‘Battlefront’ leaves ‘Star Wars’ fans longing for more

'Star Wars Battlefront' is a gorgeous, half-baked mess

‘Viscera Cleanup Detail’ is surprisingly entertaining

Can a janitor simulator captivate gamers?

“SOMA” just can’t live up to “Amnesia”

“Amnesia: The Dark Descent” was really, really friggin' scary. It wasn't the only game to trigger the indie horror game phenomenon, but with its...

‘Undertale’ lets you play peacefully

Most Japanese-style role-playing games have a clear group of protagonists fighting a group of antagonists. The heroes of "Final Fantasy VII" are a clear...

The Ten-Week Initiative: Does “Red Dead Redemption” really hold up?

Westerns aren't a genre that you see often in video games. Perhaps this is a sign of the times we live in; the Wild...

The Ten-Week Gaming Initiative: Gaming classics I’ve never played before

  I like to think of myself as a pretty decent gaming critic. But with that said, with the many new releases that I cover...

Game Review: “Wolfenstein: The Old Blood” is great, but not “New Order” great

Early in 2014, developer Machine Games made their debut with the shockingly brilliant “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” a shooter that wasn't afraid to stray...

Game Review: “Splatoon” is great fun mired by antiquated decisions

“Splatoon” is a fantastic multiplayer shooter. One of the best in ages. Were it not for a few glaring issues, it would be up...

Game Review: “The Witcher 3” lives up to expectations

Let's cut straight to the chase: does “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” live up to the incredible hype that's been surrounding it for years? The...

‘Mortal Kombat X’ is brilliant and desperate

Within the last four years, NetherRealm Studios has become one of the most prolific fighting game developers in the industry. In 2011, they rebooted...

‘Pillars of Eternity’ is a worthy throwback

It seems as if the computer role-play game, or cRPG, genre is having a renaissance. Games like “Wasteland 2” and “Divinity: Original Sin” were...

‘Xenoblade’ is still a huge leap for RPGs

Upon its 2010 release, “Xenoblade Chronicles” subverted all expectations for the Japanese role-play game, or JRPG, genre. It was almost an anti-JRPG, adapting to...

“Zak McKracken” hasn’t aged too well

As most people know, LucasArts was a legendary video game developer before their sights turned primarily to the “Star Wars” license. They went under...

Headline: “Wrong Number:” Fun to play, confusing to follow

“Hotline Miami” released in 2012 and became the most violent video game ever made. In essence, it was a drug-fueled psychopathic adventure wherein the...

‘Majora’s Mask’: A somber classic

Link is traveling through the Lost Woods until a mysterious Skull Kid kidnaps his horse, Epona. After giving chase, Link meets with a terrible...

‘Hand of Fate’ is a weird, awesome mix

A deck building dungeon-crawling rogue-like

‘Sunless Sea’ is an interesting voyage

In the Victorian age, London has fallen underground. While it still remains in some level of contact with the outside world, it is surrounded...

‘Grim Fandango’ raises the dead

In 1998, “Grim Fandango” was released to critical acclaim and then soon forgotten. Despite the fact that it won several awards — even beating...

‘Metroid Prime Trilogy’ is an incredible value

Something incredibly special will happen this week. Three of the best exploration-based games ever made, the titular “Metroid Prime Trilogy,” will be available in...

‘Elite: Dangerous’ is worth the effort

To enjoy “Elite: Dangerous,” players really have to want to enjoy it. They need to spend the time mastering the controls, learning the procedures,...

“Akalabeth:” A crude classic revived

“Ultima.” “Baldur's Gate.” “Might and Magic.” “Dragon Age.” All of these are role-playing classics, and they all owe their existence to one game: “Akalabeth: World...

Top 5 games of 2014

Another year, another solid block of game releases. This year saw several disappointments like “Destiny” or “Watch Dogs,” but it also saw many pleasant...

“Beyond Earth:” Failure to launch

Boy, relapse can be painful sometimes. The games in Sid Meier's “Civilization” series are dangerous for college students to play. Once a game is started,...

‘Pre-Sequel’ is the same old thing

By Diego Barros-Barnes and George Hyde gchyde@thenorthernlight.org In 2010, players were first introduced to the world of “Borderlands,” a strange mix of “Mad Max” with “Diablo”...

‘Wasteland 2’ is brutally nostalgic

Game: “Wasteland 2” Developer: inXile Entertainment Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux Release Date: Sept. 19, 2014 Rating: 4/5 + Plenty of RPG nostalgia + Combat is accessible and deep - Quests...

‘Minimum’ is an intriguing blend

Game: “Minimum” Developer: Human Head Studios Platform: PC Release Date: Sept. 10, 2014 Rating: 4/5 +Great genre mixing +Looks stunning -Glitches abound Many genre mixtures this past year have experimented and failed....

‘Destiny’ is too ambitious

Bungie is primarily known as the developer of the “Halo” series. Even three years after it split off from Microsoft, its staff remained loyal...

‘Ultra Street Fighter IV’: Brilliant, difficult design

Game: “Ultra Street Fighter IV” Developer: Capcom Platforms: PS3, 360, PC Genre: Fighting Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014 Rating: 4 Something strange happened when the original “Street Fighter IV” hit...

‘The Wolf Among Us’ is a gripping mystery

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: "The Wolf Among Us" Telltale Games PS3, 360, PC, Mac, iOS Adventure July 8, 2014 5/5 stars In 2012, developer Telltale Games released a point-and-click adventure game adaptation of...

‘Shovel Knight’: Gaming history in a small package

Game: Developer: Platform: Genre: Release date: Rating: "Shovel Knight" Yacht Club Games Wii U, 3DS, PC Platformer June 26, 2014 5/5 Side-scrolling platformers in a pixellated retro style have become something of a cliché in the...