The castle at the center of the game is thick with shadows, yet there’s no suggestion that they conceal any danger.
Even with a new coat of graphical paint, L.A. Noire remains a game that adds up to less than the sum of its parts.
With some time and distance, 2017 may end up meaning for video games what 2007 or 1999 meant for film.
The game sacrifices specificity of environment, story, and characterization so as to ensure that the car is king.
Throughout, the exhilaration of gameplay takes a backseat to the gaping Sarlacc-like maw of unadulterated greed.
The Xbox One X is an impressive piece of hardware, and it takes care of a big chip on Microsoft’s shoulder.
It aims to tell a story of the brotherhood of soldiers, but it’s ill-served by undeveloped characterizations.
Everything that made Horizon Zero Dawn the outstanding work that it is undeniably carries over to The Frozen Wilds.
More so than any pop game this year, Super Mario Odyssey sees virtual space as a land of elating possibilities.
The game is determined to kill what Assassin’s Creed once was in the hopes of the series becoming something greater.
In single-player or multiplayer, Hidden Agenda is a game in which winning almost always feels like losing.
The saving grace is that the game is mechanically one of the best, most accessible RPGs crafted in a long time.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War doubles down on every single aspect of Shadow of Mordor, for better and worse.
There’s no mystery to Union, which is grounded in exactly the way that the Beacon Mental Hospital was not.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins makes Assassin’s Creed feel like a completely new series for the first time in 10 years.
Even in its remastered form, this expansion stands tall as a relatively focused and uncomplicated action experience.
Beneath the game’s staggeringly wild aesthetic lurks the steel-hard, unforgiving soul of a run-and-gun shoot-'em-up.
The Capcom game’s flippant approach to its pedigree is evident right from the beginning of its Story Mode.
Knack 2 falters when it stops reinventing elements from other games and starts cannibalizing itself.
It’s a game that has no doubts as to what it wants to be, largely delivering an experience with the fervor it deserves.