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Engaging, challenging ‘Pillars’ returns to the glory days

April 10, 2015

Making a game broadly accessible and appealing often results in something easy and simplistic. “Pillars of Eternity” is proof that role-playing games can be engaging and challenging no matter the player, and embrace complexity in storytelling and gameplay without sacrificing a wider audience.

‘Bloodborne,’ death and insanity lurk around every dark corner

April 3, 2015

Laughter of the mad surrounds you as the blood moon rises over the top of a damned city. You tighten your grip on the controller and your stress level rises as a terrifying visage approaches in the distance, unearthly aberrations sprouting from its squirming limbs.

Sledgehammer Games takes “Call of Duty” into the future

March 13, 2015

By Daniel Tack | Game Informer Magazine
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC
Style: 1-Player Shooter (18-Player Online)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Rating: M, for Mature
After years of modern warfare, the latest “Call of Duty” takes you to a terrifying future just a few years [...]

‘Far Cry 4’ sticks to a familiar tempo

March 6, 2015

The “Far Cry” series, while generally being well regarded over the course of its three main entries, hasn’t stuck to a particular formula when it comes to story or mechanics.

An uncompromising cinematic vision hampered by aged gameplay

February 27, 2015

“The Order: 1886” is a triumph of world building, ripe to be explored by players who enjoy that sensation of confusion and discovery as the pieces of the fiction fall into place. Ready At Dawn’s first original IP is also a masterpiece of cinematic immersion.

‘Evolve’ a vivid minute-to-minute experience

February 20, 2015

Turtle Rock hasn’t been shy about getting “Evolve” into the hands of players. The developer provided play sessions at virtually every gaming convention over the past year and offered fans extended alpha and beta sessions before release.

A new sport for the interactive entertainment era

February 6, 2015

Other Ocean’s “IDARB,” or It Draws a Red Box, began as a tweet from developer Mike Mika asking for input from his followers on a project for which he didn’t have any particular plans or ultimate goals.