E3 2018

The Last of Us 2 will delve much deeper into Ellie's character, who may descend into madness

The Last of Us 2 will delve much deeper into Ellie's character, who may descend into madness

Brandon Russell

Naughty Dog this week showcased the first bloody gameplay for The Last of Us Part 2, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed survival horror masterpiece. The footage, which takes place four years after the first game, displays a world still struggling to recover from a devastating virus outbreak, in which violence and brutality is part of everyday decorum. While...

Spider-Man for PS4 is even more fun than it looks, and my favorite game at E3

Spider-Man for PS4 is even more fun than it looks, and my favorite game at E3

Brandon Russell

Perched atop the Empire State building, I get a beautiful 360-degree view of New York City; the traffic; the citizens; the wailing sirens. When I tap L3, color-coded beams emanate from the sky, which represent the game’s missions, from small time crimes to outright bank robberies. The skyline is beautifully bathed in a soft orange glow—golden hour—that perfectly reflects Spider-Man’s...

The Messenger is an entertaining (and surprisingly deep) homage to Ninja Gaiden

The Messenger is an entertaining (and surprisingly deep) homage to Ninja Gaiden

Brandon Russell

When you see The Messenger for the first time, your reaction will probably be that you’ve seen it before. That’s because it unabashedly recreates the classics from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. The approach is a nostalgic bomb, taking plenty of inspiration from Tecmo’s NES classic Ninja Gaiden. During a 30 minute demo at E3, I learned from Sabotage Studio that The Messenger proudly wears...

Using Nintendo's new Poké Ball controller elevates the experience of Pokémon: Let's Go!

Using Nintendo's new Poké Ball controller elevates the experience of Pokémon: Let's Go!

Brandon Russell

Later this year, Game Freak will release Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s go, Eevee! for the Nintendo Switch, an experience the developer described as a soft reboot of Pokémon Yellow for Game Boy, with plenty of influence from Pokémon Go. I got to check out a short demo of Let’s Go, Pikachu! at E3 this week, using the adorable Poké Ball as my primary controller. As...