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  • Blog Post: Why Narrative Disconnect Is Worth Talking About

    If Lara Croft is just a girl trying to survive, why is she so good at remorselessly mowing down bad guys? If Nathan Drake is a charming, relatable everyman, how should we feel about the fact that we control him as he kills hundreds? As video game storytelling has improved, the idea that gameplay design... More
  • Blog Post: Health’s Max Payne 3 Soundtrack Should Be A Model For The Future

    The soundtrack to Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is one of my favorite albums of the year. Composed and performed by the New York art rock band Health, it’s eerie synthesizers and highly processed drums stand in contrast to the clichéd music we hear in most big-budget action games. I’ve... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Max Payne 3

    Our second Test Chamber episode of the week focuses on Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3. It's been quite a few years since we last checked in on Max. Turns out, he isn't doing too well. He hasn't quite shaken his demons, and no amount of booze or pills seems to help. Dan Ryckert and Tim Turi... More
  • Blog Post: It's A Max Payne Life

    Max Payne has had a pretty miserable life, and it doesn't look like his luck will change any time soon. We dream up some humorous disasters awaiting Rockstar's hard-boiled detective, based on some Max Payne 3 screens. Disaster #1: While showing off his new gun to his partner, things go horribly... More
  • Blog Post: Max Payne: The Story So Far

    For those of you gearing up to play Rockstar’s upcoming crime thriller Max Payne 3, we’ve prepared this primer on the plots of the first two games and a look into what's coming up in the third. Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran looking for a refresher, this is everything... More
  • Blog Post: Gameography: Dan Houser of Rockstar Games

    Dan Houser, who helped found Rockstar Games with his brother Sam, has quietly assembled one of the most impressive careers in game writing history. Though he’s traditionally shied away from the spotlight, we were able to interview Houser for the latest issue of Game Informer (#225). To expand your... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated Xbox 360 Games of 2011

    Outside of Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, Microsoft hasn't announced any noteworthy Xbox 360 exclusives for 2011, but that doesn't mean the system is lacking in heavy hitters. While we patiently wait for some new announcements, there are enough cross-platform blockbusters to keep you glued to your... More
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