Auto-Battle Is the Best Version of Combat in the New 'NieR Replicant'
Letting the AI take over put me in the director's seat of a high intensity post-fantasy anime, and I'm never going back.
'Nier Replicant' Beautifully Updates a Classic Oddity, but Can't Replace It
Superbly polished, 'Nier Replicant' reminds us that rough edges can be as important as intentions.
'Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth' Is a 'Lodoss War' Game in Name Only
A landmark anime that immortalized a generic fantasy story through the power of loving imitation gets the metroidvania treatment.
'The Signifier' Aims at Noir Psychodrama, but Ends Up at Remedial Psych
An intriguing premise and a clever idea for a visual style go badly wrong in this ambitious but clueless sci-fi murder mystery.
The PS3 and Vita Are Being Buried Alive
It's only a matter of time before Sony kills access to PS3 and Vita games entirely.
'Tell Me Why' Smothers Its Representation in Bubble Wrap
The newest DONTNOD game is the result of pushing for better representation, only to have the edges of identities filed down and wrapped in Nerf foam.
How the Photo Mode Became a Homogenized Feature of Commodified Games
Ghosts with weightless cameras, photographing lifeless worlds.
Kill for Prosperity and Not Much Else in 'Far Cry New Dawn'
We regret to inform you the world did not end, and we're doing this all again.
A Game's Photo Mode Isn't Just a Feature, It's My Way of Seeing the World
Photography isn't just about posing the perfect shot, it's about working within limitations to capture a moment.
'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Tries, but Fails, to Tackle Its Own Colonialism
Fun stealth mechanics and a passable photo mode can't free the series from the baggage of its core fantasy: Lara Croft is still just a thief playing at being a savior.
In 'God of War,' Moms Come Last
In a game very much about fathers and sons, the role of a mother is to be invisible or toxic.
We Made Our Own Myths in 2017's Photo Modes
Armed with our virtual cameras in our virtual worlds, we can create the images we want to believe in.