The title of Nintendo’s newest Zelda game describes much of its charm and ingenuity. This entry stands as a link between two design philosophies: the old, much beloved Zelda formula perfected by A Link to the Past, and the new, more freeing, exploratory format that gives players what they want as soon as they want it. A Link Between Worlds stands at the crossroads of these two different game types, melding them seamlessly. It shows Nintendo isn’t afraid to adapt and try new things in an effort to spice up the Zelda formula before it runs out of steam. [Read more...]
Earlier this year developer Simogo released Year Walk, a narratively driven adventure game with a chilling atmosphere. Year Walk used iOS devices to great effect and created something genuinely unique for the platform, thoroughly engrossing players into a strange and terrifying world. Simogo recently released their newest game on iOS called Device 6 and people should most certainly play it. [Read more...]
Grand Theft Auto V is neither fully expected nor wholly original. It’s big, ambitious, and more confident than it has any right to be. It only impresses when it really wants to, but throughout my 26 hours spent tearing around Los Santos, it never stopped really, really wanting to. It’s perhaps the most fully realized and cohesive open-world action game I’ve ever played. Let’s get all of that out of the way up front. [Read more...]
The following is a written conversation between Editor-In-Chief Evan Tognotti and Senior Editor Matthew Milewski about this week’s episode of Breaking Bad. Spoilers, you guys. Obviously.
Man oh man, this show. You think you know what way it is heading, and then it decides to take a sharp corner in which you did not see. This is storytelling at its finest folks. [Read more...]
Everyone has their favorite stealth franchise — for some it’s Metal Gear, others it’s Deus Ex. While I like those games quite a bit, nothing scratches that stealth itch quite like Splinter Cell. Conviction was something of a reboot for the series, taking away certain features like hiding bodies and night vision, but also allowing for a more streamlined and snappier action game. Splinter Cell: Blacklist represents a return to form for fans of the PS2 era games, and a refinement of ideas and mechanics from Conviction. [Read more...]
After all that is done, can one bury their past?
Uncharted 2 is one of my favorite games this generation. It’s an adventurous shooter with sarcastic characters and bombastic setpiece moments; most of all, it felt like watching a fun summer movie. But Naughty Dog was also critiqued for the ludonarrative dissonance of the series: Nathan Drake will murder vast quantities of people then turn to the camera with a wink and a smile, the way only a likeable action hero can.
The Last of Us throws that entire formula out the window and creates something uniquely different, but not always successful. [Read more...]
Remember Me is the kind of game that should be desperately trying to please you. It’s an Uncharted-style adventure-platformer with stylish, combo-driven, character action combat. There are a handful of “run away from the camera while the ground crumbles beneath you” segments. It’s about 6-8 hours long on average. It is the very definition of a linear, guided, cinematic experience.
And yet, around every corner, Remember Me doesn’t really seem to give a shit about what you think. [Read more...]