Why Don't Remakes And Remasters Always Credit the Original Developers?

Tributes, thank yous, and shout outs are one thing, but in the case of 'Shadow of the Colossus,' 'Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner,' and others, it falls short. Crediting is power.


It Sure Looks Like There's a Secret Tribute to Hideo Kojima in 'Metal Gear Survive'

Some 'Metal Gear' fans think 'Survive' is an insult to Kojima’s legacy.


Kojima Don't Read This: 'Metal Gear Survive' Looks Good

It might sound blasphemous, but 'Metal Gear Survive' has a new trailer and it looks sick.


Do Games Have A Visual Language Problem?

This month's Critical Distance roundup looks at what games communicate (or don't) through visual language.


Inside ‘Snatcher’, Hideo Kojima’s Cyberpunk Masterpiece

Of all the adventures of its ilk, of its era, it’s the one that stands up as a classic today.


Netflix’s New ‘Castlevania’ Impresses at First Bite

While the show gets a lot of things right, it may leave a lifelong Castlevania fan with an unquenchable thirst and a slightly unsatisfied hunger.


Pyramid Head is In ‘Super Bomberman R,’ and That’s Not Cool

We’re used to franchise crossovers these days, but this one feels like a bad-taste stretch.


Why Can’t We Have a New ‘Snatcher’ Is Today’s Open Thread

I can’t be alone in wondering: WTF, Konami? And what other wrongly forgotten games need a comeback?


What Does Liquid Snake Want?

In the early days of the landmark franchise, a character mired in the past articulates a familiar vision for the future.


‘Symphony of the Night’, Where Have You Been All Our Lives?

Two men who probably should have played the classic Castlevania title before now take it for a debut spin on its 20th anniversary.


‘Super Bomberman R’ Requires Friends to Fully Appreciate

It’s the best local multiplayer game of the Switch’s launch line-up—but solo players can steer clear.


On the Level: The Prison Cell of ‘Metal Gear Solid’

We focus on the pluses and minuses of a memorable scene from Hideo Kojima’s 1998 stealth classic.