Story-driven games are my absolute favorite to play; add in some serious moral dilemmas that test the boundaries of humanity, and I’m hooked. However, that is not all it takes for me to like a game; the story’s plot has to actually make sense, the characters have to be believable, and it has to be enjoyable to play. I found all of that with State of Mind, a futuristic, story-rich adventure game that dives into the idea of transhumanism and casts a critical eye on humanity and technology. State of Mind takes place in two different cities, the first being Berlin in the year 2048. While giving off serious Blade Runner vibes, it is polluted, crime-ridden, and overall on the brink of war. Technology is so intertwined in its society that the government and large corporations paint it as the salvation for a broken humanity. The second city is the beautiful utopia of City 5; everything … [Read more...] about State of Mind Review — A Story-Rich Transhuman Adventure
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Like role-playing systems before it, roguelike elements have started creeping into more and more genres over the years. Whereas RPG-ification brought in a more tangible sense of progression, injecting games with roguelike qualities gives them a layer of unpredictability that forces players to learn its systems over memorizing level layouts. MOTHERGUNSHIP takes those concepts and grafts them onto the first-person shooter genre while letting players craft their own weapons. While there are better first-person shooters and better roguelikes, Mothergunship excels when it fuses the two genres and brings out the best in each. Mothergunship Review: Crafting the Mother of all Guns Mothergunship is at its peak when the symbiotic relationship of both of its halves are working together to provide the most interesting experience. Weapon crafting is the game’s biggest, coolest feature and is easy to grasp. Parts are divided into barrels, caps, and connectors, which … [Read more...] about Mothergunship Review – Making the Mothership Proud
Masahiro Sakurai, the creator of Super Smash Bros, is one meticulous game designer. Painstaking detail goes into each and every character, stage, item and each song of the ludicrous soundtrack. The upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate is no different. The level of detail is astonishing. Some people, however, simply cannot get into Nintendo’s all-star brawler. The action can be seen as too hectic, with little depth. Therefore, it is no surprise that some argue that Super Smash Bros sales are a happy accident. Bill Trinen argues otherwise. Speaking to Nintendo Life, Bill Trinen spoke all things Smash Bros. He goes into some detail regarding Smash Bros Ultimate. He claims that “the ‘happy accident’ is a myth that [he] wants to dispel.” It’s ridiculous to think that nothing about the series was planned. Like Nintendo didn’t know that Smash Bros could be a hit. Trinen finds the whole thing a touch offensive: “The assumption is almost … [Read more...] about Super Smash Bros Didn’t Become Popular by Accident, Says Bill Trinen
A young scientist disappears, leaving behind a wife and two kids. Years later, his daughter embarks on a magical journey--with the help of some celestial fairy godmothers--to rescue him from the far reaches of outer space. That's the makings of a fantastic fantasy story, especially considering the impact and cultural importance of the 1962 Madeleine L'Engle novel on which A Wrinkle in Time is based. But it winds up being wasted potential. The stars include Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and the young but talented Storm Reid, and with the budget and creativity on display, it seems Disney gave director Ava DuVernay the tools to make something special. But A Wrinkle In Time is a disaster of galactic proportions, a two-hour jumble that sometimes borders on incoherent while striving for emotional greatness. Reid stars as Meg Murry, who's become a different person in the four years since her father (Pine) disappeared, acting out in school as her grades … [Read more...] about A Wrinkle In Time Review: A Condescending, Nonsensical Fever Dream
Sword Art Online is a marketing juggernaut that began in 2009 as a light novel series and has since expanded its roots to include a manga, anime, and video game adaptations. When it comes to the video game releases, the series has had its share of notable titles, such as Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment, and others that were not so well received (see: Accel World VS Sword Art Online Review). However, the consensus is that the series can stand on its own in the video game market and bring fans a nice dose of their Sword Art Online cravings. In order to address Sword Art Online’s multiple virtual game arenas, Bandai Namco has decided to bring in developer DIMPS to work a popular story arc, Gun Gale Online (GGO) with Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. Yes, that means bringing the fantasy action RPG to a new genre: Third Person Shooter.The core gameplay of what fans are used to from the Sword Art Online series has been completely revamped to appeal to this genre … [Read more...] about Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Review — Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?