The HBO film’s ostensible authenticity does little to add dramatic heft to its stock character moments.
The game ultimately seems less interested in the process of how humanity breaks down than its grisly end results.
The series is unable to render any of the visual imagination its source material practically begs for.
The world the game shares with its predecessors is detailed and bizarre in equal measure.
There are few greater thrills than discovering a new, powerful combo in Slay the Spire.
Season three of True Detective plays to the first season’s strengths, but it also feels like an admission of defeat.
Mutant Year Zero feels most of all like a promising start for something potentially greater.
Hitman 2 is a dense assassination sim bursting with possibility, tension, and wicked comedy.
Red Dead Redemption 2’s evocative, often beautiful sense of place exists insofar as it is still convenient to the player, which harms some of the desperation and hardship the game means to convey.
The game should feel wrong or disjointed with the conflicting elements it includes, but it all creates a strange, poignant, and often beautiful whole.