Tagged PlayStation 4

My Time at Portia Offers an Indie Option for Fans of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing

My Time at Portia finds itself in a very opportune position: releasing far enough after Stardew Valley but still a year before Animal Crossing gives the game an opportunity to fill the void in which many simulation fans are currently stuck. But with so many options on the table, as well as the genre’s ability to create games that can be played seemingly forever, does Portia do enough to stand out? Or do the shortcomings of being an indie...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Is FromSoftware’s Most Challenging, and Linear, Game to Date

As far back as 2009, FromSoftware has been doing one thing very well: making games that push you to the very limits of your abilities as a gamer. From Demon’s Souls through the Dark Souls trilogy and Bloodborne, the developer created a brand-new genre and fine-tuned it to perfection, much to the chagrin of other companies that have tried to copy the formula with less than stellar results. In its latest release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoftware takes that...

5 of the Best Gaming Moments of 2018

Video games aren’t perfect. Bugs can break an immersive experience, 13-year-olds can wreck a 20-player kill streak, and one small line of code can disrupt an entire sequence that a developer worked for years to get just right. Video games aren’t perfect, but moments can be. When done right, moments can provide perfect windows into exactly what a developer was trying to accomplish and turn a good video game into something transcendent. And 2018 was filled with a few perfect...

Red Dead Redemption 2 Shows What Video-Game Storytelling Can Do

Regret is powerful. And while it affects everyone differently, it’s how we deal with our regrets that defines who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. In a medium known for virtual killing and dying without consequence, regret is a theme almost never explored in video games. It happens to also be what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 such a powerful and memorable experience. In storytelling and world-building, Rockstar Games truly pushes video games into uncharted territory. This...

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,...

Help or Hinder a Murder Case with Your Friends in Hidden Agenda

Game developers have been experimenting with interactive drama on PlayStation for some time now, from the early days of Indigo Prophecy on PlayStation 2 to the very successful Heavy Rain and the polarizing Beyond: Two Souls of recent years. Hidden Agenda takes this one step further by adding in a group element, supporting up to six players working together to make decisions. In this crime thriller—developed by Supermassive Games, creators of another interactive drama game, 2015’s Until Dawn—players work...

Sonic Mania Updates the Best of Classic Sonic Gameplay for Modern Sensibilities

Sonic Mania was first unveiled during Sonic’s 25th anniversary party at San Diego Comic-Con last year. The event was streamed live for all to see and it was the hottest stream of 2016 (NSFW language in linked video). Sandwiched in between various technical issues and awkward product placements was Sonic Mania’s debut trailer. Admittedly I wasn’t as excited about the project as I could have been—Sega had made previous attempts to bring Sonic back to its 2D glory, with...

What’s New with Yakuza 0?

Yakuza 0 has finally arrived in North America, and it’s once again time to return to Kamurocho and join Kazuma Kiryu in the criminal underworld of Tokyo. This time around, it’s a little different, as Yakuza 0 has us going back in time. As the name might imply, it’s a prequel to all of the other games in the series, putting us with our lead character, Kiryu, when he is just 20 years old, and still fairly new to...
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