FromSoftware's new PSVR ghost story, Déraciné, wants to hurt you as badly as Dark Souls ever did

Déraciné is a small game. Or maybe “intimate” is a better word; unlike FromSoftware’s multi-million-dollar Dark Souls franchise, which elevated the studio (and director Hidetaka Miyazaki) from quirky cult favorite to superstar status, there are no doomed gods on display here, no cursed warriors bringing down demons…

The 35 greatest horror games of all time

What scares you? It’s a question you know the answer to innately and immediately, as individualized as your fingerprint. Accordingly, horror games have tried everything in the book in order to scare players: disempowerment, alienation, animatronic jump-scares, eroticism, flagrant shattering of the fourth wall, and so…

Mega Man 11’s iconic hero is moving fast, hitting hard, and completely stuck in a rut

It’s been eight long years since Capcom’s venerable Mega Man franchise last slapped a new numeral onto the end of its name, a span that’s seen the Blue Bomber’s NES contemporaries—most notably Nintendo’s own Mario and Zelda games—evolve dramatically in response to increasingly powerful technology and changing gaming…

Odyssey is Assassin's Creed at its best

A lot of popular historical fiction—the type we see in games and movies and television—is full of shit. We’re so used to it being full of shit that, when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey opens during the Battle of Thermopylae, which, because it’s set in ancient Greece, is apparently obligatory, the player is mentally prepared…

For one great level, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider makes Lara Croft feel like a real person

Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft has been an iconic video game hero for decades, but all that’s ever really mattered about her character—beyond the lumpy polygons of her original model—was that she’s good at raiding tombs. Various games have indicated that she grew up in a big mansion with her father, and that he was a big…

Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson finds his true calling as a blustering right-wing podcaster

Swing through the New York of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and you’ll soon learn that Peter Parker is constantly being assaulted by sound. Gunshots, police sirens, voicemails from the various aunts, bosses, and exes that he periodically disappoints—Pete’s life is rarely quiet, a constant…

Red Dead, Tomb Raider, and Smash Bros.: Here are the games to play this fall

Every fall a new roster of gaming goliaths slugs it out for dominance in the pre-Christmas rush of major releases, and 2018 is no different. This year sees new entries of massive annualized shooters, an obligatory Assassin’s Creed, as well as long-awaited new additions to the Smash Bros. and Red Dead Redemption …

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