Author: Brandon Bales

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Kellee Santiago, Part One

Welcome to the first episode of State of Play.

This show is a new voice in the gaming journalism world. Our interviews are long-form, personal, and in-depth. You should check it out, as I don't think there's much like it on the web right now.

Our first interview is with Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany, creators of the iconic Flow, Flower, and (the upcoming) Journey. In it, we discuss their company, their philosophies, and their first game, Cloud. If you like what you see, stay tuned: upcoming interviews will include Jonathan Blow and David Jaffe.

I am so super-excited to launch this show, as it's been a real labor of love.

Wizorb Review

Breakout Success

Wizorb Screenshot

HIGH Every drop of programming love on-display here made had me constantly contented.

LOW The impenetrable Stage 4-5 had me frazzled for a couple of days.

WTF Why isn't this a proper XBLA title?!

Guardian Heroes Review

Side-Scrolling in Style

Guardian Heroes Screenshot

HIGH Realizing that I was good enough to finish on Normal after my initial stumblings.

LOW I don't like straining to see my character in a sea of enemies.

WTF My first Hard Mode attempt lasted a minute—literally.

Rage Review

A Beautiful Waste

Rage Screenshot

HIGH The Dead City section is a varied high point in the campaign.

LOW The end of the final mission is a turpid joke.

WTF Who races a "time trial" once the Apocalypse has gone down?

Crimson Alliance Review

Hack (and Slash) Job

Crimson Alliance Screenshot

HIGH This one's not only girlfriend-friendly, she also outscored me on a number of levels. I was so proud.

LOW Paying for a "free" game is confusing.

WTF Must ….. stop ….the sounds coming from the …..actor lady's …. mouth….NNNGggHHHHHHH!…

Brink Review

Me Shoot Now

Brink Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the credits roll came as a nice relief.

LOW Certain game-types can last fifteen agonizing minutes, regardless of the win conditions.

WTF "New Audio Log Unlocked!" AWESOME!!