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A.D.P. (In-Depth), Personal, Reviews

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – A.D.P. Review

My youngest sister has a form of chronic encephalopathy. You could also call it periventricular leukomalacia. It has to do with white matter, which is the tissue between gray matter that bridges the brain’s various regions. When you absorb information, gray matter is essential to storing and making sense of it, but white matter dispenses it across the brain as a connective conduit. Cognition, learning, reasoning – these faculties are dependent on both types of matter, but when it comes…

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Published, Reviews, TechRaptor

Tacoma – Review

There’s an age-old question that game theorists have long thought futile to answer: What is a video game? No one agrees on the exact parameters or qualifications, but it’s still an important debate that challenges our preconceived assumptions about the medium and what can be classified under it. Back in 2013, Fullbright brought this conversation to the forefront of the industry like never before with Gone Home. While opinions widely differ, I think most would agree that the developer brought environmental storytelling…

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Articles, Opinion, Published, Push Square

Uncharted 4’s Higher Difficulties Kill the Joy of Combat

I’m on chapter 20 of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, having just escaped explosive deathtraps with a good companion by my side. We’re ready to take on the bad guys that have taken another friend hostage, and I happen to see him attempting to escape from my vantage point. I’m overlooking a vast cove run dry with marooned pirate ships, and once I drop down the cliffs into this ancient graveyard, I’m sure I’ll find plenty of mercenaries to shoot,…

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Articles, Gamechurch, Misc., Published

Firewatch and the Virtue of Commitment

A stalker has been watching me and listening in on my radio conversations with Delilah. We’re both worried for each other’s safety. That’s why Henry, your character, can’t stop signaling her on day 77 of his summer job as a fire lookout in the Shoshone Wilderness of Northwest Wyoming. Delilah told him to not leave his tower until she said so. It’s been a long day of anxious silence, but when Delilah responds out of the blue, I bolt straight…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Jotun: Valhalla Edition – Review

Have you ever realised how much Norse mythology penetrates popular culture? There are numerous spins on its gods in Marvel’s movies, inspired elements taken from its races and characters in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, and countless references spread across video games from Master Chief’s Mjolnir armor to equipment and iconography associated with Destiny’s Iron Banner event. These imaginative, subtle takes on Norse mythology are far more common than explicit, proper ones, so when something like Jotun: Valhalla Edition comes…

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Published, Push Square, Reviews

Kholat – Review

Tales of horror are frightening enough to make us shiver in the moment or even lose sleep over several days, but they usually don’t haunt us for that long. We’re able to move on from reflecting on them because they’re fake stories meant to play with our heads. But when it comes to real freak accidents or unexplainable phenomena that chill to the bone, that’s when our fears become rational and grounded. One such event is the Dyatlov Pass Incident…

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