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Review: The Witcher III – Wild Hunt (PC)

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS4) Developer(s): CD Projekt RED Publisher: CD Projekt RED Genre(s): Open world, Action RPG Released: May 19, 2015 ESRB Rating: M – Mature This gaming series has been a frustration for me. Frustrating because I have played and tried each game in this series and did my darnedest to fall in love with the games and just couldn’t because some of the gameplay and combat mechanics were not to my liking. I just couldn’t get on board and get excited. Until now. The third time really is the charm for me and likely a lot of other [...]

Review: Assassin’s Creed Unity (PC)

January 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Assassin’s Creed Unity (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One,  PS4,) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Open World, Third Person Stealth, Third Person Action Adventure Released: November 11, 2014 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Game Version Reviewed: 1.4   I deliberately held off on doing this review because very few if any outlets have bothered to give this game a fair shake post patches. The bulk of what you see out there is either 1.0 or 1.1 when the game was in a far worse state. As of the date I write this: January 1, 2015, the game is vastly improved and evolved from its [...]

Review: Alien Isolation

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Alien: Isolation (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360,) Developer: Creative Assembly Publisher: Sega Genre(s): First person, Survival Horror, Stealth Released: October 7, 2014 ESRB Rating: M – Mature When Alien: Isolation was first announced the reaction of the gaming community was muted with cautious optimism at best coming off of a needless disaster like Colonial Marines that really should have been a fantastic game but unforgivably wasn’t. As more footage and information leaked out the sense of optimism grew in spite of itself including from yours truly. [...]

Review: Sniper Elite 3

July 11, 2014 // 3 Comments

This series is a welcome breath of fresh air against run and gun shooting and you can see from my previous reviews that I'm overall enthusiastic about this series despite some quibbles and annoyances which, unfortunately, remain for this new game. Being a sequel this means I have to be a little less forgiving this time around since there weren't enough fundamental improvements that needed to happen. [...]

Review: Wolfenstein The New Order

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC [Reviewed], PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: MachineGames Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Genre(s): First Person Shooter Released: May 20, 2014 MSRB Rating: M – Mature I am always happy to welcome a new Wolfenstein game.  The previous Wolfenstein game from 2009 was slagged on certain quarters.  I would contend it was a bit underrated and overlooked. I want to state upfront that this is game that merits a strong Mature rating most notably for some grim sequences and at least one very notable torture sequence that in my opinion was excessive and over [...]

Review: Watch_Dogs

June 4, 2014 // 2 Comments

Watch Dogs (PC [Reviewed], PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii-U) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre: Open World, Action-Adventure Stealth Released: May 27, 2014 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Ever since E3 2012, Watch Dogs has been one of the most hyped and anticipated titles on any system and for good reason. The now near legendary and certainly controversial video that Ubisoft showed at the E3 was a jaw dropping, gorgeous looking game that teased a slick cyberhack Grand Theft Auto variant with everything “cranked to 11.” To be fair, nothing was going to live up to the hype [...]

Review: Thief

March 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

Thief (PC [Reviewed], PS4, XB1, Playstation 3, Xbox 360) Developer: Eidos Montreal   *Nixxes Software BV for the PC. Publisher: Square Enix Genre: First person stealth adventure Release date: February 25, 2014 This is a series that has been on hiatus for too long. Like many other long fans who have held their breath since the mixed bag but IMHO overly hated Dark Shadows, the news of a new Thief game was at first met with jubilation and then as media and details came forth a sense of caution and concerns on certain details. Some of these concerns were well warranted as we have ourselves [...]

Review: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

December 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS4, XB1, Wii-U) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Third person action adventure Released: PS3/360/Wii U – October 29, 2013; PS4 November 15, 2013; PC: November 19, 2013; Xbox One November 22, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature I am a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed games so admittedly I approach these games with a healthy benefit of the doubt and positive bias in place. I hope I’m not an outright fanboy and I don’t think I am since I can harp on some quibbles and [...]

Review: Battlefield 4

December 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

Battlefield 4 [PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Genre(s): First Person Shooter Released: PC, Xbox 360, PS3: October 29, 2013; PS4: November 12, 2013; Xbox One: November 19, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature EA DICE returns after two years following the release of the very successful Battlefield 3 with this inevitable sequel. I am happy to report that this game is not a quickie BF3 retread with a slicker coat of varnish on it.  They did listen to the fans feedback over the course of the last two years, as the return of Commander Mode [...]

Review: Sniper Elite – Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2

November 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 1 and 2 (PC) Developer: Rebellion Publisher: Rebellion Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Action Released: Part 1: February 28, 2013; Part 2 October 31, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature If you look over my review of the original game these spins offs came from you can see that I thought very highly of it and even declared it my dark horse game of the year. Since that time the game has found itself the beneficiary of robust support for patches, additional features, and now two quality standalone DLCs. The support has been downright astonishing and has set an example [...]

Review: Syder Arcade

October 28, 2013 // 3 Comments

Syder Arcade (PC [Reviewed], Mac, iPad) Developer: Studio Evil Publisher: Studio Evil Genre(s): “schmup” shooter/shoot ’em up Original release: March 2012 Steam debut: October 24, 2013 ESRB Rating: NA * A Steam code was provided by the publisher for review. As someone who has been videogaming for thirty years or so I cut my teeth on all kinds of games including a healthy batch of what we affectionately refer to as “schmups” which is short hand for “shoot ’em ups.” A shoot ’em up is typically you in a spaceship or some other flying vehicle against hordes of [...]

Review: Splinter Cell: Blacklist

September 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PC [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U) Developer: Ubisoft Toronto Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Third Person Shooter, Stealth Released: August 20, 2013 Price: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Splinter Cell has finally “come back.” That’s my short teaser for the theme of this review and many others reviews out there for that matter. This game brings the best aspects of Splinter Cell Conviction and previous pre Double Agent Splinter Cell games and merges those aspects together in a new and extremely satisfying whole. What Blacklist does it does very [...]
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