"Battlefield V," the 15th game in the series, returns the action to World War II. The online multiplayer spreads six different modes across eight expansive maps loosely drawn from history.<br>EA DICE

'Battlefield V' struggles to make sense of history

The “Battlefield” series has never gone in order, or even really added up. “Battlefield V” is technically the 15th game in the series (depending on how you count), not the fifth. It’s the direct sequel to “Battlefield 1,” which was the 14th game, not the first. The first was 2002’s “Battlefied: 1942.” 2005’s “Battlefield 2” was actually the third in the series, and there were seven games released between it and “Battlefield 3.” Though the title of each always seems straightforward, when you look back across the series it seems to have lost track of itself. These are games built around moments that blend together without ever really connecting.

Things get dark and dirty in solid open-worlder ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

This is what it’s like to play “Red Dead Redemption 2”: You’re living the life of an outlaw in the Wild West. You’re Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang, and you and the crew are on the run. That means a battle for survival throughout five fictional states in Rockstar Games’ masterpiece, but it means more than that, too. It means maintaining guns, eating, and feeding your horse, and it means hours and hours on horseback, traversing one of the most detailed depictions of the Wild West that you’ve ever seen. This is life in “Red Dead Redemption 2,” and if you’re not careful, you’ll burn hours upon hours of your real life in New Hanover.

‘Monster Energy Supercross 2’ is dirty, challenging and possibly the most exciting Milestone release yet

Italian games developer Milestone S.r.l. might be primarily known for its hyper-realistic motorcycling racing simulators, but some game fans might be surprised to learn that the company has been producing off-road racing games since as far back as 2010. The latest dirt-focused title, “Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame,” gives players the chance to live out the 2018 Supercross season with a selection of the industry’s top riders and tracks, and comes complete with new technical tweaks and rider aids that aim to create a much more approachable and engaging experience.

‘My Memory of Us’: A fast-paced, stylish adventure with a storyline some might find off-putting

Do you like the voice of the noted actor Patrick Stewart? Are you a fan of fairy tales starring plucky children? If you answer yes to either of these questions, then the stylishly animated adventure game “My Memory of Us” might be worth a look. If, however, you are troubled by the Disneyfication of historical tragedies then you’ll probably be put off by it, regardless of its conspicuously good intentions.

Battle royale boosts 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'

Developers at Treyarch have accomplished something truly unusual with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.” They’ve eliminated a franchise cornerstone while still offering a satisfying array of content. And they’ve created a game that doesn’t break any new ground, but still feels incredibly fresh.

Latest Assassin’s Creed will please those who take time to truly play it

The Assassin’s Creed series is known for making playgrounds out of history. From the banks of the Nile in ancient Egypt to the cobblestone streets of Victorian London, the games hopscotch through momentous epochs in human civilization, trailing intrigue and corpses in their wake.

Great visuals, new missions make for a good time, but ‘Forsaken’ starts to feel stale after a while

The games in the Destiny series have always aspired to keep players busy not for hours or weeks, but months on end. When the first game launched in 2014, it appeared on track to accomplishing its mission. (Indeed, there was a running joke on Eurogamer about the number of articles devoted to Bungie’s interplanetary shooter.)

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  • ‘Tomb Raider’ is a familiar thrill ride with new scenery

    Lara Croft is one of a handful of characters the video game industry has produced who scarcely needs an introduction. Three Hollywood films and a slew of cultural criticism have served to fix her in the public imagination as a successful Indiana Jones clone and a metric of how the industry has (and hasn’t) shifted in its portrayal of women. As Josephine Livingstone wrote in The New Republic, Lara Croft’s recent incarnation in games and on the silver screen is “more human, less funny, more abs than boobs.” Basically, still incredibly attractive, but in a less juvenile way.

  • 'Marvel’s Spider-Man' is breathtaking, electrifying - and a tad too predictable

    After 36 years and 37 Spider-Man video game appearances that date back to a 1982 Atari 2600 encounter with the Green Goblin, none shimmers with more signature angst and electrifying, heroic feats than Insomniac Games’ new, photorealistic offering for the PlayStation 4.

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    'Donut County’ is a little bit about gentrification -- and a whole lot of fun

    “Donut County” is an upbeat game about being a callous worker, someone entitled and destructive who thinks he is a good guy. For most of the game you upend the lives of people and ruin different environments with rollicking abandon.

