Easy Day Studios Has Mishandled Skater XL

Skater XL's pre and post-launch support is some of the worst in the live-service area. Updates have come so infrequently with the eight month early access period receiving little support followed by the 1.1 update arriving five months after a lackluster 1.0. Add in the studio's lead developer's alleged departure made with no fanfare and … Continue reading Easy Day Studios Has Mishandled Skater XL

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Prey 2017, and The Modern Immersive Sim

The mid-late 90's spawned the immersive sim, a genre defined by influential PC titles such as Thief: The Dark Project and System Shock with the original Deus Ex following suit at the start of the millenium. Ion Storm and Looking Glass Studios pioneered the open-ended design we currently associate the genre with--design that consists of two core … Continue reading Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Prey 2017, and The Modern Immersive Sim

Blue Reflection’s Difficulty Problem

Difficulty is integral to turn-based role playing games. Gamers generally look to turn-based rpg's over their active counterparts when they want a more mentally taxing experience. That's not to say that games with turn-based combat always have to be hardcore masochistic tests of skill, but without enough player engagement, the passiveness of navigating menus becomes … Continue reading Blue Reflection’s Difficulty Problem

What Remains of Edith Finch And Interactive Storytelling 

WARNING: SPOILERS! What Remains of Edith Finch is many things. It is a narrative driven experience, or as some like to call it, a "walking simulator". It is a collection of short stories, but most importantly, What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the finest contemporary examples of the  effectiveness of interactive storytelling. When … Continue reading What Remains of Edith Finch And Interactive Storytelling 

Look Back: Playing Resident Evil 6 For The First Time in 2016

Resident Evil 6 has garnered quite the reputation as being the most reviled entry in the mainline series. It's a game I have yet to play until very recently and after finally taking the plunge, I'm left utterly baffled by the hate. Yes, Resident Evil 6 is far from a masterpiece. It has some pretty … Continue reading Look Back: Playing Resident Evil 6 For The First Time in 2016

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation Review(5.5/10)

If Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 showed promise for a franchise that could grow past mediocrity and become something special, then Re;Birth 2 squanders that potential full force. It makes some interesting minor additions, but comes up short of its predecessor.  The first addition comes in the form of four player party battles as opposed to the … Continue reading Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Sisters Generation Review(5.5/10)