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)


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)


Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)

Explain the Mushroom Kingdom to any adult who didn’t grow up with it: There’s a hero Mario and his brother Luigi who get bigger by eating red-capped mushrooms and ride a dinosaur while saving red-capped mushroom people who are different than the mushrooms that make Mario & Luigi big and they all fight this angry… Continue reading Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)


Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4)

Bolivia’s population exceeds 10 million people. In Ghost Recon: Wildlands, most of those 10 million deal cocaine. Ghost Recon doesn’t have time to develop characters, or it simply doesn’t care. The four American soldiers dropping into Bolivia to deal with the illicit drug trade serve as blank canvases, optionally painted with stars and stripes during… Continue reading Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4)


Watch Dogs 2 (Xbox One)

Awash in a world of leftist, anti-capitalist paranoia, Marcus Hollaway knows everything. All kids think they do, minus the life experience. Forming an Anonymous-esque hacker group DedSec, Hollaway finds himself stretching between one real world satire to the next, none of them particularly rich in composition. With Watch Dogs 2’s fragmentation (hopping from selfish pharmaceutical… Continue reading Watch Dogs 2 (Xbox One)