God of War is great, but flirting with open-world RPG tropes holds it back

I’ve just kicked a draugr off the edge of a cliff. Another of the ugly buggers is wearing my axe on his face. I tear a third open with my bare hands in a shower of orange sparks. Then the ground shudders. A huge ogre proceeds to try to rearrange my facial features with its scaly fists. With boy’s help, I open up wound after … Continue reading God of War is great, but flirting with open-world RPG tropes holds it back

Why Naughty Dog have set themselves a mighty big challenge with The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us is a video game that blew me away. Whilst playing it, my jaw alternated between being set in tense concentration, and dropped so low it brushed my controller. Naughty Dog’s seminal third-person survival game stunned critics and consumers alike. As The Last of Us Part 2 draws ever closer, and we wait with baited breath for a solid release date, I can’t help but … Continue reading Why Naughty Dog have set themselves a mighty big challenge with The Last of Us Part 2