Rage 2 Isn’t Everything I Hoped It Would Be, And That’s Okay

Earlier this week, I wasted no time in picking up a game I’d been waiting for since I heard about it during E3 last year. All the pre-release media looked good and all the preview coverage I’d read sounded very promising. I was certain that Rage 2 was going to be an excellent game, and…

The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince is a Pleasant Surprise

With all the noise, fanfare and controversy surrounding triple-A games these days, it’s very easy to forget that there’s a whole world of independent games out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. I’ve been diving into this world more and more over the past year or so, and the amount of quality titles…

Jurassic Park: Warpath – A Fighting Game That Actually Exists!

The older I get, the more convinced I become that the 90’s really were a special time in gaming. Games were simpler, they had all the draw that modern games do, and (perhaps most importantly) they were just different. We got games in the 90’s that would never get made today, and that’s a fact….

Top 5: 1990s Fighting Games I’d Like to See Rebooted

With the recent release of the viscerally exciting Mortal Kombat 11, I can’t help but revisit that moment when I first played the original Mortal Kombat game on the SNES some 25 years ago. I was so out of sorts with the controls, having become used to the Street Fighter way of doing things. And…

Catching the Bus to the Borderlands

When Borderlands first released back in 2009, I was still too wrapped up in Halo 3, Uncharted 2 and Assassins Creed 2 to care much about Gearbox’s goofy looter-shooter. I looked at it as a novelty rather than the prototype for the modern live service game it turned out to be. So, I missed it….

Independent Developers Are Amazing

As a gamer, I’ve spent the lions share of my game time over the years with the big-budget “AAA” games that both dominate the market and the conversations surrounding it. I enjoy these games (mostly), but have found myself finding fewer and fewer titles that actually get me excited. They’re still there, but are growing…

I Hate Cash Shops

I’ve tried tolerating them. I’ve tried rationalizing them, and I’ve tried to ignore them. You know what though? I just plain hate cash shops in full-priced video games. I hate the effect the presence of those shops tend to have on the games that employ them, and I hate the lie that supposedly justifies their…

Rushing to Early Ruin

I’ve said this in many other ways before, but I’ll say it plainly here: there’s a lot about modern gaming that I absolutely hate. I hate how the games with the biggest budgets and biggest studios behind them are growing ever more similar to each other. I hate that pre-order culture is still a thing…

This is a game that never ends…and that’s okay

Fellow blogger simpleek recently posted an interesting and insightful article concerning “infinite” versus finite games. Or, to put it another way, games driven by play, like Fortnight, that don’t have true endings, versus games driven by stories, like Dragon Age, that have definite endings, sequels notwithstanding.  As someone who’s recently taken a liking to an…

Feeling Cautiously Optimistic for The Division 2

When I bought the original Tom Clancy’s The Division at launch back in 2016, I thought I was going to get something to fill the Destiny-shaped hole in my gamer’s heart. I got that, but only for a couple of hours. It really didn’t take long to discover that The Division was a very hollow…