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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.

Capcom’s pioneering horror classic looks better than ever

January 30, 2015

The PlayStation-era of games is often criticized as a generation that has aged poorly, thanks to muddy 3D visuals and controls. The 2002 GameCube remake of 1996’s “Resident Evil” fixed the former, but some still found the infamous tank controls cumbersome.

‘Kingdom’ a lavish dressing on a familiar formula

January 16, 2015

Few mobile game franchises get me as excited as “Kingdom Rush.” The childlike fantasy characters hide a sophisticated and intricately balanced tower defense experience that holds up under multiple difficulty settings and supports a variety of play strategies.

‘Talos’ is a piece of art that manages to entertain and challenge

January 2, 2015

While you could argue that all narratives strive to deliver some kind of moral, social, or psychological message, most games are more concerned with empowering the player or delivering an awe-inspiring spectacle than they are communicating any meaningful message.