January 11, 2010

Pixel Force: Left 4 Dead
Creator: Eric Ruth
Platform: PC
Price: Free
It's said that the test of a well-written song is whether it can be recreated in any other genre or format and still hold up, but does the same hold true of videogames? If Eric Ruth's “retro de-make” of Left 4 Dead is any indication, the answer is a…

The best games of 2009

It was a truncated year in games, as publishers pushed their late-2009 releases into the next calendar year. Whether they were spooked by the recession or by Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 (which didn’t make this list, a decision sure to raise no protests whatsoever), the result was an unusually quiet holiday season.…

The 15 best videogames of the ’00s

We keep coming back to videogames for the same reasons we always have. Or do we? Games in 2009 look considerably different now than they did in 2000, and not just because the graphics have improved. What was once a lonely pursuit has gotten social, whether by way of a party-friendly round of Rock Band or a late-night…

October 26, 2009

Castlevania: The Bloodletting
Creator: Piscesdreams
Platform: PC (beta)
Price: Free
When Sega’s 32X peripheral for the Genesis crashed and burned in the mid-’90s, it took with it a number of suddenly canceled titles. Castlevania: The Bloodletting was one such game, which, according to legend, got absorbed into 1997’s…

October 12, 2009

Icycle
Creator: Damp Gnat
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Icycle hit the web around the same time as Canabalt, and as a paired set, the two games illustrate a dichotomy in contemporary game design. Your character can’t move backward in either game, only forward, and this design decision plays out in two different ways.