Why The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Still Matters

One of the most frequent criticisms lobbed at the Zelda series is that it's always just the same game, over and over again - that people who love it were indoctrinated as children and are incapable of seeing it for what it is. I have heard this not just from people on the Internet, who are always ready with their… » 11/06/14 3:00pm 11/06/14 3:00pm

A Bleak Look at Trying to Survive in the Middle of a War

Over the course of a couple of hours with This War of Mine, I'd stolen food and medicine from an elderly couple, hidden behind a door and watched a soldier drag a young woman off with him to be raped, and stood uselessly by whilst one of the people I was supposed to be helping to survive died in her bed because I… » 11/05/14 1:00pm 11/05/14 1:00pm

I'm Pretty Sure Sunset Overdrive is Ratchet & Clank Reskinned

Back in the day Insomniac was top tier PlayStation. The Ratchet & Clank series ruled (unless you preferred Jak & Daxter, in which case: arguments) and it had nailed a perfect mix of run and gun controls and 'what the hell did I just shoot' weapons. Why any of it was happening didn't matter, only that felt great doing… » 7/24/14 6:30pm 7/24/14 6:30pm

Where to Buy Great Video Game Artwork

I have a rule for my house: no more than a third of the artwork on my walls is allowed to be gaming-related. This rule fell apart pretty quickly when it became clear just how much beautiful video game artwork there is out there. Once, all you could really get was posters designed for the walls of kids' bedrooms; now… » 7/23/14 12:00pm 7/23/14 12:00pm

Fable Legends' Four Versus One is a Lot of Fun

Fable Legends is one of those games that doesn't quite make sense until you get your hands on it. Fable is such an intrinsically single-player experience for a lot of us that imagining it as a co-op action game requires some mental gymnastics. Once I had a controller in my hands and four other people around me,… » 6/09/14 4:30pm 6/09/14 4:30pm

How Video Games are Helping Returning Soldiers Cope

Like the action movies of the 1980s, mainstream video games view war through a pretty rose-tinted lens. Even when big budget military shooters make an effort with the narrative, war is regularly presented in games as a singular event: 'a war' rather than 'war'; something that parachutes you in for the opening chapter,… » 5/20/14 10:40am 5/20/14 10:40am