Preview: Red Johnson’s Chronicles

With a new downloadable game due Tuesday on the PlayStation Network, French studio Lexis Numérique hope to make a name among fans of mature adventure games. "Red Johnson's Chronicles" takes a little bit "Monkey Island," adds a heaping helping of "Phoenix Wright" and seasons with a dash of "Professor Layton."

By | April 18th, 2011|0 Comments

Weighing Wii, Kinect, PlayStation Move

Here's a look at how Kinect, the PlayStation Move controller and the Wii all stack up against one another this holiday shopping season. Coming tomorrow: a game-oriented gift guide.

By | December 9th, 2010|3 Comments

This horse comes with GPS

Is "Red Dead Redemption's" use of GPS a sign of progress in the quest for user-friendly game design, or a bizarre anachronism?

By | June 2nd, 2010|5 Comments

Solid first steps

Why the "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" tutorial I played rubbed me the wrong way, plus a short list of games with compelling ways of teaching gamers how to play them. This post is an expanded version of the column that ran in Friday's paper.

By | April 16th, 2010|2 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 2-4)

There's not much in the way of compelling new games this week, but a handful of existing titles got compelling downloadable content.

By | April 3rd, 2010|4 Comments

Spelunking through ‘Heavy Rain’s’ plot holes [spoilers]

A spoiler-filled look at the plot holes and inconsistencies that will hold back "Heavy Rain" from game of the year consideration.

By | March 26th, 2010|18 Comments

‘Heavy Rain’: The people’s game

Serial-killer mystery "Heavy Rain" is a mature enough to appeal to veteran gamers, but its simple-to-grasp controls and relatively short play time should appeal to more casual players, as well.

By | March 25th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (March 12-14)

"Final Fantasy XIII" (rated T, $60 on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360): After nearly five years, Square Enix's flagship franchise finally arrives on the PS3 and 360. Plotwise, it's the standard fare of a band of misfits teaming up to save the world, but the gameplay has been shaken up [...]

By | March 14th, 2010|4 Comments

What you should have been playing this weekend (March 5-7)

"Battlefield: Bad Company 2" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, $50 on PC): Like its closest competitor, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," this game features a single-player campaign but is really all about the online multiplayer. The main things this game offers over its rival are [...]

By | March 8th, 2010|1 Comment

What to play this weekend (Feb. 26-28)

It's a great week to own a PS3 or a Wii, as "Heavy Rain" and "Endless Ocean: Blue World" should both appeal to casual, adult gamers.

By | February 27th, 2010|0 Comments