Eric Layman

Eric Layman is available to resolve all perceived conflicts by 1v1'ing in Virtual On through the Sega Saturn's state-of-the-art NetLink modem.

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Resident Evil 7: biohazard – End of Zoe

The close of Resident Evil 7’s second act challenged the player with an important choice; do you choose to rescue Mia (your wife) or Zoe (the saint who helped you survive the lunatic Baker house)? When I played Resident Evil 7, I chose Zoe because it made the most sense. End of Zoe, the final installment of Resident Evil 7’s downloadable content, assumes the player chose Mia. This was ...[Read More]

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Resident Evil 7: biohazard – Not A Hero

Not A Hero occupies a reality where Resident Evil 7 disposed of the things people liked about Resident Evil 7. Gone are the games of cat and mouse, the alien and uncomfortable texture of rural decay, and fits of anxiety over a decision as simple as walking outside. In its place is a compressed action-shooter descended from Resident Evil 5. The price of “free”—Not A Hero is available to...[Read More]

Eric Layman’s Top Ten Games for 2017

Hi. Here are the ten best videogames from 2017 (these unofficially serve as DigitalChumps’ official picks until someone else on staff decides to do this): YAKUZA 0 Sega Yakuza 0 is an arena where young men test the limits of conformity by beating the living shit out of anyone standing near its boundaries. It’s a circuitous Japanese drama and an evolutionary branch of the beat ’em...[Read More]

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A Hat in Time (PS4)

3D platformers feel bound to a specific place and time. Identified in earnest by Super Mario 64 and plunged into oblivion by Banjo Tooie, the genre has struggled to move past the classic Nintendo 64 model. Mario’s path remains golden, but other shots in the dark and faithful flashbacks have fallen flat. Most recently, Yooka-Laylee showcased the danger of reflecting the past. A Hat in Time, o...[Read More]

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Gorogoa

Behind the eyes of its characters, Gorogoa is a wistful reflection of untaught imagination, the erosion of possibility, and the recovery of passion. For its player, Gorogoa is a mechanical exercise in shifting perspectives and a clever prompt for tests of logic. For its creator, Gorogoa is a five year journey through the perils of designing his first videogame. Three distinct narratives converge t...[Read More]

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Gang Beasts

Melt down an action figure to its primordial goo. Shape the wreckage into an anthropomorphic body, and somehow keep the limited points of articulation. Insert it into a dangerous arena with three companion abominations. Inspire it with the instinct to live and the will to destroy. Add a silly hat. The eventual product is Gang Beasts, a multiplayer brawler more interested in coddling chaos than hon...[Read More]

Gang Beasts is Now Available on Steam & PS4

Gang Beasts is finally real. Boneloaf’s multiplayer fighting game exited its three year stay in early access and now appears on the PlayStation 4 (and a 1.0 release on PC). Playing Gang Beasts at parties over the last few years was easily came to define the personal term, “madcap rubber fighting friendly mayhem.” I hope to soon report this sentiment has carried over to the final ...[Read More]

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Okami HD

Okami is a dream on the verge of breaking through to reality. 2006, in the midst of next-generation hardware, was not an ideal time for its debut on PlayStation 2. Two years later, Okami’s unique mechanics seemed to make more sense on the Wii — right around the same time Wii owners became disinterested in third-party software. Okami HD, with PlayStation Move support in tow, quietly arrived o...[Read More]

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Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package

Dead Rising 4 finally submitted to the will of the people. Capcom’s zombie panic simulator (handed over to Capcom Vancouver from Dead Rising 2 onward), was finally dropping its divisive game-spanning timer and allowing players to party inside of its zealous open world.  For many, screwing around with madcap weapon combinations and probing the density of the environments seemed at odds with r...[Read More]

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DOOM VFR

The F in Doom VFR stands for “fucking.” Doom Virtual Fucking Reality. This is a statement of intent and an invoiced agreement of sophisticated obscenity. Doom’s modern revival surfed a wave of nostalgia and bravado on its way to being 2016’s biggest surprise. Doom VFR, under a controlled set of expectations, seeks to make a complimentary impact inside of virtual reality. Fi...[Read More]

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

The premise of Skyrim in virtual reality would seem to commence the automatic exchange of sixty dollars. Bethesda’s most recent entry in The Elder Scrolls series decimated critical and commercial expectations when it was released in 2011. Two (and a half) expansion packs, a remastered current-generation conversion, and infinite, often interminable Let’s Plays have followed in its wake....[Read More]

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Fire Emblem Warriors

If you count all of Omega Force’s Warriors games—their Musou style of brawler that began with Dynasty Warriors 2 and will never end—you will come to over thirty titles in seventeen years. Critics bemoan the mindless hordes of enemies and repetitive game design while fans enjoy the mindless hordes of enemies and repetitive game design. It’s a beautiful paradox with an easy explanation; ...[Read More]