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

Tomb Raider

NEW YORK — Back in 1996, fictional character Lara Croft stepped onto the video game scene and transformed the entire industry with the groundbreaking “Tomb Raider” for the PlayStation. Read More

Injustice: Gods Among Us

NEW YORK — Along with first-person shooters, so-called “beat-’em-up” one-on-one fighting games have traditionally been a source of worry for parents.

Yet “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) is different. Though its mechanics are based on the most recent version of the grotesque “Mortal Kombat” franchise, this DC Comics offering proves to be a significantly more family-friendly affair — albeit not without complications. Read More