Race the Sun: Solar-Powered Fun

NEW YORK — When you play the video game “Race the Sun” (Flippfly) for the first time, it’s easy to get the impression that you’ve been ripped … Read More

Cold War CounterSpy

NEW YORK — Take one part James Bond, one part arcade-game shooting gallery, mix in some Pixar-style animation from “The Incredibles,” and you’ve got “CounterSpy” (Dynamighty), the new … Read More

Mario Kart 8 Supercharges Nintendo

NEW YORK — Can Super Mario save Nintendo? The company received some rough press in 2012, when it produced the Wii U, a new gaming system. Critics … Read More

Beware of bundles, but welcome ‘Tearaway’

NEW YORK — If you’re a parent and your child asks you for a video-game bundle, it’s important to know what this means. Bundles are packages that combine … Read More

Lego: The Hobbit

NEW YORK — These days, when it comes to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), it’s best to be of two minds. On the one hand, there … Read More

MLB 14: The Show

NEW YORK — Is it possible for a sports video game to be too realistic? That curious question is raised by the latest entry in the baseball-themed … Read More

The Lego Movie Videogame

NEW YORK — The philosophical point of the “The Lego Movie” is turned on its plastic head in the film’s console counterpart. This is a good thing, … Read More

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

NEW YORK — It’s impossible to miss the extensive media coverage of violent or sexual video games. Although the subject is no doubt noteworthy, such reporting unfortunately … Read More

Remember Me

NEW YORK — Tiresome propaganda undercuts the entertainment value of the action-adventure game “Remember Me” (Capcom) while an uncritical attitude toward the use of violence makes it … Read More