There is a bit of Buddhist wisdom that cautions against the folly of trying to “use the mind to free oneself from the prison of the mind.” I thought of this when I played Eliza, a visual novel that in part asks the question: can we use technology to free ourselves from the psychological effects of technology? It’s an intriguing question and Eliza is an intriguing exploration of the answer.
Subsurface Circular Review
Many novels, films, and other media have explored the themes of the emotions, motivations and rights of sentient robots in humanity's near future. These elements drive the story machinery of Subsurface Circular, a text adventure/mystery that just barely qualifies as a game. Although it has stellar production values within its limited scope, the heart of Subsurface Circular is not combat or gameplay, but narrative.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
The narrative that runs through that world isn't always focused as it could be, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a largely excellent visual novel adventure. If you're a patient and detail-oriented player, it's tough to imagine many more games that absorb you into their world further. but it's tough to argue with yet another excellent - and markedly improved - entry in Capcom's juridical saga.