First Impressions: Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning

Do you have any games that you genuinely want to play, but just never get around to for whatever reason? I know I sure do. Be it lack of time or even something as simple as just not being in the mood for a certain kind of game, sometimes I just can’t bring myself to…

Listmas 2020: Cary’s Favorite Bonus Content

Downloadable content. Expansion packs. Season passes. Extended rigmarole. However you phrase it (maybe not that last way), bonus content for games has long been a part of the industry, and it’s not going away any time soon. I must admit that I wasn’t always a fan of such. For the bulk of my gaming history,…

Top 5: Ambient Soundtracks in Games

Let’s face it. The world as we know it today—2020 and then some—is a very stressful place. I like to fancy myself a generally calm individual, however, even the aura within my own personal bubble has become permanently tinged with anxiety. As such, I find myself turning to my own forms of stress relief; and…

Listmas 2019: Holiday-ing with Games

Christmas, Christmas time is here! And whether you’re still reveling in gifts or looking for a cozy spot to take a nap on this day after, it’s also as good a time as any to pick up a controller and dive into a game or seven. In my household, the season of Christmas and New…

Cary’s Top 10 Video Game Songs

Bringing Resonance month to a close, and following on The Duck of Indeed’s heels (do ducks have heels?), it’s time for me to offer up ten of my most favorite video game songs…of the moment. I add that qualifier there because, there’s always something new to explore when it comes to game music. While the…

Every Day is April Fool’s Day in Fable II

Fable II is, in many ways, a great and satisfying game to play. For those unspoiled by the likes of Zelda or Skyrim, and perhaps even for those who are, Fable II is a perfectly adequate adventure game. It’s not that it does anything particularly well, but neither does it do anything particularly poorly. Its…

Fable 3…yeah, it’s still not great

Welp, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone. After writing that piece I published here a few weeks ago about the possibility of Fable 4, my curiosity got the better of me. I simply had to play Fable 3. I know, I could hardly believe it either. Last year I took time out to revisit…

Fable 4 is Happening…Maybe?

Last week the rumor mill churned out a new one: Microsoft, owner of the (overly)touted but beloved (by me, sometimes) franchise Fable, may have tapped Playground Games for a new entry into the RPG series. The UK-based game studio is responsible for the highly successfully Forza Horizon series of racing games. It seems that Playground…

Can Music Make the Game?

We all know how important music is in video games. Sometimes, a game’s soundtrack is a character in and of itself, bringing life to a game in ways that a character can’t. Sometimes, a game’s soundtrack plays a supporting role by imbuing scenes with emotion, being a presence without overwhelming the action. Sometimes, a game’s…

Resonance: Temple of Light

Riding the coattails of Hatm0nster’s post on Fable II from earlier in the week, it reminded me of one of the most lovely songs I’ve ever heard in a video game, and my most favorite song from the Fable series: the “Temple of Light” theme.