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Let It Die Second Opinion

Free-To-Slay HIGH The gameplay loop is incredibly addicting. LOW Getting one-shotted by Haters twice my level. WTF The prices of some items in the PSN store…    There’s a lot to be said for simplicity of design and a focus on core ideas. I played an absurd number of games […]

The Dark Souls Letters, Part 1

Gaping Dragon

The original Dark Souls was my least favorite game in the venerable Souls series by a pretty wide margin. The reasons are numerous, but in a nutshell I just wanted to be done with it by the time I got to Gwyn. I was so aggravated that I skipped the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, which is regarded by many as the high point of the entire series. Being as obsessively completionist as I am about these games, I have to go back and take care of it before Dark Souls 3’s final expansion is released. I turned to GameCritics’ resident Dark Souls apologist Mike Suskie for guidance and counsel. The beginning of our correspondence is below, with more updates to come as I progress through the game. Enjoy!

Verdun Review

Home By Christmas

HIGH Disappearing into the trees and picking off a dozen soldiers before anyone knew where I was.

LOW Getting spawn-camped three lives in a row.

WTF The devs just didn’t bother putting in a ‘wearing gas mask’ version of the AI models.

Yakuza 0 Preview

Whenever I talk to people about the Yakuza series, it’s common to find that  plenty of folks have heard of it, but not many have a good idea of what it really is. More often than not, they think it’s a Japanese-flavored Grand Theft Auto, or if I’m talking to someone old enough to have been around at the time, they assume it’s a slightly better version of Shenmue. While those things may be true in the loosest sense, neither of those simplifications focuses on what Yakuza does best — first and foremost it’s a crime drama, and an exceedingly well-written one, to boot.

Vidar Preview

Vidar is a particularly bleak RPG/Puzzler that puts players in the role of a mysterious stranger who arrives at a village a month into an ongoing tragedy. As if the harsh winter weren’t bad enough, a terrifying beast has been awakened in the caves beneath the town, and one of the villagers is taken each night. It’s up to the player to get to know the townspeople, attempt to solve their problems, and hopefully find the origin of the town’s curse in the catacombs deep below.