What’s New — January 2018

First things first: Happy new year! I’m so excited to be starting a new year fresh, and to still be blogging after over five years. I’m so grateful to have this outlet to express all my geekiness. I noticed recently that my blog has just hit the 2,000 follower mark, which I never thought would…

Why “Batman” Might Be Telltale’s Best Series Yet

This past week I finished the first episode of Telltale Games’ second season of Batman, and I’d argue it’s their best series yet. While I’m personally a big fan of the humor of their Tales from the Borderlands series, Batman has an unforgettable combination of epic action, a twisting storyline, and familiar characters framed in new lights….

Hellblade: A Dark Fantasy of the Mind

I’m not usually one for video games that are dark, or scary, or seem too challenging. While some gamers are able to brave those waters, I’m too skittish to wade in. Ninja Theory’s new game Hellblade is all of those things, but it’s different in that it wants you to feel fear — a new kind of…

5 Things I Love About “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

For the past couple of weeks I have been playing my very first Wolfenstein game, The New Order. I know, I’m super late to the game. Literally. I’m really excited to finally be playing it, though — it’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever experienced. And even though it’s first-person instead of third-person, it reminds me…

Tracking in Open World Games: An Investigation

As open world video games take off, exploration is becoming a huge part of gameplay. The trouble is that it can be hard to pinpoint where the action is happening when there’s such a vast world in front of you. It’s interesting to see how different games handle this via the use of tracking —…

Getting to Know the Witcher in “The Last Wish”

At its heart, The Last Wish is a series of monster stories. The first book in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series (which CD Projekt RED’s video games are based on), it’s not so much a novel as a line-up of short stories that depict Geralt of Rivia taking on monster-hunting contracts. It feels like reading dark fairy tales,…

Why I ♥ “Cosmic Star Heroine”

This past month I have fallen in love with a little game called Cosmic Star Heroine. It’s a Kickstarter by Zeboyd Games, featuring 16-bit graphics and a conspiracy story set on another planet. Because of the retro art style and turn-based combat, I would recommend it specifically to gamers who enjoy those things. It’s not…