When you start Spec Ops it feels like ‘just another shooter’.Gruff military man goes to exotic location under poorly explained circumstances to shoot lots of foreigners in the teeth.
Releasing a game about helping a group of would have been hugely progressive at the time, something Nintendo was decidedly not.
Its smart and deeply-felt explorations of gender and intolerance are just two factors that make Mother 3 an adult game, a work about emotional maturity and with a broader, informed worldview.
They never help you out in the main part of the game, where you pore over immigration documents for discrepancies at the checkpoint of a totalitarian state - they exist solely to eat your food and live in your apartment.
The game actually gets easier if you let a few of them die, since the cost of food goes down.
All of a sudden you’re at the mercy of an unreliable narrator, and a game that wants you to consider the consequences of your actions.
Suddenly the action-game cliches you know from other games take on new meaning (those who played will know the white phosphorous scene all too well), and every action you take seems to lead you to madness and guilt. And the finale is a perfect ending to a very, very thoughtful shooter.
The greatest fear of being a parent is the thought of outliving your child.
And though Clementine isn't Lee Everett's biological daughter, the believable bond between them can make any player feel like a protective father figure, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
Like the original comic series, The Walking Dead uses the zombie apocalypse as a springboard to examine humanity at its most desperate, where average people are pushed to their breaking point on a regular basis.