  • Shooting prompts cancellation of three remaining Madden Classic events

    Software publisher Electronic Arts has canceled the remaining three qualifying events for its Madden Classic esports tournament following the deaths of two competitors at the tournament's opening event held Sunday in Jacksonville.

  • ‘Octopath Traveler’ shows that old-school RPGs can learn new tricks

    Japanese role-playing games have strived to give players bigger and more bombastic experiences. Epic cutscenes rival anything this side of a Peter Jackson movie. Dazzling visuals showcase the latest hardware that make fantasies look like reality. But for all the effort to give fans a grand adventure, crucial elements of the genre were lost along the way — compelling characters and daring storytelling. "Octopath Traveler" from Square Enix does not make that mistake.

  • 'Airheart': A quirky quest to capture the great whale in the sky

    Occasionally, it can be uplifting to discover you've been going about things the wrong way. That's how I felt when I realized I was playing "Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings" incorrectly. This game rewards patience and restraint over frantic activity, which makes sense because "Airheart” is a mashup of a shooter and a fishing game. And as any angler will tell you, a relaxed-frame of mind is conducive to taking in a big haul.

  • Players roam America freely in Ubisoft’s open-world racer ‘The Crew 2’

    When making an open-world racing game that lets players freely roam the United States, expectations are high. With “The Crew,” Ivory Tower Ubisoft succeeded in creating an approximate replica of the country. The problem was that while “The Crew” reflected the vastness of America, it was a game that felt bland, empty and lifeless. “The Crew 2” fixes that major flaw by expanding the project’s main concept beyond racing.

  • Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'

    At first blush, it makes perfect sense that Activision would remaster three Crash Bandicoot games and compile them under the moniker “N. Sane Trilogy.” The game is priced nicely, features a jovial, marsupial protagonist with a manic personality, and was an essential part of PlayStation history. I approached the compilation with trepidation, though, after playing other revivals during the past year.

  • ‘Mario Tennis Aces’ is the perfect way to kick off the summer

    I knew I was smitten with “Mario Tennis Aces” after I lost a hard-fought match to Shy Guy — Nintendo’s cutesy, mask-wearing scoundrel. At 40-all, we went back and forth angling for the two consecutive points that would clinch the game. “Mario Tennis Aces” is the first sports game since, well, “Mario Kart 8” that’s captivated me. I say that to make it clear that I’m not the sort of person that finds more realistic sports-themed simulations particularly appealing.

  • Interesting social simulator ‘Vampyr’ is bogged down by uninspiring combat

    Blood is at times cited as a marker of lineage, a gauge of health, or an index for commitment to a political cause (to give one’s blood for their beliefs). In “Vampyr,” an action-RPG set during the time of the 1918 Spanish Flu, the most decimating pandemic of the modern era, each of these dimensions is probed alongside the game’s spin on the vampire myth.

  • Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

    Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

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    A cliched but enjoyable ‘Detroit: Become Human’ explores life after tech awakening

    For decades, technologists have bid us to envision a time when technology becomes self-conscious and claims responsibility for its self-improvement. According to the survey I took in “Detroit: Become Human,” a majority of players with early access to the game think that such an event will happen, and if a humbling phenomenon like this were to occur it follows that human society would be changed forever.

  • Sail on the winds of adventure with ‘Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire’

    “Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire” expands on the more traditional setting of the first game, infusing tropical scenery with traditional fantasy trappings to create an unforgettable experience.

  • Big Bad Wolf lays solid foundation for new ‘Council’ series with ‘Mad Ones’

    Despite technical flaws, the Telltale formula has propelled the studio to the upper echelons of gaming, leading more developers to leap into the episodic adventure pond following their games’ success. Big Bad Wolf, a French indie developer, is the latest to step up to the plate and is doing so with a secret society-centered mystery adventure set in the 1700s.

  • ‘Far Cry 5’ marries commentary with fun

    For more than a decade, the Far Cry series has been known for sending players to locations that would seem exotic to all but the most globetrotting Westerner: the savannah, the tropics, the Himalayas. Even without placing too much stock in the political wink-winks that date “Far Cry 5” as a product of the Trump Era, there is something ironic about setting the new game in Montana.

  • 'Hearthstone' has new competitor in 'Magic: The Gathering Arena'

    “Magic: The Gathering Arena,” is an online-only version of the venerated collectible card game that is attempting to bring together the glamour of "Hearthstone" and the deep, intricate play of Magic. It succeeds, for the most part.

