Quiplash is a party game where up to eight people compete with punchlines to whatever random question that gets thrown their way. After submitting their queries, each player votes for the best answers until one is crowned. It’s semi-reminiscent of Mad Libs, and the amount of entertainment is largely dependent on the conditions you find yourself playing.
In many ways, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is a combination of my favorite things about videogames. The world-building speaks for itself, the narrative unfolds gracefully and simply walking through the environments invokes a sense of intrigue and delight.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Telltale Games. I think the studio is making all the right moves and innovating in just the right way. This is especially true for a gamer like myself, who has been waiting for a text-based choose-your-own-adventure styles game for many years. Now, it seems there are a plethora of them to choose from. Tales from the Borderlands is one such adventure.
Until Dawn takes the iconic slasher film and dumps it onto your Playstation 4 in a magnificent manner by offering a murder mystery story where you play as eight teenagers on a cabin trip with terror lurking around every corner. Every character can live or die based on the way you play, and every decision is permanent.
Let’s get this out of the way from the start. If you’re not interested in a game where you play as a gun-wielding fish with bulging man arms, this title is not for you. The subtitle, Seriously Swole is just the tip of the iceberg of ridiculousness in a game where you will: dress your fish in hats, play upside-down, and even go Super Salmon.
Since 2013, Telltale Games has been one of the hottest names in the world of adventure gaming. While the video game adaptation certainly won’t receive the heaps of praise it’s literary and televised counterparts will, Game of Thrones:“The Game” (the Telltale one), does a sincerely good job of separating itself from the pack.
It wasn’t that long ago when video games were considered toys for the immature and not much more. Yet as the medium evolved, the content and creators matured, inventing new and unique experiences that can only be found in games. Journey is one such game. As a piece of art, Journey is a renowned achievement that represents both the cinematic potential and power of storytelling that games can accomplish.
From the depths of Kickstarter, Massive Chalice emerged behind the veteran development team Double Fine Productions. The premise is simple, you are to lead the way in a 300 year war against The Cadence, fought by heroes from your family lines. Though it may sound reductive, Massive Chalice is exactly what you get when you cross XCOM: Enemy Unkown and the world of Game of Thrones
Tembo is a side-scrolling platformer, available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, that feels very much like a game Sega would have published during the Genesis era. The titular character, an elephant commando, is called upon to save Shell City from the evil forces of PHANTOM.
Rocket League is a game that embodies all of the best things about a skill-based competitive experience. The concept of combining soccer with race cars is as ridiculous as it sounds, but in such a satisfying and fun way that it must be experienced in order to be completely understood.
For years, gamers everywhere have let their imaginations run wild with possibilities of virtual reality. As it currently stands, VR gaming is still very much in it’s imaginative prenatal phase. While the first big commercial projects are imminent, the majority of virtual and augmented reality experiences are still out of the public’s reach. If you are one of the millions of people with a smartphone, Google Cardboard is your chance to get a peak at what’s to come.
Batman: Arkham Knight is a game that accomplishes what most games strive for but few achieve. An outstanding presentation and extremely polished gameplay mechanics often completely eliminate the disconnect between watching what’s happening on the screen and controlling the action. Controls are tight, combat is bliss, and even something as simples as diving into or ejecting out of the Batmobile never fails to put a smile on my face.
As far as local multiplayer games go, Towerfall is one of the premier experiences of the last two years. Succeeding from it’s roots on the Ouya, Towerfall Ascension has came a long way for a game derived from such a small team. The first expansion, Towerfall Dark World, adds a multitude of archers, arrows, levels, difficulty, variants, as well as a new co-op campaign mode. But does Dark World offer enough to warrant a double dip into Towerfall?
Hitman: Sniper is one of those games you can whip out at any time under the assumption that you'll just play one mission before going back to your daily routine. The fact that I frequently find myself playing a bit longer than that is a testament to it's solid mechanics and the engaging scenario it presents.
Honestly, I'm amazed I made it through the first five minutes of Wander without having a nervous breakdown. There is literally nothing to do. Nothing. Well, you can wander, which makes sense...