Microsoft

Resident Evil 7 (Xbox One)

Resident Evil 7 has many masters, from schlockbuster found footage horror to mainstream offerings. It treats the backwood bayou stereotype as a viral infection (a clever if ultimately unfilled promise), induces VCR terror tropes, eventually manifesting into killer kids, but not before blending in a touch of Sam Raimi’s off-beat Evil Dead – or at… Continue reading Resident Evil 7 (Xbox One)

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Best of 2016

In no particular order – or they’re actually alphabetical. Either way. Doom Excessive and brutish, few excel in their violence like Doom. Underneath the swell of sound caused by shotguns, rocket launchers, and exploding demons is a crafty lampooning of religious devotion and the corporate goons who keep their employees invested in the cult rather… Continue reading Best of 2016

Sony

Mother Russia Bleeds (PS4)

Heartless, wanton, and vivid. Mother Russia Bleeds brings exploitation cinema’s flavor into a lewd, degrading, and ceaselessly violent brawler. Inhaling Russian internet meme, spitting out Russian tough guy dialect, and slathered in anti-communism dialog, Mother Russia Bleeds feeds into the genre’s strongest qualities – raw catharsis and satisfying aggression. Paired with an exaggerated if stellar… Continue reading Mother Russia Bleeds (PS4)

Microsoft

Inside (Xbox One)

Desolate and dusty, Inside’s dreary tale of corporate obedience, rogue science, and life without enthusiasm is a visual masterpiece. It’s also trite, simple, and all too legible. Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey was a working class satirist, genuinely chill in its story of gentrification, consumption, and blue collar exploitation. A classic. Inside’s hazy gloom is in opposition,… Continue reading Inside (Xbox One)

Sony

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4)

Splendid outing from WayForward, soaked in hand-crafted beauty and sparkling level design. A bit of disco dazzle in the soundtrack marries to the snappy lore, entirely WayForward’s own. A greatest hits album of the villainous kind, Half-Genie Hero’s spunk whips up smile-worthy writing and admittedly thin plotting to push Shantae through a small character arc.… Continue reading Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4)