Harold Goldberg


11 games reviewed
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Mar 12, 2018

'Where The Water Tastes Like Wine' is a giant leap forward for video game storytelling

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Dec 5, 2017

I won't play Xenoblade Chronicles 2 again. A wondrous game lies in there somewhere. But like those viscous cloud seas in Alrest, it's too often too difficult to swim through.

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Unscored - Madden NFL 18
Aug 29, 2017

While some of "Longshot" equates to creditable narrative, its tone deafness has to be dealt with in the next Madden, the landmark 30th anniversary.

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Unscored - Pinstripe
May 10, 2017

While "Pinstripe" can feel uneven at times, there's talent, full-of-heart here that's worthy of nurturing.

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What Nintendo has created is an all-encompassing mind-body possession in which you find yourself inside something unusually, hauntingly engrossing.

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Oct 18, 2016

It’s the best of the horror bunch.

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Oct 18, 2016

Story is still very important. But I am saying that under VR’s heavy-ish headset, it’s easy to become bored and impatient when a game plods on.

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Oct 18, 2016

Four things prevent “Here They Lie” from being completely creditable. It’s unrelentingly depressing. You never feel you’ve triumphed against anything. And although you make the occasional moral choice, it’s less a game than an experience. It’s also the most nausea-inducing VR offering I’ve ever played. The developers care more about affecting your mind and controlling your emotions than they do about your physical ability to complete their slice of grim fantasy.

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Jun 30, 2016

In this Lego game, there's just enough comedy to get you by.

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Unscored - MLB 16: The Show
Apr 5, 2016

Once you deduce how to use the multifarious forms of interactivity, The Show is wonderfully calming when the rhythm of pitching becomes zen-like. As the controller beats like a frantic heart when the bases are loaded, the physiological feeling of vibration sends you inside yourself.

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