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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...

Crackdown 3 Is Fine, but That’s Just Not Enough

Just I did during the long wait for Kingdom Hearts III, I had all but given up on Crackdown 3 ever entering my disc tray. After years of rocky development, multiple delays, and outright radio silence from Microsoft, I thought I’d never get the sequel to one of my favorite Xbox 360 games of all time. But Crackdown 3 is finally here and feels almost identical to the original game that inspired the troubled series—for better or worse. This...

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...

For Better or Worse, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Is More of What We’ve Seen Before

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a very strange game to try to pin down. Among of all the Assassin’s Creed games—and there are 12 of them in total—it is the only one to not feature any actual assassins. In fact, it is basically a reskin of 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins with a few extra bells and whistles added on. Origins was a prequel to the entire franchise and gave an origin story to the Assassin Order. Odyssey, which takes place 400...

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,...

Resident Evil 7 Welcomes You to Hell’s “Kitchen”

Announced earlier this week at E3, Capcom released their first playable demo of their upcoming title, Resident Evil 7. Inspired by Konami’s now-defunct Silent Hills, Resident Evil 7 follows much the same vein and offers an exclusive demo in the form of Kitchen to whet the appetite of those who have been clamoring for the franchise to return to its survival-horror roots. A departure from the traditional third-person style of gameplay and designed with the PlayStation VR in mind, the...
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