The Dream Machine

Made entirely out clay and cardboard, The Dream Machine demonstrates the fact that video games can truly be art, literally. This episodic point-and-click adventure game began in 2010, with its final chapter expected to release sometime this year (2017). Taking full advantage of its claymation art style, The Dream Machine attempts to combine visual appeal, challenging puzzles, and a dream-based storyline to deliver an outlandish gaming experience that is fantastic at the best of times, yet infuriatingly monotonous at its worst.… Read More The Dream Machine

Life is Strange: Episode 5 – Polarized Review (Final)

Polarized ends the Life is Strange series on a low note, falling short of a truly satisfying ending. Bogged down by disconnected timelines, only a small fraction of the actual episode had any impact on the “true” timeline. The ending uses a clean-slate technique that makes every decision you’ve ever made irrelevant to future events. So after being told repeatedly that “the consequences of all your game actions and decisions will impact the past, present, and future”, suffice to say I am a bit disappointed after it all got washed away.… Read More Life is Strange: Episode 5 – Polarized Review (Final)

Life is Strange: Episode 4 – Dark Room Review

After the sucker-punch ending of Chaos Theory, Dark Room advances with a more serious tone than ever before. The rabbit hole that is Arcadia Bay goes deeper and deeper leading to some surprising twists that only the most keen players will have guessed. While the visuals and soundtrack stay relatively below par, Dark Room makes up for it in big ways when it comes to story. The mysteries that plague our two heroes finally get put together, quite literally, revealing several key answers that we’ve long been waiting for. True to the Life is Strange tradition, the ending comes with a swift kick to the gut, introducing the final questions of the series.… Read More Life is Strange: Episode 4 – Dark Room Review

Life is Strange: Episode 3 – Chaos Theory Review

While Out of Time was an unfortunate train wreck of character introductions and poor level design, its dramatic climax did set the stage for an exciting third installment. Chaos Theory, completely shedding any responsibility of exposition, does just that by propelling the story line forward in a meaningful way while keeping close attention to the little details that make this series so unique.… Read More Life is Strange: Episode 3 – Chaos Theory Review