Nintendo

Treachery in Beatdown City (Switch)

Treachery in Beatdown City doesn’t hide its raw, multi-targeted anger. Dialog satirizes inequality, capitalism, racism, gentrification, police brutality, white privilege, social media, sexism, gig economies, EULAs, protests, and more. It’s… a lot. Not that it’s wrong – any of it – but the satirical net is cast so wide, Beatdown City doesn’t land a specific… Continue reading Treachery in Beatdown City (Switch)

Nintendo

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Switch)

Red Wings relies on the mythlogized aerial acrobatics of WWI – think Snoopy on his dog house, gunning down foes. It’s a notable comparison as Snoopy offers some characterization; Red Wings does not. For a war so tense, Red Wings is unusually lean, leisurely, and low stress. The moment-to-moment shooting gallery fares fine, with a… Continue reading Red Wings: Aces of the Sky (Switch)

Sony

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)

Sony

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)

Sony

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (PS4)

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint seems anti-conservative. Torture bad, the narrative says. In flashbacks to Iraq, the antagonist played by Jon Bernthal is stuck in the mid-2000s, projecting Bush-era aggressiveness. He’s repulsed by those who won’t abuse prisoners. Protagonist “Nomad” keeps a firm heroic posture in story sequences. Then in-game, Nomad bashes heads in with pistols to… Continue reading Ghost Recon: Breakpoint (PS4)

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)