defeat

Nidhogg is an exhausting game, and your sigh of relief at the end of every match is rewarding regardless of whether you win or lose.


Monday, January 27 2014

‘The Banner Saga’ Is Worthy of the Name ‘Saga’

Building on the ancient tradition of Nordic storytelling, Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga manages to tell a story that is both epic and intimate.


Friday, January 24 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 1

The game seems to lack a cohesiveness that every episode of the previous season managed to produce.


Monday, January 20 2014

‘Redshirt’: Cynics in Space

Redshirt is a game that tries to expose the narcissistic nature of social networks and near sociopathic behavior that such systems can compulsively create. But in trying to get the player to become an actor in a fictional online space, the game reveals itself as rather equally shallow.


Thursday, January 16 2014

‘The Novelist’: Gaming Work and Family

The game is about juggling a limited resource alongside the needs of three people -- and that resource is, of course, time.


Monday, January 13 2014

‘Continue?9876543210’: Your Heart Is a Filing System

If you understand why RAM is kind of a reasonable metaphor for the fleeting nature of existence, this is a game that is built for you, both poet and tech geek that you might be.


Wednesday, January 8 2014

‘Savant – Ascent’: Everything in the World Wants to Kill You

Savant – Ascent leaves me wanting more. There isn’t much to it, but nothing could be removed. For two dollars, it’s required playing.


Friday, December 20 2013

Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Something old, something new. Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition is a game with one foot firmly planted in the past and one foot pointed toward the future of game design.


Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Shivah: Kosher Edition

The game is an interesting point-and-click adventure game that tackles themes usually avoided by games.


Monday, December 16 2013

Teslagrad

Teslagrad is a game with a simple concept and a masterful execution.


Friday, December 13 2013

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!: Episode 2

Sorcery! Episode 2 continues to keep the surprises and sense of old school adventure coming.


Wednesday, December 11 2013

‘Knock Knock’ Is Creepy

It's alien, it's weird, and I want more.


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