Kevin VanOrd

Game Designer, Game Writer, and Game Critic

Talented game designer, imaginative writer, proven video game critic, and longtime music composer ready to share his talents with a development studio or video game publication prepared for a unique storm of creativity, passion, and resourcefulness.

United States of America

Portfolio

Game Design, Cleaversoft: Designer, EarthNight

EarthNight

EarthNight

EarthNight is a 2D runner about the dragon apocalypse featuring procedurally generated levels. We intend to change the way you think about runner games by designing on a much...

Game Design, Trion Worlds: Content Designer, Atlas Reactor

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How to Play Atlas Reactor: Simultaneous Turns

Developer Diary: Atlas Reactor. My role: Content Designer.

Game Design, Trion Worlds: Writer, Devilian

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Devilian Developer's Diary: Embrace the Darkness

Developer Diary Devilian. My role: Writer and Editor.

Criticism, Features, and Game Analysis

GameSpot

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review

Update: I've now spent time with every version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and when it comes to platform differences, the surprises are few, and divergences are a matter of...

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King's Quest: A Revival Worth Celebrating

King's Quest would like to tell you a story. It would like you to pull up a chair and listen to a tale of brave knights and loyal friends. It would like to enrapture you with a...

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Guild Wars 2 Review

The world of Tyria, as imagined in the massively multiplayer Guild Wars 2, is an endlessly intriguing place, stuffed with mystery and adventure, gifting you with gorgeous sights...

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Bloodborne Review

The beast appears, though you didn't expect it. You've never seen anything like this creature, a giant komondor dog with horns--and a former vicar of the church, apparently,...

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In The Bleak Midwinter: How Composer Austin Wintory Brought Stoic Beauty to The Banner Saga

As I played The Banner Saga, I was swept away by its chilled tapestry of brass harmonies and meandering woodwind melodies. It was as if the musical score had been woven together...

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The Order: 1886 Review

The Order: 1886 is a torturer and a tease. It promises you a circuitous story populated with near-immortal knights, it promises you exciting encounters with snarling werewolves,...

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The Art And Music of Guild Wars 2's Living World

Oh, the life of a massively multiplayer role-playing game. Modern games typically evolve and grow even after they're fully released, but MMOGs have strikingly lengthy lifespans....