Understanding the Many Flaws of 'Syndicate'
Published 4/11/2012 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Syndicate is a game dreamed up by corporate edict, built under factory conditions, refined by focus groups, and ingested by a public too accustomed to soylent green to know cannibalism when it tastes it. It’s a single-player shooter in the ...
'Mass Effect 3,' Pt. II: How an Ending Can Wreck a Trilogy
Published 3/28/2012 at 10:52 a.m. 4 comments
I just beat Mass Effect 3, and I’m a little pissed.
'Mass Effect 3' Turns Up the Bitterness of War
Published 3/14/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 1 comment
Mass Effect 3 is, from the start, a game that tells a story of a war already lost.
'Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning' Sounds a Wake-Up Call to the RPG Genre
Published 2/29/2012 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a vast, immersive fantasy epic that has a lot to teach the self-proclaimed visionaries of the industry, having seemingly come out of nowhere to blow many of their best creations out of the water.
'Final Fantasy XIII-2' Atones for Its Predecessor, But Makes Its Own Missteps
Published 2/15/2012 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Some people can’t just leave well enough alone. Instead, the world is treated to Final Fantasy XIII-2 as a game that apologizes for the sins of its predecessor—and commits a fresh new set of sins all its own.
Months Later, We're All Still Playing 'Skyrim.' But Why?
Published 2/1/2012 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
Last night I read a couple of books, cooked a passable meal, did some light housework, and tricked a colossal brass automaton into killing off a dozen or so pesky goblinoids who were ruining the ambience of the latest in ...
'Saints Row: The Third" Is Finally Absurd Enough to Work
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments
The Saints Row series has always been more or less Grand Theft Auto’s id left to run rampant without even GTA’s extremely minimal levels of restraint.
Best of 2011: Video Games
Published 12/28/2011 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
2011 was far from a perfect year for video games, with too many unpolished diamonds in the rough and too few true standouts. Still, a number of games managed to rise above the rest and make the year bearable.
'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' Shows What the Wii Can Do—Five Years Too Late
Published 12/21/2011 at 10:38 a.m. 1 comment
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Nintendo’s answer to its fans’ long-ignored prayers, but, like so many prayers, the response from on high is insufficient.
'Super Mario 3D Land' Aims to End Nintendo's Slump
Published 12/7/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
Super Mario 3D Land is upon us, and with a killer app spurring things on, 3DS sales have nowhere to go but up.
'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' Brings the Thunder Back to Tamriel
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:24 p.m. 0 comments
If you’ll permit me a Seinfeld moment, what is the deal with Bethesda Game Studios’ fixation on prisoners as protagonists in the Elder Scrolls series?
'Batman: Arkham City' Has Insurmountable Competition: Its Predecessor
Published 11/9/2011 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
Arkham City tears the roof off Arkham Asylum and gives it a good shake, presenting from start to finish a world that is fundamentally broken. It’s the perfect environment for zipping around between rooftops on your way to find a ...
Dear John: An Open Letter to John Carmack
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments
Dear Mr. Carmack: As a man best known by his works, it’s been a while since we’ve really seen you, hasn’t it? DOOM 3 feels like it was so very long ago.
In 'Space Marine,' Death Becomes Dull
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 1 comment
Space Marine is the latest entry in Games Workshop’s long, slow slog moving the Warhammer 40,000 franchise away from tabletop wargames that nobody would be caught dead playing and toward the more lucrative market of video games that merely most ...
Dead Island Breathes Shambling Life Back Into the Zombie Game
Published 9/28/2011 at 9:47 a.m. 0 comments
Dead Island is a huge game that comes out swinging and rarely lets up, proving that the zombie genre is not quite dead.