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Monday, September 22 2014

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition

You say schlock like it's a bad thing.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

‘Runers’: What’s My Motivation?

Shoot better and better and better. Then, shoot some more.


Tuesday, September 9 2014

Yet Another Perspective on ‘Another Perspective’

What Another Perspective wants to say is that the the essence of the video game is rooted in interaction. In other words that “You are me. I am you.”


Tuesday, September 2 2014

MIND: Path to Thalamus

The game earns a trust that allows you to let go of your worries and to just let the mood wash over you, vagaries and all.


Tuesday, August 26 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 4

With episode 4 of its second season, I feel as if the well is running dry on Telltale's ability to wring new meaning out of The Walking Dead franchise.


Monday, August 25 2014

Hohokum

The game plays like it belongs in a museum, one of those interactive displays that invites people to navigate the art rather than stare at it.


Monday, August 18 2014

Oribtal Gear

Orbital Gear is missing an important label that would allow me to forgive its flaws: the "Early Access" label.


‘Console Wars’ Is a Deeply Flawed Telling of a Great Story about Videogames

A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.


Friday, August 1 2014

‘OlliOlli’ Is the Purest Embodiment of Skate Culture in a Game

OlliOlli doesn't care about conforming, it doesn't care about its peers, and it doesn't care what you think of it. All it cares about is landing that trick.


Monday, July 28 2014

The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 4 & 5

Noir isn't about deduction or reasoning. It's about shaking the trees and seeing what falls out. That's what these episodes are about.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

‘Wayward Manor’ Is a Bit Insubstantial

Neil Gaiman wrote a video game.


Monday, July 21 2014

Aeon Command

By keeping it simple, Bat Country has developed a simple, engaging, and surprisingly relaxing two-player competition to pass the time on a lunch break.


Friday, July 18 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Salem is the perfect setting for the game's slightly unreal premise as even the name of the town evokes such slightly otherworldly possibilities.


Monday, July 14 2014

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure

Tesla Effect is B-grade fun that unfortunately soon turns into B-grade nonsense.


Friday, July 11 2014

Quest for Infamy

In Quest for Infamy, you’ll spend more time looking for a story and puzzles than you do participating in a story and puzzles.


Monday, June 30 2014

‘Tomodachi Life’ Is As Much a Digital Pet As It Is a Farcical Soap Opera

A sequel to the 2009 Japan-only DS release Tomodachi Collection, Tomodachi Life is less a game than a virtual aquarium (or perhaps sitcom set) populated by Miis.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Even calling the seven women of Conception II "heroines" is almost disingenuous, since it's clear from the start of the game who the hero is and who the "help" is.


Friday, June 20 2014

‘Noir Syndrome’: Style and Simplicity

Noir Syndrome is simplistic enough to pick up and play and clever enough to keep you coming back for more.


Monday, June 16 2014

‘Richard & Alice’: Quiet, Bleak, but Well Written

Richard & Alice spins out its morose themes with skill in a fittingly moody atmosphere. The drawback is the slow pace of the puzzles.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

LEGO The Hobbit

Thank God for the LEGO games.


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