Posts Tagged ‘shooter’

Call of Duty: Black Ops Single Player Review

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

By Kob Monney

[Contains minor spoilers]

Reviewing Call of Duty: Black Ops is a much harder task than I had originally envisioned. How do you review a game that engages on a visceral level, is fun to play and yet is extremely violent, derivative and lacks anything that you would classify as being bold or innovative? Is it just an assortment of different modes put together in a (very) well done package or is it one that lacks a genuinely new or progressive idea in its locker? After giving Black Ops a look, it’s a bit of both. Read more…

Categories: Reviews

Splinter Cell: Conviction and the Modern Spy

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

By Tom Dann

Splinter Cell: Conviction is the most accessible of the Splinter Cell games. The series, traditionally mired in stealth, and making a more action-oriented approach difficult, has now brought Sam Fisher more in line with prototypical Hollywood superspies such as Bond, Bourne, Bauer and Bristow. This evolution isn’t just apparent in the gameplay, but in the story and visuals as well. Read more…

Categories: Essays

Story Vs. Gameplay in Dead Space

September 16, 2010 2 comments

By Kob Monney

[This article contains spoilers regarding Dead Space’s ending]

Dead Space is, at times, a terrific survival/horror. However, the ending of the game left me in two minds about the effectiveness of a story within a game.  It made me wonder why we play games, is it for the story or the gameplay? I felt unsatisfied by the ending, something was amiss throughout my playthrough and it was only until the last cinematic that I could elucidate further on this problem in the form of a question.

Am I supposed to care? Read more…

Categories: Essays