'Wolfenstein: The New Order' Offers Something Unprecedented for the Series: Characters!
Published 7/9/2014 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
While each Wolfenstein sequel has refined this basic formula, it really hasn’t changed much for the past 20-plus years: evil scientists + cyber/zombie soldiers = castle as shooting gallery. Not unlike one’s weakness for the utterly predictable and not terribly ...
'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' Represents the Good and the Bad of 21st-Century Nintendo
Published 3/12/2014 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments
This one game encapsulates everything good and bad about modern-day Nintendo. It hints at the company’s possible salvation while reminding us how Nintendo found itself in this precarious position to begin with. It might be the best game of the ...
Local Multiplayer Games Make You Compete Against Real Live People—in the Same Room
Published 1/29/2014 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
There’s no way to spin playing with my friends online as a negative when that’s the only way we’d ever play together at this point in our lives. But it is true that we’ve lost something personal with this high-speed ...
Interactive Indie Drama 'Gone Home' May Be the Best Game of 2013 You Haven’t Played Yet
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
Gone Home isn’t about solving convoluted physics puzzles or single-handedly winning a war. It’s about people.
'Dishonored' May Be the Best Video Game of 2012 You Still Haven’t Played
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 1 comment
Dishonored came out last October and didn’t quite upturn the gaming universe despite getting good reviews and hitting several best-of-2012 lists. Sales have been okay, and publisher Bethesda has stated that it considers Dishonored to be a new franchise. Yet ...
Can the Wii U Make Video-Game Consoles Cool Again?
Published 11/20/2012 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
It’s difficult to deny that the business of casual games with App Store distribution has a lot more momentum going for it than the old business model of selling consoles at a loss and then eventually recouping the investment with ...
'Borderlands 2' Revisits the Gun-Filled World of 'Borderlands.' Is That Really Enough?
Updated 10/18/2012 at 2:13 p.m. 6 comments
Rather than transcending the original Borderlands with a new story, new challenges, and new gameplay—or at least some variations, which is pretty much the baseline requirement for sequel success—Borderlands 2 serves up nearly the exact same story, same challenges, and ...
'Minecraft'’s Endless Creative Possibilities Make for a Good Kids’ Game—Maybe
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 2 comments
This is going to be one of those first-person parental columns about children and video games. Only it’s not going to include the usual self-reassuring conclusion about my parenting skills—I have no idea if I’ve made the right choices, or ...
'Darksiders II' Unleashes a Whole Lot of Death
Published 8/29/2012 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
Think of Darksiders II as the Danzig to Darksiders’ Henry Rollins. Both can be very brooding, very angry experiences, but where Darksiders’ War seethed with rage to the point where his heart pumped equal parts lava and testosterone, Darksiders II’s ...
Keeping the Darkness at Bay With 'Dragon’s Dogma'
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
This isn’t one of those games where dragons are just another link in the fantasy food chain. Here, the dragon is the food chain, the ur-monster from which all corruption spreads. This is Saint George and the dragon, the hero ...
Game Enough at Last: What Happens When Digital Distribution Gets Too Convenient?
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
In an industry in which various forms of villainy are the norm, Valve is an anomaly: well-liked by consumers, developers, and publishers smart enough to avail themselves of Valve’s services instead of letting their jealousy drive them to compete (never ...
'Spelunky' Documents Your Failure as a Gamer
Published 7/18/2012 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
Indie darling Spelunky finally got its long-awaited HD makeover, and it’s the best thing in a long time that I completely forgot about.
Max Payne 3 is the Best Possible Game We Didn’t Need
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Max Payne 3 feels pretty much the same way to me, and not just because it’s about a gritty, boozy lawman who’s over the hill and in over his head. Max Payne 3 is a game that shouldn’t have been, ...
'Diablo III' Reminds Us That the Worst Thing About Gaming Is Everybody Else
Published 6/6/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 1 comment
We’re coming into an age of “finallys.” Finally, a decent Deus Ex sequel. Finally, Duke Nukem Forever. And finally, the king of loot-hoarding hack-and-slashers has awoken to take another shot at the crown it never lost. Twelve years after its ...
'The Witcher: Assassins of Kings' Switches Up RPG Conventions
Published 5/30/2012 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings manages to clean up the few blemishes that The Witcher had, leading to an even better game.
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