The Last of Us: Left Behind Review

The Last of Us took the video game industry by storm not because it did anything necessarily new but because it executed everything near perfect and was a great capstone to the last generation. Now with the downloadable content Left Behind, we focus on two aspects that we cut back and forth between: The in between time of the Fall and Winter seasons of the original game and a brand new time frame before the story of Joel and Ellie, her friendship with Riley. The game plays virtually the same as The Last of Us as expected, the same refined 3rd person shooting and stealth tactics that made the original game so great. But what surprises me the most is how much the downloadable content didn’t focus on combat. There isn’t a whole lot of combat in general throughout until the climax which actually makes the entire thing much more effective.

Kickstarter: A Question of Experience

Author UnSubject over at his blog, Evil As A Hobby, scrubbed through video game labeled Kickstarters spanning 2009 – 2012 and assembled the data into a compelling look at the extremely low rate of follow-through made by over 366 projects. It’s a great article that has encouraged quite a bit of discussion both there and across the ‘net.

Why was Flappy Bird so popular?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you’ve heard all about Dong Nguyen’s viral mobile game, Flappy Bird. You’ve probably also heard that he took it down after it became “too addictive.” But why is it exactly that a simple game like Flappy Bird became so popular?

History Behind The Game – Ryse: Son of Rome

It’s been an extremely long time since I dusted this feature off from the shelf and with the Rome inspired action game, Ryse: Son of Rome, releasing for Xbox One, it was a perfect opportunity. Ryse is a game so rich with historical figures and events that you begin to really wonder if these people and things in the game really were true. That’s where ‘History Behind The Game’ comes in. Let me be your guide as we fill in the gaps.

A Link Between Worlds is the best game EVER

Note: I’ve been getting quite a few angry responses to my Most Overrated Games of 2013 article. People have been making very good points, like: how can you claim that a game is overrated if critics say that it’s a great game? Or, how can you claim to be a gamer when you don’t like the same games as everyone else? Well, I am nothing if not open to criticism, so I have decided to give a totally honest positive review of a 2013 game that everyone else liked. Because after all, no one reads these articles to get a different opinion, right?

Gone Home review

Two things you need not worry about while reading this review are spoilers or me jumping into the asinine debate about whether or not Gone Home is a game. With those bases covered, let’s talk about what different types of gamers may take away from the Gone Home experience.

The standard is free to play – but does it work?

With a lot of talk and endless discussion about the standard of pricing for MMO’s it comes as no surprise that gamers expect the standard practice to be free to play. Who wouldn’t? In this age of gaming with prices forever increasing, every one of us is out to secure the best bargain and we want to know we are not just sinking monthly subscriptions into a game that will flop somewhere down the line.

Modern disaster: Corporate gaming enterprise

In the past decade, an unprecedented amount of growth has developed in the gaming industry. As the Entertainment Software Association reports, in 2013, 51% of Americans play video games, 32% of which play social games. In a society where making connections has become a staple in communication and industry, I find it particularly odd and unsettling that where communication is the most important for gamers – from player to developer – a new culture has emerged that defies the typical structure and openness of software developers.

Ryse: Son of Rome review – Glory to Rome

With the Xbox One now on store shelves, if you’re looking for a game that will show off the horsepower under the hood of the black box, Ryse: Son of Rome will certainly help you out. Graphics are not everything however, so does the gameplay hold up as well? Lets have a better look in this review for Ryse: Son of Rome.

Final Fantasy XIV: My experience

After two months of playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I have finally leveled my first character to the max level of 50. I had some good times, bad times, fun moments, and irritations. My hope is to give insight to potential players so you can decide if the game is right for you.