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Resogun Review

Dec. 1, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Resogun Review If you're one of the lucky gamers out there who have acquired a new, shiny PlayStation 4, I surely hope you have already downloaded and played Resogun. If you have a PS4 and do not have Resogun, well... I have some bad news. You are a horrible, horrible gamer. Well, not really. You're not a horrible gamer. You're just uninformed and deficient. You are lacking in knowledge of brand-new excellent games on the now current-gen systems. Resogun is a...

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery

Nov. 22, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery The Nintendo Game and Watch legacy began as an idea from famed Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi as a way to relieve boredom and play simple games along with serving as a functional alarm clock. The Game and Watch handhelds sold over 43 million units worldwide and feature a large selection of mini-games, some of which feature famous Nintendo characters Donkey Kong and Mario. Despite the devices being retired in 1991, four Game and Watch titles were...

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Nov. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Everyone wanted it, and they knew it was coming. It seemed like a perfect match (made in Hell), and now it's finally here.  An all too obvious, but long overdue fan fantasy come true, James Rofle, a.k.a "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (AVGN) finally stars in his own video game, the very media genre his Internet famed character complains about. Click the image to view game screenshots Owner, independent film maker, and creator of Cinneemasacre,...

Kerbal Space Program Review

Sep. 17, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Kerbal Space Program Review I've seen many space films—Armaggedon, Deep Impact, Apollo 13—and they've all taught me one thing: space travel isn't easy. Something inevitably goes wrong, whether it's during the launch, refueling at the space station, a mechanical issue with the craft, or a problem with re-entry. I've always wondered what it would be like to go to space, so after hearing about Kerbal Space Program, a space flight simulation game, I thought "Here...

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes

Sep. 16, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes Giant robot games are making a comeback, and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who was a fan of the genre since playing Mech Warrior 2 on PC, it’s a real joy to see titles such as Mech Warrior Online, Hawken, and the upcoming Titanfall embrace the big, lumbering mechs that I have grown to enjoy since my childhood. Mech games were a little more frequent back in the day, before the FPS and cover-based TPS became popular. Xbox had Mech...

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review It's been almost two years since the release of Bioware's galactic MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it's come a long way. As well as the usual patch updates bringing new content for both PvE and PvP players, the updates deliver improvements to the game as a whole. UI and character customization, new races, and the ability to change the color of your armor are just a handful of the updates Bioware has introduced. Since the launch of the...

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade

Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade My first memories of anything Die Hard related don't involve a young Bruce Willis battling his way through a terrorist-occupied office high rise. It isn't watching him stand by helplessly as a passenger jet plummeted into the ground, nor is it him teaming up with a younger pre-Nick Furry Samuel L. Jackson. My first memories of Die Hard are of the arcade and Sega Saturn beat 'em up, Die Hard Arcade. Originally released as a non-Die Hard game in...

Sleeping Dogs Review

Feb. 2, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sleeping Dogs Review Imagine a video game that featured the frenetic and violent shoot-out of classic John Woo movies, the freedom and huge overworld from GTA, the immersion and attention to detail that Shemnue and Yakuza offered, and the drama and character dynamics of Infernal Affairs. Sleeping Dogs is all of this with enough quality gameplay and content to keep you busy for a long time. What began as a new entry in the True Crimes series ended up as a third...

Binary Domain Review

Jan. 7, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Binary Domain Review On first glance, Binary Domain appears to be another clone among the many trying to share the spotlight with the triple A titles -- in this case, Gears of War. While they are both mechanically similar -- third-person, cover-based shooters -- Binary Domain manages to do something different from its competitor: be a fun shooter while fixing some of the mistakes commonly found throughout Gears of War. Binary Domain takes place in a cyberpunk future...

Furdiburb Review

Dec. 18, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Anne King

Furdiburb Review Remember Tamagotchi? His little frowny face, stinky lines, and lumpy pixels representing gobs of poo as big as he was ... The morbid fun of seeing how long he’d last, the poo piling up, or the obsessive compulsive need to care for him, check on him every hour, lest he die in a pile of his own filth? His successor exists now on Android, in a beta version called Furdiburb, by the makers of Sheado.net. But Furdi’s got a hell of a lot...

Hotline Miami Review

Dec. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Hotline Miami Review The recent surge in popularity with indie titles has been a renaissance for new ideas that push the boundaries and limits on what gameplay and narrative can achieve. Titles such as Limbo, Braid, and Super Meat Boy relied on traditional 2-D gameplay to deliver clever new twists on the genre while games like Amnesia: Dark Descent used the latest in technology to give players a truly immersive experience. Games like Minecraft have shown that by...

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2)

Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2) Dishonored is a paradox. On one hand, it’s a beautifully designed piece of software. From design to sound to modeling and texture, the city of Dunwall is a perfect example of setting for a story that, while flawed at points, remains compelling. A spiritual successor to the Thief franchise, stealth is your greatest ally in a hostile world driven by industrial oil and gear.  On the other hand, the choices made on the parts of the...

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1)

Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1) New big-budget IPs are somewhat of a rarity these days. With rising production costs, publishers are less likely to try something different. The new ideas -- the radical ideas -- are often left to smaller, lower-budget indie developers willing to try out something new, to pull an interesting twist on an established gameplay mechanic. Dishonored is the big-budget, fresh approach game we desperately need. It’s the new and interesting...

