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 …

Guacamelee! 2 flicks a candy-colored middle finger to meme haters and modern games

Like a chip gliding through a bowl of perfectly seasoned avocado puree, the best moments in Guacamelee! 2 all happen out on the edge. That’s where DrinkBox Studios’ latest—an otherwise bright and cheerful tale of magical guacamole and universe-destroying dog witches—lets itself get all nasty and weird (or brown and…

Slow down for Okami, a game about a dog goddess who feeds squirrels for points

The first time I played Okami, I didn’t get it. It was a much-ballyhooed effort from a dream team of Japanese game designers, a sprawling RPG with a vibrant, hand-painted art style. Ambition radiated off the project. But it didn’t sell well upon its release in 2006. It was long—its story ambling along, one climax…