Category Archives: Featured Games
A bi-monthly series that looks back and analyzes noteworthy games.
This week I wanna do something a little different. Over the past few weeks, I’ve played a lot of indie games to quell the drought of new releases in the early months of the year. In particular, there were three games that deserve attention and rather than split them up into separate articles I figured it made more sense to talk about them all at once especially with the Steam and GOG.com summer sales in full swing. The three games are Gateways, Lone Survivor and Papers, Please. Read the rest of this entry
Oh how times have changed. A decade ago, the Resident Evil series meant something completely different to the common gamer. Capcom’s blockbuster franchise was both the pioneer and single-largest bastion of the survival horror genre. Resident Evil 6 strays as far as it conceivably could from what the Resident Evil games once stood for but it would be false to suggest that this in an entirely bad thing.
2007 will be remembered for many things as far as video games are concerned. It was a year that saw the release of Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, two of the most influential first-person shooters ever made. Both of these games emphasized online multiplayer and though they may have defined the first-person shooter in the years to come, a little game studio called Irrational Game (known then as 2K Boston) perfected the first-person shooter with BioShock.
The Metal Gear Solid series ended with Metal Gear Solid 4, except that it didn’t. While Solid Snake’s story is over, there are plenty of gaps in Big Boss’ life to fill and this is exactly what Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker sets out to accomplish. After a dismal wreck of a previous game, Peace Walker is a revitalizing breath of fresh air. It continues Big Boss’ story and advances his character in a way that brings him closer to the antagonistic figure of Metal Gear.
The opening notes of Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” greet you at the main menu of Burnout Paradise. It’s a welcome introduction and a moment of gaming bliss that sets the tone for one the finest open-world racing games ever made. You’re then immediately flung into a tutorial and introduced to the most annoying video game character since Navi from Ocarina of Time. This is stumble out of the gate in what is an otherwise nearly flawless game. Burnout Paradise is quite simply one of the greatest open-world games ever made. It does for racing games what The Elder Scrolls did for fantasy games. If you have any inclination to play a racing game, you owe it to yourself to buy this right now.
The thing you have to understand is this, the Splinter Cell series that you knew is dead. During the five years that Splinter Cell: Conviction was in development, it was always going to go in a different direction from its predecessors. The Splinter Cell games are among the most popular stealth games ever made. Splinter Cell prominently featured realistic lighting effects and hiding in shadows as a central game mechanic. The first four games shared this commitment to a realistic depiction of espionage. However, Splinter Cell: Conviction is a dramatic departure from previous games. Despite these differences, Conviction is a fully satisfying experience.