  • Taking a quick, bloody walk down memory lane with ‘Amid Evil’

    Everything in the still-in-early-access “Amid Evil” heralds its creators’ love for the early-’90s FPS. The low-poly graphics, the visual aesthetic ripped from a death metal cover, the sound design that includes bloodcurdling screams and maniacal laughter. Every aspect of “Amid Evil” is a love letter to a bygone era — an homage to a more uncivilized time, if you will.

  • Fight the horde for fun and loot in 'Warhammer: Vermintide II'

    Online gaming has never been more popular than it is in 2018, with heavy hitters like “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” drawing millions of players daily. But the subgenre represented by “Left 4 Dead” hasn’t really seen the success of those frag fests. Thank Sigmar for developer Fatshark and its “Warhammer: Vermintide” series

  • ‘Golem Gates’ looks to blend strategy, luck and lane combat

    More than a few games over the years have attempted to meld real-time strategy and collectible card games. To date, none yet have really succeeded in marrying the two seemingly disparate genres. Yet, the endorphin rush of opening packs of cards and the ego boost of pulling off a master strategic plan remains an attractive combination for developers. Enter “Golem Gates,” the latest game that looks to extract the best qualities of those two genres, add a touch of MOBA flavoring and distill it all into one package.


    Lifting the veil of mystery surrounding ‘Abandon Ship’

    While there are a ton of Early Access games not worth the electricity spent to launch them, others such as They Are Billions and Astroneers are outright better than most of the games cluttering up Steam. Is Abandon Ship the next great Early Access title?


    Learning to love the brutality, excitement of 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'

    “Kingdom Come” is unlike any other RPG made. While plenty of RPGs have paid lip service to realism, almost all of them eventually have veered in magic, prophecies about the Chosen One or some other such nonsense. “Deliverance” offers no such tomfoolery and replaces it with chores, learning how to read and getting your ass kicked. Constantly.

  • ‘Dragon Quest Builders’ a delightful addition to Switch library

    If you missed out on Dragon Quest Builders the first time around, what differentiates it from Minecraft and its clones is the focus on story progression and the mash-up of traditional roleplaying game elements with build-what-you-want mechanics. Oh, and it's fun, to boot.


    It's a serf's life in 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'

    There is a certain rhythm to open-world roleplaying games. First, you start off as nobody. Then you get a sword. Then you become Lord and Master of Everything That Ever Was and Will Be. “Kingdom Come: Deliverance” is basically the opposite of all of that.

  • Nostalgia, pixel art perfection can’t save ‘Crossing Souls’

    Fourattic’s small team clearly has a love for all things ’80s.From the pixel art that evokes video games of yore, to the low-budget Saturday morning cartoon-esque cutscenes, to the dozens of references to everything from Michael Jackson to “Ghostbusters,” “Crossing Souls” is packed with love letters to the decade that Ronald Reagan built.

  • ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ goes super Saiyan

    Let me take you back to the ‘90s really quick, an era where anime could pretty much only be found at Blockbuster videos and interest in Japanese cartoons was considered a hobby only for the socially inept. This was around the time I had my first exposure to the Dragon Ball franchise in the form of imported Super Famicom fighting games. These 2D brawlers were like nothing I’d seen stateside. Who were these characters with spiky blonde hair and how could throwing fireballs be as simple as pushing a button?

  • Underwater ‘Subnautica’ breathes new life into stale genre

    Even if you can’t stomach the thought of having to juggle yet another series of food, water and health meters, “Subnautica” deserves your immediate and undivided attention. It’s not only a breath of fresh air in a stale genre, but it’s an absolutely stunning game

  • ‘Accounting+’ is pure virtual reality fun

    I’m standing in the middle of a woodsy-looking area holding a battery that I plucked from a climate-control machine in one hand and, in my other, the receiver of a corded phone attached to a pole. My attention is divided between my bosses who are yelling at me through the phone telling me that I should kill myself and a tree dwelling creature I see nearby who is cursing at me for invading his sanctuary.

  • Stars and Stripes’ top 10 games of 2017

    Another year down, another year of amazing video game experiences. As with every year, there have been some great games and some titles that are best forgotten. This year in particular will be remembered largely for the resurgence of Nintendo, what with the company’s massively successful Switch and the exceptional critical reception of two of its flagship IPs. But 2017 was chock full of other success stories as well. Please enjoy our rundown of what we consider to be the best video games of 2017.

