Tag Archives: Narrative

Dear Esther

No matter what other games or mods you play this year, or indeed for the next five years, not many will come close to trumping the confusion factor of Dear Esther. You can imagine Dan Pinchbeck, the mod’s creator, cackling maniacally while piecing together the most befuddling narrative he could conjure up. Indeed, if his job was to get people talking about his game, then he can safely say mission accomplished. As a matter of fact, to even call Dear Esther a game would be quite a stretch, perhaps even an insult. Fundamentally, Dear Esther is a first person interactive…

Mass Effect 2

Out of the last three Bioware games, Mass Effect 2 is my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong: it’s good, maybe even great, but it feels like a step backward from the mind blowing games-you-cant-put-down of Mass Effect 1 and Dragon Age, which is unfortunate given the recent(ish anyway, this post is probably coming out a month after I’ve written it) news that Dragon Age 2 is going to settle its self more into the Mass Effect 2 template. The problem is that Mass Effect 2 feels heavily segmented and not in the standard three act template we’ve come to…