Review – Batman Ninja (2018)

Beautifully Insane I’m glad I was wrong. At first glance, I assumed that Batman Ninja would be a dark, overly serious DC animated film set in Feudal Japan. When in reality, this is a fun, beautifully animated film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and just happens to feature Batman and his rogues gallery. The…

Proceed with Caution: OKC Thunder

On paper, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked like a force to be reckoned with.  The reigning MVP in Russell Westbrook, a two-way star in Paul George, and an offensive star in Carmelo Anthony, what could go wrong?  Well…a lot actually, as this team is on the verge of being knocked out of the first-round by…

Detroit: Become Human Demo Impressions

Quantic Dream’s true successor to Heavy Rain As of this writing, PS4 owners are able to download the Detroit: Become Human demo from the PSN store which entails the hostage situation seen in the majority of early trailers for the game. It’s roughly around 15 minutes or so and is a surprisingly a nice sample…

We have a Sweep – Why matchups matter in the NBA

Who would’ve guessed that it would be the New Orleans Pelicans and not the Warriors or the Rockets that would end up sweeping their respective series? I didn’t, although I believed that New Orleans would upset Portland due to Anthony Davis being a matchup nightmare, I still believed that this series would go the distance. …

God of War (PS4) Review

The Ghost of Sparta No More One of the most complete games of this generation, God of War is easily the best game of the year thus far. It’s narrative, while simple in its premise, is nuanced and anchored by the father-son relationship of longtime series protagonist Kratos and his young son Atreus. No longer…

Preaching Patience – Online Open-Worlds

With so many open world online-games being released as of late, one of the common complaints is that after the main objectives and side quests have been cleared, what’s next?  In recent years, games such as The Division, Destiny, No Man’s Sky, and Sea of Thieves have promised a persistent and ever-changing environment for the…

Indie Spotlight: Moonlighter

Dream Big. Imagine for a moment that you’re a merchant in a videogame.  Doesn’t sound very exciting, but one can’t help but wonder how they go about acquiring some of the rare and exotic wares that line their shelves.  Realistically, it revolves around a barter system in which merchants will trade with other merchants and…

Quick Take – What Remains of Edith Finch

It’s happening. I’m starting to become a fan of narrative-heavy games. Don’t get me wrong, I love tight, intricate gameplay, but there’s something about a game that unravels like a good novel. What Remains of Edith Finch is a masterclass in storytelling. Told through the perspective of the last surviving member of the Finch family,…

Zero Expectations: The Eastern Conference

The NBA playoffs have started and while the Western Conference will feature the most intrigue, the Eastern Conference will be just as fascinating. Why? Well, because media pundits are expecting the Cavaliers to make it back to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row. Why wouldn’t they? The best player of this…

Powerful Narratives in Gaming

Long gone are the days in which a simple story will get you through a playthrough.  Slowing fading are the generic stories of save the princess or save the world.  Games today are starting to focus on bringing a narrative that packs an emotional punch on par with Hollywood’s best movies.  With all the technological advancements…

Rumor Control: Could Onimusha be on its way back?

It was recently announced that Capcom is renewing its trademarks for it’s action adventure franchise Onimusha. Now, this could mean nothing as publishers generally want to maintain the naming rights to their franchises, but it’s always fun to speculate. For the unaware, Onimusha is an action-adventure series set primarily in feudal Japan that had more…

3 and 3: Reboots that worked and those that Didn’t.

It’s no secret that once a franchise has reached a certain number of releases, it runs the risk of becoming stale.  Developers will generally make significant changes if their franchise sees a dip in sales or consumer support.  One commercial failure in a longstanding series is never a reason to shake up the formula that…