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Friday, April 4 2014

‘LUFTRAUSERS’: Perfectly Balanced Chaos

LUFTRAUSERS excels by offering balance in its mechanics and majesty in its presentation.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

‘Year Walk’: Rituals and Resolutions

Year Walk ritualizes the acts of exploration, gathering data, and solving puzzles because it recognizes that within those acts lie the ability to lay bare meaning and significance.


Monday, March 31 2014

The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 2

Clementine is an 11-year-old girl in an incredibly hostile world, and often her only tool to aid in her survival is language. Escaping danger, saving lives, condemning others are all based on the careful application of words.


Friday, March 28 2014

‘Yoshi’s New Island’: Parenting the Hard Way

Generally speaking, gamers aren't big fans of escort missions. Yet, Yoshi's New Island and the rest of the Yoshi's Island series doesn't seem concerned with that, as the entire game is an escort mission.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

‘Line of Defense Tactics’ Feels Aloof

Line of Defense’s lack of ambition harms it in the end. It’s the gift card you give a distant cousin on their birthday. It’s the free coffee you get with an oil change, appreciated for what it is but quickly forgotten.


Monday, March 24 2014

‘Strider’: New School, Old School

Strider in 2014 isn't just fun. It feels relevant


Friday, March 21 2014

Shadowrun: Dragonfall

The game's Berlin based expansion adds quite a bit to the game: new tile sets, weapons, enemies, and other additions to expand the game's toolbox. It also adds a storyline that doesn't follow the mold of the first installment of Shadowrun Returns.


Wednesday, March 19 2014

‘Dark Souls II’: More Punishment, More Pleasure

Predictably, reviews of Dark Souls II have, as usual, revolved around its difficulty. However, what reviewers often ignore is the compelling qualities of the game's plot. Just like its combat, Dark Souls II does not spoon feed the player its story.


Monday, March 17 2014

One Piece: Romance Dawn

The decision to take an approach to the story that leaves it clipped and juvenile at best and utterly unintelligible at worst is the most egregious of the game's many poorly-designed elements.


Friday, March 14 2014

‘Rayman Legends’ Is All About Momentum

You’re not rewarded for getting through a level without dying, but you’ll strive for it nonetheless purely for aesthetic reasons. Failure just isn’t graceful.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

The player again takes on the role of Gabriel Belmont, now known as Dracula, in a story that is meant to contrast the importance of duty to family with the pursuit of selfish ambition. But how deep do the sins of the father run?


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.


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