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The Philosophy of ‘DOOM’ (2016, 2020)

Videogame reviews are not a new thing on this site, but they are a rare thing. I don’t find interactive entertainment near as fun to analyze as films, nor do I have the time to complete dozens of hours on more than a couple games a year, at most. My work consumes more time than … Continue reading

‘Aliens vs. Predator’ (2010): Choose Your Weapon

Developer: Rebellion || Publisher: Sega Director: Tim Jones || Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Paul W. S. Anderson’s Alien vs Predator (2004) film was, in many ways, a colossal waste of potential. Though casual fans of the series never took it seriously to begin with and hardcore fans view it as heresy, to … Continue reading

F.E.A.R. (2005): A Ghostly Trigger Finger

Developer: Monolith Productions || Publisher: Sierra Entertainment Director: Craig Hubbard || Platform: Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 One of the reasons Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) was such a watershed moment in gaming was how it changed the landscape of interactive entertainment’s marquee genre, the first-person shooter. Not only did it “democratize” or break out … Continue reading

‘The Last of Us’ (2013): The Quiet Apocalypse

Developer: Naughty Dog || Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Director: Bruce Straley, Neil Druckmann || Platform: Playstation 3, Playstation 4 Truth be told, I don’t play too many videogames. I’ve only completed a handful since high school, and yet most every one I played felt worthwhile and made me feel grateful for having chose it. I’m not a … Continue reading

‘Spec Ops: The Line’ (2012): No Heroes, Here

Developer: Yager Development || Publisher: 2K Games Director: Cory Davis, Francois Coulon || Platform: Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 Interactive entertainment has always been about technological advancement. The history of videogames is wrapped in the analysis of hardware limitations and the software ingenuity that eventually supersedes them. Videogames, whether they be … Continue reading

‘Hitman: Absolution’ (2012): Assassins with Handicaps

Developer: IO Interactive, Nixxes Software || Publisher: Square Enix Director: Tore Blystad || Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Legacy is a hard thing to carry, particularly when the centerpiece of your legacy is a firm-footed defiance against what has defined popular mainstream gaming for the past twelve years. Really ever since the console … Continue reading

‘Crysis’ (2007): The Ultimate Sandbox Shooter

Developer: Crytek Frankfurt || Publisher: Electronic Arts Director: Cevat Yerli || Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 First-Person Shooter, Engaged! Within just a couple hours of playing Crysis, Crytek’s now famed and much affectionately joked about FPS, the word “engaged,” spoken in its powerful, mechanized tone, will become ingrained in your head while you … Continue reading

‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’ (2011): Mod Your Way to Glory

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios || Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Director: Todd Howard || Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 A common phrase haphazardly thrown around is the reference, “a jack of all trades, but a master of none.” Bethesda’s bestselling action-RPG series, The Elder Scrolls, has long been considered a varied, multilayered project that exemplifies many aspects … Continue reading