Crackdown 3 is too much of everything, but that's why it's fun

In asking a friend for their thoughts on Xbox Game Studio’s new open-world explosion factory Crackdown 3, I heard many of the same complaints I’ve been seeing online since the game became available: It’s too many things on top of one another. It all feels like one endless space, instead of distinct areas. Everything’s…

Nostalgia is deadlier than any zombie in the Resident Evil 2 remake

There’s a nifty throwaway feature in Capcom’s brand-new remake of the survival-horror classic Resident Evil 2. At any point throughout the campaign, you can go to the settings menu and toggle to the original game’s audio. Not the exact same audio, of course—there’s no way to make the monsters sound like they did in…

Kingdom Hearts III is a cheerful celebration of Disney’s inescapable cultural monopoly

In the world of Kingdom Hearts, Mickey Mouse is a being of incredible power. Not only is his proper title “King Mickey,” but he also serves as a cross between divine prophet and deus ex machina, appearing unexpectedly at times of great peril—often clad in ominous black robes or hyper-stylized armor—to cut down waves…

Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake is bold, confident, and unapologetically outdated 

In remaking Resident Evil 2, Capcom could’ve done so much more than what it did with the original back in 1998. It could’ve given concessions to new players who wanted to fight off hundreds of undead monsters without worrying too much about managing ammo or healing herbs. It could’ve introduced new retcons to…

The new No More Heroes is a love letter to tons of great games you should play instead

Here’s a conundrum: What do you do if you’re a celebrated game developer in love with the vibrant, independent state of the modern indie games movement, but who just can’t seem to find a way to tap into its freewheeling, play-focused vibe? If you’re Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes co-director Suda51, the answer…

Giant robots, zombies, and Winnie The Pooh: Here are our most anticipated games of the winter

2018 was a great year for games, dominated by a couple of huge console releases and a bunch of brash, finely tuned indie efforts. But, perhaps looking to avoid squaring up alongside Red Dead Redemption, a ton of games have scampered to the relative safety of this winter, leading to a bumper crop of major Japanese…

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