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Wednesday, October 2 2013

Lost Planet 3

Lost Planet 3 tries to marry Avatar with The Perfect Storm, and it just doesn’t work.


Monday, September 30 2013

The Raven: Chapter 2 - Ancestry of Lies

Chapter 2 is less of a straight mystery and more of a short, satisfying thriller that still retains the heady mystery of an Agatha Christie novel.


Friday, September 27 2013

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Starbreeze Studios manages to express a relationship between two brothers through the control scheme of the game itself.


Wednesday, September 25 2013

‘Europa Universalis IV’: Playing with the World

The player will write a new history. The goal isn’t complete conquest and to beat all the other entities out there. Your agency as a player and effect on the rest of the world is limited wholly by the agency and will of every other nation in the world.


Monday, September 23 2013

Madden NFL 25

Using Barry Sanders on the cover of Madden 25 welcomes unflattering comparisons. Sanders is regarded as a great who retired well before his prime and never reached his full potential, often a criticism of the Madden series.


Friday, September 20 2013

‘Memoria’ Deconstructs the Fairy Tale

Memoria is a classic point-and-click adventure game that does little to expand on the genre from a game play standpoint. However, through its narrative, Memoria deconstructs many of the fantasy genre's tropes and conventions.


Wednesday, September 18 2013

‘Prehistorik’, the Trouble with Untrustworthy Cavemen

A game like this shouldn't be spending precious seconds trying to earn the player's trust.


Monday, September 16 2013

Suda51’s Fingerprints Are All Over ‘Killer Is Dead’

Mondo Zappa lives purely for unromantic sex and unemotional violence, and unlike most of Suda51’s characters, he’s actually able to attain both. Also, unlike most of Suda's characters, Mondo actually has sex, which is important, because it’s really the driving force behind everything in the game.


Friday, September 13 2013

‘Divekick’ Celebrates the Minimalism of Fighting

If there could ever be a more fundamentally minimalist competitive fighting game than Divekick, I don’t know what it could be. You dive. You kick.


Wednesday, September 11 2013

DuckTales Remastered

I assumed that as an older and wiser player I might be above thrown controllers, but I assumed wrong.


Friday, September 6 2013

Payday 2

You can win masks after each heist, and some of them are intimidating as hell, elaborate monstrosities that make you feel like a powerhouse killer just by looking at them. However, after several hours of play, I had a grand collection of one mask.


Wednesday, September 4 2013

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches

The Brigmore Witches acts as a fitting end to one of the most original IPs of 2012.


Friday, August 30 2013

Face Noir

Face Noir contains that wonderful stain of corruption and cynicism that noir is known for. Though the backdrop isn’t the postwar malaise and alienation of urban America, instead it is the crushing hopelessness and decay of the Great Depression.


Wednesday, August 28 2013

Hate Plus

Hate Plus demonstrates some of the best virtues of video games in the way that it's structured as something to be explored with no clear starting point and as something that is completed only after a process of player exploration. In other words, it isn’t meant to be read cover to cover; it’s a process of discovery.


Friday, August 23 2013

Discovering the Familiar in ‘Gone Home’

I have never worried so much about where light switches are in a video game as I have in Gone Home, dreading what might be lurking in dark corners because the setting, the gameplay, and the tone of the game's mystery suggested to me that I should.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

‘Saints Row IV’: I Want to Be All the Clones

Saints Row has always been known as a Grand Theft Auto. But now it wants to be the clone of pretty much everything, ever.


Monday, August 19 2013

Tales of Xillia

The slow beginning eventually builds to a crazy mid-game twist that puts the world at stake and rockets the plot forward.


Friday, August 16 2013

The Night of the Rabbit

The Night of the Rabbit is essentially Harry Potter via Rupert Bear.


Wednesday, August 14 2013

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

A Realm Reborn is Square Enix's chance at winning back an audience that had turned Final Fantasy XIV into a punchline.


Monday, August 12 2013

Guacmelee: El Diablo’s Domain

El Diablo’s Domain is just jumping and fighting on a tight timer. Only one challenge stands out for its uniqueness. It’s absurd and dumb and so much fun.


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