  • Parenting

    What’s the biggest hurdle a high-school coach faces?

    Kyle Gray knows basketball. But in a crowded conference room on a sweltering July afternoon in Yakima, Wash., no one attending a clinic seemed to care about that. They wanted to know only one thing from the Edmonds Community College men’s basketball coach: How do you deal with parents?

  • Video game holiday gift buying guide 2017

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the best games from across the most popular genres released this year. Take a look and keep this article in mind next time you’re at the store looking for a gift for that special someone. Even if that someone is you.

  • The Force is faltering with ‘Battlefront II’

    Few developers have managed to squander as much goodwill as the “Stars Wars Battlefront” team. But is the game beneath the controversy worth playing?

  • The 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' is overly familiar, great on handheld Switch

    Where do you even begin to review a re-re-release of a six-year-old video game? Most of the time, the answer is simple. You don’t. You skip that release and move on to the next one, much like gamers will not normally flock to a port of such an old game.

  • ‘Call of Duty’ returns to past glory

    In promoting “Call of Duty: WWII,” Activision has touted a return to tradition. However, the latest first-person shooter makes so many bold changes to the franchise’s format that it’s quickly apparent that it’s anything but traditional — and that’s for the best.

  • USS Kidd to be featured in World of Warships game

    On Nov. 10, World of Warships will introduce the USS Kidd to its fleet of military ships. It’s creators believe if a Kidd veteran sees the gaming version, it will seem like the real thing.

  • The success of 'Super Mario Odyssey' explained

    Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re well aware of “Super Mario Odyssey's” stellar critical reception. Game reviewers far and wide have proclaimed “Odyssey” to be one of the best games of the year - with good reason. We break down some of those reasons in this look at the game's success.

  • Former Ranger, current NFL star appears in new ‘Call of Duty’

    Barracks rooms across the world soon will be filled once more with the sounds of explosions, gunfire and cries of foul play, all indicating that another “Call of Duty” has been released into the wild. A former Army Ranger and current Pittsburgh Steeler will make an appearance in this year's "Call of Duty: WWII."

  • 'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' features riveting action, too many cutscenes

    It’s a strange world that we live in when a first-person shooter that features robot dogs and military bases on Venus can be relevant to today’s political landscape. Yet, the marketing for “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus,” which featured heavily riffs on modern-day political slogans, managed to make a 35-year old game series a political touchstone among the gaming community in 2017.

  • The scares within 'The Evil Within 2' makes this a must-buy for horror fans

    The first “Evil Within” was a breath of fresh air, a truly scary, unsettling game among a sea of dull, gory action titles. The major question I had coming into “The Evil Within 2” was this: now that true horror games seem to be released monthly, would the series still hold up?

  • Orchestrate a campaign of conquest in challenging ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

    Anyone familiar with “The Lord of the Rings” knows that fighting orcs is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it or the Dark Lord wins. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” lets you take up a sword and bow to join the battle against Sauron. And it’s definitely hard work.

  • Review: South Park takes on superhero setting in 'The Fractured But Whole'

    For more than 20 years now, “South Park” has delighted fans, annoyed its detractors and – at times – outraged both in equal measure. That same combination of clever writing and childlike wonder made “South Park: The Stick of Truth” not only a fantastic South Park game, but an enjoyable experience for nonfans. The recently released follow-up, “The Fractured But Whole,” deviates from the original game in small ways, but keeps most of what worked there intact.

  • ‘Cuphead’ brings pain, gaming bliss in equal measure

    “Cuphead” is a special game that will make players want to put their controller through the wall one minute, and want to pick up the sticks and get back to it the next.


    SNES Classic packs a lot of nostalgia, gaming history in small package

    In just a couple of days, Nintendo will unleash its Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic console on a very suspecting world. This follow-up to last year’s massively sought-after NES Classic is already selling out through pre-orders from vendors across the world.

  • 'Divinity: Original Sin II' delivers where original didn't

    I have a bit of a confession to make. I didn’t enjoy "Divinity: Original Sin." That being said, the recently released “Original Sin 2” takes everything great about the original and improves it, while cutting back on the annoyances that weighed down the original.

  • ‘Destiny 2’ improves upon original in nearly every way

    Almost everything about the original “Destiny” has been overhauled, or at least enhanced to place the focus on action.

