A sequel to one of the most influential horror games is a tough follow-up, and while 'Rebirth' isn't a revolution, it's a scary and fun evolution.
It's not an entirely successful experiment, but having a totally different way to experience Mario is a welcome one.
A tremendous mashup of hard-as-nails action and innovative storytelling in a package that, normally, would turn a lot of people off.
You're trapped with each other in a crumbling environment, trying to save yourselves despite bad faith actors. And in the game.
Lots of games give players "choice" and "freedom" but few understand those concepts as well as Bioware's magnum opus.
Without people cheering me on and picking me up, I might have given up on 'Spelunky,' one of my favorite games, a long time ago.
Two years before 'Destiny,' 'Kingdoms of Amalur' was playing with ideas that have become commonplace in so many of the biggest games.
The craving for physical affection is poignant, after many of us have gone months without being able to hold our loved ones.
If you just want a fun Marvel story and want to ignore the Avengers x Destiny mashup, you'll be fine.
How smart, ironic detachment limits the imagination of last year's smartest RPG.