Grand Theft Auto V’s Animal Mode is brilliant

As you’ve probably heard by now, Grand Theft Auto V has arrived on PS4 and Xbox One. You’ve also probably heard that Franklin can find and eat peyote to achieve specific effects. What you probably haven’t heard is that it’s pretty much Rockstar’s take on notorious mischief game Goat Simulator and it’s brilliant.

It’s time for video games to arrive on Fridays

It’s been a long-standing tradition, for as long as there’s been modern gaming, really. Games arrive, every Tuesday, with a few oddball exceptions now and again. But, like most industry standards, it needs to be revisited, and moved to Friday.

Ubisoft needs to find its way again

It’s fairly safe to say that this has not been a good week for Ubisoft. On Tuesday, they rather ambitiously released two Assassin’s Creed games, and saw , their flagship release, immediately get pummeled by critics and consumers alike. With good reason too. The game is a buggy mess, something the company had to know. more »

Welcome back to the console, Tony Hawk

The news has come down a bit, first hinted at in rumor and now officially confirmed. Tony Hawk is returning to consoles, and likely returning to form with a new console game. And man, there could not be a better time for it.

It’s time to get rid of QTEs

There’s a moment in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that was doomed to be razzed on the Internet in perpetuity right from its conception. You’re at a funeral, it’s a sad moment and actually a pretty well-done emotional beat, for this series. Then, the QTE (quick-time event) happens. You’re asked to “hold X to pay more »

Far Cry 3 scared the heck out of me

Far Cry 3 is not really your first choice in horror. On paper, it’s a first-person shooter with some survival elements. But as you dig into the game, it actually becomes incredibly unnerving.


Bayonetta 2 and Sunset Overdrive seem insecure

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a handful of truly excellent games. Either they’re well-done riffs on a comfortable theme, like the combat of , or they’re something genuinely new, like the just-released . Both of these games have another theme in common. It feels like they’re afraid you’re not going to like them. more »

Gaming needs an Oscars

It’s the end of October, and thus the beginnings of Hollywood’s awards season, where everybody tells each other how much they really like them. But, while gaming doesn’t need to be any more self-congratulatory than it already is, it could use an Oscars or similar rewards show for a few reasons. Yes, there are the more »

Metallica will shred Blizzcon 2014

Well, this is something of a surprise. Former metal gods and current metal punching bags Metallica are headlining BlizzCon 2014, of all places. Guess that subscriber revenue is still flowing in! Of course, it helps substantially that Blizzard is mitigating the cost of the event by selling “Virtual Tickets,” essentially charging you $40 for a more »

The Evil Within is undone by its writing

I was looking forward to The Evil Within. It had been a while since we’d seen a quality survival horror game, and it seemed like we were about due. Shinji Mikami was one of the pioneers of the genre. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the writing, for one. Resident Evil 4 comes up a more »

It’s time for 60fps to go

Recently, Ubisoft caused a bit of a hubbub among gamers by announcing that would be locked at 900p and 30fps. People expected 60fps, and they’re upset. Honestly, it’s more than time for the framerate wars to end. This isn’t to say a game shouldn’t be called out for a slow frame rate, mind you. But more »

We’re finally getting next-gen games for next-gen consoles

The last two weeks have been surprising strong ones for boxed games. First, Middle-Earth: Shadows Of Mordor hit for next-gen consoles at the end of September. Then, Alien: Isolation arrived this week. One’s an open-world stabbing party and the other is a tense survival horror game, and they’re both worth your money. But what’s fascinating more »