The Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 offered a New Orleans analogue it called St. Denis. Sharon and I have travelled to New Orleans many times over the past couple of decades (it’s not that far from central Arkansas), and St. Denis captured New Orleans—or at least the spirit of New Orleans—so much so […]Read more "Mafia III: The Definitive Edition — a video game review"
What can I say about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Like all of the Call of Duty games of recent vintage, the one-player campaign was too short. I realize that more gamers are interested in the multiplayer aspects of these games, but I am not one of that number. I like the story mode of […]Read more "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — a video game review"
In my most recent quadmonthly “Looking Forward” report, I listed the video game BioShock as a replay. When I began playing it again, I quickly realized that, while I had played the beginning of the game before, I must have abandoned it pretty early on. I soon found myself in sections of the underwater city […]Read more "BioShock: Video Games as Art — a review"
You probably don’t have to play the rest of the Uncharted video game series in order to play and appreciate this one. But, I recommend that you do. Playing the four games that led up to this standalone adventure would give you history and character backstory to add a little more depth and texture to […]Read more "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy — a video game review"
I live in the South. By which I mean the southern United States. I’m willing to bet that Ubisoft considered setting Far Cry 5 in my neck of the woods. I’ve lived in Arkansas for nearly 20 years now, but I’ve lived in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, and I’m originally from South Carolina. This […]Read more "Far Cry 5 — a video game review"
Should you play Red Dead Redemption 2, if you haven’t already? Yes. Yes, you should. Okay, that’s the short version of my review of this game, which I played for the better part of a year before I deleted it from my PS4 to allow room for other games I wanted to play, like Far […]Read more "Red Dead Redemption 2 — a video game review"
This was platinum trophy #5 for me. That’s a humble brag. It took me seven months to earn this platinum trophy, and, I promise you, I won’t spend seven months on a video game that’s not worth the time. I earned this trophy mostly organically, but I had to refer to the internet for help […]Read more "Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey — a video game review (Platinum Trophy #5)"
I recently finished the game Need for Speed Payback. Well, “finished” may not be the exact word I’m fumbling for here. I’ve completed the story portion of the game. I am nowhere near finished with all of the activities, whether it’s earning all stars on every jump and speed trap or collecting parts to rebuild […]Read more "Need for Speed Payback — a video game review"
This is a review of the trade paperback collection of the Dark Horse comic book Mass Effect: Discovery, issues #1 – 4. My worst-kept secret is that the Mass Effect series of video games by Bioware is my favorite game franchise of all-time. Even more so than Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man (which I loved, although it’s […]Read more "Mass Effect: Discovery (Dark Horse), by John Dombrow, Jeremy Barlow, Gabriel Guzman & Michael Atiyeh — a comic book review"
This novel is the third media tie-in novel to Bioware’s fourth Mass Effect video game, Mass Effect Andromeda. The game itself received mixed reviews. I liked it a lot. Not as much as Mass Effect 2, certainly, but easily on a par with Mass Effect 3. Of the three ME Andromeda novels, this was […]Read more "Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation, by Catherynne M. Valente — a book review"