Sony’s announced the big features coming to PlayStation 4’s upcoming 3.00 firmware update, and there’s lots to get excited about. »
A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad… »
Square Enix has given a launch date of February 23 for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in a recent press release.
Sometimes I think a golden age of DLC was kicked off by The Ballad of Gay Tony for Grand Theft Auto IV. Minerva’s Den for BioShock 2, Freedom Cry for Assassin’s Creed IV, Left Behind for The Last of Us, and maybe even Burial at Sea for BioShock Infinite were all expansions that matched, or even exceeded in some ways,… »
Until Dawn is fantastic, and the horror premise is readymade for streaming and Let’s Plays. Who lives? Who dies? It’s perfect for an audience! For whatever reason, though, Sony has decided to handicap how people share experiences, if you’re streaming directly from a PlayStation 4. »
My wife and I fell for one another while drinking crappy beer and watching horror movies of questionable quality. This last week has been a repeat of that experience, but rather than watching a movie, we’ve been cackling our way through a video game.
ZombiU was a fantastic game when it launched alongside the Wii U. Years later, it’s arrived on other platforms with minor tweaks, including a new name: Zombi. As it turns out, it’s still great. »
Thomas Was Alone, Mike Bithell’s charming 2010 platformer about the inner lives of hopping geometric shapes, was an experiment in the power of storytelling to triumph over abstraction. Volume, Bithell’s new game, is also a successful experiment in abstraction, although the narrative is realistic, or realistic science… »
Last year, before E3, and back when Dambuster Studios was still called Crytek Nottingham and hadn’t been sold to Deep Silver, I saw a presentation of Homefront: The Revolution in action. I thought it looked fantastic, like an open-world version of Half-Life 2’s City 17. »
Starting on Thursday, PlayStation owners can help decide one of the free games offered alongside PlayStation Plus every month. As of today, we know what games you’ll be voting on, too. There’s some surprises, including the reveal of Grow Home for PlayStation 4. »
The insult of “walking simulator,” lobbed at video games whose strongest elements are exploration, discovery, and story, misses its intended target. It conjures something more like Bennett Foddy’s QWOP. Then again, we all know what the term means by now: something like Gone Home that removes the elements of puzzling… »
Tom Bissell is the author of my favorite book on video games, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, which I called “the finest account yet of what it feels like to be a video game player” when I reviewed it in The New York Times. These days, he is a writer for video games like Uncharted 4, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter… »
Capcom’s announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection will arrive on August 25 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for $14.99. The 3DS version, unfortunately, won’t hit until early 2016. The company is promising physical editions of the collection, too, but there aren’t any details yet. »
Batman: Arkham Knight sets up from the beginning to be one of the best Batman stories out there—and then it falls flat at every key moment. »
It’s called Vote to Play, and I’ve gotta admit, it’s pretty cool. There are some catches, of course. »