When reviewing a game with an interesting backstory, there's always a dilemma of how much to let said backstory influence the tone and content of your review, and how much it subconsciously influences it regardless of your desires.
The Rise and Fall of Environmental Storytelling in Video Games- Part 2- Morrowind- An unsurpassed masterpiece
Caius Cosades is one of the first major characters you meet in Morrowind. He's a guy who gives you quests and teaches you about the game world and mechanics. In any other game, he'd be a stock "helpful NPC" character. But this is Morrowind, so of course, he's a crackhead secret agent.
The Rise and Fall of Environmental Storytelling in Video Games- Part 1
I was playing one of the newer Tomb Raider games recently, and although I was enjoying myself immensely, something was bothering me. This is a series that's ostensibly all about archeology. Of course, this being Hollywood Archeology, protagonist Lara Croft has more in common with James Bond than a stuffy academic, but nevertheless, she is all about raiding the titular tombs( although increasingly less so over the years) and uncovering their mysteries. But, for a game that's supposed to be all about piecing together a story by looking at the environment, there's really not much thought put into your surroundings.
Genre Deep Dive-Space Trading and Combat Simulators- Elite Dangerous and Star Traders: Frontiers
Elite Dangerous ©Frontier Developments, via Steam What better place to start our list than Elite’s own official sequel. Technically the fourth game in the series, Elite Dangerous is a gargantuan undertaking. An MMO and a single player game all in one (and with the new expansion, also a mediocre shooter), there’s seemingly very little that … Continue reading Genre Deep Dive-Space Trading and Combat Simulators- Elite Dangerous and Star Traders: Frontiers
Genre Deep Dive: Space Trading and Combat Simulators-Can any game out there fulfill the promise of Elite?
Elite Dangerous, ©Frontier Devlopment I have always considered myself someone with very particular tastes. When it comes to music, films, books, video games and all kinds of entertainment, I know what I like, and unfortunately, it’s often not things that are particularly easy to find. When it comes to video games in particular, I love … Continue reading Genre Deep Dive: Space Trading and Combat Simulators-Can any game out there fulfill the promise of Elite?