Roleplaying the Renegade: Lessons from My 2nd Mass Effect Playthrough

Well, I did it. I played Mass Effect again. And if there's one thing I took away, it's that it's awfully hard to have fun replaying things differently the second time around. » 9/16/14 12:00pm 9/16/14 12:00pm

Metro: Last Light: Just Bopping Them on the Head

I'm not exactly sure why I missed Metro: Last Light when it was first released. I was a huge fan of Metro 2033. I love the STALKER games. I'm obsessed with Russian dystopian science fiction. Yet for whatever reason, I skipped it when it was first released. I'm glad I didn't let it pass by completely though. » 6/27/14 5:30pm 6/27/14 5:30pm

Woman Breaks Tetris World Record, Didn't Know She Was That Good

It's a little older than the year-old games I usually talk about here, but Tetris is still one of my favorites—and this article from the Boston Globe is one of my favorite video game articles of all time, in which woman who did not know she was good at Tetris broke the world record for the Game Boy version. » 6/27/14 5:00pm 6/27/14 5:00pm

BioShock Infinite Lives, Lived, Will Live Up to (Most of) Its Hype

I hadn't played the first BioShock before I began BioShock Infinite. I started this game with no memory or knowledge of past events, only a vague idea of what I was supposed to do next, stumbling from one conveniently placed Voxophone to another, hoping to desperately piece together some kind of context. In other… » 6/24/14 11:48am 6/24/14 11:48am

Persona 4: The First JRPG I've Enjoyed In Over a Decade

The last JRPG I finished and enjoyed was 2000's Skies of Arcadia for the Dreamcast. But as a kid, I played pretty much every JRPG I could get my hands on. Final Fantasy, Earthbound, Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger, Grandia, Suikoden, Sword of Vermilion, Xenogears, and Phantasy Star all consumed the bulk of my free… » 6/13/14 3:00pm 6/13/14 3:00pm

Final Fantasy VI: The 16-bit High-Water Mark

When I first played Final Fantasy VI, I wasn't even holding the controller. I watched my older brother play through the Super Nintendo game beneath the glow of the bulbous cathode ray tube in our living room, after school, after dinner, after homework, sitting cross-legged on the carpet. » 6/12/14 7:00pm 6/12/14 7:00pm

Remember Me: an Underrated Sci-Fi Fightfest

For all the games that were hyped up last year—many deservedly so—Remember Me is a game that flew somewhat under the radar, despite being a solid combat-focused game with a great story and setting. » 6/10/14 8:00pm 6/10/14 8:00pm