Resident Evil Village — 2021’s Game of the Year

In a year full of delays and prevarication, it's almost a surprise to reflect on the number of high-quality games that came out. That said, while plenty on the indie scene were quaint and lovely, and major releases packed moderate punches, the impressions made by even the more ambitious among them haven't lasted long. The … Continue reading Resident Evil Village — 2021’s Game of the Year

The Last of Us Part II — 2020’s Game of the Year

Fury, upset, bafflement, isolation, devastation and loss. An emotional array that we've all pushed through in varying comibinations over the last 12 months found itself a champion in Naughty Dog's latest, bleakest masterpiece. Triggering an unsurprising but nonetheless despicable storm of fury from the depraved right wing that has come to dominate games culture, Neil … Continue reading The Last of Us Part II — 2020’s Game of the Year

Untitled Goose Game — 2019’s Game of the Year

Oddly, it wasn’t even close. Only The Outer Wilds and Control held a candle this year, with exploratory, calm melancholia in space and eerie phantasmic combat. For mastery of play, though, for physical comedy and non-violent power struggles, Untitled Goose Game conquered even the most overblown of budgets and highly-advertised mainstream efforts. Developers House House … Continue reading Untitled Goose Game — 2019’s Game of the Year