26 August 2017


ADR1FT is Gravity: The Game of the Movie. Even on a regular ol' TV, the visuals are mesmerizing and you'll involuntarily hold your breath as your oxygen runs low. I'll speculate that it's intense played in VR. Not quite a system-seller, but still impressive.

I completed the game, and enjoyed it. I think I picked it up for a couple of bucks on sale for the PlayStation 4.

18 March 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn brings back lots of the same feelings I had when I played GTA3 for the first time on my PS2 back in 2001: freedom to interact with the environment, stunning vistas, tantalizing secrets that lure you into exploring. If you lived through that golden time in gaming, I'm not sure I need to say much more to encourage you to go try the game out.

12 March 2017

Talos Principle is Cryptic Fun

I really can't think of anything I don't like about The Talos Principle. It manages to make me feel entertained in many of the same ways that I felt entertained by Portal and Portal 2, but without feeling like a copycat in any way whatsoever.
Shamelessly stolen from the Steam store.
I don't think you can really spoil the game by telling much about it, but I'd recommend you just jump in. Know that it is puzzle-driven and kid-friendly, even if the subjects covered will likely go over the heads of many. Wholeheartedly recommended!

I played this on the PS4, but I imagine it's great on other platforms.

02 January 2017

Battlezone 98 Redux

I took time over the holiday to pick up Battlezone 98 Redux, a modern version of the 1998 classic that I loved back in my First Age of PC Gaming. It still holds up reasonably well, in part because the controls were well designed from the beginning. With a fistful of keypresses you can gather your troops and lead an attack, or set up to defend a location. Such an excellent design for a vim user.

I'm a real sucker for science fiction alternate histories, and this just happens to be a fun game that ticks that box as well. The space race covered for a larger hot war between the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R.? That's a big enough hook to grab me!  (For a good evocative example of alternate history, perhaps check out "The Martian Agent: An Interplanetary Romance". I'm currently reading Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union.)

Nostalgia is poison, of course. It even has sickness in the root of the word. But in this case, I'll make an exception.