‘Titanfall 2’

‘Titanfall 2’

The sequel to Respawn’s multiplayer-only shooter has a single-player campaign with puzzle-platformer levels that are reminiscent of “Half-Life” and “Portal.”

’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

’Thumper’ & ‘Westworld’

The “rhythm violence” of “Thumper” is one of the best experiences for PlayStation VR. Does it hold up on a two-dimensional screen? Then, why HBO’s new series “Westworld” is the most video-gamey TV show ever made. And did Chris quit “Clash Royale”?

‘Inside’

‘Inside’

Playdead’s “Inside” rouses us from our summer video-game torpor. A spoiler-free review, followed (at 18:22) by a very spoiler-y discussion of the ending, including JJ’s persuasive theory of What It All Means.

Virginia Heffernan: What I Play

Virginia Heffernan, the author of “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art,” talks about playing “1010!” on the subway, reaching the top 1,000 on the “Angry Birds” leaderboard, and why the Internet is an artwork and a massively multiplayer online game.