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  • Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | February 17, 2016 - 5:47pm

    What makes a game a game? That question has arisen around some of the most popular independent video games of the last few years – titles such as “Gone Home,” ‘’Her Story” and “That Dragon, Cancer” that steer away from traditional video-game mechanics in favor of narrative and character development.

  • Earthlings try to get the bugs out in ‘XCOM 2’

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | February 10, 2016 - 7:23pm

    When the aliens come – and they will – don’t expect the government to save humanity.

  • Clever puzzles lead ‘The Witness’

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | February 3, 2016 - 5:16pm

    Independent video-game designers have hit upon a fascinating way to create buzz: Don’t give players all the answers.

  • ‘Paper Jam’ hits some flat notes

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | January 27, 2016 - 5:55pm

    Role-playing games like “Fallout 4” and “The Witcher 3” are beloved for their complexity, ambition and overwhelming variety of things to do.

  • ‘Division’ takes on interactive terror

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | January 20, 2016 - 6:18pm

    LOS ANGELES – At the beginning of “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” players portraying top-secret operatives are dropped from a helicopter into a version of New York City that’s been crippled by a terrorist attack.

  • Year will have much to offer gamers

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | January 13, 2016 - 6:07pm

    LOS ANGELES – If the video games set to be unleashed this year are any indication, this will be a year of interactive exploration.

  • ‘Witcher 3,’ ‘Fallout 4’ lead year's games

    The Associated Press | December 23, 2015 - 4:04pm

    This year’s top game titles feature monster hunters, treasure hunters, guardian spirits and murder suspects.

  • ‘Just Cause 3’ long on show, short on substance

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | December 16, 2015 - 6:45pm

    In recent years, video games such as “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Far Cry 4” have successfully blended action with emotion to chronicle rebellion tales set amid fantastical open worlds.

  • ‘Rainbow 6’ wages global war on terror

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | December 9, 2015 - 4:05pm

    The world of online video games can be a nightmare, an every-man-for-himself, kill-or-be-killed wasteland that brings out our most nihilistic impulses.

  • Games galore are available as gifts

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | December 2, 2015 - 6:14pm

    Video game players aren’t that difficult to shop for.

  • ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ offers little shock, awe

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | November 25, 2015 - 5:30pm

    There have been about 100 “Star Wars” video games released since 1977.

  • A more crafty Lara Croft returns in ‘Tomb’

    By Derrik J. Lang | November 18, 2015 - 9:13pm

    After successfully rebooting the “Tomb Raider” franchise in 2013 by reintroducing Lara Croft as a shipwreck survivor who washes up on a deadly – and really weird – island off the coast of Asia, the developers at Crystal Dynamics have returned with a solid follow-up that finds the iconic adventurer tackling snowy peaks, a private military and daddy issues in Siberia.“Rise of the Tomb Raider” (for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, $59.99) focuses on a more capable and driven Croft as she attempts to retrace her archaeologist father’s steps in his undaunted quest to discover an ancient artifact and lost city.

  • Imagination runs wild in ‘Fallout 4’

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | November 11, 2015 - 6:38pm

    The apocalypse is coming. Whether it’s brought about by nuclear war, global warming or a zombie virus, you can be sure of one thing: Life afterward is going to be a bummer.

  • ‘Creed’ shifts to Victorian London

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | November 4, 2015 - 4:25pm

    They say history repeats itself, and that’s never been truer than with the “Assassin’s Creed” series.

  • ‘Halo 5’ battles a thin story line

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | October 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

    Near the end of “Halo 5: Guardians” (by Microsoft; Xbox One; $59.95; ESRB rating: T), an artificial intelligence bemoans humanity’s propensity toward solving every problem with violence.

  • Yoshi pulls the right strings

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | October 21, 2015 - 5:57pm

    Thanks to Kirby, Pikachu, Toad and a dozen or so other characters, Nintendo has cornered the market on video-game adorability.

  • 'Rock Band' mounts reunion tour

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | October 7, 2015 - 4:49pm

    Rock is dead, they say. At least it’s felt that way to fans of Harmonix Music Systems’ “Rock Band,” the series that made jamming with fake instruments an essential part of video-game culture in the early 2000s.

  • ‘Mad Max’ runs into some bumps

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | September 30, 2015 - 6:12pm

    There’s a reason Mad Max is so peevish.

  • Skylanders burn some more rubber

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | September 23, 2015 - 4:11pm

    What do kids love as much as – if not more than – action figures? Things for them to drive.

  • Nintendo puts tools into fans’ hands

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | September 16, 2015 - 5:03pm

    Ever since Mario rescued that damsel from Donkey Kong three decades ago, he’s done some pretty amazing things.

  • ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ a technical, tactical marvel

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | September 3, 2015 - 8:57am

    ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ a technical, tactical marvelIn an early mission in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (Konami; PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC; $59.99; ESRB rating: M), the player is assigned to assassinate a corrupt colonel who’s up to no good.

  • Game leads rush of ‘Star Wars’ toys

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | September 2, 2015 - 7:13pm

    When it comes to “Star Wars,” some aliens in a different galaxy said it best: Resistance is futile.

  • Trio revives full-motion game genre

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | August 12, 2015 - 5:22pm

    For a brief moment in their pixelated history, video games actually featured video.

  • ‘Splatoon’ brings colorful glee to online shooters

    By Lou Kesten
    The Associated Press | July 8, 2015 - 5:07pm

    ‘Splatoon’ brings colorful glee to online shootersOnline gaming might be dominated by shootouts like “Call of Duty” and “Halo,” but they’re not exactly family friendly.

  • Epic climax ends 'Arkham Knight'

    By Derrik J. Lang
    The Associated Press | June 24, 2015 - 4:56pm

    Rocksteady Studios proved with 2009’s “Batman: Arkham Asylum” that a video game inspired by superhero mythology could be an impeccably cerebral affair, not just another name association money grab.