Console Corner

This page features video game reviews and relevant commentary related to the Playstation 4.  I don't get involved with the technical details of graphics or sound, like what console configuration runs which game at 60 fps.  I prefer to look more at the meeting of art and gameplay, particularly how a game's elements interlock (or not) toward delivering its vision or storyIn general I lean toward games with intelligent narratives or ideas with complementary mechanics, but enjoy exploring all types. (For the curious, i.e. why does a blog devoted mainly to books delve into video games, see here.)  First organized alphabetically then by rating, the following are the games I've reviewed thus far (1-5 stars):

Alphabetically: 


Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (2013) ***½
Bioshock (2007) ***½
Deadly Tower of Monsters (2016) ***
Far Cry 5 (2018) *** 
Firewatch (2016) **
Ghost Recon: Wildlands (2016) ***½
Headlander (2016) ***½ 
Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017) ****½
    The Frozen Wilds [expansion] (2017) ****½
Inside (2016) ****
Journey (2012) ****½
The Last of Us (2013) ****½
    Left Behind [expansion] (2014) ****½
Limbo (2010) ***½
Little Nightmares (2017) ***½
Mad Max (2015) ***½ 
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017) ***½ 
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (2016) ***½
Nier: Automata (2017) *****
Pinball Arcade (2012) ****
Shadow of the Colossus (Remake) (2018) ****
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (2017) ****½
Soma (2016) ****½
The Order: 1886 (2015) ****
Titanfall 2 (2016) ****
Tomb Raider (Survivor series)
    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2014) ***½
    Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) ***½
Uncharted series
    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007) **½
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) ***
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) ***
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2015) ***½
Valiant Hearts (2014) ****
Wipeout: Omega Collection (2017) ****
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015) *****
    Hearts of Stone [expansion] 2016 ******
    Blood & Wine [expansion] 2016 *****



By rating:

*****
Nier: Automata (2017)
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)
    Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt: Blood & Wine [expansion] (2016)
    Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt: Hearts of Stone [expansion] (2016)



****½
Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017)
    Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds [expansion] (2017) 
Journey (2012)
The Last of Us (2013)
    The Last of Us: Left Behind [expansion] (2014)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (2017)
Soma (2016) 



**** 
Inside (2016)
Pinball Arcade (2012)
Shadow of the Colossus (Remake) (2018)
The Order: 1886 (2015)
Titanfall 2 (2016) 
Valiant Hearts (2014)
Wipeout: Omega Collection (2017)


***½
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (2013)
Bioshock (2007)
Ghost Recon: Wildlands (2016) 
Headlander (2016)
Limbo (2010)
Little Nightmares (2017)
Mad Max (2015)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (2016)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2014)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (2015)

***
Deadly Tower of Monsters (2016)
Far Cry 5 (2018)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)

 
**½
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007)

 
**
Firewatch (2016)

 
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