Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Is an Essential Update of a Classic RPG | Video Games

The original game hinted at these deeper personalities, though only in brief conversations — never in ways that felt substantial or even relevant to the broader picture. How these characters navigate their fears, tragedies, and hopes is as much the story of “Rebirth” as Sephiroth’s quest for vengeance or even the mystery of the Whispers, … Read more

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is Early-Year Gaming Disappointment | Video Games

“Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” allows you to pick one of four members of the legendary crew (with the enticing option to play co-op with friends taking on the other three): Captain Boomerang, King Shark, Harley Quinn, or my Squad choice most of the time, Deadshot. Aliens have invaded Metropolis and Brainiac have turned … Read more

The Last of Us, Part II Remastered is a Special Edition Release of Great Game | Video Games

One of the best games of the 2020s so far has been given a technical polish, including native 4K performance, framerate improvements, and Variable Refresh Rate. There have been noticeable graphical upgrades, particularly in depth of field and background detail. From the beginning of the game, as Joel and Tommy ride their horses over a … Read more

Valve Reveals the Most-Played Steam Deck Games for 2023

Valve’s portable PC platform Steam Deck has enjoyed another good year, with a new OLED model and cheaper entry point contributing to a steady increase in popularity. Throughout the year, Valve has been letting players know which titles are most popular on Steam Deck each month, with some consistent titles cropping up over the year. … Read more

The Best Video Games of 2023 | Video Games

“Thirsty Suitors” It’s been a surreal year for video games, with publishers cutting jobs by the thousands and shuttering countless studios while, in the same breath, boasting that business has never been better. Even as a tsunami of acclaimed blockbusters began to arrive over the summer, one triple-A developer told me, “Everyone I know in … Read more

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Wastes Opportunity with Hollow Gaming World | Video Games

And it’s not just the repetition. The graphics often feel clunky, particularly when it comes to trying to shoot something at a distance. In general, the gameplay mechanics are frustrating. I have yet to really figure out how to slide between weapons, ingest food for healing, or perform other basic duties in the heat of … Read more

Wait, Is the New ‘Hunger Games’ Just the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels?

According to a viral TikTok, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes shares nearly the same plot as the Star Wars prequels. In a video uploaded back in November, TikTok user and musician @the_moonrocks explains how the Hunger Games prequel film focusing on Coriolanus Snow (AKA the future President Snow) follows story beats … Read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Feels Like Treading Water | Video Games

And here’s where things get tricky. The launch maps rule. Certainly more than the launch maps for the last two releases. They’re classics for a reason, and the biggest problem with the multiplayer offerings in recent “CoD” editions has been map design. So, yes, it’s all overly familiar and over-priced, but it’s also a better … Read more

The odds are ever in The Hunger Games’ favor

Taking down Napoleon & Wish, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes pulled off a surprising Thanksgiving weekend victory. Last week it seemed the writing was on the wall: audiences weren’t very interested in the latest Hunger Games offering. Opening to a less than expected $44.6 million combined with the general front loaded … Read more