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Dragon Age: Inquisition Preview (DragonCon 2013)

The one thing that can sum up BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, the worthy and exciting follow-up to BioWare’s sometimes-disappointing Dragon Age 2? “Shut up and take our money.”*

Beyond: Two Souls Mega-Review

To talk about it more might spoil the whole thing– and it’d imply that B:TS is a game whose plot can be so condensed. It’s hard to even define a genre for the game: it is, by turns, survival horror, third-person shooter, tactical stealth, and interactive drama.

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 Review

“Constants and variables.”

The Trouble with Clementine: Choice in Games (An Exploration)

And it raises a broader question: how do we keep story while retaining the fun of playing a game?

The Walking Dead Season 2: All That Remains Review

A friend of mine texted me the night this came out and said, “I’m really worried about the dog,” and to some degree I wasn’t. I knew what was going to happen to the dog, and you will too– because it’s that kind of a game.

An Open Letter to the Girls of 2013 (and the Boys of GTAV)

In 2013, being a girl in a game had less to do with being female than ever. It had to do with a keen ability to scramble up a rock face with snow pouring down, or rapid displays of grammar confusion, or time paradoxes, or zombie apocalypses.

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag Review

This is how I imagine the planning session for Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag went: Ubisoft brings in some branding guru, who says to them, “Hey, guys, you know what you need? A pirate game.”

The Loneliness (And Appeal) of the Single-Player Star Wars Multiplayer

If I tell you that playing SWTOR single player was an intellectual or artistic choice, I’m probably lying to you– but I will say that I did it to some degree to see if you could.

Outlast Review

You will have genuine moments where you’re just running. Where to? It doesn’t matter. Away.

Grand Theft Auto V Review

Yeah, it’s violent, yes, it’s about not very nice people doing not very nice things. But we all knew that when we picked up GTA V.

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