All posts by Chris Taylor

​Chris Taylor plays a lot of dumb games, is pursuing a graduate degree in English, and is taller than five foot five. He actively pursues garbage-tier games and appreciates trial and challenge modes in fighting games more than the games themselves. His favorite games include Marvel vs Capcom 2, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Super Mario RPG. As a boy he carried his Dreamcast around and spent his weekends at a conservatory playing guitar. He mainly plays games on the treadmill and is annoying to have in your party.

Kick, Punch: It’s All in the 90s

Fighting games teetered on the brink of extinction until Capcom’s Street Fighter 4 led its rough and tough colleagues towards a renaissance of kicking, punching, and fireballs that would re-ignite...

/ July 31, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Most Wanted: Ryu

Plain and simple, there is no fighting game character more iconic than Ryu, Street Fighter’s wandering World Warrior. He is the prototypical fighter that most every 2D fighter creates a...

/ July 17, 2014

Ludonarrative Dissonance in Open World Games

As gamers grew more indignant with the normative linear story experience of gaming, their dissent led to bigger pushes in marketing moral choices, alternate endings, and more open world gameplay...

/ June 23, 2014

Mirror’s Edge 2 Announced

First person parkour title, Mirror's Edge 2, was announced at EA's 2014 press conference. Some snazzy conceptual footage was shown off to fans hungry for more adventures controlling the nimble limbs...

/ June 9, 2014

Platinum’s Xbox One Exclusive, Scalebound, is Announced

Hideki Kamiya announced Platinum’s exclusive Xbox One exclusive, Scalebound. With a slick trailer featuring materializing armor, high-flying action, and monster-on-monster battling, Platinum’s arrival on the Xbox One looks to be...

/ June 9, 2014

The Niche Machine

In a world where the handheld market is dominated by the 3DS and mobile devices, the Playstation Vita stands no chance stepping toe-to-toe with the cash cow behemoths of the...

/ May 22, 2014

Chris’ Top Five Vita Games

  Persona 4: Golden A wonderful re-make of Atlus’ whodunit JRPG that’s centered on your experience in a new town where you and your new friends must travel inside of...

/ May 2, 2014

Dark Souls II Review

The Souls series is exclusionary, masochistic, unforgiving, stress-inducing, and the most rewarding gaming experience you can experience. The sheer cathartic bliss of tackling a pre-boss segment is equivalent to the...

/ April 14, 2014

Ryse: Son of Rome Review – Blood Bath & Beyond

My three years of studying Latin did little to prepare me for Ryse: Son of Rome. No amount of conjugating or translating would bolster my ability to match flashing colors...

/ January 17, 2014

2013: A Year In Review

GAME OF THE YEAR:   The Last of Us   If you’ve tuned in to FourPlay before, you’ll know just how much we love this title. After making it on...

/ December 18, 2013

Batman: Arkham Origins Review – Why So Scurrilous?

Fearing that their beloved Caped Crusader has become an annual installment akin to military shooters, sports “simulators,” and franchises such as Need for Speed, Batman fans shuddered at the announcement...

/ November 19, 2013