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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

The true villain of Wolfenstein II’s alternate “the Nazis won” storyline isn’t Hitler. By this time period of Wolfenstein II’s history, the 1960s, Hitler is beyond frail. He vomits on a carpet. Flem spews from his mouth as a chronic cough covers his speech. He struggles to urinate, and does so into a bucket. Seeing… Continue reading Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4)

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The Mummy: Demastered (PS4)

To see The Mummy “demastered,” view the 1933 Universal series. Better still, watch those films only. The film Mummy Demastered is based on, the summer ’17 Tom Cruise vehicle, is a debacle. WayForward’s brisk de-generational take is better. Mummy Demastered does not star Tom Cruise. It doesn’t have co-star Russel Crowe either, just a kinda/sorta… Continue reading The Mummy: Demastered (PS4)

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Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

All of Gran Turismo Sport is about luxury. It’s also quite smug about it. There’s a nose-in-the-air huff to Sony’s driving sim. The opening video montage scans gold car parts with high-tech lasers. Soft piano keys strike in the background. Vintage 8 and 16mm racing clips intercut, celebrating automobile history, yes, but just those who… Continue reading Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

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South Park: The Fractured but Whole (PS4)

Time travel is a central mechanism to Fractured but Whole. That’s appropriate. The UbiSoft production skims 20 years of South Park lore. From the surreal early seasons, filled with miniature pets and gay dogs, to the languishing of recent safe, centrist-leaning parody, including PC Principal. Maybe it’s the development timeline; Fractured but Whole is classic… Continue reading South Park: The Fractured but Whole (PS4)

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Evil Within 2 (PS4)

Protagonist Sebastian Castellano is out to save his daughter. That’s it; he’s a one-note character. A classic for-the-screen gumshoe, Castellano’s expertise in shotguns, sniper riles, and crossbows belies his deskwork and current health situation. First seen, Castellano dunks his head onto a bar. He’s flanked on his right by two well-dressed Matrix cast offs. Music… Continue reading Evil Within 2 (PS4)

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Friday the 13th: The Game (PS4)

Friday the 13th doesn’t work. Famed hatchet killer Jason Vorhees might grab a counselor who isn’t actually there. Items glitch out of place. Responsiveness is crummy. Blame latency in this online slasher, or maybe the design itself – Friday the 13th is a wreck. And that’s how it should be. It’s more representative of the… Continue reading Friday the 13th: The Game (PS4)