Fallout 4—A Compelling, Story-Driven Experience

Fallout 4 Bethesda Software My adopted canine companion and I carefully navigated through the rubble-strewn Boston suburb, scavenging for anything of value. I was role-playing Fallout 4’s main protagonist to the extent that I’d decided that ultimately, he wanted to grow a simple garden somewhere safe and enjoy as many years that he could in…

Titanfall—Fleeting Fun for Fast Twitchers

Titanfall Respawn Entertainment I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit when I’d first heard of Titanfall. I’d read some first impression reports that just said meh to me. Here’s a conversation that I had at the time with a gaming friend just before Titanfall was released in order to illustrate…

Split/Second—Hold On to Your Adrenal Glands

Split/Second Black Rock Studio/Disney Interactive I was facing an upper tier “episode” called Splashdown, which featured mainly waterfront-based maps. This track in particular, Ferry Wharf, consisted of a sprawling course laid out amongst cargo ships, old dusty docks, and—you guessed it—ferries. I gunned the powerful engine of my Hanzo Indus V8R, which was fast, had…

Tranformers: Devastation—A Love Letter to 80s Cartoon Nostalgia

Tranformers: Devastation Platinum Games/Activision The 80s Transformers cartoon was an exercise in some of the loftiest exponents of philosophical dogma I’ve ever encountered. To me it was the embodiment of Aikido, the Gentle Way, where a martial artist seeks to use an opponent’s inertia and redirect it in the subtlest of manners. Indeed, the cartoon…

Insurgency—A Thinking Person’s Shooter

Insurgency New World Interactive Glass shattered behind us as we ran down the wide hallway, and large caliber 7.62 rounds whizzed through the air all around us. We dove behind a desk for cover as the fully automatic PKM machinegun fire continued its deafening staccato. The last thing I saw before hitting my belly was…