Does Drake really sample Final Fantasy music on his new album, Scorpion? Looking back at the history of hip-hop music, artists have a long-standing tradition of remixing and sampling other artists' songs, including ones from other genres. This sometimes extends beyond the medium, as when these musicians borrowed these iconic tracks from video games.
Too many years have passed for me to recognize all the 16-bit era Sonic references packed into it, but Sonic Mania’s modernized gameplay, killer soundtrack, and fresh style make it a must-play in 2017.
Mafia III dares to expose the ugly reality of racism. It's no doubt an important representation of the African-American experience in the deep South. I just wish its captivating narrative wasn't hamstrung by repetitive gameplay.
What sets these couch competitive multiplayer games apart from others is that no matter your skill level, the gameplay always seems to be so addictively simple as fun party games, just like the new BattleBots-inspired indie game Blade Ballet.