Author: John Vanderhoef

E3 2017: Mario Odyssey Hands-On Impressions

Launching this October, Super Mario Odyssey brings the tried-and-true 3D Mario formula to the Nintendo Switch, continuing the tradition of making Mario a flagship title. My short time with the title at E3 2017 suggests an experience with tight controls, beautiful worlds, and unparalleled whimsy.


Little Nightmares Review

Dreamlike Ambitions, Nightmarish Issues

HIGH The game’s final sequence is appropriately epic.

LOW Wonky physics and difficulty perceiving depth.

WTF Six’s appetite goes beyond stale pieces of bread.


Dark Train Review

Runaway Train, Never Coming Back

HIGH A visually arresting art style.

LOW No sense of what to do next at any given time.

WTF From the opening moment onward, this is what players will be asking.


Interview with Ink Stories Founder Navid Khonsari

 

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You probably haven’t played one of the most important games of the year yet.

Released quietly this past summer, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday documents the violent and tumultuous Iranian revolution of that year. It’s a game that is as much a documentary of record as it is an entertaining narrative experience. Ink Stories founder Navid Khonsari says the indie developer is trying to invent a new genre with 1979, one that combines the thoughtful research of documentary film with the interactive possibilities that video games offer. By all accounts, they have succeeded.