Night Delivery will probably take you no more than an hour and Opossum Country is something like ten minutes long. But, in general, there’s a fantastic range of cigarette-break sized horror games coming out - check out also the Twilight-Zone-inspired Midnight Scenes series and Peridium, a wonderfully voice-acted riff… Read more
This Country should be in there, as well - just as empathetic a piece of television as Detectorists and a whole lot funnier.
Alone in the Dark was mind-blowing, at the time (and it took Mikami a couple of decades but he finally admitted its influence a few years back), but I’d argue they’re doing different things - one being a more puzzle-based and narrative heavy story of slow-creep cosmic dread, the other a more grounded, visceral… Read more
You’re probably right but, I’d argue, this is because most people are already familiar with the game, its surprises and general narrative beats, either through having played it themselves or via osmosis, so ink ribbons are a much trickier proposition now: you get all of the frustration and none of the suspense.
“And I think “well, Scorsese loves Mario Bava, yet due to his age and blinders is blind to the similar genius of the Russo Brothers” is a pretty ridiculous argument. In fact, it’s kind of exactly counter to what Alex is writing about above, in that it presumes a lack of discernible difference between trashy genre… Read more
A couple of puzzles can be frustrating but I love its atmosphere & the isometric visuals are gorgeous. Even more impressive for having been developed by such a small team
To be honest I’m not an expert on copyright law myself but if a company can sue someone over using the word “Saga”, I’m quite confident that some of these covers/in-game’graphics/concepts tread on very dangerous territory!
This covering a lot of historical ground I was going for breadth rather than depth, meaning I couldn’t really afford to talk in detail about both Halo and Gears (I was already way past my word count as things were). I went with the latter because the in-team dynamics of Marcus & co. are closer to the film especially… Read more
Fair point, though I have to say, as someone from a country whose First-World status is eternally under question, I wasn’t just addressing The AV Club’s (presumably) mainly US/Western audience with that comment. I was also targetting (admittedly, the text doesn’t make this clear) the naively optimistic narratives… Read more
To be fair, that’s just the hypothetical scenario - the movie is nowhere near as spectacular as the reference suggests. Kinda like the Chernobyl game, now that I think about it
...and this kind of comment is the reason I love writing for The AV Club.