Articles by Brian Wells

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The Blackout Club: an atmospheric co-op experience

By Brian Wells Normally, when I think of a cooperative game I can play with a friend who lives in another state, all that comes to mind are looter-shooters like Destiny and Borderlands.  And then I learned about The Blackout Club from a friend. The Blackout Club is a first-person game released in 2019 by Question Games for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game is centered around a group of teenage friends who are…

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Tackling anxiety in Death Stranding

Right before my state went into lockdown in March, a coworker let me borrow Death Stranding for my PS4. I was somewhat reluctant to start it because I knew it was going to be a giant time-suck, and I was still fighting my way through Red Dead Redemption 2. But eventually I jumped into it. I’m not going to spend much time reviewing the actual game, because that’s been hashed out elsewhere. But I will say that the story is wonderfully weird and complex, and the soundtrack, atmosphere and graphics are phenomenal. Instead, I’m going to talk about how this game affects my anxiety in both positive and negative ways.

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Co-op games you must play: Borderlands 3

y main co-op buddy is one of my best friends from college. We live several states away, and we never officially lost touch, but life happened, and eventually we grew apart. A few years ago, he messaged me asking how I felt about my PS4. Before I knew it, he’d traded his Xbox One for a PS4. When Borderlands 3 was released in September 2019, we both knew what we had to do. So, like the mature, responsible adults we are, we said screw it to our daily commitments, took time off work and stayed up all night playing video games.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Does the hype hold up?

When Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018, it was greeted with multiple 5-star and 10/10 scores on websites such as Games Radar and IGN. At the time I’m writing this, it holds a 7/10 on Steam. Right now, it’s April 2020. The game has been out for a year and a half. It’s seen quite a few updates and online play was added. I’ve spent the last six or seven months diving deep into the game on my PS4 to try and find out if now, 18 months after it was released, does it live up to the hype?