Some Thoughts on Kentucky Route Zero, Act IV

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This post contains spoilers for Acts I to 4 of Kentucky Route Zero. You’ve been warned!

In Kentucky Route Zero’s fourth act, the cast expands to Durarara-like proportions. Some might bemoan this lack of focus, but there’s actually a method to the madness. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 24, 2016

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A brief one this week, because I don’t want to talk to you. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 17, 2016

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Greetings fellow earthlings! It’s time to read about stuff on the Internet, as we do every Sunday. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 10, 2016

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A quick one this week. I’m lazy. More

Artist Spotlight: Matthew Good

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I wrote a lengthy piece about Canadian rocker Matthew Good for the A.V. Club After Dark. Check it out!

What I’ve Been Reading: July 3, 2016

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Hey hey! After taking last weekend off to write about Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, I’m back to providing links for lazy Internet surfers (a group in which I include myself, by the way). Here are said links. More

Game Review: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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Like all game reviews on this blog, this one assumes you’ve played the game in question, and so it will contain spoilers for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. If you want to view my playthrough of the game, you can do so here.

For all its uniqueness, the original Mirror’s Edge was a product of its time. Released in 2008, just a year after Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it was a first-person action game with linear levels, shooting, and setpieces. Similarly, the sequel/prequel/reboot, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is also a product of its time. It’s an open-world game stuffed to the gills with side activities, featuring a character progression system and online leaderboards.

I point this out become people often attribute the series’ failings to its tendency to follow trends. It’s a sensible narrative, and it allows gamers to pin the blame for them on the clueless behemoth that they believe EA to be. But, as I’ve pointed out before, the reality is a lot more nuanced than that when it comes to the original Mirror’s Edge, and the same is true of the sequel. More

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