Game Review: Ori and The Blind Forest

I enjoy platformers but typically only those that provide a moderate level of challenge.
Super Meatboy and Spelunky! are fun but get frustrating for me very quickly. When evaulating whether I want to play a particular platformer or not, I lean towards the games that offer something a little different. It could be a bigger focus on story, unique game play mechanics, or an artstyle that stands out for me. Ori and the Blind Forest seemed to hit on all of those. I happened to catch in on sale so I finally decided to jump in and was pleasantly suprised. (more…)

First Impressions: Prey Demo

I’ve been paying peripheral attention to Prey for a number of reasons, mostly trying to keep my internal hype machine at bay. I love what Bethesda and Arkane have been bringing gamers over the past few years (Dishonored, Fallout) and sci-fi action/horror is definitely my bag. And when Bethesda and Arkane did us all a solid by releasing a demo of the game, I cleared some space on my calendar. I mean, what else was I going to do with my Friday afternoon? (more…)

Peripheral Review: Xbox One Media Remote

While gaming was my primary reason for purchasing the Xbox One, I had it in the back of my mind to eventually use it as my primary media center in order to reduce the number of devices hanging out in my living room. It took me a few months but I finally got rid of my blu ray player and my Chromecast which made everyone in my house happy – so much less switching between input sources on the TV. After a year, and about a billion AA batteries, I started looking into ways to reduce the number of batteries I was using. Though my research I came up with two options: Rechargable batteries or a media remote. I was torn. Then I remembered all of the questions (read: complaints) from my wife about using the Xbox One controller and the solution became obvious.
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Quick Hits: Gumballs & Dungeons

I have a confession to make. I lied to you all. Apparently I underestimated the number of, and time spent, playing mobile games I do. For that I appologize – mostly to my wife and kids…

I still don’t spend much money on them, but looking back on all my reviews, I realized a LOT of them are for mobile games. So I guess I’m more into  mobile games than I thought. Oh well!

This one I got clued into by Justin Davis over at IGN and it turned out to be a pretty solid recommendation. (more…)

Game Review: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Based on my favorable experience with the previous entry in the Deus Ex universe, I was pretty certain I’d dig this game, but I waited a long time to buy it. I had just finished playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and, while stealth action is one of my favorite genres, I was worried I’d be too fatigued on that type of game to trult enjoy Deus Ex. Thus, the long wait to jump in. I was further rewarded for my patience by another price drop ($20) to boot!

But enough about that – On to the review! (more…)

Quick Hits: Super Mario Run

I know a lot of people kind of balked at the $10 price tag on Super Mario Run, which is fair because that is on the high end of the mobile game price spectrum. I was hesitent to buy it at that price as well – I mean if could scrape together another $10, I could grab a full sized console game, say…Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I was curious though, and bored on a conference call, and wandered over to the app store to see if it happened to be on sale. What I found there was even better – you can download it – and try out the first three levels – for free!
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Game Review: Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain

I hold Metal Gear Solid very near and dear to my heart – probably in my top 2 or 3 PS1 games of all time. It’s up there with Final Fantasy 7 and 10 and Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Those games were so good and, in my opinion, the best entries in their respective series. And, in all of the above mentioned series, the following entries were disappointing – to me. I don’t mean that they were bad, but I ended up not being nearly into FFXI, FFXII, or THPS2 than I was into their predecessors. I actually went back to FFXIII and found that Final Fantasy had moved past me. I was so distracted by the corny dialogue that I had to quit playing. Had I gotten too old for JRPGs? Or Japanese developed games in general? Based on this, I was SO worried about Metal Gear Solid V that I stalled on buying it, at least until the price dropped to $20. Even after I purchased it, I waiting a month before jumping in. I just didn’t want to be disappointed.

It turns out I had very little to worry about. (more…)

Loot Crate’s Loot Tees

Lootcrate has always sounded like something I would really like, but I’ve always been intimidated by the volume of stuff I would be acquiring. I mean, with two kids under 7 at home, I have very limited space in which to (safely) store/display cool nerd-culture stuff. I’m simply stunned that my pop-up Star Wars book has survived as long as it has! I also spend most of my be-clothed time during each day wearing t-shirts, but am always disappointed with what I run across on my shopping ventures (aka walk by the clearance rack in Target). Did I mention I’m a lazy shopper? Thus Lootwear, Loot Tees.  (more…)