Playing Critic

Playing Critic

Gaming Bits: A whole lot of DLC

Here’s the latest gaming news nuggets for your perusal.

Blood and wine

The second expansion for the incredible “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” is now available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Gaming Bits: An apocalypse, in-game apartheid and free-to-play

Let’s start out this edition of Gaming Bits with the news that I’m going to E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles in June. If there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover — a game, developer, platform, new device, etc. — drop me a line and I’ll do what I can.

Stuck in the middle

'Uncharted 4' a fitting farewell to a favorite hero

If I had to list a relationship status on Facebook explaining how I feel about “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” it would say “It’s complicated.”

I’ve played the series from the start, so I’ve been hanging out the main cast of characters for quite a while, and they’ve long since grown on me.

Gaming Bits: Star Ocean, a flight simulator on mobile, and more


In an effort to keep on a roll, here’s more miscellany from my inbox:

What a name

Square Enix has been livestreaming lots of footage and information about its upcoming JRPG, “Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness,” on its YouTube channel.

Gaming Bits: Music, new trailers, VR and more

While I struggle to put words to how much the "Uncharted" series means to me, I thought I’d better put together a few of the more interesting bits and bobbles that have made their way to my inbox lately.

Spell your way to victory in 'Letter Quest'

If you’ve ever whiled away the hours playing word games like “Boggle,” “Scrabble,” “Bookworm” or “Words With Friends,” I’ve got another game for you: “Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered.”

To put it simply, it’s Scrabble meets turn-based RPG-style battles and now available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, as well as Android, iPhone, PC and Mac (through Steam), and Xbox One.

Are you up for challenge of ‘Dark Souls III’?

Many modern games want to be beaten.

They’ve been designed from the ground up to facilitate player success, with adjustable difficulty levels — even mid-game if you’re having trouble — extensive tutorial and hint systems, abundant save points and checkpoints, and the right tools at hand whenever they’re needed.

The critic returns

I've been gone in spirit for a while, and I don't know that too many of you missed me. :-)

Regardless, I've decided to return and once again share with you my thoughts on the games I'm playing and news about what's coming.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered slated for release this spring

SEGA confirmed details Monday about its plan to release a remastered version of one of my all-time favorite PlayStation 3 games on the PS4, "Valkyria Chronicles." This re-release, slated for this spring, will include 1080p/60fps gameplay, Japanese and English audio support, all the original DLC, and adds trophy support. Retail price: $29.99.

Xbox One reversals sound good, but are they?

Oh Microsoft, what are we to do with you? Since debuting the Xbox One to a collective "meh" at E3, you've reversed yourself on almost every design decision you'd made.

Your draconian-sounding policies regarding used games? Gone.