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Tuesday, April 21 2015

Dreamfall Chapters, Book Two: Rebels

Dreamfall Chapters is about power and its abuse.


Monday, April 20 2015

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Unfortunately, the chief interest of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is not the game itself, but the demo for Final Fantasy XV that it comes bundled with.


Monday, April 6 2015

Tales from the Borderlands, Episode 2: Atlas Mugged

Yeah, the manic murder fantasy playground of Borderlands gets more subtle moments of humanity than the grand tragedy of Telltale's catalog, The Walking Dead.


Friday, March 27 2015

Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock

Morningstar plays like a Star Trek episode that forgot to add in a moral message about the nature of humanity at the end.


Monday, March 23 2015

‘Disorder’ Is Disordered All Right

Disorder doesn't know how to balance its gameplay with its story or its art with its gameplay. It's a game whose individual pieces work well on their own, but when mixed together, they only break what was in the beginning a pretty fun game.


Monday, March 9 2015

Game of Thrones, Episode 2: The Lost Lords

Game of Thrones is giving us something different in the adventure game genre. We are finally engaging with intrigue.


Monday, March 2 2015

‘The Guilt and the Shadow’: Very Dark Fluff

The Guilt and the Shadow is more of a tone poem than a puzzle game.


Tuesday, February 24 2015

Life Is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

Max wants to make friends, survive high school, and impress her famous photography teacher to jump start her art career, the kinds of human and relatable stories not often seen in video games.


Monday, February 23 2015

‘Blackguards 2’: A Good Kind of Evil

Blackguards 2 makes it feel good to be bad, but being bad also comes with a lot of responsibility.


Friday, February 20 2015

‘Dying Light’: The Terror and Triumph of Nightfall

The zombies here aren't monsters, they're just another kind of terrorist.


Friday, February 13 2015

Dreamfall Chapters, Book One: Reborn

Players of the Dreamfall Chapters may find that more than a little research is necessary to enjoy the game's finer points.


Monday, February 9 2015

‘Citizens of Earth’ Falls in Line with traditional Japanese RPGs

Several jokes in Citizens of Earth expose the Vice President of the Worlds’s exaggerated love of bureaucracy. Too bad the game is sometimes as much fun as cutting through red tape.


Friday, February 6 2015

‘Satellina’: Is a Quintessential Example of Mobile Gaming

While it's definitely a bit more difficult than I was expecting, the difficulty of Satellina is fair when the game is behaving itself.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

Resident Evil HD Remaster

Oddly enough, a remake of the original game, Resident Evil HD Remaster, actually feels like the next big evolutionary leap for the series.


Monday, January 26 2015

Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Iron From Ice

In Telltale's version of Game of Thrones, you play the parts of people who themselves are playing parts. Each one is not playing the game of thrones, they are pieces in the games of others.


Monday, January 12 2015

Tales from the Borderlands, Episode 1: Zer0 Sum

Things are funnier when they go terribly wrong.


Monday, December 15 2014

‘The Marvelous Miss Take,’ a Red Headed Robin Hood

Very simply put, Miss Take is an exceptionally executed game, advancing a kind of minimalist, arcade-style form of stealth that never wears out its welcome.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

‘Unrest’: An RPG of a Different Sort

Unrest is The Wire, but set in an ancient, mythical India.


Friday, December 5 2014

This War of Mine

This War of Mine is a great game about survival, hope, loss, despair, companionship... but oddly enough not about war.


Monday, December 1 2014

A Golden Wake

I kept expecting a villain to pop up or hints of a conspiracy or some outside force that connected all the various vignettes of the story together. In A Golden Wake, there are a bunch of short term goals, but ultimately this is a character-driven narrative.


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