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Frostpunk Is a Struggle between Morality and Survival

“Alone in this world.” That’s how Victor Serche, one of my citizens, is described when I click on him. No spouse. No children. Such a grim, blunt way to put things. Such a phrase might also describe my city. Alone in this world, in a crater, surrounded by snow-swept wasteland on all sides. On the first night of my colony’s establishment, 20 people—that’s one-quarter of the population—die from exposure to the elements. Frostpunk, set in an alternate steam-powered world,...

Remember Kratos? He’s Back, in Dad Form

It’s been five long years since the last original God of War game was released (God of War: Ascension in 2013) and eight long years since the last numbered God of War game (God of War III in 2010), but Kratos has finally returned, and he has brought with him drastic changes in both gameplay and personality. Not to mention, he now has a plucky young sidekick: his son Atreus. This 2018 release serves as both a spiritual reboot...

Stardew Valley’s “Just One More Day” Mentality Keeps You Playing for Hours

From FarmVille to Rune Factory to Harvest Moon, the farming-simulation genre is one that many gamers have been familiar with at one time or another. But Stardew Valley manages to take this formula and run with it, making for one of the most charming and addicting gaming experiences I’ve had recently. The game starts out with a brief bit of customization, including designing your character, naming your soon-to-be farm (I named mine Chocobo Farm), and choosing whether or not...

Vermintide 2 is the Co-Op Game We’ve Been Waiting For

A charnel bell tolls in the distance. It signals the death of a world and the coming of the vermintide. Four heroes face the endless hordes of ratmen. Just another day as the world rips itself apart around you. A sequel to 2015’s surprise hit Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe, a franchise originally launched in 1983 with the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop wargame. Vermintide 2 takes many of its cues from Left...

Far Cry 5 Is a Tasty Dish Best Enjoyed with Friends

If you are familiar with the Far Cry formula, then there are a few things you know you can expect with the release of a new entry in the series: an exotic location, a large sandbox to explore, and a lot of things to shoot. Far Cry 5 maintains that same formula, but instead of an exotic location like the Himalayas or an island in the Pacific for our adventure, it takes place in modern-day Montana. This time around,...

All Walls Must Fall Delivers on Atmosphere but Comes Up Short on Gameplay

Berlin, 2089. In this reality, the Cold War never ended and Germany is still divided. A nuclear strike destroys Berlin, which both East and West deny responsibility for. You, a time-traveling agent working for an organization called STASIS, are sent back in time to find who was responsible for the nuclear attack, stop it before it happens, and hopefully put an end to the Cold War for good. All Walls Must Fall is an action-tactics game from developer inbetweengames,...

10 of the Best Video Games of 2017

Although 2017 was mostly a garbage year for those who those who care about things like decency, respect, representation, and the common good, it was a real good year for video games! So I guess it wasn’t all bad, right? I mean, Nintendo released a new system, the Switch, alongside a new Zelda game and, much later down the road, a new behind-the-back-style Mario game à la Super Mario 64. And we got a sort of sequel to Nier!...

Jalopy Is a Bumpy Virtual Road Trip across Eastern Europe

Somewhere in the backwoods of Bulgaria, my car sputters and dies. I’m out of gas. I’m not sure whether the nearest gas station is ahead of me or behind me, so I grab my wallet and start walking. Night has fallen by the time I make it, only to find the station doesn’t sell gas cans. With I sigh, I turn around for the long trek back to the other gas station. Jalopy, from developer Minskworks and publisher Excalibur...

Carry on Captain Ahab’s Legacy in Nantucket

Nantucket is a naval-strategy video game filled with combat and trading. Oh yeah, and it’s set in the Moby Dick universe. What an age we live in, huh? Truly there is room for anything in the video-game market. Set in the aftermath of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Nantucket places you in the role of Ishmael, intent on finishing what Captain Ahab started: hunting down the great beast, Moby Dick. That’s easier said than done, and you’ll have to start...

Tower 57 Adds Modern Flair to 16-Bit Shooters

The gaming community has a seemingly insatiable appetite for games that remind players of yesteryear, and Tower 57 is just one of the latest attempting to make its mark. This release is a top-down, twin-stick shooter set in a dieselpunk world, born of a successful Kickstarter project launched in August 2015. It’s the first game from two-man studio Pixwerk, heavily inspired by the 16-bit games of the Amiga personal computer (released in 1985)—so much so that they’re actually making...
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