Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of the best games I've ever played

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons has terrific gameplay, story, and art.  It reminds of Monument Valley in terms of storytelling that lets you fill in the gaps, and puzzles that are designed to delight rather than frustrate.  To say more would be to spoil the delight of constant surprise, but the screenshots give you an idea.

My other recent favorites:

Violenzia by Richard Sala. Sala's books are like 70's episodes of Scooby-Doo plotted by Quentin Tarantino.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.  A sort of sequel to Coraline.  But while Coraline was charmingly creepy and focused on the concerns of a young child, this book is suffocating horror and focuses on the concerns of a preteen.  The foot scene gave me nightmares.

MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt. What if Cold War spies were powerful telepaths?

Duplicity, written and directed by Tony Gilroy (the Bourne trilogy). Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti star in a romantic comedy about corporate espionage. A lot of fun.

The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994 is perfect if Transformers vs G.I. Joe has made you nostalgic for the classic toy line. Along with pictures of every figure and vehicle, the book is loaded with trivia about the toys. For example, the Joe named Sneak-Peek/Owen King was named after Stephen King's son and given Bangor, Maine as his hometown. Tunnel Rat was designed to resemble G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama. And Cobra soldier "Cesspool/Vincent D'Alleva" was named for the Hasbro executive in charge of G.I. Joe.