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…)

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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…)

Quick Hits: Ready…Set…GO

After reading all of the good reviews of Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO, and Deus Ex GO, I couldn’t wait to get my new phone. The old one had been in the tub, screen replaced, then screen cracked, so it was a hot mess. Now that I have my iPhone 7 (pretty nice phone by the way) I have been able to jump into the GO games. And, so far, I’m really enjoying them all. Instead of reviewing them separately, I figured I’d bunch them together and give my take on each – sort of a compare and contrast with a little bit of ranking. (more…)

Flashback Fridays: Alan Wake

I remember reading about this game in anticipation of its release way back in 2010 and being really excited about what I read. I love survival horror games, good stories, and Stephen King, so this game was looking like a perfect fit for me. Then I got caught up in the buzzsaw that was Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Splinter Cell: Conviction, and I totally missed Alan Wake at that time.

Flash forward 6 years…

I was game shopping and saw that Quantum Break came with a free copy of this game so I decided to jump – $30 for two games I really wanted to play! (more…)

Game Review: Gone Home

I’m one of those gamers that tends to explore as much as possible. I delve into every nook and cranny looking for loot. I’m also drawn to games with compelling stories. Oh, and I was 17 in 1995. Needless to say, Gone Home was a game that was looking right up my alley. With all that said, I was a little hesitant to get too excited about this game based on my not-so-awesome experience with Life is Strange.

Turns out I had nothing to worry about. (more…)

Game Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

Have we talked lately about how I feel about this franchise? You should say ‘yes’ unless you want me to go on ad nauseum about how much I love Tomb Raider. It’s by far my favorite video game franchise of all time (although Bioshock and Fallout come closest) and the newest entry in the series is fantastic. Although I did play this awhile ago, with Rise of the Tomb Raider finally coming to PS4, I finally got around to finishing this review. (more…)

Quick Hits: 80 Days

Sometimes Twitter is a curse. Some days, it’s so full of worthless drivel that I surprise myself by coming back the next day. Other days, it’s so full of wonderful things that I don’t have time to get through all of it.In fact, those days are the hardest because I know – I KNOW – I missed something super cool. But other days, I catch those cool things and today was one of those days. As I’m scrolling down the list, my eye catches a comment/link posted by a trusted gaming source. It says: “I love this game” and “$1.99.” I click the link and I’m off… (more…)

Flashback Friday: Red Dead Redemption

I’m sad that I didn’t play this when it first came out. Back when I had more free time to get lost in more than one epic world per year (Fallout 4 has taken that energy up this year) I would’ve played this for hours and hours and hours. It is such a well done game that’s fun to play, it’s a shame that I’m having a hard time keeping more motivated to play it. I WANT to play it more and go get lost in this beautiful world, but with limited time available to play games, I’m not sure I want to invest it all in this. (more…)

Game Review: Virginia

After reading a few comments about Virginia and getting an understanding of the premise, I quickly grabbed it off the Microsoft store for $10. All the comparisons to Twin Peaks and X-files that started popping up on Twitter pushed my excitement for this game even higher. Two days after playing it, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this experience. (more…)