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The one developer that nailed video game storytelling this week

by Tyler Colpon May 28, 2015
The last Game of Thrones episode from Telltale, Sons of Winter, is very good. Like, very, very good. It used each of its four main characters to construct tough decisions, made even harder with the developer’s signature time-sensitive choices. If I had to point to one, specific thing that was great, it was the build up to […]
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Review | Game of Thrones: Episode 4 – Sons of Winter

by Tyler Colpon May 27, 2015
To call a Game of Thrones episode, be it the HBO series or Telltale’s series, satisfying for its characters, is to introduce a thick layer of dread on what comes next. George R.R. Martin’s apprentices learned one thing very quickly: give them what they want and then tear it away from them. And, in-turn, the […]
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Xbox One price drop, redesign and other big E3 2015 predictions

by Tyler Colpon May 26, 2015
The big day is coming. And that means the big announcements are coming. There will always be some that we completely didn’t expect, but there’s always even more that we can pretty accurately predict. So, let’s do that. Here’s what could happen next month at E3 2015. 1. PS4 price drop There’s already been some rumors […]

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What games could still learn from Gone Home

by Tyler Colpon May 25, 2015
I keep thinking about how important Gone Home is to games as a storytelling medium. It’s difficult to put in words because the way the game handles it is very matter-of-fact. There’s nothing special about the way Gone Home tells its story while you’re playing it, but when you step away and look at it […]
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Review | Life Is Strange: Episode 3 – Chaos Theory

by Tyler Colpon May 20, 2015
Like any good television or video game series, it sometimes takes a focused episode to highlight the best parts and drive them toward a larger, final point. Chaos Theory is the most self-contained episode of Life Is Strange yet, but it works off the strengths of what came before and uses that to set off […]
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It’s like Mirror’s Edge but with physics and voxels

by Tyler Colpon May 11, 2015
Lemma, which is out tomorrow on Steam, might be the best way to spend your time until Mirror’s Edge 2 finally arrives. Developed by Evan Todd, Lemma follows a young woman, Joan, as she navigates her way through a cubical dream world. Except Joan doesn’t just walk, she runs, jumps, slides, and kicks her way […]

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GTA 5 PC players without this mod are missing out

by Tyler Colpon May 8, 2015
If there’s one thing the Grand Theft Auto games have always been good at it’s chaos. I remember playing my first Grand Theft Auto, which was Vice City, and assuming that setting the city on fire with gunfire and explosions was the point of the game. I was wrong of course, but also kind of […]
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Do your GTA V videos suck? Here’s 3 ways to make them better.

by Tyler Colpon May 7, 2015
Grand Theft Auto 5 PC’s Editor is a pretty powerful tool if you have the patience to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Just check out the batch of top-rated films on Rockstar’s site and you’ll see there’s room for a variety of different films. I’ve spent several hours with it and have learned a few […]
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Review | Broken Age

by Tyler Colpon May 4, 2015
There are points where Broken Age makes you wish at least some parts of the adventure game genre were left to die. In these moments, you remember how arbitrary and preoccupied with minutiae the genre has been. Modern adventure games have already moved on. The Walking Dead doesn’t halt the zombie apocalypse so its main […]

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Why everyone’s laughing at BioShock’s Ken Levine

by Tyler Colpon April 13, 2015
Bioshock creator Ken Levine spoke at length with Game Informer about creating characters in both his previous games and his current, unannounced project. The interview is an insightful look at Levine’s writing process when it comes to character ethnicity and religious values and a peek at the “narrative LEGO” project he’s been teasing for a […]
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If you don’t know, this is why we’re getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

by Tyler Colpon April 9, 2015
Update: Surprise, it’s Black Ops 3. Confirmed. It’s very likely that this year’s Call of Duty game will be Treyarch’s Black Ops 3. Why? Well, first of all, it’s been rumored and teased for a while, and a video release today straight up has a roman numeral three in the same font as the previous […]
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Bloodborne – You need to keep an eye on these people

by Tyler Colpon March 31, 2015
If Bloodborne is truly like the previous Souls games, then people will be making discoveries about it for months, maybe even years, to come. There’s lore to suss out, mechanics to define, and exploits to discover. From Software doesn’t make games that fade away after the first month; it makes games filled with secrets and […]