  • Unique combat, beautifully-realized world in ‘Absolver’

    Some combinations seem so intrinsic to our lives that it catches the mind off guard when we realize somebody had to have invented them. Peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Flowers and chocolate. That realization hit me while playing Sloclap’s fantasy martial arts title “Absolver.”


    Colorful cast of character anchors explosive action in ‘Agents of Mayhem’

    Deep Silver Volition, the company behind the recently-released “Agents of Mayhem,” has an interesting track record when it comes to its most famous intellectual property. “Saints Row” began as a “Grand Theft Auto” clone that copied more than it created.

  • Balance issues bring down ‘Sudden Strike 4’

    There are two different games to be found in “Sudden Strike 4.” One that was that balanced for engaging gameplay and another that was designed with little to no thought toward player enjoyment.

  • Bloody mess, boredom to be found in ‘Redeemer’

    It has been a long while since gamers have had a truly fantastic brawler to play. It'll be a while longer, still.


    ‘Hey Pikmin’ a charming puzzler that lacks challenge, surprises

    “Hey Pikmin” is the first handheld version of the groundbreaking Nintendo series born from legendary gamesmith Shigeru Miyamoto’s love of gardening.The series’ trademark warmth and laid-back approach to gaming has remained intact. What has changed, though, is the core gameplay and, to some extent, its universal appeal.

  • Battle evil robots in ‘Nex Machina,’ a hypnotic, frenetic, highly addictive shooter

    I received my PlayStation 4 as a Christmas gift in 2013. For at least a year, until “Bloodborne” came out, my go-to game was “Resogun” a side-scrolling, spaceship shooter that was available for free to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Developed by Housemarque, Finland’s oldest video game studio, “Resogun” was a love letter to my favorite game as a little kid, “Defender” (another Christmas gift) for the Atari 2600.

  • Great puzzle of parenthood

    Some of the most popular modern fairy tales are played rather than told. Ustwo’s “Monument Valley” spun a story about a quiet princess — Ida — who worked, often alone, to restore a colorful, geometric habitat, one inspired equally by the meticulously designed illustrated architecture of M.C. Escher as well as the joy of optical illusions.

  • ‘Splatoon 2’ brings entertaining arena combat to Nintendo Switch

    Needless to say, many fans of the series have not only preordered “Splatoon 2,” but care about a review of the title about as much as my dogs care about advanced Egyptian algebra. But what about the rest of us? The gamers who have no special connection to the Splatoon series?

  • ‘RiME’: Beauty trapped in stone

    Let me preface this review by stating that “RiME” isn’t for everyone. It’s a slow, solemn puzzle platformer that requires a lot of patience. If you aren’t a fan of the genre, you won’t be able to extract the full experience that the game has to offer. Additionally, among the top questions asked in relation to “RiME” is whether or not it’s worth purchasing on the Nintendo Switch.

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    ‘The Sexy Brutale,’ in the shadows of murder

    Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila Works have joined together to bring us “The Sexy Brutale,” a delightful murder mystery that features stylish cartoon violence. You’ll relive the same day where the guests at the casino mansion (The Sexy Brutale) are murdered by the staff in a “Groundhog’s Day” sort of fashion.

  • Deceptively difficult duels await fighters in ‘Arms’

    “Arms,” Nintendo’s most recent addition to its growing Switch library, is a bright, colorful brawler that is sure to be high on many a child’s summer gaming wish list. Be warned: it's bright aesthetic hides a difficult challenge.

  • Tekken 7: fighting bears while wearing silly hats has never been better

    It has been a banner year for fighting game enthusiasts. The recently released “Injustice 2,” the mobile version of “Skullgirls” and the final form of “Street Fighter II” are all currently vying for fighting fans’ attentions. So where does Namco’s “Tekken 7” sit among this pile of fighters? Right near the very top.

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    The newest dystopian setting in one of gaming’s top franchises: Rural America

    Ubisoft announced May 26 that its upcoming video game, "Far Cry 5," will set the series in the United States for the first time. The story pits a player’s band of Heartland resistance fighters against a charismatic doomsday cult leader who kidnaps townspeople all while proclaiming a love of freedom, faith and firearms (not necessarily in that order).

  • 'Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia' an engaging trip through series history

    "Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's" mixture of whimsical anime tropes, deadly serious strategic roleplaying and delightfully frustrating difficulty captures the essence of the series and offers a great starting point for "Fire Emblem" newcomers.

