Need for Speed: Payback (PS4)

Tyler Morgan is not a hero, although Need for Speed: Payback is convinced otherwise. Street racing games often lean on “heroes” like Payback’s protagonist Morgan, privileged 20-somethings putting people in harm’s way to beat their opponents. In the fictional Fortune Valley (clearly Las Vegas) no pedestrians walk on the streets. That’s probably Morgan’s fault. He’s… Continue reading Need for Speed: Payback (PS4)


Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

Super Mario Odyssey is the first Mario for those kids who grew up with Mario 64 instead of Super Mario World. Their Mario had freedom, and so does Odyssey. Their platforming was more about collecting. Odyssey uses it extensively as the primary hook. The children of Mario 64 never played alongside low resolution pixels; everything… Continue reading Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)


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)


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)