Character Arcs, Stories, and Horizon Zero Dawn.

WARNING! Due to the nature of the topic that I am writing about, there will be spoilers for the following games; Horizon Zero Dawn, The Elder Scrolls; Oblivion (specifically “the Origin of the Gray Prince” sidequest), the Prince of Persia; Sands of Time, and the Witcher 3 A month has passed since the release of Horizon…

Design Analysis: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is an action role-playing game (RPG) that was released at the very end of February 2017. Its developer is Guerilla Games and publisher is Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Beginning the game enters us into a lengthy cutscene with a bearded tribal-looking man explaining to a baby…

Shops. Does your game need one?

It’s an important question to ask yourself, especially when you’re dealing with a game that involves many different items. But the answer may not be as obvious as you think. The decision to add a shop in a game, like every other mechanic, has ramifications. A poorly placed store can devalue rewards, throw off the balance of areas,…

Not Your Father’s Mario

A man owns an axe. He uses it to chop wood for years. When his son grows up he gives the axe to him. The son also uses the axe to chop wood for years. However, one day the handle breaks and needs to be replaced—the son does this. When the son’s son grows up,…

Four Games for Less

The February 2017 game release schedule has given us some great big budget games. Nioh, For Honor, and Horizon Zero Dawn to name a few and March looks to be even better. The day that this post goes up the Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be out. However, if you cannot buy a…

Mods—What is it Good For?

For many years, PC gamers have had the ability to mod their games. It’s easier on PC because a PC is a much more agreeable machine than a gaming console where code isn’t easily accessed. Steam, the primary online source of games for the PC, has the Steam Workshop. This is an easy-to-use place for Steam…

The Nature of a Soulslike and Nioh

As I walked my character down a hallway I noticed a fuming yellow orb at the end of the corridor. This orb is a signifier of an item in the game Nioh. It was in a separate room, framed by a stone doorway. Upon entering the room I turn to the right, ignoring the item, and…