At a distance, Firewatch is a good looking package. It has a gorgeous art style, stellar acting, an allure of mystery and intrigue. When pulling back the layers of the orange and yellow hued packaging, there is a grounded story of one man’s lot in life. Campo Santo’s debut game has stuck with me like sap on a tree; it’s careful cultivation of story, world design, and themes seep out of the digital cracks to create a deeply rooted first person experience.
The road to Metal Gear Solid V has been a long one. The end of Metal Gear Solid 4 was a perfect note to end the main story on, but there is always more to tell about Big Boss and Snake. Hideo Kojima surprised the industry with the announcement of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in 2012. This game has been designed to bridge the gap for Big Boss’ story between the PSP title, Peace Walker, and Meal Gear Solid 1. The new game boasts Kojima’s brand new FOX Engine, with photo-realism in mind. To hold fans over until The Phantom Pain’s release in 2015, Konami asked Kojima to release the prologue of the game separately. This is where Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes comes into play.
Editors Note: Due to the nature of the DLC and where it fits into the entire story, spoilers for The Last Of Us appear in this review. Please, if you wish to go into the main campaign spoilers free, do not read this review or play the DLC until completion of the story. Enjoy.
Developer Naughty Dog is often praised for creating top notch games that are unmatched in quality, experience, and fun. Rightly so too. They, truly, have not made a bad game.
I want to praise Naughty Dog for something else in this review. That something is pure, sacred, and innocent. “The Kennel” crafts beautiful, rich, powerful and meaningful relationships. One relationship in particular is the beating heart of The Last Of Us’ DLC, Left Behind.