Sony

Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4)

The image of two teenage girls sending buckshot into Nazi guts is proper emasculation of Nazi garbage, that rare time when the videogame power fantasy feels right and proper. Set in 1980’s Neu-Paris, the evocative visual design considers a European country still under Hitler’s laws. Neu-Paris looks frozen in time; nothing progressed since World War… Continue reading Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4)

Microsoft

Madden NFL 20 (Xbox One)

This year’s edition of the NFL’s carefully controlled videogame product focuses on QB1, a thin story concerning a college player pushed into a starting spot in his senior year – one game before the National Championship. Then, into the NFL, of course. It’s sports fantasy drivel, thinly formed but allowing people to live vicariously through… Continue reading Madden NFL 20 (Xbox One)

PC

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PS4)

Religion interferes when the industrial revolution begins, Bloodstained’s catalyst, causing extremists to raise a Gothic castle, filled with demons. Anything to stop smokestacks from replacing churches – or, keeping things great, as conservatives see it. A religious tome is at the center of this conflict, a war between progressives who wish to stop evil from… Continue reading Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PS4)

Nintendo

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Switch)

Released as the first Marvel film universe story comes to close, Ultimate Alliance 3 retools that same story. Infinity Stones go missing, mega-big bad Thanos wants them, superheroes must stop him. The videogame edition tells this with no real style. It’s crowded. Most of the action is noise, with four Marvel characters slicing or punching… Continue reading Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Switch)