  • Limitless content, satisfying fisticuffs mark stellar 'Injustice 2'

    For many years, the fighting game genre was pretty clearly defined by two distinct philosophies. On one hand, there was the anime-based, fluid “Street Fighter” and its clones. On the other, much bloodier hand, there was the motion-captured grit of “Mortal Kombat” and its acolytes.

  • Build the neighborhood of your dreams in gorgeous, involved "Block’hood"

    “Block’hood” diverts from the classic “SimCity” mold in ways that allow the game to forge its own identity, while still having enough old-school flair to satiate fans of the city builder genre.


    Prey: a surprising, pleasant shock to the system

    It’s difficult to talk about “Prey” without talking about its predecessors. No, I’m not talking about the forgettable 2006 title that is technically the first game in this iteration’s series. I’m instead referring to games like “Half-Life” and “System Shock,” games that this “Prey” resembles more than just a little.

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    ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’: A high-water mark of narrative video game design

    If you’re curious to see how far narrative-driven games have come in the past few years, “What Remains of Edith Finch” is an excellent starting point.

  • Players battle aliens, machines for existential gains in ‘Nier: Automata’

    “Nier: Automata” is a game that refuses to settle for what you expect. Yoko Taro, creator of “Drakengard” and its spinoff “Nier,” has gained a reputation for his unique approach to game design. I’d venture to call him the video game industry equivalent of a mad scientist. The first “Nier” was such a shock to the system that it took a while before it started getting the praise it really deserved. It was a title that mixed emotional depth with off-the-wall design to create something strangely beautiful. Somehow the mad scientist has managed to capture that lightning in a bottle yet again.

  • ‘Disney Afternoon Collection’ a mostly enjoyable trip down memory lane

    The original Nintendo Entertainment System is remembered as perhaps the greatest console to ever grace video gaming. However, its library is chock full of games that weren’t very good in the first place and certainly haven’t aged well.

  • ‘Persona 5’ an exciting mix of anime-style storytelling, old-school JRPG gameplay

    “Final Fantasy XV” might have gotten the headlines, but for aficionados of Japanese role-playing games, “Persona 5” is the better game.

  • The weird, wonderful world of Torment: Tides of Numenera

    The games that rise above the fray must have some unique angle in order to distance themselves from their peers. And when it comes to unique, there is no other title that better embodies that concept than inXile’s “Torment: Tides of Numenera.”

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    ‘Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ offers solid co-op fun despite technical flaws

    “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” includes elements from the “The Division” and “Rainbow Six” and it offers the wide-open world packed with interesting people, locations and missions of “Far Cry.” But it seems that the only thing that comes from previous editions of “Ghost Recon” is the name.


    'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' captures spirit of the best in series history

    The Nintendo Switch, which launches worldwide this week, will get a tremendous boost thanks to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” a game that will, without a doubt, be regarded as an instant classic.

  • ‘For Honor’ fighting mechanics bring new vigor to medieval battlefield

    If you’ve ever wondered whether a Viking could defeat a samurai, you might like “For Honor.”

  • Nintendo Switch: a game changer

    As the name implies, Nintendo’s Switch is good at changing things up.

  • 'Apocalypse Now:' The most unlikely video game Kickstarter around

    The Vietnam War has set the stage for many classic war movies, chief among them Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” and Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus, “Apocalypse Now.”

  • ‘Gravity Rush 2’ a gorgeously animated, exuberant game

    “Gravity Rush 2” is a sugary-sweet conglomeration of the best of Japanese geek culture. Sharply animated and brilliantly colored, the game has the look of an anime film and tells much of its story through comic-book panels. It’s the first title I’ve played on the PS4 that has something of the madcap flair of “Bayonetta 2,” which leads me to think that cosplayers will be all over it.

  • ‘Super Mario Run’ a fun and faithful platformer

    For more than 30 years, Mario has faithfully collected coins, saved princesses and fixed sinks. Oh, and his empire brought gaming from the arcades into our living rooms and did as much as any other franchise to ensure it stayed there.

  • Part two

    Holiday season gaming wrap-up: action games

    Guns, explosions and violence are the focus of the second part of Stars and look at the past year in video games. Read on for our picks for the top action games of 2016.

  • Part One

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great game: a holiday gaming wrap-up

    This weekend is Christmas, as any of you poor saps working retail or standing duty on Dec. 25 are overly aware. As such, many gamers, their hands tightly clenching new controllers, will be looking for new games to match.

