The Player: Video game reviews and ruminations

Todd Martens explores the world of video games in his series of stories, The Player.

  • 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' serves up action ... and personal issues

    'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' serves up action ... and personal issues

    The "Uncharted" franchise has been defined by remarkable action sequences — a full-on shootout on a moving train, a somersaulting Jeep, an extended battle of man versus helicopter. "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" has blockbuster-to-be sequences of its own, including chaotic chases at sea and high-flying...

  • Early in the film "Late Shift," Matt, a student on his way to a night job, faces an easily relatable dilemma: help a lost tourist with directions and risk being late to work or ignore the man and hop on a waiting subway train. Here is where you would expect director Tobias Weber to show the audience...

  • After the backlash: video game critic Anita Sarkeesian is concentrating on 'Ordinary Women' and still daring to defy online sexism

    After the backlash: video game critic Anita Sarkeesian is concentrating on 'Ordinary Women' and still daring to defy online sexism

    In Anita Sarkeesian's San Francisco apartment, a photographer makes a seemingly innocuous request. He wants to open the drapes. Sarkeesian, the world's most famous video game critic, is used to taking bold stands on YouTube or even late-night talk shows — her series "Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games"...

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride may conjure a new path for theme park rides

    Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride may conjure a new path for theme park rides

    The opening of Universal Studios' new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood brings to the West Coast what many consider the grandest theme park attraction in North America. A mix of fully realized sets — including a steamy, fire-breathing dragon — as well as screens interspersed with actors...

  • Nintendo's 'Star Fox Zero' is one of a kind, but is it playable?

    Nintendo's 'Star Fox Zero' is one of a kind, but is it playable?

    Nintendo's best releases are typically highly polished, moderately zany and, if not downright accessible to a mass audience, at least approachable. They are not just games but showcase titles, works specifically designed to demonstrate the flexibility of Nintendo’s own hardware. Its latest, Wii...

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