Good Cop, Bad Cop: Sony's PS4 launch lineup

Sony's first-party launch launch lineup is safe. The company will offer a shooter (Killzone: Shadow Fall), a driving game (DriveClub), a minigame collection (The Playroom) and a family game (Knack). Publicists described the catalogue as "something for everyone," and though nothing is wildly innovative, nothing appears to be excruciatingly awful. These games are designed to accomplish the tacit goal of a next-generation launch game: look like the future. Both Knack and The Playroom (which is not officially a game, so it doesn't officially have a release date yet) look like playable DreamWorks Animation films. Killzone has more color than its predecessors, which is a real improvement for a shooter associated with a neutral palette (and yes, I remember the jungle level from Killzone 3 t...

Good Cop, Bad Cop: E3 2013

We came, we saw, we screamed.E3 is behind us, but we thought, before it fades into obscurity, we'd bring you one more video from the show floor. Yes, it is another episode of Good Cop / Bad Cop, starring Russ Frushtick and Chris Plante. In this special, E3-centric episode, we decided to pick one game from each of the major consoles and then verbally duke it out over whether we enjoyed them (Good Cop!) or didn't (Bad Cop!). For more episodes of Good Cop / Bad Cop, check out the right rail of this page!

Good Cop, Bad Cop: GDC Edition

Let me shoot you straight.We had a bit of trouble filming Good Cop, Bad Cop at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. In case you don't understand the premise of the show — Really? It's the title! — one person defends a game while the another attacks it. One person's the good cop, the other the bad cop. Simple, right? The premise works pretty well when covering a slew of AAA games that have been homogenized into soulless, but relatively entertaining husks. Well, the format's not as well suited for discussing fantastic independent games, the kind that are fueled by the creative energy of optimistic, uncynical designers. In this episode, we play Spaceteam (a game that devoured my winter vacation), Samurai Gunn (a game that will devour my summer vacation) and Lovers in a Dangerous...

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Games of EA 2013

Our new video series intends to simplify the daunting task of previewing an afternoon's worth of video games. Spending a half-hour or so with each game, flanked by publicists and finger foods, makes hashing out the goods and the bads of unreleased products feel like a Sisyphean task. With Good Cop, Bad Cop we plan to change that, clarifying what's good about a game — something previews are known for — and also what's bad. The structure of the series is itself a game of sorts and the rules are simple. For each video game, one player takes the role of Good Cop, while another takes the role of Bad Cop. One defends what they played, while another volleys ideally astute and razor sharp criticisms. Does it work? You should let us know in the comments. For the first episode, Russ Frushtick...
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