The Emotionless Death Throes of 'Battlefield V'
The freighted inspirations for a wounded soldier animation, and how they became trivialized in DICE's latest military shooter.
Guns and Games
A Closer Look at Our Dark Obsession With Guns Looking "Cool"
When games and guns became platforms, their marketing and culture started to converge.
'Wolfenstein II' Shows Us That Nazis Were an American Problem All Along
One of the biggest video games of the year has stumbled onto the third rail of American politics.
What's Your Favorite Weapon in a Shooter?
When a game puts the right weapon in the right hands, the results are magical.
You’re Going Way Too Fast in Stylish Shooter 'Monolith'
This speedy bullet hell shooter is immensely rewarding.
‘Strafe’ Says Fuck You to Old, Archaic Views on Gender
This chaotic ‘Doom’ throwback lets players select from anywhere they please on a gender slider.
Call of Duty
‘Call of Duty: WWII’ Gives War Games the Opportunity to Be Factual Again
By returning to World War II, CoD has the chance to educate and entertain—and perhaps influence the next wave of conflict-set shooters.
Blast Through ‘Bulletstorm’ When You Need a Break from All These RPGs
There was me, asking for a game with a nice linear campaign—and pow, just like that, a gem from the previous gen reappears.
Shooters Never Matched F.E.A.R.’s Legendary AI
For a lot of reasons, the 2005 PC shooter was the perfect place to play with guns—for humans and AI alike.
hack and slash
Video Game Swords Are Cooler Than Video Game Guns
Swords add a personal level to combat that guns often don't.
Why Video Game Guns 'Feel' Good
An interview with the internet's leading video game gun critic.
How ‘Singularity’ Time-Travelled from Early to Late 2000s Shooter Design in a Single Game
It was a rare oddity, preserving examples of where shooters had been, and the place in which they seemed destined to stay.