Long have I been searching for a puzzle game to really grip me in the way Rusty Lake Hotel so immediately does.
Category: CSG Editorials
The Nintendo Switch releases this Friday and I’m excited to get my hands on it and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Before I go forward with the Switch, I will first pay my respects to the console that preceded it: the Wii U. The Wii U had a tough lifespan starting with its confusing introduction a few years back at E3 and its lack of third party support, but through it all the console managed to give us a great lineup of exclusive titles. Despite the console being out of production for the past month or two, everyone should know that the Wii U had hard hitting titles in its defense that you couldn’t play anywhere else. So to kick off CSG’s Nintendo/Zelda week I present to you my top 10 Wii U games.
By now we have all heard his story. We are well aware of his fortune and his fame. But do we truly know him? Nathan Drake, as he is known, is not who he first appears to be and–as such–neither are his motivations. This editorial will focus on exploring why Nate chose the life of a treasure hunter/thief beyond what the games displayed. A disclaimer, I have not played Golden Abyss or read the comics, so my analysis solely focuses on the four games exclusive to PlayStation consoles.
Mad Max drove far under the radar last year, underneath other open-world games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. Due to the overwhelming raving reviews for both latter titles, opinions of Mad Max were sullying at best. Some were not unfounded, but much like the game’s sales, something else drove by unseen: the brilliant character development.
In the snowy valley outside Winterhold, amidst hills and mountains galore, awash with foreign plant life and fantastical creatures eager to harm my character; I come face to face with a common wolf. It stares me down from a distance, growling and standing its ground, expressing discomfort and anger at the very sight of me, an unfamiliar antagonist trespassing upon its habitat. I maintain a cautionary range, readying my battle axe and hand full of fire, not necessarily eager to row with the snarling beast, but at least anticipating the necessity to defend myself.
Loyalty. A quality every one of us requires in any relationship, loyalty permeates every facet of our culture. From religion, to culturally-specific customs, to basic friendship, we assume–and even expect–each acting member of society to remain loyal to something. Everything.
In games, I believe loyalty is brushed under the rug in lieu of other characterizations such as resourcefulness in combat. This is obviously determined by genre of game, but it still seems to be something not as in-your-face as other qualities.
That in mind, one game shines above the others for me in terms of loyalty. Some may say I am giving into the hype and am biased, others may say it’s overrated. Say what you will, but The Last of Us exemplifies beautiful narrative amidst an over-saturated market of zombie games and more than that, it is a hauntingly wonderful insight into the human condition. I will be exploring how the game tackles different aspects of this, including how it all loops back to loyalty.