Ben Cogan
Ben Cogan

Destiny is fun but not as epic as advertised

Technology
by Ben Cogan
Posted 10/31/14, 12:30 pm

For those familiar with the video game industry, the name Bungie carries a lot of weight. Bungie is the game studio that created Halo, a super franchise encompassing several sequels, books, and even live action and animated shows. With its latest release, Destiny, Bungie hopes to create a new franchise with less violence and a wider appeal. The game’s $500 million promotion and development budget gives it a good start.

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Ben Cogan

A war game that focuses on valor, not violence

Technology | <em>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</em> takes a less graphic, more human approach to a video game set on a battlefield
by Ben Cogan
Posted 8/29/14, 11:00 am

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is not what you might expect from a game about war. In a growing market full of war shooters, Valiant Hearts is more of a puzzle-solving adventure inside a history lesson, with a touching story of life during the First World War. It artfully accomplishes recreating the war in a non-graphic animated art style that players can enjoy with almost no objectionable content.

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A movie masquerading as a video game

Technology | The Last of Us Remastered offers gamers a cinematic experience but suffers from extremely mature content
by Ben Cogan
Posted 8/07/14, 09:00 am

The Last of Us Remastered (only available on Playstation 4) offers its players a deep and emotional story fit for the big screen. But its well-acted tale of redemption and finding purpose in even the most desperate situations is overshadowed at times by its extremely mature themes and content.

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