The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Is a Horror Game for Fans of Raymond Chandler

ethan carterAlfred Hitchcock once claimed that there’s nothing more terrifying than an unopened door. Mystery is at the heart of any great horror story, and things are never as frightening once those mysteries are solved.

Detective fiction, on the other hand, is defined by its big reveal. Everything builds up to that one magic moment in which things are finally made clear. These stories thrive on answers, and are far less satisfying when stones are left unturned. [Read more...]

Year Walk Will Make You Grab Your Notebook

Year WalkI’m not a very patient man.

I have a fondness for games that feature complex puzzles, but I almost always end up resorting to an online walkthrough when I get stuck. I never would have finished Fez without help, and I’m pretty sure I spent more of Ocarina of Time pouring through walkthroughs than I spent actually playing it.

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Zoe Quinn Allegedly Blows the Whistle on #GamerGate and Recent Hacking Attempts

Phil Fish BatmanIf you haven’t been following the crusade against Zoe Quinn, Phil Fish, “Games Journalism,” and the like, then congratulations, you have endured less headaches than I have over the past three weeks.

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TowerFall Ascension: The Best $60 I Ever Spent Was on a Free Game

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When I downloaded TowerFall Ascension for my PS4, it wasn’t because I was excited to play. I hadn’t even heard of it. It was because, like so many other games in my library these days, it was totally “free” thanks to PlayStation Plus.

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Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Gets a Release Date and Disturbing New Trailer

Binding of Isaac: RebirthThe always lovable Edmund McMillen will finally be releasing the expanded version of his twin-stick roguelike hit The Binding of Isaac on November 4.

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Doctor Who: Legacy – Costumes Galore

doctor who legacy4It’s no secret that mobile/Facebook game Doctor Who: Legacy features many different characters. And with the game now updating in time with season eight of the show, there are going to be even more characters.

But Doctor Who: Legacy also has many different costumes available for those characters! Recently, Tiny Rebel Games has been hosting giveaways, and posting codes for free costumes. [Read more...]

Five Nights at Freddy’s Really Is a “Cruel Realities of Capitalism” Simulator

Five Nights at Freddy's freddyWhen I called Five Nights at Freddy’s a “cruel realities of capitalism” simulator, I was mostly kidding. Its premise doesn’t hold up unless you believe someone would risk their life for a job that pays terribly, but flimsy premises are a staple of horror movies. Characters run upstairs when they should run outside, open doors that should have stayed closed, and have sex even though everyone knows that’s a one-way ticket to Murdersville.

But Freddy’s actually takes this “boo Capitalism” thing pretty seriously. [Read more...]

Freedom Planet Is a Portal to the Sega Genesis

Freedom Planet steamAnthropomorphic animals? Check. Speedy platforming? Check. An awesomely bizarre concept? Checkmate.

These are just some of the things to love about Freedom Planet, a PC game that takes inspiration from the Sega Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games, and spices things up with a dash of Gunstar Heroes.

Freedom PlanettEven without the nostalgia, this platformer is one of the most fun games I’ve played in a while (with a controller, anyway). It’s a shame it isn’t being talked about as much as Shovel KnightFreedom Planet almost borrows too heavily from Sonic and pals — you can spin into a ball, run around loop-de-loops, and control walking, talking animals — but it’s more than that.

The Gunstar Heroes vibe and the attitude that being odd is okay is that “more” part. The mechanical mech mayhem (anyone remember Green?) and the evil dude who wants to take everything over – not to mention the goofy dialogue – really give off the same vibes as the classic Treasure game.

Freedom Planet is a gem that Sega Genesis and platformer fans should check out – goofy voiceovers and all.

Pumpkin Online Is an MMORPG for the Harvest Moon Demographic

Harvest Moon 64My love for Harvest Moon borders on ridiculous. I once wrote a seven-page letter arguing that the original SNES title should have been nominated for every one of that year’s Nintendo Power Awards, and I was at least partially serious. I play every game in the series with a feverish frenzy, pulling weeds and marrying ladies like my life depends on it.

I also have a love/hate relationship with MMORPGs. They’re antithetical to the way I like to game — alone — but I find myself drawn to them regardless. Interacting with other players fills me with dread, but I can never resist their siren’s call.  [Read more...]

Five Nights at Freddy’s Is a Pretty Good Game to Play on a Plane

Five Night's at Freddy's masksI was sitting on a plane, attempting to work without internet access, when I realized my laptop was shaking. I pulled out my earbuds just in time to hear a garbled message about turbulence, and looked out my window to see the sky was completely white.

Now, I’m pretty sure this sort of thing is common, but I don’t fly a lot. My view of the world is also shaped by TV, video games, and comic books, which means I immediately assumed I was about to be involved in a crash. The plane stabilized, and we landed just fine, but it still left me in pretty strange place. [Read more...]