The Bat Broke Me

This article contains spoilers for Batman: Arkham Knight. As something of a glutton for punishment, I can take all sorts of abuse from a game before giving up the ghost. I worked my way through most of the mediocre Murdered: Soul Suspect, completed most of the latter-day Battlefield campaigns and even finished the abysmal Aliens: …

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Sunrise, Sunset

We’re a culture that adores stories of all shapes and sizes, yet we often forget that some of the most personal tales are relayed through the environment itself. Our framed photos, shelved books and unkempt beds telegraph elements of our past and present lives to anyone who knows where to look. Games like Gone Home …

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Life is Strange: Episode 1

Being the first episode of a full season, I am reviewing this without giving away too many details. Future entries will contain spoilers, as it will discuss the events of the episodes, assuming that readers will have completed previous episodes in the story. As much as I love Telltale’s first season of The Walking Dead …

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The Invisible Act

After three years of beating around the bush and promising I’d get to it “when I’m in the proper mood,” I finally sat down and played through the entirety of To the Moon. I wish I had listened to the chorus of praise sooner; this tale of two scientists traveling through a dying man’s memories …

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Mind of the Minotaur

Something is terribly wrong. You’re awoken by the roar of an ocean tide, inhabiting a small room with a typewriter. Pages of a journal, blown up to cartoonish proportions, adorn the walls, along with a map marked with horned skulls. A voice booms in your head, having a conversation with an unseen third party (a …

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Translating Transistor

SPOILER WARNING: This article discusses events in the beginning, middle and end of Transistor. Before we discuss what makes its story so special, I must make a confession; from the moment the credits rolled, I was supremely disappointed with Transistor. It didn’t matter that the art was gorgeous, the combat was an inspired meld of …

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Review: The Stanley Parable

When boiled down to their simplest form, many games (particularly story-driven adventures) are nothing more than intricate labyrinths disguised to create the impression that the player is truly in control. Whether we spy a particularly enticing mountain of cake or receive gruff orders from our commanding officer, developers do everything in their power to guide …

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