Revisiting Red Dead Redemption

Last week, Red Dead Redemption came to the current console generation through backwards compatibility on XBOX One. Luckily, the digital version of the game was also on sale last week and I jumped at the opportunity to dive back into New Austin for the third time – although I’ve never beaten the game. What stands out to me immediately is how well the game holds up six years after … Continue reading Revisiting Red Dead Redemption

Initial Impressions: Fallout 4

One of the most obvious gaps in my gaming experience is that I’ve never put significant time into a Fallout or Elder Scrolls game. While an RPG will occasionally grab my attention, it’s not a genre I typically seek out. As a result, both of these franchises have slipped through the cracks…until now, of course. Recently, a pricing error on XBOX Live made Fallout 4 available for free to … Continue reading Initial Impressions: Fallout 4

Riptide GP2 (PS4)

During the latest PlayStation Store Flash Sale a couple weekends ago, one of the games that caught my eye was a jet ski racing game named Riptide GP2. At just under two dollars, it’s an easy purchase just to see what it’s all about, but I did some quick research anyway since it was giving me Jet Moto and Wave Race 64 vibes.

Apparently, Riptide GP2 is an iOS/Android port that made its way over to PC and consoles. But was it worth the $1.74 sale price?

In short, absolutely.

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Initial Impressions: Overwatch

After an incredibly successful open beta just a few weeks ago, Overwatch finally released officially yesterday. Although retail copies could be had early in the day, everyone had to wait until 7pm EDT for servers to go live. While there were a few launch hiccups similar to those experienced with many other online-heavy games, I was luckily able to get into matches about 20 minutes after the servers went live and didn’t run into any issues after that. As someone who missed the open beta but now has about 2-3 hours under my belt, I have some thoughts…

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Uncharted 4: A Photo Journey

Uncharted 4 launched last week to incredible critical reception. If there’s one common theme among reviews, it has to be that Uncharted 4 is absolutely gorgeous. During my playthrough, I was frequently taking screenshots using the game’s photo mode. These are some of my favorites.

Warning: there are location spoilers for the whole game in this post. Only continue if you’ve beaten Uncharted 4 or are okay with being spoiled on locations!

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Uncharted Fortune Hunter: Mobile Abyss?

Uncharted 4‘s review embargo was lifted early yesterday morning, commanding widespread media attention. Strangely enough, Sony chose that time to stealth release a new Uncharted game. No, not Uncharted 4, This game is Uncharted Fortune Hunter. Available on Google Play and the App Store, it’s a free-to-pay puzzle game in the same vein as Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO that’s worthy of your attention.

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PAX East Impressions: Move or Die

Move or Die is unequivocally chaotic. Whether you’re playing alone against bots or against opponents online, it’s the kind of game that can keep you hooked for hours. Where it really shines though, is with three friends by your side playing against one another locally.

I had a chance to check out Move or Die in those exact circumstances at PAX East last month and said at the time that it was my game of the show. After some reflection, I stand by that declaration. If that on its own doesn’t sell you though, here’s what the game is all about…

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Warbits: A Mobile Ode to Turn-Based Strategy

Over the past few years, the market for smartphone games has seen a drastic increase in free-to-play titles. Rather than get customers to invest up front, developers have taken to a strategy based around building a large user base through free downloads and encouraging players to invest in items, expansions, or in-game currencies down the road. Much to the dismay of many “traditional” gamers, this strategy is working and it’s effects are being felt throughout the App Store. At the time of this writing, 99 of the top 100 grossing games on the App Store are free-to-play.

With the mobile market so heavily dominated by the free-to-play model, many often wonder about the viability of traditional, pay-once games on the platform. For those of us who like to play a game without being hit up for money every few minutes, Warbits is a fantastic alternative to the status quo…

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Initial Impressions: Ratchet & Clank (PS4)

With the release of Into the Nexus in 2013, and after a stretch of nearly annual games that deviated from the classic Ratchet & Clank formula, two things became clear about what the series needed: some time away and a return to basics. About two and a half years later, it’s clear that Insomniac has taken both of those ideas to heart with Ratchet & Clank (2016) on PS4.

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Getting Nostalgic with The Pokemon TCG Online

With all of the hype built up around the Pokémon 20th Anniversary celebrations this year, I recently discovered the Pokémon Training Card Game Online while looking for games to play on my iPad. After poking around the app for a bit, I quickly started to find myself in that all-too-familiar hook of buying booster packs and hoping to get the next great card that will propel me to victory. Amid the confusion of the many different expansions and about four hundred Pokémon I don’t recognize is the heart of a game that hooked me back in the late 90’s. Since then, new additions have been implemented that keep the game fresh and help you get some of the Pokémon you know and love off of your bench, into the battle, and mega-evolved quicker than ever.

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