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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Xbox One)

This remake of Sega’s Wonder Boy III treats the game with more reverence than is likely deserved. In doing so, Wonder Boy turns into an aesthetic spectacle. Dragon’s Trap harnesses the pop-art of the charming, mischievous fantasy lost behind the original Master System’s synthetic neon color palette. With stellar animation, providing the agency of a… Continue reading Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (Xbox One)

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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

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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)