games

Gravity Rush Review

Before you get any ideas that this handheld adventure game is a collection of weird gravity-based puzzles, take note: Gravity Rush is a surprisingly deep and nuanced game that takes place in a brilliantly realized world the likes of any classic Japanese RPG.

Interview: The Creators of Sound Shapes

We had the chance to speak with game designer Jon Mak and musician Shaw-Han Liem earlier this summer, to discuss their new game Sound Shapes. While an extremely loud demo of Dyad played behind us, we talked about their process, Mak's hatred of platformers, the game's musical backbone, and much more.

Thought Bubble: Running out of Steam (sales)

Barely a week has passed and I don’t even remember all the games I just bought. The Steam Summer Sale, the digital download service's most momentous sale where PC games are discounted to massive, nay, ridiculous margins, has come and gone, and gamers could neither contain their excitement nor their wallets. As my email inbox floods with successive “Thank you for your purchase” messages, it becomes increasingly clear that this shit is getting ridiculous.

Interview: ESA Canada’s Julien Lavoie

For some insight on recent Canadian gaming trends, we spoke with Julien Lavoie, the Entertainment Software Association of Canada's director of public relations. We talked about Canadian gamers and video game developers, and also touched on what the recent closures of game studios in Vancouver - notably Radical Entertainment and Rockstar Vancouver - mean for growth of the industry in Canada overall.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

Part of what makes me so inclined to try games out is the potential for reward. Nothing warms my nerd heart more than seeing my plans for a game play out with stunning efficiency, and that's something Robot Entertainment has done with their Orcs Must Die! series.

Interview: Stephanie Guthrie of Women in Toronto Politics

When local activist Stephanie Guthrie chose to call amateur game designer Ben “Bendilin” Spurr to account for his vile, violent game Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian, she didn’t expect to attract the attention of local and national media, the writer and director of The IT Crowd, or the ire of anonymous angry male gamers. But through it all, she stuck to her guns and dragged an ugly but important issue into the spotlight.

Dyad Review

There are complicated concepts and there are basic concepts in video games, and the arm space for enjoyment isn’t limited to the numbers of words required to describe how to play them. Shawn McGrath has been working on the new PSN game, Dyad, for several years now. In terms of complexity, Dyad is neither here nor there, but it sure is a trip to somewhere else.

Interview: Skot Deeming of DPAD 2

We spoke with Skot Deeming about DPAD 2, a series of game culture events that blend live musical performances with arcade sensibilities and a few actual arcade cabinets to encourage game enthusiasts to embrace new forms of play and interactivity.

Thought Bubble:
Kickstarting Feminsim in Games

Guys – and today, unfortunately, I am speaking to the fellas – we really need to talk. The misogyny and the sexism that’s been slowly seeping into video games and the broader gaming lexicon – it has to stop. Now.

Sorcery Review

Sorcery for the PlayStation Move offers a truly one-of-a-kind gameplay experience. The game isn't big on features and content but it offers something that few motion based games have: unique, fast-paced, and responsive gameplay.

Home Review

Home, the latest offering from independent game developer Benjamin Rivers, is amazing, although not for the reasons you’d expect. It's a narrative horror adventure that succeeds because it experiments with story structure in a way that forces you to reconsider the possibilities for interactive storytelling.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

As derivative as it is, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is exceptionally well made, with core mechanics that make for consistently engaging gameplay that runs smoothly in multiple scenarios.

Dyad Preview

With its pulsing palette of neon streaks of light and adaptive soft-techno soundtrack, Shawn McGrath's Dyad looks a little out-of-place when compared to other Sony offerings such as Starhawk or Resistance: Burning Skies. But its unique flavour and psychedelic presentation are exactly what makes it stand out from the crowd.

Interview: Benjamin Rivers on Home

We spoke to Benjamin Rivers, the Toronto-based independent comic book artist and game developer, about his upcoming game Home - a new 2D (and two-dollar) horror adventure for the PC that combines atmospheric visuals with intricate decision trees to convince players to scare themselves.

TOJam Developer Diary: Day Two

I arrive at Day Two of TOJam. Several individuals have brought sleeping bags and pillows and are sprawled out on the floor in corners and between tables. Nobody regards this as unusual.

Interview: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

We had a chance to talk with Tommy Jacob, Creative Director on Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’s multiplayer, while at the game’s launch event in Toronto. Most of our discussion revolved around Red Storm’s relationship with Special Forces soldiers, how those relationships influenced the game, and the contrasts between a video game and real-world Special Forces tactics.

TOJam Developer Diary: Day One

I had originally intended to write one development diary chronicling my experiences as a first-time game developer at TOJam, but one article simply couldn’t contain everything that happened throughout the weekend. What follows is consequently the first in a three-part series telling the story of Apocalypse Later, a new adventure game about an ineffectual child hellbent on global domination.

Starhawk Review

Starhawk, from LightBox Interactive and Sony Santa Monica, is an ambitious game that combines several genres in an attempt to create a unique experience for gamers. Unfortunately, Starhawk seems content with stuffing its well-crafted and genre-bending gameplay into a very standard — and safe— game with few surprises and little ingenuity in terms of game modes and game types.