I really wanted to like Netflix's choose-your-own-adventure experiment Bandersnatch. Part of the Black Mirror series -- which features standalone episodes exploring all kinds of futuristic ideas and dark themes -- Bandersnatch is about a programmer in the 1980's trying to create a video game based on his favorite choose-your-own-adventure novel. The cool thing is that the entire episode is a… Continue reading Bandersnatch Review: Brave but Boring?
Embracing the Surreal in “Virginia”
I recently played the Variable State game Virginia, which embraces the genre of "walking simulator" almost to a fault. Navigating a handful of environments in first-person, there is almost no exploration to enjoy; you usually have a single action you can take, which is often as mundane as opening a door. Virginia is also a narrative… Continue reading Embracing the Surreal in “Virginia”
Batman “Realm of Shadows” Review
Telltale Games has really proven its versatility lately. For a very long time -- since way before The Walking Dead took off -- the game studio has been creating narrative-driven games, which they release in series of episodes. The decisions you make in each episode influence how the story will play out. Most of the gameplay revolves… Continue reading Batman “Realm of Shadows” Review