PaigeFTW: A Classic Formula

August 26, 2016

So, building off last week’s discussion, let’s talk about what makes a classic RPG a classic — in other words, so good that dozens upon dozens of games come out each year trying to recapture that old magic.

Perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of good

August 26, 2016

In “Madden 17,” a specific line stands out from the excellent new commentary team of Charles Davis and Brandon Gaudin. Davis, the ex-player providing the color commentary, talks about how coaches are always looking for that “perfect game.”

PaigeFTW: When Retro Tributes Go Awry

August 19, 2016

It’s easy to find games that want to hearken back to the golden age of JRPGs, when all battles were turn-based and everyone was an 8-bit sprite.

Here comes a dark, moody dystopian game

August 19, 2016

Building a world can be a challenging task. It requires answering questions, many of which will have been unforeseen prior to writing. What condition is your fiction’s world in? How does the character relate to it? What sets it apart from similar stories or genres?

Anchored down by uninspiring plot, combat exhaustion

August 12, 2016

“Song of the Deep” can’t seem to get out of its own way. While the small-scale project from Insomniac — and debut of GameStop’s new publishing wing, GameTrust — has glimmers of greatness, it constantly feels just slightly off in ways that could have been easily adjusted for a more pleasant experience.

PaigeFTW: Wear Your Pride

August 5, 2016

Rather than donning a shirt with a big Pikachu and Pokemon logo, for instance, I much prefer subtler prints, like a shirt I once got off Kickstarter emblazoned with “Pallet Town University, Established 1996.” If you know it, you know it. If you don’t, then it just looks like an obscure school shirt.

Robots gone wild in classic cyberpunk-themed shooter

August 5, 2016

Released in 2011, “Hard Reset” is a dedicated PC first person shooter that draws inspiration from other classic shooters like “Quake,” “Painkiller,” and “DOOM.” Developer Flying Wild Hogs released “Hard Reset” to critical acclaim, and five years later decided to remaster it for next-gen consoles, including the PS4 and Xbox One (in addition to the PC version), with improved graphics and ample amounts of new content.

PaigeFTW: Famous Faces

July 29, 2016

The most ubiquitous image out of E3 last month was definitely a naked, crying Norman Reedus hugging a newborn baby in Hideo Kojima’s trailer for Dead Stranding. The story even got traction in mainstream outlets — that’s what a little star power will get you.

Game creates complexity from simplicity

July 29, 2016

The most memorable puzzle games take root in your mind and keep you thinking. From imagining blue and orange portals around your office to seeing tetrominoes as you try to sleep, playing around with fun puzzle concepts doesn’t always stop when you put down the controller.