  • Players have waited nearly a decade for ‘The Last Guardian, but can it live up to the hype?

    It’s been a rough year for some video-game lovers. There have been some notable titles this year that didn’t live up to their sky-high expectations. Several high-profile games including “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” “Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst” and “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” made headlines for failing to meet player ideals.

  • 'Watch_Dogs 2' creates a hacktivist heaven

    The developers of “Watch_Dogs 2” depict hackers as digital Robin Hoods taking from the rich to help the poor.

  • ‘COD: Infinite Warfare’ features robust multiplayer modes and compelling single-player experience

    Campaigns in the “Call of Duty” series can often be distilled down to a series of set pieces, cliched villains, telegraphed twists, and ridiculous monologues punctuated with excessive explosions. In “Infinite Warfare,” you still get some of all that, but if you’re not careful you might also find yourself shedding a solitary tear for the brave soldiers and their sacrifices in the brutal war against the Settlement Defense Front. While the characters are cut right from archetypal cloth, real empathetic weight seeps through the story from beginning to end.

  • ‘Dishonored 2’ delivers 2 heroes for a double dose of action

    Intrigue and betrayal again stalk the rat-infested streets of Dunwall. And once again, a shadowy avenger must find a way to reclaim honor and the imperial throne.

  • ‘Mafia 3’ tackles racism and war, topics most mass entertainment steers clear of

    “Mafia 3” is an imperfect game that’s more interesting than any number of conventionally polished creations. It’s the rare AAA title that seems to have funneled more resources into its characters than its gameplay.

  • Man and machine are comrades in combat in ‘Titanfall 2’

    One of the least appreciated games of 2014 was “Titanfall,” a sci-fi shooter that mixed fast-paced infantry action with giant combat robots.

  • Beyond the trenches: ‘Battlefield 1’ offers panoramic view of a world at war

    World War I evokes thoughts of a grinding stalemate where weary solders huddle in trenches that stretch across a cratered landscape. Those who stick their heads over the top are more likely to catch a bullet than a glimpse of the muddy desolation beyond. It certainly doesn’t seem like fertile ground for a “Battlefield” game.

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    Microsoft took a risk with its “Forza Horizon” series back in 2012, which brought the series’ iconic driving mechanics to an open-world setting. The series originated in Colorado, then went international when the Horizon festival found itself in Southern France and Northern Italy.

  • Unrivaled gameplay, presentation and game modes make ‘NBA 2K17’ a must-play for all sports fans

    Elite NBA players enjoy the 24/7 spotlight of national television, lucrative endorsement deals, and even occasional crossovers into Hollywood. But underneath this veneer of the charmed life are thousands of hours spent in gyms perfecting shooting strokes, honing dribbling moves, and sculpting physiques to withstand the rigors of an 82-game season. For better and worse, “NBA 2K17’s” popular MyCareer mode looks past the glitz and the glamour to focus on the practical side of being a professional athlete.

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    Every so often, a game comes along that reminds me of how boisterously odd the medium can be.Double Fine Productions' zany artistry of its visual department. The team’s latest creation, “Headlander,” makes perfect sense for the publishing arm of the Adult Swim brand. It trades on the ironic nostalgia for the entertainment of an earlier era.

  • 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' wins some, loses some

    “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” is futuristic science fiction, but the message it delivers stems from today’s societal problems. Police shoot unarmed innocents, extremist groups unleash acts of terror, and communities are torn apart by segregation. The story explores these issues thoroughly and makes a clear statement about the threat posed by totalitarianism, but the delivery is often heavy-handed and overstated. In establishing its vision of an oppressed world, the player is treated like a hard drive for extensive downloads of backstory and lore — so much so that I had to make notes just to keep track of all of the shadow organizations, acronyms, and shady government officials. The game made me think about my world, which is clearly the intent, but I never felt a strong connection to the game or the role protagonist Adam Jensen plays within it. Eidos Montreal attempts to disguise hot-button issues as speculative fiction, but sacrifices an interesting story to hammer home its messaging.

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    Virtual reality remains front and center at Tokyo Game Show 2016.

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    The perfect game doesn’t exist in the NFL or in any given rendition of Madden. Even so, “Madden 17” has a lot to enjoy. As they do every year, developers EA Tiburon concentrate on a set of new features, fixes, and points of emphasis to varying degrees of success. Not all the bases are covered, but this is still a team win that Madden gamers can appreciate on some level.

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