Our favorite games of 2016, part 1

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

The best games of 2016 so far: A Gameological catch-up guide

Nobody has the time to play all the great video games that hit the market. Between the increasingly even distribution of big-budget releases throughout the year and Steam’s ever-flooding selection, exemplary or intriguing games pop up on a constant basis. So with the year half over and the busiest video game season…

Beat the heat: 10 totally chill video game summer jams

Most songs on video game soundtracks are functionally named, reflecting the time and place they appear in the game and little more. Even poetically dubbed cuts like “Prelude” from Final Fantasy are still primarily literal. “Passing Breeze” by Hiroshi Kawaguchi is literal as well. It is an anthem meant to match the…

Oxenfree tells a great horror story by taking its teenage heroes seriously

Given that most teenagers themselves barely know what they’re thinking, or why they do the things they do, it’s understandably difficult for game developers—far past their own adolescence, usually—to create convincing characters on the cusp of adulthood. So it’s to the credit of Oxenfree and its creators, Night School…