What Remains of Edith Finch (Review)

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Developer: Giant Sparrow
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Format: PC (Reviewed), PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: April 25, 2017
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When developer Giant Sparrow released their first game, The Unfinished Swan, back in 2012, they immediately became a studio to keep an eye on. Their debut title delivered a unique gameplay experience, a charming story, and a calm and friendly narrator. With their follow up game, What Remains of Edith Finch, Giant Sparrow proves their first outing wasn’t just a fluke and that they’re the king of bite-sized narrative experiences.  Continue reading


Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Review)

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is proof that games can tackle mature storytelling and taboo themes with aplomb. While other games have explored the subject of mental illness, psychosis is normally depicted as a cheap way to make a villain appear frightening, or worse yet, for comedic relief. Thankfully, the team at Ninja Theory decided to approach the discussion of psychosis with an adult perspective, depicting it with honesty, maturity, and with the intention of shedding some light on what mental illness can truly look like. Continue reading

Pay Day 2 is an Uncomfortable Experience

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It’s easy to grow desensitized to violence in video games, which is why it’s equally fascinating and uncomfortable when a game makes you realize how bad your actions are. I’m writing this after having my first experience with Pay Day 2, which is probably one of the most disturbing games I’ve ever played. It’s weird though, because despite playing through several “violent” video games, I’ve almost always walked away with my conscience unscathed. Murder and mayhem, while reprehensible in real life, have never really bothered me in the digital one. So, why is it that Pay Day 2 made me feel so damn uncomfortable? Continue reading

A Lesser Known History Lesson

This post was originally written for the weekly Community Writing Challenge on GameInformer.com

The Community Writing Challenge for this week is centered around history in video games. For my contribution, I want to discuss Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a game that goes above and beyond the competition. Where most war games focus on tense shootouts and rewarding players for headshots and high kill counts, Valiant Hearts breaks the mold to actually discuss the historical aspects of war and focus on the individual lives affected by it. Continue reading

Batman: The Telltale Series (Review)

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
Release Date: August 2, 2016 – December 13, 2016
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In Telltale’s attempt to adapt every conceivable license to their particular brand of “choose your own adventure” video games, they decided to try their hand at crafting a story about everyone’s favorite caped crusader, Batman. As a fan of both Telltale Games and Batman, this project was pretty much a dream come true. So, as I’ve done with almost every Telltale release, I waited until all of the episodes were finished before sitting down and marathoning the series in its entirety over the course of a weekend. Now, after finishing all five episodes, I have a lot to say about the Dark Knight’s most recent outing. Continue reading