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Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)

It’s possible to see Final Fantasy VII as a Japanese cultural study. From outside, the city of Midgar, isolated on all sides, mirrors Japan’s post-war, industrial boom. The dominate color is green, the only change from winding pipe systems and smokestacks that once defined the country’s polluted skylines. At the core though is something entirely… Continue reading Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4)

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Resident Evil 3 (2020, Xbox One)

There’s a breathlessness to Resident Evil 3, a genuine urgency to cure Raccoon City of its corporately-induced infection (released by the ludicrously unethical Umbrella Corp.). Everything about Resident Evil 3 surges, desperately pushing toward the solution – a vaccine. It’s nigh impossible to imagine a game more “in the moment” than this, right now. In… Continue reading Resident Evil 3 (2020, Xbox One)

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Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order (PS4)

George Lucas based Star Wars’ action scenes on authentic World War II footage. It’s one of Lucas’ subtler ways to make evident the story’s allegorical fascism. Fallen Order takes that further, not in the sense of its long drawn, stifling action, rather the connective narrative tissue around Order 66. In Star Wars lore, Order 66… Continue reading Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order (PS4)

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Need for Speed Heat (PS4)

Need for Speed Heat’s concept, best guess, came from an older executive who got word that EA’s primary demographic hates cops. At that moment, Need for Speed Heat’s villain became Lt. Frank Mercer, equivalent to Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson in hard personality and ego. Mercer’s face is plastered on billboards across Need for Speed Heat’s… Continue reading Need for Speed Heat (PS4)

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The Outer Worlds (PS4)

The Outer Worlds’ ruthless anti-corporate satire goes nowhere. It’s there, written in bold and shouted through non-subtle dialog exchanges, like when rebels wish for all corporations to die. The galaxy’s signage sticks to ’40s era, war propaganda aesthetics, but rather than calling on soldiers, they instead promote employment. The worst thing to be in Outer… Continue reading The Outer Worlds (PS4)