3 To Play: RedEye video game reviews
Ryan Smith loves playing games...of the video variety. RedEye's gaming guy writes a weekly column called "3 to play" in which he reviews new releases. Here's a running gallery of those games, which will be updated each week. Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2.5 stars out of 4 Claiming to be the first-ever Alaska Native game, "Never Alone" is based on folklore handed down through generations by the Inupiaq people. You play as a young girl and her arctic fox companion on a quest to help her village survive a fierce blizzard. Progressing through the game opens up more of the story and unlocks clips of a real documentary about Inupiaq culture. The filmmaking is excellent, but it's frustratingly difficult to control your characters' movements. The so-called edutainment games of the '80s and '90s never did a great job of both educating and entertaining (what exactly did "Oregon Trail" teach us again?) and it's a curse "Never Alone" can't quite break--though it makes an admirable effort.