Thirty Flights of Loving Review

Dec. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Thirty Flights of Loving Review Stories in video games are rarely good. They may be adequate, or entertaining, but rarely are they groundbreaking narratives that demonstrate the strengths of the medium nor do they often pose the opportunity to discuss multiple interpretations or an analysis on the genre itself. Video games are entertainment, after all, and rarely by presenting bombastic situations and gruff characters do they end up becoming bestsellers. That’s not to...

Yakuza: Dead Souls Review

Nov. 30, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Yakuza: Dead Souls Review Zombies are everywhere. They’re in our FPSs and our adventure games. They’re in our hack-and-slashers and our RPGs. Hell, even our racing games are no longer free from the undead menace. Zombies have become a never-ending source of bullet fodder and the go-to in games that need enemies slaughtered, violently and en masse.   Due to this saturation in nearly every genre, it can be difficult to recommend a good zombie game. It may...

Skyfall (2012) Review

Nov. 1, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

Skyfall (2012) Review James Bond is an old hero for an older generation. His no-nonsense approach to stopping forces determined to overthrow the world usually revolved around a three-step plan of high-tech gadgets, witty retorts, and beautiful women at his side. As the years went on, Bond slowly became a parody of himself. His sly remarks, unquenchable sexual appetite, and reliance on the latest shiny toy/car/exploding pen seemed painfully out of place in our...

Marvel vs Capcom Origins Review

Oct. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Marvel vs Capcom Origins Review With Marvel vs. Capcom 3 now in the fighting game spotlight and the Marvel name hotter than ever thanks to the success of this year’s The Avengers, Capcom has re-released some of its earliest entries in its Versus series with Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, a digital release containing both Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Heroes.   For many, this may very well be the first time playing these titles in their proper...

Lockout (2012)

Oct. 6, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Lockout (2012) If it weren't for John Carter, Lockout would be the best science fiction flick of 2012. Lockout is one of those action-adventure films that really delivers the escapist goods. Best of all, it stars the remarkable Guy Pearce.   Pearce is what makes this movie work. Although usually associated with more artistic films such as The King's Speech and Prometheus, Pearce has also been in action flicks such as Animal Kingdom. Pearce plays hero Snow...

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Review

Oct. 6, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Tora! Tora! Tora!  (1970) Review Tora! Tora! Tora! is the single best movie ever made about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It features excellent performances from acting talent such as James Whitmore, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten, Wesley Addy, Neville Brand, and Martin Balsam. The special effects are far more convincing than what’s in modern movies. It also has some of the best music. Best of all, the movie shows the sheer complacency on the U.S. side...

Black Mesa Review

Sep. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Black Mesa Review Black Mesa may be one of the best mods for a PC game I have ever played. A strong and perhaps hyperbolic way to begin a review, but it can't be denied. The amount of care and quality put into this mod, the level of detail that went into recreating nearly every aspect and square inch of the Black Mesa Research Complex while adding and tweaking some existing gameplay elements is a thoughtful and impressive tribute to one of the greatest first...

The Hittites (2003)

Sep. 10, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Hittites. You might be wondering what that is. What is a Hittite? Most folks don't know. This goes for college educated people, too. This is due to the fact that the U.S. educational system, including private schools, have done a poor job of educating people about the Ancient Near East (ANE). Most institutions of higher education don't even have courses relating to the ANE, and if they do, it's usually classes called "Ancient Greece and the Near...

DiRT 3 Review

Aug. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

DiRT 3 Review As my tiny, super-powered hatchback sped along the frozen trails of Norway's premier rally track, a sense of urgency and fear began to overtake me as I slid around corners at breakneck speeds. As I stared intently ahead at the icy roads, feeling every bump and every slide, one thought continued to go through my mind: I'm going to die.   DiRT 3 is one of the scariest racing games I have ever played in my life. No, it's not a survival horror...

Nate and Hayes (1983) Review

Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Nate and Hayes (1983) Review Nate and Hayes (1983) is an unjustly obscure movie that is in many ways one of the best swashbuckling movies ever made. We get to see Tommy Lee Jones (Capt. "Bully" Hayes) sporting a beard and a white suit that looks like the sort of thing that a lot of 19th century planters wore. The outfit is most fitting given the fact that Hayes is, among other things, a slave trader. Michael O’Keefe, as Nathaniel Williamson, is a Christian...

Stalag 17 (1953) Review

Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Stalag 17 (1953) Review Long before Hogan’s Heroes came to TV in 1965, there was Stalag 17. It's sitcom versus straight drama. And Hogan’s Heroes was a much better production. While Stalag 17 attempted to portray prisoners of war as being just as involved in the war effort as the troops on the front lines, the producers of Hogan’s Heroes realized that was just plain silly. Hogan’s Heroes took the Stalag 17 concept to its ludicrous extreme and...

Spelunky XBLA Review

Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Spelunky XBLA Review Spelunky, the rogue-like indie hit platformer developed by Derek Yu, has been released to Xbox Live Arcade. You'll once again take on the role of everyone's favorite little red-nosed adventurer and be diving into the dark deeps of randomized caverns, icy tunnels, and strange temples in search of treasure, fame, fortune ... and instant death. The joke may be old, but this is death in HD! Yes, the frustration of dying repeatedly for hours on end...

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