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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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Nier Automata (PS4)

Videogames rarely engage with such grandiose cynicism. Robots in Nier Automata, post-human apocalypse, form emotions and feelings, as much as their circuits understand and process those concepts. Their society then fails. They separate into warring clans. Their attempts at peace falter. They repeat every human mistake. Nier Automata doesn’t like humanity. Its storyline and characters,… Continue reading Nier Automata (PS4)

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Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

Days after Moonlight – a film about the internal struggles of a young gay black teen living in poverty-riddled Miami – won the Oscar for Best Picture, the videogame industry countered with Horizon Zero Dawn. It’s a game about killing robot dinosaurs, and takes itself seriously. The comparison isn’t fair. Hollywood recently gave us eight… Continue reading Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)

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GalGun: Double Peace (Vita)

To a certain extent. GalGun is harmless fluff. While the premise objectifies the female form to infinity and plants a guy in the middle of hyper-romanced schoolgirls, there’s no real harm being done as a stupid testosterone-driven fairy tale (with a $100 download for undressing options). So stupid, so heightened, so absurd, and so self-aware… Continue reading GalGun: Double Peace (Vita)