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 mainly devoted 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) *** 
Firewatch (2016) **
Headlander (2016) ***½ 
Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017) ****
    The Frozen Wilds (expansion) (2017) ****
Inside (2016) ****

Journey (2012) ****½
The Last of Us (2013) *****
Limbo (2010) ***½ 
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017) ***½ 
Nier: Automata (2017) *****
Pinball Arcade (2012) ****
Uncharted series
    Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (2007) **½
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009) ***
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) ***
Valiant Hearts (2014) ****
Wipeout: Omega Collection (2017) ****
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015) ****½
    Hearts of Stone (expansion) 2016 ****½
    Blood & Wine (expansion) 2016 ****½



By rating:

*****
The Last of Us (2013)
Nier: Automata (2017)


****½
Journey (2012) 
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt (2015)
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt: Hearts of Stone (expansion) (2016)
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt: Blood & Wine (expansion) (2016)


**** 
Inside (2016)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017) 
Horizon: Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds (expansion) (2017) 
Pinball Arcade (2012) 
Valiant Hearts (2014)
Wipeout: Omega Collection (2017)


***½
Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (2013) 
Headlander (2016)
Limbo (2010)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017)

***
Bioshock (2007)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)

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

 
**
Firewatch (2016)
  
 
*½ 
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