Gaming

Virginia review: This detective thriller adapts the language of film to games

When I reviewed Event[0] last month I said, “This might just be one of the most importantindie games of the year.” And then along came Virginia. Like Event[0], Virginia belongs to a growing subset of experimental games, ones focused on expanding the language of games as much as—or sometimes more than—commercial appeal or approachability. Whether or not their individual experiments ... Read More »

Xbox One S controller review: New features and custom colors make for a great successor

My $80 powder-blue-and-orange Xbox Design Lab controller arrived recently, and I’ve fallen in love with its look. Maybe you’re not so easily swayed. Maybe you hate it. That’s fine. More than fine, actually—that’s kind of the whole point. Last year Microsoft released the $150 high-end Elite controller for a segment of the market traditionally supported by third parties and aftermarket parts dealers. That ... Read More »

This week in games: Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds PC split-screen

I have another hundred miles of Australia to explore today, and that Forza Horizon 3 iconis just staring at me from my taskbar. Let’s knock this article out in a hurry. On the docket this week? Blizzard ditches Battle.net, Gears of War 4 adds split-screen co-op on the PC, Kotaku UK looks into problems with Star Citizen’s development, andSniper Elite ... Read More »

This week in games: Revolver steering wheels and a game built around RTFM

I was hoping for more news out of Tokyo Game Show this week but apparently it’s not to be. Other than the last-minute delay of The Last Guardian (again) and a mediocre Watch Dogs 2 trailer (below), things have been quiet out of Japan. But hey, Zachtronics is bringing out a spiritual successor to TIS-100, American Truck Simulator is selling ... Read More »

This week in games: Mass Effect Andromeda on display, Deus Ex gets DirectX 12

Here we are, almost a week after Ubisoft sprayed farts into my nose, and I’m still feeling a bit sick. Was it actually farts? Or was it something worse? Maybe tuberculosis, or black plague, or anthrax. Or maybe they ground up the source code for Watch Dogs and shot it straight into my nose. That would certainly explain the feelings ... Read More »

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain review: Another 1980s sword-and-board adapted for the modern era

Steve Jackson’s in the midst of a renaissance, it seems. Earlier this year we took a look at Inkle’s Sorcery!, which adapts the 1980s adventure gamebooks of the same name into a modern hybrid of choose-your-own-adventure and RPG—with the help of Inkle’s fantastic writing. And so imagine my feelings of deja vu as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain crossed my ... Read More »

AMD rockets past 100 FreeSync displays as Lenovo jumps on board

AMD’s game-smoothing FreeSync monitors launched a full year after Nvidia’s rival G-Sync displays, but they’ve been coming fast and furious ever since. Late Thursday, the company revealed that its technology surpassed not one, but two major milestones with the launch of the 27-inch Y27f ($400 on Amazon) earlier this month. This curved, 144Hz 1080p display is both Lenovo’s first-ever FreeSync ... Read More »

Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google search

Google just decided to add a little more fun to search—as if “do a barrel roll” and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe references weren’t already enough. The company recently announced that you can now play solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin right inside your search results. On top of that you can entertain young children (or childish co-workers) with animal ... Read More »

This week in games: Stranger Things becomes an 80s-style SCUMM, Duke Nukem returns from the grave

I had to take a break last week from wrapping up the week’s gaming news and putting a big floppy bow on it, thanks to a 103-degree fever (40 degrees for you not-Americans). But now I’m back! I’d say “Better Than Ever,” but I’d be lying. Anyway, this week we’ve got a Stranger Things adventure game, some sort of Duke ... Read More »

This week in games: Master of Orion, Endless Space 2, and Witcher 3 GOTY edition

Word is that No Man’s Sky is may be a disappointment, so I guess it’s time for everyone to transfer their unrealistic expectations and hype to some other game. Will you find that game in this news round-up? Maybe. This week, The Witcher 3 gets its Game of the Year edition, Rocket League puts on cartoon boxing gloves, BioShock gets ... Read More »