PS4, Reviews

Overcooked 2 is stressful as heck and I love it

It started off easy enough: Just make pasta. Everything was going pretty well, if a bit disorganized. Food lay scattered across the tables and floor, ready for us to grab whenever we needed it so we wouldn't have to run back to the dispensaries. Plates with half-assembled meals lay waiting for the final piece so… Continue reading Overcooked 2 is stressful as heck and I love it

PC, PS4, Reviews

Puzzles and mysteries await in The Spectrum Retreat

You wake up to a knock at your door. You get out of bed and open the door. A well-dressed robot stands on the other side — one of the staff members of the hotel. He informs you that you requested a wake up call at this time, and tells you that breakfast is ready… Continue reading Puzzles and mysteries await in The Spectrum Retreat

Articles, E3 2018

E3 2018 – Team 17’s indie lineup continues to impress

Team 17's had one of the more consistent lineups year after year. Their electric mix of games always provides some fun surprises (such as the excellent Yoku's Island Express last year), which makes it a worthwhile visit year after year. Here's what we played: Overcooked 2 I love a good local multiplayer game, and Overcooked… Continue reading E3 2018 – Team 17’s indie lineup continues to impress

Articles, E3 2018

E3 2018 – In the MIX

Though the draw of E3 is obviously the show proper, every year it's the Media Indie Exchange (the MIX) that ends up being one of greatest highlights of the show. After a long day of running around the loud, busy show floor of the convention center, being able to relax and chat with developers directly… Continue reading E3 2018 – In the MIX

Reviews, XONE

Pinball and platforming make a fantastic pairing in Yoku’s Island Express

In a time where genres are constantly blending together, it's hard to feel excitement about them. But Yoku's Island Express, a pinball game mixed with a Metroid-style platformer from developer Villa Gorilla, is one of those rare exceptions. It's a delightfully charming and inventive game that seamlessly blends pinball and platforming mechanics together to fantastic… Continue reading Pinball and platforming make a fantastic pairing in Yoku’s Island Express

Articles, E3 2018

E3 2018: Highlights from the Xbox showcase

While E3 has always been a weird show, recent years have seen it evolve in some unexpected ways. Between companies leaving the show to hold their own events adjacent to E3 proper (EA), and the public being let into the show, this year and the last have been a strange time. Off-site demos were something… Continue reading E3 2018: Highlights from the Xbox showcase

PS4, Reviews

Shape of the World provides a beautiful, serene escape from our worldly troubles

I'm standing in a pond. The sky is a deep shade of purple, black trees with orange leaves sprouting up around me, framing the glowing monuments before me. Above, a whale gently soars through the air as long, fish-like creatures float by. The music, once pronounced and energetic, is now almost silent as if it… Continue reading Shape of the World provides a beautiful, serene escape from our worldly troubles