Author Archives: Rory McCarty

‘Grim Fandango Remastered’ digs up a classic PC game

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Originally released in 1998, Grim Fandango is often considered to be one of the classics of the adventure game genre, but for years it was difficult to find. At long last, the … Continue reading

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‘Sunset Overdrive’ is all about enjoying the apocalypse

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Who ever said the end of the world had to be depressing? That seems to be the central theme in developer Insomniac’s newest game, Sunset Overdrive, an exclusive to the Xbox One. … Continue reading

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‘A City Sleeps’ is a fleeting dream

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Do you ever have a fascinating, enjoyable dream that suddenly ends before you really get a chance to explore it? A City Sleeps is like that. In an unusual departure for developer … Continue reading

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‘Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax’ delivers fast, fresh fighting and story

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Understanding what Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is requires first unpacking the name. Ultimax is an expanded, updated version of 2012’s Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game based on the characters from Persona … Continue reading

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Horror gets visceral in ‘Neverending Nightmares’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. When it comes to horror, movies and video games tend to fall somewhere on a spectrum between “startling” or “disturbing.” Jump scares are cheap, but effective ways to give the viewer a … Continue reading

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‘Costume Quest 2’ is more trick than treat

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Costume Quest 2 is the sequel to Double Fine’s 2011 RPG where on Halloween, kids are the heroes, their costumes are their powers, and candy is the currency. The original was noted … Continue reading

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The rhythm game genre is stayin’ alive with ‘Dance Central Spotlight’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. One of the hardest parts about transitioning to the new generation of consoles was giving up my beloved rhythm games, and Harmonix was king in that field. There’s no game that utilized … Continue reading

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Call your friends on their fabrications in ‘Fibbage’

This article originally appeared on The Oakland Press. Fibbage may be the single most fun experience I’ve had lying to my friends. Fibbage, a new Xbox One game from the makers of You Don’t Know Jack, came out of nowhere … Continue reading

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‘Journal’ explores sketchy memories

This article was originally posted on The Oakland Press. As a medium that values player interaction as a way to tell a story, video games tend to send the message that the choices we make are tremendously important. In some, … Continue reading

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‘Shovel Knight’ digs up classic gaming memories

This article was originally published on The Oakland Press. Shovel Knight feels like a game that was made in 1990, buried in a time capsule, and unearthed in 2014. Many games have tried, but few have been able to accurately … Continue reading

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