Gifted – Jayson Tatum

Rookies shouldn’t be this talented.  I could end this post on that note alone and it should suffice for what I’m about to write, but honestly, watching Jayson Tatum in the playoffs has been eye-opening.  This isn’t a knock on Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma or this great rookie class.  But let’s be honest…

Igniting a Genre – Dark Souls

Easily the most identifiable series in the hardcore genre today is Dark Souls.  It’s found immense critical success and commercial success, with the latter being the more surprising result.  Games like Dark Souls would have found their niche amongst the gaming community as most hardcore, controller-breaking games tend to do, but its popularity has ignited…

The Necessity of Reinvention in Gaming

Regardless of how popular a product line becomes, eventually, there will come a time in which the formula needs to be changed. When it comes to the entertainment medium, consumers will constantly minor changes and tweaks to ensure that their product remains popular. There will be times however, where a firm will believe that their…

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – A Different Take on an Established Formula

Well then, that’s a thing. Activision just revealed new information on Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and it was honestly…a bit strange.  So, there will be no “real” campaign, instead it will be mission-specific and will help players get acclimated to the various specialists in the game.  Acting in a similar fashion like EA’s…

Rage 2 – The Return

By all accounts, Rage was a pretty good game. It featured amazing graphics for its time and was a solid FPS that was a bit on the short side and it’s a bit surprising that it took this long for a sequel to materialize. It looks to build on all of the aspects that made…

The Strange State of Gaming Today

You know what I miss?  When a game was released completed and not one that required a pay wall to truly finish. Gaming today is kind of strange. On one end of the spectrum there are complete single-player experiences like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Witcher 3, and Super Mario Odyssey in which…

Cause for Concern – Dark Souls Remastered

Praise the Sun? It should be noted that a remaster doesn’t indicate that a game will be completely updated.  Most of the time it’s a visual facelift in the hopes to draw in new players to a franchise.  The issue with this train of thought is that the primary reason for a sequel is to…

Review – Yakuza 6

Hang in There Admittedly, I am a huge fan of the Yakuza series and Yakuza 6 is a really solid entry. For the unaware, Yakuza is an open-world crime drama set in Japan in the fictional city of Kamurocho, which is a fictional recreation of Tokyo’s Kabukicho. The entire series features over the top arcade-style…

The Return – Red Dead Redemption 2

Back to the Wild West One of the most hotly anticipated games of 2018 is Red Dead Redemption 2.  I have to say, I couldn’t be more excited for this game.  It has been a long time coming and I honestly can’t wait to see what Rockstar has in store.   Following up on what many…

Thoughts and Impressions – Yakuza 6

The Dragon of Dojima Returns Admittedly, I am a huge fan of the Yakuza series and thus far, Yakuza 6 is a great addition to the series.  For the unaware, Yakuza is an open-world crime drama set in Japan in the fictional city of Kamurocho, which is a fictional recreation of Tokyo’s Kabukicho.  The entire…

Anticipated Games of 2018 – Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Its no secret that Tomb Raiders revival has been arguably one of the most successful in gaming. Both entries were considered Game of the Year contenders and rightfully so, both are excellent games that feature fun exploration and brutal combat. But they weren’t without their flaws, both featured rather thin plots and one-dimensional characters outside…

Sequels gone missing – The Darkness 3

One of the many perks of PC gaming is that you’re able to scratch that nostalgia itch if the need arises. Recently, because of the Humble Bundle, I have been replaying The Darkness 2 and wondered to myself: It’s a damn shame that this game didn’t receive a sequel. Ending on a cliffhanger is no…