Blade Runner [video game] (1997)

This 1997 game, “Blade Runner”, was not an adaptation of the 1982 film. Some sort of subtitle to distinguish it from the film (”Blade Runner 2019”, “Blade Runner: The Dark Replicant Rises”, “Blade Runner: Hey, can I get a hard copy of that?”) would have been appreciated, as it gets a bit clunky discussing the…

Alien: Isolation (2014)

The original 1979 “Alien” film is rightfully regarded as a classic. It’s a perfect, seminal meld of science-fiction and horror. James Cameron’s 1986 follow-up “Aliens” is widely-loved, the way it shifted genres and pivoted its story and themes off the first one impressed viewers. From then on, the franchise was an absolute mess. “Alien 3”…

Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” comes five years after “Mass Effect 3”, what seemed a very definitive ending for the franchise. The developers behind the original Mass Effect trilogy, the Edmonton branch of Bioware, moved on to other things. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” was developed by the newer Bioware branch at Montreal. In many ways, “Mass Effect: Andromeda”…

Spec Ops: The Line (2012)

“Spec Ops: The Line” is a thoughtful, fascinating examination of the psychology behind typical shooter games, masquerading as a typical shooter game. I’m stunned that this game got developed and released in such an uncompromised form. It’s a moody, reflective satire of the genre it’s very much a part of. Far from a perfect game,…

Batman: The Telltale Series (2016)

I’m generally a fan of Telltale Games, though I have my issues with them like most longtime fans do. I really like episodic-style story-focused games like theirs, “Life is Strange”, “Until Dawn”, that sort of thing. Heightened focus on storytelling and on reactivity to player choices? Exactly what I like. I’m also a pretty big…

Tyranny (2016)

I’m a huge fan of Obsidian Entertainment. “Fallout: New Vegas” is among my favourite video games, and “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords” isn’t too far behind. While I was deeply disappointed by my favourite writer in the industry, Chris Avellone, leaving the company in 2015, I still had…

Dishonored 2 (2016)

I enjoyed the first “Dishonoured” game very much, and found the premise of the sequel intriguing and a logical progression from the first game, so I had high hopes for “Dishonoured 2”. Unfortunately, where I found the first game a lean, skillfully-made stealth romp in a creative gameworld, I found this second game a clunky,…