First Impressions

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...