The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz This week’s Roundup, quite a bit of news on the new Guitar Hero. I’ve always been more of a Rock Band man myself, but I will admit the change in direction is quite intriguing and worth the read. Joshua Rivera has his impressions of Guitar Hero Live, the new installment of Guitar Hero…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz Your Critic’s Circle and Roundup host have been busy doing very different things, with the Circle delivering quality writing (as always), and your faithful host attending this year’s Spring Fighter. As a follow up to last week’s story, Chelsea Stark gives us the Games for Change nominees and voter’s ballot. Ebenezer Samuel…

The Skinny: Why Hotline Miami 2 Wasn’t So Hot

By Jonathan D. Lee It seemingly came out of nowhere. On October 23, 2012, Hotline Miami was released to critical acclaim. it was unapologetically ultraviolent and featured brutal but surprisingly cerebral combat set to a kickass synthpop soundtrack. The cryptic storyline about a secret war between patriotic American vigilantes and the Russian Mafia was an homage…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz I think it is safe to say that it’s officially springtime here in NYC. And with it comes warm weather, non-violent breezes, and sunny skies. I’ve never really been into any of those things, so, of course I’ve got this week’s Roundup for you! Jorge Jimenez (joined by Ryan Meitzler) talks Bloodborne, Hideo…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz Like many others, I am both enthralled and enraged by From Software’s latest title Bloodborne. If, like me, you don’t own a PS4, I recommend going to a friend’s place and having a sleepover (remember those?). If you’re tired of hearing about Bloodborne, I’ve also got this week’s Roundup for you!   Ebenezer Samuel reviews…

The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

By Harry Rabinowitz This week, Nintendo has decided to raid our Roundup. Phantom Dust, Final Fantasy Type-0, and TouchTone are also along for the ride. Nintendo announced its foray into the world of mobile gaming last week. Chelsea Stark analyzes what that means for Nintendo and for consumers. For some history behind Nintendo’s decision, Ben Gilbert charts…

Bloodborne: What Kills You Makes You Stronger

by Harold Goldberg Playing Bloodborne, the brutal-on-the-player game from From Software in which a horrible epidemic strikes a gothic town, is either a staggering exercise in effete masochism or a grueling, never rollicking, ascent to the laddertop of success. Either way, you need to play smart, and here are some suggestions for the first few…