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After ‘Grand Theft Auto III,’ Open-World Games Were Never (and Always) the Same

Twenty years ago, ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ set a new standard for open-world video games. The titles it inspired have grown bigger and busier, but it takes more than massive maps to give gamers the freedom they felt on their first trip to 3-D Liberty City.

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“Don’t You Dare Go Hollow”: How the Ultra-Challenging ‘Dark Souls’ Became a Pandemic Balm

At the spiritual nadir of one of the darkest years in recent history, I found solace in one the most trying video games ever