- Invisible, Inc.
Turn-based tactical stealth strategy roguelike doesn’t sound like something that should work but it does. Klei found a way to take the plodding deliberation of strategy gaming and mix it with the tense sneaking of a great stealth game. It still captures that feeling of slyly moving past guards and getting past traps but from an unique perspective. Add in the procedurally generated levels and an endless mode and it’s a game that can be played for hours on end. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 21-30
- Shadow of the Colossus
There’s something about the first time you encounter each colossus, the simultaneous majestic awe mingled with looming dread that you’re going to have to find a way to bring it down. It’s a game constantly at tension with itself, beautiful and barren, awe-inspiring and haunting. There’s a hallowed feeling to this game, like you’ve stepped on sacred ground when you entered this world and no other game I’ve played evokes that feeling so perfectly. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 31-40
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Video games have a tendency to want to replicate our world too much. With the potential for anything you could imagine, why not dream of something strange and bizarre? Morrowind does just this, presenting one of the most distinct and rich game worlds seeping with its own mythologies, ideologies, and politics that keep the main quest fascinating all the way up to the end. Continue reading Top 50 Video Games (2018): 41-50
Silence is one of the go-to tricks of many a horror film. It’s a classic way to lead up to a jump scare or build suspense. It naturally draws the viewer in, puts them on edge, because there’s something unnerving about silence in a world where we’ve become so used to the noise. Continue reading A Quiet Place (2018)
If you distilled horror to its core idea, it would be the idea of fear. And while fear is a core concept of the genre, one could argue that even more than fear it is a genre about trauma. The best horror stories often come with traumatic pasts attached; whether it be the story told around the campfire of the boy who drowned in Crystal Lake or what horrible event casted a shadow over the haunted mansion. The Boy is intriguing in that it deals with the trauma of the past but positions itself as a story where the line between what is true and what is “pub talk” isn’t always clear. Continue reading The Boy (2016)